Shri G P Agrawal
has been appointed Director, Defence Bio-engineering &
Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bangalore, w.e.f. 27 August 2003, and
has also been promoted to Sci G w.e.f. 1 July 2003. Shri Agrawal obtained
BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Government Engineering College,
Jabalpur. He joined DRDO in 1969 and was posted to the then newly
conceived Naval Laboratory at Visakhapatnam. After completing Design
Engineering PG Diploma at IIT, Bombay he returned to Naval Science and
Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam.
He was associated with the
development of indigenous torpedoes and played a key role in initiating a
project for the development of thermal engine for underwater propulsion.In 1989, he set up a Technology Park for executing indigenisation
programme at Bangalore which has culminated in CODE Programme. He joined
DEBEL, Bangalore in1994. His areas of specialisation are underwater
weapons, suitability of materials for use in underwater vessels, escape
systems for crew of underwater vessels, and quality management systems.
Shri Agrawal received the Technology Group Award-2001 as Team Leader. He
is a member of the Institute of Professional Standard, Engineers.
to Sci H
Shri SC Kaushal, Director, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE),
Bangalore, has been promoted to Sci H (Outstanding Scientist) w.e.f. 1
July 2003. Shri Kaushal obtained BE from University of Punjab and has
received two-year graduate training at Rolls Royce, UK with nine-month
secondment to Frank Whittle Turbo-machinery Laboratory, Cambridge
University. He has rich professional experience for more than three and a
half decade in DRDO.
He has worked as
Programme Director, Kaveri and
Kaveri (Marine) engine programme and as Addl Director for compressor,
turbine, computational fluid dynamics, rotor support and internal flows,
engine accessory gearbox, measurement engineering, total system and engine
assembly groups at GTRE.
He has many scientific papers to his credit. He is member of AR&DB
propulsion panel; co-ordination committee, propulsion division NAL; invited member of ADA, Governing Council. He is member
secretary, Technical Advisory Group-5 constituted by SA to RM.
Shri V Chander, Director, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL),
Kochi, has been promoted to Sci H w.e.f. 1 July 2003. Shri Chander
obtained his BTech (Hons) from IIT, Kharagpur and MSc in Electrical
Engineering from IISc, Bangalore. He joined DRDO at the Defence
Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad in 1969 and contributed
significantly for the development of radar signal processing hardware and
signal processing for Electronic Counter Counter Measures (ECCM).
He joined NPOL in 1975 where he made remarkable contributions in the areas of
system design especially in the areas of signal processing for sonars. He
assumed the charge of Director, NPOL in 1997.
Shri Chander is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA; Fellow, Institution of Engineers, India
and Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE),
India; Member, IEEE Signal Processing Society, and IEEE Oceanic
Engineering Society. He is also a member for Governing Council of
Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre (STIC), Cochin University of
Science and Technology.
He is the recipient of DRDO Cash Award-1982 and DRDO Scientist of the Year
Sci F to Sci G
Several DRDO scientists have been promoted from Sci F to Sci G w.e.f. 1
July 2003. The biodata of some of the promotees highlighting their
contributions in DRDO were reported in previous issues and some of the
remaining ones are being covered here.
Dr Jharna Majumdar obtained her BTech in ECE and DIIT in Computer
Technology from IIT, Kharagpur in 1969 and 1970, respectively. She
received her PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1980.
Dr Majumdar has more than 30 years of professional career in the country
and abroad. During 1983-89 she worked as a Research Scientist at the
Institute for Real Time Computer Systems and Robotics, Karlsruhe, Germany.
She joined DRDO at
Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore in 1990
and worked in research areas related to Robot Vision.
She later joined Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore
in 1995 and since then has been working for the UAV programmme of ADE. Her
current research interests are UAV image exploitation, automatic target
recognition, change detection, multi sensor fusion, etc.
Dr Majumdar has 65 papers to her credit. She has received certificate of
appreciation from the President, Stanford Research International,
California. She is a member of IIPR, IEEE and Fellow of Aeronautical
Society of India.
