Commodore G Kuruvilla,
VSM, Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi, has
been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral w.e.f. 11 August 2003.
Born in 1944, Rear Adm Kuruvilla obtained his post-graduation in
Mechanical Machine Design from College of Engineering, Trivandrum
and was commissioned in the Indian Navy in April 1969. He had served
on-board INS Garuda and INS Tir before joining DRDO in 1974.
At NPOL, since 1974 he has made valuable contributions in major system
projects such as hull mounted sonar Apsoh, variable depth sonar Humvad,
submarine sonars Panchendriya and Payal, airborne sonar Mihir and towed
array sonar Vasuki. He has also been heading the work center of DRDL
project of NPOL.
Presently, he is the Project Director of a major mission mode project
named Active-cum-Passive Towed Array Sonar Mechanical-cum-Electronics
system project-Nagan. The design, development and installation of the
complete equipment on-board INS Mumbai has been accomplished in a record
time under his guidance. Other main technical developments undertaken
include the presently standardised electronic consoles for submarine and
ship application, heavy and light fiber optic tow cables, winching systems
for variety of applications, etc.
Rear Adm Kuruvilla is the recipient of three commendations from SA to RM,
one from Chief of Naval Staff and a National Award for import
substitution. He is also the recipient of Vishist Seva Medal from the
President of India.
Shri K Kailasapathy, has been promoted to the rank of Sci G w.e.f.1 July
2003. Shri Kailasapathy graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra
University and obtained his Post-graduation from Osmania University. He
joined DRDO in 1971 as JSO and has been associated in various projects on
Combat Vehicles and their variants at CVRDE and has been involved in the
MBT Arjun Project from its inception.
Shri Kailasapathy has made significant contributions leading to the
development of MBT structures and the related system assemblies.Presently
he is heading MBT Division entrusted with the responsibility of transfer
of technology to Ordnance Factories. He is Associate Member, Aeronautical
Society of India and Member, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK).