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