Dte of Life Sciences, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi

Dr KS ManjaDr KS Manja has been appointed Director, Dte of Life Sciences, DRDO HQrs w.e.f. 31 May 2002. Born in 1947, he obtained his postgraduation in Medical Microbiology from Mysore University, in 1970. He worked as Research Officer at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry till February 1974. He continued his research on leprosy at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He later joined DRDE, Gwalior, as Senior Scientific Officer and developed few rapid methods of microbial detection. He has contributed significantly to the environmental microbiology and developed a novel method of testing of drinking water for microbial pollution which is being used in South America, Canada, South East Asia, etc.

Dr Manja is the recepient of Vijnana Rathna jointly awARDEd by National Centre for Science & Technology Communication, New Delhi and Science Centre, Gwalior in 1991. He is the editor of Asian Journal of Experimental Sciences and member of editorial boards, International Journal of Food Microbiology (Denmark) and Journal of Food Sciences and Technology. He is also a member specialist group, Health Related Water Microbiology, UK; Chairman, Expert Committee (1999-2001) constituted by UNICEF and Ministry of Rural Areas and Employment, Government of India for devising simple microbiology test for rural water supply. Dr Manja has three patents and 94 research publications to his credit.

INMAS, Delhi

Maj Gen T RavindranathMaj Gen T Ravidranath, AVSM, VSM has been appointed Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, w.e.f. 1 May 2002. He graduated from Government Dental College, Hyderabad in 1966 and joined the Army Dental Corps in 1967. He has served in many operational and high altitude areas and had active participation in Indo-Pak war in 1971. He was on deputation to Government of Bhutan in 1976 and took active part in raising the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Hospital.

Maj Gen Ravindranath obtained his postgraduation from Bombay University in 1981. He has been a classified specialist in Prosthetic Dentistry in Armed Forces. He joined DRDO in May 1991 and established first ever department of Dental Research at INMAS. He has   successfully developed indigenous titanium mini cortical bone plates, mesh and dental implants with surgical kits in collaboration with Non Ferrous Material Technology Development Centre (NFTDC), Hyderabad, in highly cost-effective manner so that a common man can afford this latest concept of oral rehabilitation. These devices have been used to treat injured soldiers during Kargil operation. The bone plates are being marketed by NFTDC to all oral surgeons in the country. The dental implants have been found successful and are being introduced into Services.

He is the recepient of Vishisht Sewa Medal in 1989,  Ati Vishisht Sewa Medal in 1999, DRDO Technology Award-1995, Special Citation from SA to RM-1997 and Proclamation of Welcome by Mayor of Cleveland, USA. He is  member of IDA, IPS and Fellow of American Dentaire International.

Higher Qualifications Achieved

DRDE, Gwalior

Dr MM Parida, Sci D, Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, was awARDEd PhD in the field of microbiology by the Jiwaji University, Gwalior for his thesis entitled, Development of Suitable Field Based Immuno-diagnostic Methods for Dengue Viruses.

DIPR, Delhi

Shri RK Pradhan, Sci B, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, has been awARDEd PhD by Centre of Advanced Studies, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar for his research work entitled, Managing Organisational Change: A Comparative Study on Multinational Companies and Public Sector Undertakings.

Language Aptitude Test for Defence Personnel

The Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, organised one day Language Aptitude Test (LAT) for the officers of Indian Air Force and Navy on 29 May 2002. This test is important for defence personnel aspiring to specialise in various foreign languages which has crucial bearing on country's security and operational preparedness. Officers having proficiency in foreign languages act as interrogators, interpreters, serve foreign missions, undertake translation work and also assist in negotiations and procurement of equipment/technology from abroad. DIPR specialises in identifying officers having the potential to learn new language. DIPR recommended officers are send to prominent language training institutions for specialisations.

MOU Signed for CS Capsules-A Tear Gas

The Technology for CS Capsules (a tear gas), developed by the Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, has been recently given to Sigma Engineers, Hyderabad and the Navy has placed an order on this firm for supply of 10,000 nos of CS Capsules. The CS pyrotechnic mixture generated smoke is employed as a safe method for testing leakages in closed environment and is presently used for training by the Services. In the last few years, DRDE has arranged for the supply of approximately 10,000 nos of CS Capsules to the users.

ISSA/DLJ Celebrated Raising Foundation Day

The Institute for Systems Studies and Analyses (ISSA), Delhi, celebrated its Raising Day on 3 June 2002. Shri YS Rajan, Secretary to the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of lndia was the Chief Guest and Shri VP Sandlas, Distinguished Scientist and CCR&D presided over the function. Shri RC Chakraborty, Director, ISSA delivered a brief overview of the activities of ISSA and its future commitments. The programme concluded with the announcement of the names of Lab Level Award Winners and also releasing of Hindi Magazine Vishleshika.

The Defence Laboratory (DL) Jodhpur, celebrated its Foundation Day on 16 May 2002. Shri RK Syal, Director, DL gave away DRTC Cader Awards, Administration and Allied Categories and Cash Awards to 18 staff members on this occasion.

Unique Service to the Mankind

The Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, has Dr Hanumanna presenting tricycle to a handicapped personestablished a Trust-Unique Service of Excellence under the chairmanship of Shri BS Prakasa Rao, Sci F. The Trust is being operated under the guidance of Shri R Santhanam, the then Joint Director, and was approved by the then Director Shri M Natarajan (now CCR&D). The Trust was registered in 1994.

A team consisting of Shri S Raju, STA B; Shri G Amersan, STA C; and Md Samyullah, Tech Astt A organised various cultural and general awareness programmes in schools and raised funds and collected donations to help the poor patients for  getting medical treatment. This started the idea for the formation of a Trust. The programmes were appreciated and approved by Chief Education Officers and District Education Officers of different districts of Tamil Nadu as very valuable for students for understanding the noble cause. The programmes were recommended to be conducted in all the schools.

So far, the Trust has disbursed Rs 8 Lakh to 200 needy poor patients. A function was organised on 2 May 2002 wherein Director, CVRDE distributed eight tricycles to handicapped persons and Rs 24,000 to needy poor patients for medical treatment under this Trust.