Director, DLJ, Jodhpur

Dr M P Chacharkar, Sci G, has been appointed Director, Defence Laboratory (DLJ), Jodhpur, w.e.f. l July 2005. He obtained his PhD from Nagpur University, Nagpur; LLB from JNV University, Jodhpur; and Diploma in Tissue Banking from National University , Singapore. He has been recipient of Fellowship at Charles University of Prague, Czechoslovakia and was a Guest Scientist in Hahn Meitner Institute for Nuclear Research, Berlin. He participated in the forum conveyed by IAEA in China for formulation of distance learning curriculum in Tissue Banking.

Dr Chacharkar joined DRDO in 1984 as Sci D and created facilities for tracer studies. He was instrumental in establishing multi-purpose gamma irraDIATion facility--RAVI and laid down protocols for processing of human tissues and bones which are useful as biological bandages and in bone surgery.

He served as Director, Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur during 1996-2000 and monitored development of Iron removal plant and water testing field kit for hilly areas. He laid emphasis on medicinal herbs and participated in national programme on germplasm conservation.

He resumed charge at DLJ in 2000 and headed nuclear raDIATion management and application division, which developed new nuclear instruments and systems along with human resource development for nuclear emergency management. He has about 70 publications to his credit and is member of several professional societies.

Director, PEACE, Delhi

Dr SM Veerabhadrappa, Sci F, has been appointed Director, Personnel Assessment Centre (PEACE), Delhi, w.e.f 27.5.2005. He obtained MSc (Geology) from University of Mysore (1976); DIIT PG Diploma in Applied Hydrology and PhD in Geochemistry both from IIT, Bombay in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He started his career at Geological Survey of India, Maharastra Circle (west), Ministry of Steel and Mines, Pune in 1981. Subsequently, was recruited as Sci C at Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL), Delhi, in 1982 and served there till 1993. He worked on Army user requirements in terrain evaluation and mapping through conventional and remote sensing techniques. His research work has been published in the form of users reports and a few publications in national and international Journals.

In 1993, he went on transfer to DIPAS, Delhi, and worked there till May 2005 where he coordinated DRDO participation in 48 exhibitions and expositions/events during 1997-2005 which includes 6 Indian Science Congress Exhibitions, 6 India International Trade Fairs, 4 Republic Day Parades (Delhi), and 2 DEFEXPOS.

He has been instrumental in disseminating the scientific information to the masses and projected the image of DRDO through publicity material in print media, multimedia and video film in national and international exhibitions and has won many awards for DRDO. He has handled activities under RDR of DIPAS, Delhi under resource generation scheme of C-TEC DEALing with personnel protection and riot control equipment. In addition to this, he has functioned as HOD (Management Services) at DIPAS.


Several DRDO Scientists have been promoted from Sci F to Sci G w.e.f. 1 July 2005. Bio-data of some of the promotees highlighting their contributions in DRDO have been reported in this issue while profiles of other promotees would be reported in the subsequent issues of DRDO Newsletter.

Director (P&C)

Shri RK Chauhan, has been appointed Director, Planning & Coordination w.e.f. 1 January 2005. He obtained BSc Engg (Aero) from Punjab Engineering Collcge, Chandigarh and MTech (Aero) from IIT, Kanpur and joined DRDO in 1969. He served in DGAQA, DTD&P (Air) at HAL, Nasik and joined GTRE, Bangalore, in 1975 and took responsibility of fabrication of GTX-37 engine. During 1979-1984, he worked as Chief Resident Engineer of 3 BRD Air Force and undertook work on indigenisation activities and their type approval.

He joined DRDO HQrs at Directorate of Tech Coord in 1991 (now Dte of Plg & Coord). He has been coordinating Parliament Questions and work related to Parliamentary Committees for a long time which has resulted in building good image of DRDO and has contributed in streamlining the process of project planning and implementation, corporate reviews of laboratories, standardizing and improving quality of documentation by the 1aboratories. He is working to bring synergy among DRDO, users and production agencies through policy formulation to enhance indigenous content of arms and weapons with user services.

CFEES, Delhi

Shri JC Kapoor, is a post-graduate in Physics, and after 22 years of R&D experience at BARC, Bombay joined DRDO at erstwhile CEES, Delhi in 1993.

His outstanding achievements include setting-up state-of-the-art trace analytical facilities and infrastructure for R&D in the areas of environment safety and sensor development for chemical vapors, water contamination and fire detection. Ground-water contamination monitoring system, presently in use at GAETEC was designed and installed under his guidance. Development of advanced oxidation process for destruction of hazardous and toxic waste treatment, and design 200 Iph plant is also to his credit. The airborne contaminants which were used in Kargil, and during blast trials in coal-mines near Chanda were also developed under his guidance. Development of computer model for dispersion of contaminants during accidental release of hazardous materials that he guided was used for safety studies for disposal of toxic gas cylinders by sspl, Delhi and for launching of Prithvi.

