DRDO CELEBRATES NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY

Dr Aatre addressing the Scientists on the National Technology DayThe National Technology Day was celebrated on 11 May 2002 to mark the 4th anniversary of Shakti (Pokhran nuclear test). DRDO HQrs and Delhi based labs/estts celebrated the occasion in a function organised by Defence Science Forum at LASTEC Auditorium, Metcalfe House, Delhi, under the Chairmanship of Dr VK Aatre, SA to RM, DGR&D and Secretary, DRDO. Shri Amitav Mallik, Director LASTEC and convenor of the Forum, welcomed the audience.

Dr VK Aatre, in his Technology Day Address, highlighted the complexities of defence technologies and also challenges faced by DRDO scientists. He pointed out that DRDO has excelled in developing systems based on cutting-edge technologies. However, transforming these into field-usable products needs attention. He emphasised the need of industry's involvement from the initial stage of product development in order to get technology transformed into field-usable product in a reasonable time. He further stressed upon technology forecasting so as to guide the users on the right kind of systems suitable for their future needs besides existing approach of product development governed by user's demands.

Dr Aatre expressed his concern about the lack of innovative ideas generated in the mind of Dr Aatre releasing the Compendium of National Science Day Orationsscientific community inspite of vast potential of talents available within the country. He appealed to the scientists to inculcate the habit of reading to promote creative thinking. He cited examples of recent developments in science where apparently 'crazy ideas' have led to simple solutions to difficult problems. He concluded his address expressing hope with confidence that great technological innovations will emerge from these 'crazy ideas' originating in the minds of our scientists.

The other highlights of the celebration were presentations on DRDO technologies. Dr S Senthil Kumaran, INMAS, Delhi, delivered a talk on Image Visualisation Software on PC Platform developed at INMAS and Shri DRSV Verma, GTRE, Bangalore, gave a presentation on Precision Manufacturing Technology for Gas Turbine Aero Engine.

On the occasion, Dr Aatre also released a Compendium of National Science Day Orations compiled and edited by DESIDOC. Shri D Dutta, Secretary of the Forum proposed a vote of thanks.

Various DRDO labs/estts in the country also celebrated the National Technology Day locally. Presentations were made and the speakers were felicitated with mementoes. Highlights of some of the events are reported here.

CAIR, Bangalore

Shri Kesheorey, Sci F, delivered the Technology Day Oration and received the Titanium Medal Certificate signed by SA to RM on the occasion.

CASSA, Bangalore

Shri HV Srinivasa Rao, Director, delivered a lecture on Modelling and Simulation-A Powerful Tool for Systems Performance Evaluation and Design Trade-off Studies of EW Systems. Dr T Chitra gave an oration on UAV Technologies and Combat Operations.

CEMILAC, Bangalore

Shri DM Issac, Sci D, RCMA (H), delivered a lecture on Integration of Emergency Floatation Gear on Helicopter.

DARL, Pithorgarh

As a part of the celebration, various technologies developed on greenhouse cultivation of Students being briefed about medicinal plants at DARLoff-season vegetables, hydroponics, seed production of improved varieties, fodder production in hills, mushroom production, conservation of bio-diversity of Himalayan region, products formulation using various medicinal and herbal plants and their agro-technologies of cultivation, etc were exhibited and demonstrated in the laboratory as well as in fields to the students.

DLRL, Hyderabad

The laboratory observed Open House to mark the occasion. Shri A Gangadhara Rao, Sci G (Retd) , delivered a technical lecture on Bridging the Gap Between Development, Production and Inspection for EW Systems while Shri Ashwini Kumar and Shri M Balachary, both Sci E, delivered a lecture on Rotman Lens and Feed Array. Shri Rampal, Sci G; Shri Ashwini Kumar, Sci E; Shri M Balachary, Sci E; and Smt K Bramarambha, Sci C, received the mementoes and certificates .

DIPAS, Delhi

The celebration started with a lecture by Shri SC Lakhera, Sci C on Syndrome X that if un-attended, can lead to Coronary Artery Disease and Diabetes. Arrangements for testing of blood sugar, blood group, blood pressure, body fat and few psychological investigations were also made for the visitors.

ISSA, SAG & DTRL, Delhi

The three laboratories jointly celebrated the National Technology Day. Shri RP Sharma, and Shri Sunil Sharma both Sci D, ISSA delivered talks on Simulation-Based Combat Planning and Military Geographic Information Systems, respectively. Shri BK Pathak, Sci F, DTRL delivered a talk on Technology of Cross-country Mobility Assessment. Eight scientists from SAG made presentations through multimedia on various subjects.

IRDE, Dehradun

An Open Day for the schools, colleges and the general public was observed. Dr NS Virdi, Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, inaugurated the function. An exhibition was arranged depicting various technologies and vision instruments developed by IRDE. Video films on IRDE and DRDO activities were also screened.

INMAS, Delhi

Dr Senthil Kumaran, Sci C, delivered a lecture on Image Visualisation Software on PC Platform. A large number of scientists and staff attended the programme.

NPOL, Kochi

Shri RMR Vishnubhatla, Sci F, delivered a lecture on Bio-sensors: Retrospect and Prospect. Dr JN Das, Sci G; Dr KPB Moosad, Sci E; Shri G Chandrasekar, Sci E; Dr DD Ebenezer, Sci E; and Shri P Annadurai, Sci C were presented the medals and certificates.

NSTL, Visakhapatnam

An Open House was observed to mark the Occasion. Models of items developed by NSTL were displayed in the exhibition arranged at High-Speed Towing Tank. The visitors were allowed to see Model Testing of Ships at High-Speed Towing Tank. Also exhibited were Propeller Testing in Cavitation Tunnel and Under Water Explosion Studies in Shock Tank.

RCI, Hyderabad

Prof Shiban K Koul, lIT, Delhi delivered a lecture on RF-to-Millimeter Wave MEMS and Wg Cdr AS Sarma (Retd), Project Director, Weapon Systems, spoke about Current Trends in Anti-Ballistic Missile Technology. Dr SK Chaudhuri, Associate Director, RCI, was conferred with the National Technology Day Award - 2002.

R&DE Engrs, Pune

Dr Makrand Joshi, Sci D, presented a paper on Health Monitoring of Structures Made of Laminated Composites.

TBRL, Chandigarh

An Open House was observed and officers/staff from Punjab University, Punjab Engineering College, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Technical Teachers Training Institute, and various vendors all at Chandigarh, went around the range.