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									A monthly house bulletin of Defence Research & Development Organisation          ■ Vol. 32 No.8 ■ August 2012

  Workshop on Gasification Technologies
           Applicable to India
    Energy is the prime mover of economic growth. In
India there exists a large gap in the demand and supply
of energy. Self-reliance in meeting the ‘energy security’
through indigenous technology is one of the prime
challenges for the country in the near future. Gasification
technologies are time-tested and environmentally
acceptable sound way of converting industrial refuse and
waste items like biomass, municipal solid wastes, high
ash coal, etc., into electricity and useful products like
fertilisers, and chemicals.

    National Mission-9 Programme under Climate
Change Action Plan of Prime Minister of India envisages
for building of an indigenous technology on Multi-Feed           Dr Saraswat presenting memento to Dr Chidambaram
Gasification Technology plant for power and hydrogen
where coal, biomass, MSW, Petcoke can be used as              the role of NCECG. Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific
feed. A National Centre of Excellence for Combustion          Advisor to Raksha Mantri (SA to RM), Secretary
and Gasification (NCECG) is being established by DRDO         Department of Defence R&D and Director General
at Vehicle Research and Development Establishment             DRDO, presided over the workshop meeting.
(VRDE), Ahmednagar, with the objective for directed           Dr R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor
research towards this end. The aim of the Centre is to        to Government of India, was the Chief Guest and
develop and establish clean gasification technologies         Shri Shyam Saran, Chairman, Research and
for converting various industrial waste feeds which are       Information Systems (RIS) for developing countries
normally in abundance in the country but so far not used      and former foreign Secretary, was the Guest of
to generate energy.                                           Honour. Shri S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist
                                                              (DS) and Chief Controller (CC) R&D (ACE&SI); Dr
   A one-day workshop on Gasification Technologies            CP Ramnarayanan, Director, VRDE, experts from
Applicable to India was organised by DRDO on 6 July           DRDO, academia and industries also participated in
2012 at DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi. The aim of the                the workshop.
workshop was to sensitise the cross-section of potential
industries, academies, and R&D organisations in                  The workshop was conducted in three sessions
realising the energy requirement of the country and           through invited talks by eminent speakers and panel
    Signing of MoU on Multi Feed Gasification with Poly Generation at DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. Row 1st (L-R): Shri Gajanan Sadekar, Vice
    President (Tech), Larsen & Toubro Ltd; Dr CP Ramanarayanan, Director VRDE, DRDO; Dr RR Sonde, CTO & Executive Vice President,
    Thermax Limited; Shri SK Sarangi, Executive Director, R&D, IOCL and Shri Rajesh Menon, Deputy Director General, Confederation
    of Indian Industry. Row 2nd (L-R): Dr RK Malhotra, Director, R&D, IOCL; Dr VK Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri;
    Dr R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India; Shri Shyam Saran, Chairman, RIS and Shri S Sundaresh, DS
    and CC R&D (ACE&SI), DRDO.

    discussions of the experts in the field. Dr VK Saraswat in             Dr Chidambram in his inaugural address described
    his opening remarks said, “the project aims at converting          it as a great initiative from DRDO and mentioned that
    biomass, municipal solid wastes, high ash coal, and                this indeed is a relatively cleaner carbon conversion
    industrial wastes into useful products like electricity,           technology and can be devised to address the huge
    fertilisers and chemicals. The Multi-Feed Gasification             energy demand by strategic sectors especially the
    Technology project will be the first of its kind in the world      Armed Forces. “If we are able to use material available
    because only Single-Feed Gasification Technology, as of            locally to generate these energies that will be valuable
    now, exists in developed and few developing countries”.            achievements”, opined Dr Chidambram.
    He also said, “our aim is to provide green energy for
                                                                           Shri Shyam Saran mentioned that energy security
    defence needs where it is required for consumption,
                                                                       and climate change are the two faces of the same coin.
    but it will also largely meet the needs of civil sector as
                                                                       He further said, “energy sources available to us are
                                                                       reaching their finite limit. The technology of gasification
        Highlighting the importance of energy security with            will ensure the optimum utilisation of existing resources
    reference to defence, Dr Saraswat said, “Our Armed                 nation-wide to meet the energy security challenges.”
    Forces are among the largest consumer of energy, bulk              The Multi-Feed Gasification with Poly Generation
    of which is required in far flung areas. Thus, the transport       Project is proposed to be executed as a consortium with
    of fuel is a major issue. We need to have technologies             DRDO in lead and CII, IOCL Ltd, Thermax Ltd and L&T
    to generate power near the place of its consumption and            Ltd as other partners. A memorandum of understanding
    using sources available nearby linking development with            (MOU) between the partners was formally signed during
    the consumption of power”.                                         the occasion.

