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Shri Sanjay Tandon is an outstanding scientist and Director of the Institute of Technology Management (ITM) at Mussoorie. He is a Post Graduate in Mathematics from IIT Kanpur and had joined DRDO on 23 July 1986 as Scientist 'B'. The officer has been actively involved in R&D Management since 1994 wherein he has acquired the expertise in Materials Management, Budget, Audit and Training. He was selected to head ITM, the training Institute of DRDO, as Director in 17 Nov 2016. Shri Tandon has been promoted to the rank of Scientist 'H' and Outstanding Scientist on 03 Aug 2017 for the hard work and professionalism of highest order.

Before joining ITM, the officer has the distinction of simultaneously directing two important Directorates i.e. Directorate of Materials Management and Directorate of Budget, Finance and Accounts at DRDO HQ for almost three and a half years. During his tenure at DMM, he was instrumental in publication of "Procurement Manual 2016" which is considered to be the Bible for all procurements. The daunting task for publishing this manual can be gauged by the fact that such manuals are concurred at various levels in the Department and in the Ministry of Defence enroute to the Hon'ble Raksha Mantri for approval. It is to his professionalism and efforts that the same was achieved and is in vogue now. The manual has been appreciated by all Labs for being the most comprehensive manual for procurements. Shri Tandon has also drafted the revised schedule of the financial power delegated at various levels in DRDO and has submitted the case for the consideration and approval of Hon'ble Raksha Mantri in 2016.

An expert in the field of Materials and Finance Management, the officer has successfully organized various courses for DRDO fraternity. Considering his vast experience and knowledge in these fields, the officer has been invited as Guest faculty in National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Indian Institute of Material Management (IIMM) and various DRDO Labs/Estt.


During the 31 years of his service with DRDO, the officer has been recipient of various awards and to name a few, he was conferred with:-

  • DRDO Cash Award for 2002 by Director DMSRDE, Kanpur for detailed classification and finalization of NRI value of Core Technology "Fabric" in the Technology Group "Materials" for the implementation in DATE.
  • Best Techno-Managerial Services Award for 2013 by the then Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar for his outstanding contribution made towards area of Materials Management, Budget Management and for optimal utilization of limited resources available at the disposal of Organisation.
  • Amity University NOIDA has bestowed Shri Sanjay Tandon with the appointment of Honorary Professor in Amity Institute of Telecom Engg and Management with all rights and privileges. This was conferred by Dr. R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt of India on 10 Aug 2017

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