Shri G P Agarwal

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.


Sci G to Sci H

Shri S C Kaushal

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

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 Award-1987.

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.

ADE, Bangalore

Dr Jharna Majumdar

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 K V Srinivasan

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.

His current 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.


IRDE, Dehradun

Dr Arun Kumar Gupta

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.


RCI, Hyderabad

Shri Rajender Prasad

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.

 He introduced dynamically tuned Gyroscope (DTG) for inertial navigation system. He 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 his credit.

Shri D S Reddy

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.

 He started 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 Flight Vehicles.