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           SA to RM inaugurates New Technical Facility at DEBEL

   Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, inaugurated the new          and other research agencies, and identify areas
technical facility at Defence Bioengineering and          directly leading to product development. SA to RM also
Electromedical Laboratory (DEBEL) on 20 June 2012.        released a Technical Compendium charting DEBEL’s
Dr W Selvamurthy, DS and CC R&D (LS&IC), Directors of     technological growth since its inception. An exhibition
Bangalore-based labs, partners from academic institutes   was also organised during the occasion to showcase the
                                                               products and technologies developed by DEBEL.
                                                                  The new facility houses advanced test facilities
                                                               and analytical equipment required for progressing
                                                               important current and future R&D programme of
                                                               DEBEL. It includes a hydrostatic simulator to test
                                                               prototypes and equipment at depths of 300 m;
                                                               a dynamic test centrifuge to handle pneumatic
                                                               prototypes with specific payloads; a high altitude
                                                               simulation chamber for human applications and
                                                               advanced characterisation and testing facilities
                                                               for technical textiles developed for military

    Dr Saraswat inaugurating the new technical facility
                       at DEBEL
and industry were also present on the occasion.
Dr Saraswat lauded DEBEL for her contributions
to the Armed Forces by way of making available
life support systems, protective equipment and
biomedical devices. He said that the laboratory is
the epitome of convergence of different disciplines
and collaborative working for product development.
He also urged the life sciences laboratories of
DRDO to seize the opportunities offered by the
biomedical engineering revolution and create basic
science clusters in collaboration with academic                        Dr Saraswat at the exhibition

Voluntary Contribution by CABS’s
Women Employees
   Every year, women employees of CABS contribute
voluntarily towards the education of a girl child who
need financial support for pursuing primary school
education. Practice is being followed since 2009. For
the academic year 2012-13, a sum of Rs 10,000/-
                                                          Ms Suma Varughese handing over the contribution to the mother
was collected and distributed to two girls by Ms Suma     of one of the girls. Ms MR Bhuvaneswari (extreme left) was also
Varughese, Sc G.                                          present during the occasion.

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                                     Agni 1 Launched Successfully

        Agni 1, India’s 700 km range ballistic                            DRDO, the missile is already in the arsenal of
    missile, was launched successfully from the                           Indian Armed Forces and was launched by the
    wheeler island off the coast of Odisha. It was                        Strategic Forces Command as part of training
    a textbook launch meeting all the mission                             exercise to ensure preparedness.
    objectives. The missile reached the target point
                                                                              The launch was witnessed by Dr VK
    in the Bay of Bengal following the prescribed
                                                                          Saraswat, SA to RM; Shri Avinash Chander;
    trajectory, informed Shri Avinash Chander, DS
                                                                          Dr J Chattopadhyaya; Project Director, and
    and CC R&D (MSS) and Programme Director
                                                                          Shri MVKV Prasad, Director, ITR, and senior
                                                                          officials of DRDO and the Armed Forces.
       The missile was launched from road                                 Dr Saraswat congratulated the scientists and
    mobile launcher and was tracked by radar                              employees of DRDO and the Armed Forces
    and telemetry stations located along the                              for the successful launch.
    coastline. Two naval ships located near the                              Shri AK Antony, Hon’ble Defence Minister,
    target point tracked the missile in the terminal                      also congratulated the team on the successful
    phase of the flight. Indigenously developed by                        launch of Agni 1.

