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The National Technology Day was celebrated on 11 May 2001 to mark the 3rd Anniversary of Shakti (Pokhran nuclear test). DRDO HQrs and Delhi-based DRDO labs/estts celebrated the Technology Day with great enthusiasm at the Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi, under the auspices of Defence Science Forum.

Dr VK Aatre, SA to RM, chaired the Technology Day session and delivered the Technology Day Address. He spoke on how the technologies involved in DRDO systems, such as LCA or MET were different from the technologies in general by being much more complex. He stressed that  this was partly due to the need to install enormously large number of systems involving vastly different technologies on a single platform. To succeed, it would be imperative for us to understand the interplay of these technologies with each other, he added. He also emphasized on the importance of the interplay of several technologies in slightly different perspective where the ideas of putting together seemingly unrelated technologies are able to provide simple and cost-effective solutions to complex problems that are otherwise eluding solution by conventional means.

Dr Aatre also emphasized on the need to set up dedicated forums to promote the flow of ideas Dr Aatre releasing the compendium of National Science Day orationsand their successful transformation into useful technologies,where the scientists, especially the young ones could come together for exchange of views. In this connection, he called upon the Directors of DRDO labs/estts and the members of Defence Research Council to discuss the issue with the scientists and evolve a plan of action so that such forums could be instituted at the earliest and well before the next Technology Day. He also called upon each DRDO scientist, particularly the young ones, to be a scientist first before being a DRDO technologist, and exhorted them to resolve to devote at least one hour a day for reading scientific literature of general nature. He concluded his address with the confidence that great technological revolutions will emerge in not too distant future from the ideas originating in the minds of young DRDO scientists.

On this occasion, Dr Aatre released a compendium of National Science Day orations compiled and edited by DESIDOC. The other highlights of the celebration were talks on Electro-Magnetic Design, Sensitivity Analysis and Testing of Variable Thickness of Radome for LCA by Shri MK Patra, DRDL, Hyderabad, and Development of Iron Removal Unit for Water Purification
by  Shri DC Goswami, DRL, Tezpur .

Other DRDO labs/ estts in the country also celebrated the Technology Day by organising individual functions and presentations. Some highlights of the individual events are reported here.

DARL, Pithoragarh

The Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory(DARL) , Pithoragarh, exhibited and demonstrated Students being briefed about activities of DARLseveral technologies, viz., greenhouse technology, hydroponics, varietal improvement programme, vegetable seed production, agro-technology for cultivation of various herbal plants and preparation of herbal formulations, aquaculture, dairy cattle,  angora wool production, etc. for acquaintance of school students and farmers.

DIPAS, Delhi

The Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi, organised an open house for the general public and school students. The participants took interest in the various physiological tests performed on the site, free of cost. The tests done were: blood sugar, blood pressure, electrocardiography, lung function tests, anthropometric measurements, body fat measurements, blood group testing, eyesight testing, memory testing, etc. A science quiz was also organised for school children. Dr W Selvamurthy, Director, DIPAS, gave away the prizes to the winners of the quiz competition.

DRDE, Gwalior

The Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, celebrated the Technology Day with enthusiasm. Shri Diwakar Pandey, Sci E, was awARDEd Medal and Certificate for his outstanding achievement in the development of NBC Filters by Dr DK Jaiswal, Associate Director, DRDE.


The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, organised a talk on Technology to Meet Environmental Concerns by Prof RK Garg, former Chairman, Recruitment & Assessment Centre, Delhi, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Dr Haridwar Singh, Director, HEMRL, in his address emphasized the need to develop the state-of-the-art propellant processing technologies to make the country self-reliant. The prestigious Rolling Trophy for the Best Technology-2001 was given to Shri S Jayaraman, Sci F, for successful development of lR flares for pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya. As a part of the celebration, a competition of technical paper presentations was organised.

INMAS, Delhi

The Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, organised a lecture on Biomedical Sensor Technology: Development and Research-Indian Scenario by Prof Sneh Anand, Indian Institute of Technology (lIT), Delhi. Dr Madhu Bala, Sci D, Head, Molecular RaDIATion Biology, INMAS, presented her research findings on Pulsed-Field Electrophoresis Technological Developments and Genomics Research for which she was awARDEd a Commendation Certificate and Technology Day Award by Dr Lazar Mathew, Director, INMAS. An open house for the general public was also observed as a part of the celebration.

LRDE, Bangalore

On the occasion of the Technology Day, Shri P Radhakrishna, Sci D, Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, was awARDEd the Titanium Medal and Commendation Certificate in recognition to his significant contribution in the field of high speed radar signal processor using DSP technology by Shri GSK Rao, Officiating Director, LRDE.

sspl, Delhi

The Solid State Physics Laboratory (sspl), Delhi, organised an open house demonstration of the technologies for the public and families of the employees. Besides, a quiz competition for children and a film show on sspl activities was also organised as a part of the celebration.

TBRL, Chandigarh

The Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh, celebrated the Day by organising an open house at its Ramgarh Range. Families of the employees, school students and other dignitaries were shown the firing demonstration and various technical zones of the Laboratory .

VRDE, Ahmednagar

The Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, celebrated the Technology Day by organising lectures on Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. About 100 delegates from local army units and engineering colleges participated in the programme. On the occasion, the National Centre for Automotive Testing (NCAT) was kept open for the public.