Shri KV Srinivasan obtained his post graduation from IIT, Chennai. He
joined DRDL, Hyderabad in 1974 as Junior Scientific Officer. He has worked
in projects related to inertial navigation systems, missile autopilot
systems and components, UAV flight control systems and digital fly-by-wire
flight control system for LCA. He is the head of Flight Mechanics and
Control Engineering Division and is responsible for design and development
of navigation guidance and control systems for a variety of UVAs, aerial
targets and weapon systems.
interests are Fault Tolerant Controls and Smart Sensors/Actuators.
He has received DRDO Award for Excellence in design and development of
Flight Control System for Lakshya Aerial Target.He is a member of
Aeronautical Society of India, System Society of India, System Panel of
AR&DB, and Doctoral Committee of Anna University, Chennai.
Shri Paramjit Singh obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering
(Aeronautics) from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 1970. He
joined Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore in 1972.
He has been working in the field of aircraft structural design, mechanical
design and integration of sub-systems. He has contributed to the different
unmanned aircraft programs at ADE. He has made significant contributions
in the design and development of recoverable inter-services Pilotless
Target Aircraft (PTA), Lakshya. Currently, he is the Joint Project
Director of Lakshya-1D Project taken up by ADE to develop a digital
version of Pilotless Target Aircraft. He is the recipient of DRDO Team
Award for Performance Excellence-2000.
Dr Arun Kumar
Gupta obtained his MTech and PhD in Applied Optics both from
IIT, Delhi in 1974 and 1979, respectively. He joined Defence Research &
Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1979 and shifted to ADE,
Bangalcre in 1983. He is recipient of Monobusho Fellowship from the
Japanese Government during 1984-86 and pursued his post doctorate at the
Hokkaido University, Japan. After his return, he was posted to Instruments
Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun.
He has mainly worked on laser guidance technology, proximity sensors and
laser-based instruments viz, snow particle counter, laser goniometer,
laser alignment systems, etc. He is currently leading the DRDO Photonics
programme on the indigenous development of components, devices and
technologies in the emerging areas of Photonics. He has published more
than 30 research papers. He is life member of Optical Society of India,
fellow Indian Laser Association and member of SPIE.
Shri Rajendra Prasad
joined DRDO at Defence Research & Development
Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1972; Research Centre Imarat (RCI),
Hyderabad in 1992 and is presently, Director, R&QA. He is a BTech in
Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and ME in Space Engineering and
Rocketry from BIT, Ranchi in 1992.
Shri Prasad has been responsible for limited series production of Free
Gyro, Rate Gyro and Linear Accelerometer for Devil Missile.
introduced dynamically tuned Gyroscope (DTG) for inertial navigation
conceived and evolved DC-DC sensor packages for Akash, Nag and Trishul. He
developed non-wire wound Potentiometer in 1983. This technology has been
in use as feedback element of control system in Nag. He evolved the
reliability estimation methodology for the maiden flights of Prithvi and
Agni, which continue to be the basic input for launch decision.
Shri Prasad has been responsible for the qualification testing and
evaluation of Prithvi and its sub-systems for design certification. He is
a qualified lead assessor for ISO 9000. He has 40 papers and four books to
Shri D S Reddy joined Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL),
Hyderabad, in 1973 after completing MSc in Physics. During his initial
tenure from 1973-1985, he worked in the areas of development and testing
of reserve batteries for missile systems. After successful completion of
development of silver oxide reserve battery, he was instrumental in
transferring the technology for production to an agency which is the main
source presently for the supply of reserve batteries to missile systems.
Subsequently, he was assigned the tasks of the electrical system design,
development, testing and evaluation for Prithvi weapon system.
the tasks initially at DRDL and later continued with the tasks after his
transfer to RCI in 1987. Currently, he is working in the areas of
electrical integration and testing of Prithvi Variants and Air Defence