             Demonstration of Integrated Computer, Communication and
                           Software System for F-INSAS

        DG Infantry, DG RR and other senior officers of
    Army HQ , witnessed the demonstration of Integrated
    Computer, Communication and Software System (ICCS)
    and Software Defined Radio (SDR) being developed by
    Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR) and
    Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL),
    two of the electronic cluster laboratories of DRDO with
    BEL as the Production Agency. The presentation-
    cum-demonstration was organised by Directorate of
    Interaction with Services for Business (DISB), DRDO          picture over GIS backdrop; situational awareness over
    HQ with the help of PMO Futuristic Infantry Solider as       GIS backdrop; blue force tracking; mission planning
    a System (F-INSAS), Army HQ; CAIR and DEAL on 19             and task execution; integration of military symbols;
    June 2012 at Brigade HQ, Delhi, under the guidance           integrated message management (pre-formatted and
    of Shri S Sundaresh, DS and CC R&D (ACE&SI), CC              free text); biometric authentication; and physiological
    R&D (ECS) and Shri VS Mahalingam, DS and Director,           monitoring display and dissemination.
                                                                 (ii) Hardware, manufactured by BEL with embedded
        The following important functionalities and hardware     software developed by CAIR comprising Commander
    of F-INSAS, ICCS and SDR were demonstrated:                  data terminal; wrist display and authentication; planning
    (i) Role-based functionalities of Coy Cdr, Platoon Cdr,      display and authentication; navigation (GPS, DRM
    Sector Cdr, and Soldier comprising common operation          and DMC); hand-held IP radio (prototype with limited

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range of operation up to 100 m) with ad hoc network;        panel; battery charger (AC-DC, DC-DC and solar); and
centralised power pack and power management                 hand crank generator.
(14.8 V, 10 Ah); target acquisition sub-system; hand-held   (iii) SDR developed by DEAL (manufactured by BEL)
target acquisition sub-system; physiological monitoring     comprising voice, data and video transmission over live
sub-system; cable concealed in harness; thin film solar     SDR links.

      SA to RM Inaugurates Viewers Gallery of Army Rowing Node

    Dr VK Saraswat, SA                                                                Geology, water management,
to RM, inaugurated the                                                                architecture and structures to
Viewers Gallery of Army                                                               prepare the layout and network
Rowing Node at CME,                                                                   of buildings and facilities as
Pune. The gallery has                                                                 per FISA guidelines which
a sitting capacity of 600                                                             was put into implementation
spectators with a basement                                                            after approval of International
office of 240 m2 for event                                                            Rowing Federation.
organisers. Shri Ashok                                                                     DRDO carried out the
Suri, Chief Construction                                                                task of creation of rowing
Engineer (CCE) R&D,                                                                     channel tirelessly. More than
DRDO, highlighted the genesis of the complete project       10 lakh m3 of excavation was carried out for creating
and emphasised on the seamless synergy between CME          man-made unlined 2200 m long and 135 m wide water
and CCE, DRDO which made creation of international          channel with 10 lanes for rowing. Besides, complex
rowing channel a reality in a record time.                  comprises an industrial effluent plant; a spill-away water
   Dr Saraswat congratulated the teams for conceiving       channel linking existing upper lake for filling channel
and executing the project meticulously. “An excellent       in extreme summer and winter; an administrative-
facility built in record time to international standards    cum-training building with sauna, gymnasium and
using ingenuity to cut down time and cost”, said            small auditorium; boat house complex to house boats
Dr Saraswat. He also delivered a motivational talk to       with living accommodation for participants; timer huts;
young officers of CME which was followed by a question      aligner huts, and a five storey finish tower as per FISA
and answer session. SA also emphasised the need             guidelines. This is the first dedicated rowing channel in
for joint participation in undertaking projects as per      South Asia and the only one in Asia besides China. All
requirements of the Services.                               channels elsewhere in the world are located near a river
  Chief Construction Engineer R&D (West), DRDO,             or canal as its feeders, but this is the only channel away
Pashan, engaged best consultants in respective fields of    from any large water body where rainwater is collected.