Presently, he is leading the project on applications of water-mist for fire protection, explosion suppression and IR signature suppression for military applications. He is also piloting a lab-rejuvenating programme at CFEES in the areas of fire science and engineering, ozone depletion potential measurement, and high-speed digital imaging.

He is a life member of High Energy Material Society of India, Pune; Indian Nuclear Society, Bombay; Indian Carbon Society, Delhi; Indian Aerosol Science and Technology Society, Bombay and has over 75 papers/publications to his credit.

LRDE, Bngalore

Shri CR Raghunath obtained his BE from University Visveshwaraya College of Engineering , Bangalore in 1973 and MTech from IIT, Madras in 1980.

He joined Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, in 1973 and has made contributions in the development of microwave receiver components and receiver subsystems required for different Radar systems developed at LRDE. He was project manager for ground penetrating Radar for detection of non-metallic mines and has been responsible for the development of avalanche victim detector (AVD).

As head of Microelectronic and Printed Circuits Division, he has contributed significantly to the development of T/R modules for the experimental L-band antenna array and fabrication of microstrip array antennas for BFSR and private sectors. He has also established infrastructure and technology to fabricate fine line PCBs and large size PCBs required for special applications. He is also heading the HRD activity at LRDE.

He has published papers to his credit in the area of microelectronics and interconnect technologies and in human resource development.

Shri GSN Raju obtained his BE from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 1976 and ME from IIT, Kanpur in 1993. He joined LRDE in 1977 and has been working in the areas of Radar systems and high power radar transmitters. He has been responsible for developing high power transmitter technology at LRDE and has successfully realised transmitters for Indra-I, Indra-II, Airborne Surveillance Platform and 3D-Central Acquisition Radar (3D-CAR). He has made significant contributions in system integration of 3D-CAR and proving performance of this radar in the intended environment.

He is the recipient of national awards like Technology Group Award- 2004, National Science Day Commendation- 2003, DRDO Technology Award-1995, etc. He has presented many technical papers in the National and International Symposiums, including eight IEEE papers. He has also served as Technical Member of IEE sponsored PEDES96.

Presently, he is the Project Director to develop production ready family of two different medium range 3D-surveillance radars for Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy based on established 3D-CAR technology.

NMRL, Ambernath

Shri Dhirendra Kumar joined Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), Ambernath, in 1975 after completing M Tech from IIT Kanpur. He has been associated, since then, with research and development activities in the field of corrosion prevention using protective organic coatings for structures in marine environment. He was actively involved in development of technologies for anti-corrosive and antifouling paints, heavy duty non-skid paint system, high performance exterior paint and other paints for Naval ships and submarines. These paints have been inducted in services and technologies transferred to paint manufacturers. Presently, he is heading Protective Technology Department and is Group Head (P&A) at NMRL.
He has also completed Senior Defence Management Course from College of Defence Management in 1997. He is recipient of DRDO and Lab Level Technology Group Awards-1997 and 2004, respectively. He has published/ presented 25 technical papers and has two patents to his credit.

NPOL, Kochi

Shri RMR Vishnubhatla, is a post graduate in Instru-mentation from Andhra University. Having had a short stint of four years at National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore in the area air borne transducers, he joined Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi in 1977.

He has established the essential base of Transducer Science as the head of the division for over two decades, which has yielded many sonar systems for air borne, surface and submarine platforms. He was instrumental in networking multiple agencies of DRDO labs and industry for the development of critical inputs to sonar systems such as, piezo-ceramic materials, water blocked cables, and acoustic baffles.

He is the team member for AGNI Award for Excellence in Self Reliance-1998, life member of Acoustical Society of India, Ultrasonic Society of India, Magnetic Society of India, and Institute of Smart Structures and Systems.

NSTL, Visakhapatnam

Shri S Veerabhadraiah, obtained MSc from Andhra University in 1969 and PG Diploma in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai in 1976. He joined Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, as SSA in 1974. His contributions as a team member till May 1978 resulted in successful productionisation of an on-board track recorder for use on torpedoes. He served as Sci B at Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi during 1978-81. His work at NPOL led to development of underwater targets classifier.

Subsequently, he came back to NSTL in 1982. Since then, his significant achievements are in modernisation of shore based submarine simulators and in self-reliance in various types of state-of-the-art sea mines meant for underwater applications. This has been a technological break through in DRDO. He has 11 technical papers to his credit. He is a fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

Shri PV Yogi, obtained his BE from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam in 1974 and MTech from IIT, Mumbai, in 1987. He joined DRDO in 1974 and served Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore till June 1988. During this period, he worked in flight control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.

He joined NSTL and has been working in the design and development of control and guidance systems for light and heavy weight torpedoes and autonomous vehicles. He has indiginised mission critical BLDC actuation system and inertial sensor package for torpedoes.

Presently, he is heading electrical, control, and guidance divisions for underwater weapons and vehicles. He is the recipient of Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance-2002.