Continuing Education Programme

Under the continuing education programme (CEP) of DRDO, the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, organised a course on Radioisotopes Techniques in Medicine during 24,28 April 2000. Twenty, two participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The course covered topics related to nuclear medicine and radioisotope techniques. Prof BK Das, Head, Department of Nuclear Medicine, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, was the Chief Guest. In his keynote address, he drew attention of the participants towards the importance of nuclear medicine and radioisotopes techniques in the modern day medical technology. Dr Brahma Singh, Director of Biomedical and Allied Sciences (DBAS), Delhi, presided over the valedictory function and distributed course certificates to the participants.

The Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE), Chandipur, organised a CEP course on Computers in Office, during 8,12 May 2000. Maj Gen US Abrol, Director & Commandant, PXE, inaugurated the course and also delivered the valedictory address. The topics covered included: MS Word, Excel and Power Point, DRONA, and Internet. Seventeen participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course.

Other Course

The Institute of Technology Management (ITM) , Mussoorie, conducted a one,week course on Management Information System for senior IPS officers, during 24,29 Apri12000. Vice Adm PJ Jacob, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, was the chief guest while Vice Adm  AS Krishnan, A VSM, VSM, Chief of Material, IN, delivered the valedictory address. Thirty IPS officers attended the course.


SASE, ManaliMaj. Gen Thakur releasing the poster on avalanche safety and rescue methods
The Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Manali, organised a Dissemination Workshop on Avalanche Feedback (DW AF, 2000) at SASE HQrs, Manali, during 24,25 Apri12000. The Workshop was aimed at bringing users and scientists on a common platform to discuss the steps to be taken to improve the accuracy of avalanche prediction and minimise casualties due to avalanches. Maj Gen SS Sharma KC, VSM, Director, SASE, in his opening address, outlined the aim of the Workshop and emphasised that the casualty can be minimised only through close interaction with the users. The Workshop was attended by the Army persons from 14 and 15 Corps and ITBP; The users shared their experiences on the avalanche forecasts issued by SASE, artificial triggering of avalanches and on safety and rescue measures. SASE scientists who have been deployed in the field during the current winter discussed various scientific aspects of avalanches reported during 1999,2000.
Maj Gen BS Thakur, AVSM, ADGMO (B), who was the Chief Guest, inaugurated the , Workshop and released posters on avalanche safety and rescue methods at the concluding session of the Workshop. 


The Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) , Delhi, organized a one,day Workshop on EOCM Technologies 301.jpg (18692 bytes)and Systems on 26 April 2000. The workshop was aimed at interacting with the delegates from the three Armed Forces on various issues related to the technologies and deployment of electro,optic countermeasures class of laser systems (EOCM) . Maj Gen PSK Choudary, ADG (W&E), was the Chief Guest. In his inaugural address, he brought out the importance of having the EOCM equipment and also the need for indigenising the development of EOCM equipment. Shri VP Sandlas, Distinguished Scientist and CC (R&D ) and Shri PU Deshpande, CC (R&D) also graced  the occasion. Fifty delegates from the Armed Forces and various DRDO labs/estts attended the workshop.

Shri Amitav Mallik, Director, LASTEC, delivering the plenary talk on Overview of EOCM/DEW Systems, highlighted the importance of EOCM/DEW systems in contemporary battlefield scenario and said that the EOCM technology was available in the country at a cost that was much less than the international price of similar systems. During the Technical Session, LASTEC scientists and members of the Armed Forces made technical presentations on various issues related to technologies and deployment of EOCM systems. The delegates
were shown a live demonstration of various EOCM equipment and also a live firing of 1 kg/s mass flow rate gas dynamic laser system. The
EOCM systems shown included Alexandrite laser based laser dazzler, dual wavelength EOCM laser, laser energy density threshold detector, and the 2KJ SHALAKA.

Shri VP Sandlas, CC (R&D) chaired the panel discussion and in his concluding remarks, ernphasised that hand,held/portable EOCM   systems had a lot of scope and stressed upon the need to quickly define and realize such systems.


As a part of the societal mission, the High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, organised an educational lecture on Safe Child . and Mental Health by Prof (Dr) Mrs SK Mehta, MD PeDIATrics and a workshop on Child Care both on 13 May 2000. HEMRL employees and their family members who attended the course were benefited in acquiring information about safe child and mental health. On this occasion, a video film was also arranged for the participants.

SASE Advisory Committee Meeting

The first meeting of SASE Advisory Committee of this year was held at the Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) HQrs, Manali, on 13 April 2000 under the Chairmanship of Lt Gen AN Sinha, PVSM, A VSM, E-in-C. The Chairman, in his welcome address, appreciated the work done by SASE during Operation Vijay with special reference to the installation of two Automatic Weather Stations at Zojila and Dras in Kargil sector. He emphasised that the technique developed by SASE for artificial release of avalanches with the help of Avdhav Visphotak Vahan (AVV) has resulted in achieving high level of confidence in premature release of avalanches. Shri VP Sandlas, CC R&D & Distinguished Scientist, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi; Maj Gen SS Sharma, KC, VSM, Director, SASE; Sh KC Prashar, Director of Electronics; and other invited scientists from IMD, DS1; NCMRWF and Service officers from DGMO and DGBR attended the meeting.

Shri Sandlas appreciated the efforts made bySASE in achieving vast ground experience in the field of snow and avalanche and spoke on the responsibility of the Establishment with regard to mountain warfare and surveillance. He also outlined the responsibility given to SASE and DTRL in the development of virtual reality model for use by the troops.