            Viewers gallery of Army rowing node                        Panoramic view of the rowing channel

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                                               Personnel News

                                                               lightweight rocket launchers, multiple launcher system,
                                                               and setting up of DRDO Centre for Piezoceramics and
    CC R&D (ECS&LIC), DRDO HQ                                  Devices at Armament Research and Development
                                                               Establishment (ARDE), Pune.
                     Shri SS Sundaram, Distinguished
                     Scientist,    has     assumed      the        Dr Kharat obtained his MSc (Electronics) and PhD
                     appointment of CC R&D (ECS&LIC)           (Materials Science) from the University of Pune. He
                     wef 1 July 2012. Shri Sundaram            joined DRDO in 1982 as Sc B and was posted to ARDE,
                     obtained his MSc (Tech) in Applied        Pune. Dr Kharat has developed special nanosecond
                     Physics from Andhra University and        multi-flash X-ray, high-speed and ultra high-speed
                     MTech in Advanced Electronics from        photographic and video graphic techniques, and
                     Jawaharlal     Nehru Technological        successfully employed for the design and development
    University (JNTU), Hyderabad. He joined Defence            of warheads, shaped and P-charges, tank ammunition
    Electronics    Applications     Laboratory     (DEAL),
                                                               multi barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) systems, canopy
    Dehradun, as SSA in 1976. He briefly served Indian
                                                               severance system, and aircraft delivered bombs, etc.
    Engineering Services (Broadcasting) in Imphal,
    Silchar, Patna and Calcutta. He rejoined DRDO as           The ‘detonics study’ has been his one of the areas of
    Sc B in 1981 at Defence Electronics Research               expertise. For projects on the design and development
    Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, and contributed to           of illuminating ammunitions for family of mortars, he
    the design and realisation of numerous communication       has developed instrumentation and facilities for the
    EW systems. He shouldered major responsibility             measurement and analysis of illumination intensities
    from ‘concept to induction’ in directing the Integrated    during their development followed by induction into
    Electronic Warfare Programme, Samyukta, for the            the Services, transfer of technology, and indigenous
    Indian Army.                                               production.
        Shri Sundaram joined Instruments Research and
                                                                  Dr Kharat has developed advanced gun propulsion
    Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, as
                                                               techniques for liquid propellent gun using HAN and
    Director in April 2007. At IRDE, he was instrumental in
    realising various thermal imagers, laser instruments,      TEAN-based liquid propellants, and electro thermal
    fire control systems, etc., which have been inducted       chemical (ETC) guns by plasma ignitions and
    into the Army, Navy and paramilitary forces. Under his     successfully demonstrated the technologies on 30 mm
    leadership, IRDE was awarded the DRDO Silicon Trophy       platforms jointly with High Energy Materials Research
    for 2011 in recognition of the work progress in the area   Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune.
    of Electro-optical Instrumentation and Photonics.
                                                                     As Project Director, Dr Kharat has successfully
                                                               developed lightweight rocket launchers using composite
    Dte of Armament, DRDO HQ
                                                               materials and transferred technology to OFB for
                     Dr DK Kharat, Sc G, has taken over        indigenous production. He has established special
                     as Director Armaments at Directorate      ultrasonic (UT) and acoustic emission (AE) techniques
                     of Armaments, DRDO HQ, New Delhi,         jointly with academia for structural integrity studies
                     wef 1 June 2012. Prior to this, he was    to ensure the safety of soldiers, which subsequently
                     Associate Director and Project Director   resulted in formulating the QAP of the barrels. This
                     for the design and development of         development has resulted in formulating multiple

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launcher system (MLS) for special operations. He also         technologies including nanomaterials during various
established a strong ARDE-industry-academia-OFB               national and international seminars/conferences.
consortium for the indigenous production of composite            Dr Kharat was Guest Editor of the special issue of
gun barrels.                                                  DSJ, published by DESIDOC, Delhi, on Advances in
    To meet the requirements of special grade of Lead         Electroceramics and Devices. His research work on
Zirconate Titanate (PZT) materials for naval projects, a      Advanced Propulsion Technologies for Hyper Velocity
DRDO Centre for Piezoceramics and Devices has been            Guns has been incorporated in some of the books
set up under the leadership of Dr Kharat. The Centre is       published in the area.
unique in the country, and equipped with ultramodern
facilities for design and development of special grades       Dte of LIC, DRDO HQ
of PZT materials with pilot scale manufacturing facilities.
                                                                                Shri Manoj Bali, Sc G, has joined
The Centre has transferred the technology to CEL
                                                                                as Director, Directorate of Low
and made DRDO self-reliant. The Centre provides an
                                                                                Intensity   Conflict    (LIC),  DRDO
opportunity to academia to pursue research in this
                                                                                HQ, wef 1 June 2012. Shri Bali
                                                                                obtained his BTech (Mechanical)
   As a Coordinator for the Panel on Materials for                              from Thapar Institute of Engineering
Armament Applications (MAA) of the Armament                                     and Technology, Patiala, in 1980.
Research Board (ARMREB), Dr Kharat formulated the             He joined DRDO at Defence Research and
projects on sensors, nano coatings, composite materials,      Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, as
special welding, hyper-velocity impacts, nanomaterials,       Sc B in 1982. In 1985, he moved to Terminal Ballistics
nanofluids, and smart materials to academia and R&D           Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh. In 2005, he
centres and established a very strong DRDO-academia-          joined Group for Forecasting and Analysis of Systems
industry network.                                             and Technologies (G-FAST), and later, in 2007 moved
     Dr Kharat is a research guide to the University          to Directorate of Interaction with Services and Business
of Pune, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology             (DISB), DRDO HQ. Since 2009, Shri Bali was working
(DIAT), Pune, and IIT-Madras, Chennai. He is a                in the Directorate of Armament.
member of the Board of Studies for the Department                At DRDL, Shri Bali contributed in the development
of Electronics Sciences and Defence and Strategic             of Ground Test Facility for Ramjets in connected pipe
Studies of University of Pune. He is also a member            mode testing; for simulation of stagnation temperature
of Advisory Committee for the National Centre of              and air heater system; and for development of modified
International Security and Defence Analysis (NISDA),          105 mm tank gun (smooth bore)-based launcher for
University of Pune. He is a reviewer of the Journal of        scale down model testing.
American Ceramics Society, international Journal for
Sensors and Actuators and Defence Science Journal                 At TBRL, he was instrumental in the development
(DSJ), etc. He has published over 80 research papers          of modified 40 mm (L-70) and 30 mm (Hispano) guns-
in the peer-reviewed national, international journals,        based Fragmented Launching Gun Facility for terminal
seminars, conferences, and workshops and has one              ballistic testing of projectiles/fragments; interior ballistic
patent to his credit.                                         code for getting wide range of velocities from 10 m/s
                                                              to 2000 m/s using standard NQM, NRN propellants; for
    Dr Kharat is a life member of High Energy Materials       development of two-stage Light Gas Gun Facility for
Society of India (HEMSI), Aeronautical Society of India       achieving hyper velocity (>6000 m/s) in lab for hyper
(AeSI), Indian Society for Non-destructive Testing            velocity impact and catering studies; for development
(ISNT), Materials Society of India (MRSI), Ultrasonic         of Multi-Mode Grenade (General Staff Project) wherein
Society of India (USI), etc. He has delivered invited         he designed and developed delay fuze for offensive/
talks on the armament systems and advanced materials          defensive grenade and bullet trap for rifle launching; for

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    development of Shaped Charge Warhead Technologies,         Patiala, in 1979 and MTech in Telecommunications
    i.e., HEAT, P-charges, EFP’s, and successful               from IIT-Kharagpur in 1989. He completed MBA in
    completion of Multi-P Charge and Futuristic Shaped         Operations Research in 2009. He is an outstanding
    Charge Warheads project; for designing and successful      expert in the area of strategic communication and has
    demonstration of a modified HEAT warhead for anti-tank     made distinguished contributions in designing and
    guided missile Nag with 1000 mm penetration in MS as       setting up various communication networks, exclusively
    well as warheads for RL Mk-III and off-route mine.         based on indigenous technologies, for the nation. He
       He also initiated technology development project        was the architect of communication on the move, which
    Establishment of Shaped Charge-based anti-ship and         was first of its kind in the country.
    anti-submarine warheads and anti-armour technology;
    prototypes of anti-ship and anti-submarine warheads,          Shri Jindal started his professional career in 1979 at
    active protection system (hard kill) and SC warheads for   Punjab State Electronics Corporation, Chandigarh, as
    defeat of deep buried structures has been successfully     R&D engineer in equipment design and development
    developed and demonstrated.                                based on digital electronics. He joined DRDO on
                                                               11 November 1981 as Sc B in Electronics and Radar
        Shri Bali has represented DRDO in Ex Raksha Yojna
                                                               Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangaluru,
    (long-term planning for Armed Forces) and Inter-Services
                                                               and worked in the field of phased array radar. In
    Group on Precision Weapons. He has also worked on
                                                               1983, he joined Defence Electronics Applications
    LTIPP, DATE effectiveness analysis, time-cost overrun
    of projects, Naval and Army S&T requirements, DRDO         Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun, and worked in the field
    Materials Programme, PGM Programme, Soldier as a           of communication, covering the spectrum from VLF to
    System Programme, and weapons requirements for             Ku Band, and optical fibre communication. He made
    LICO/LIMO.                                                 significant contributions in the design, development and
                                                               testing of VLF radio by introducing indigenously built
        He was deputed to Annapolis, USA, for participation
                                                               Direct Digital Frequency Synthesiser (DDFS) based
    in study of American weapons acquisition process
                                                               on discrete components with the state-of-the-art sub-
    (Defence Acquisition University and NDIA). Subsequently
                                                               systems available at that time.
    he developed defence acquisitions database for Indian
    Defence Forces (SCAPECC, SCAPCHC, DAC, DPB,                   He was instrumental in the design, development
    etc.), acquisition proposals and QR’s routing, and         and implementation of satellite communication and
    projection of DRDO’s views in GSEPSC and GSEPC             networking for Armed Forces under the project NARD.
    meetings. He is a member of High Energy Materials
                                                               This satellite communication and networking was
    Society of India, Chairman Joint DRDO-Air Force team
                                                               purposefully used by the Indian Army and by the Indian
    for reece/siting for underground storage of explosives,
                                                               Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. It was the
    and Chairman Date Analysis Committee, Delhi region.
                                                               only mode of communication between IPKF and the
    As Member Secretary, he organised DRDO Golden
                                                               Indian Defence HQ at that time. He designed Direct
    Jubilee Students Competition, a national competition,
                                                               Sequence (DS) Spread Spectrum Systems required to
    during 2008-2009.
                                                               implement jam resistant and low probability of intercept
    DESIDOC, Delhi                                             (LPI) communication/links.

                      Shri    Suresh     Kumar    Jindal,          As Chief Designer and Project Director of Combat Net
                      Sc G, took over as Director,             Radio (CNR), he led a team of devoted and dedicated
                      Defence Scientific Information and       scientists in designing and developing a unique radio
                      Documentation Centre (DESIDOC),          (with frequency hopping technology) for armed fighter
                      Delhi, wef 1 July 2012. He obtained      vehicles which was first of its kind in the country. He
                      his BTech in Electronics and             ensured smooth and efficient transfer of technology of
                      Communication from Thapar Institute      the CNR radio to BEL which supplied more than 2000
                      of Engineering and Technology,           radios to the Indian Armed Forces. He further worked in

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the area of Reconfigurable Radio based on FPGA, now             of Heat and Mass Transfer Society of India. His areas
popularly known as SDR.                                         of interest include understanding human behaviour and
   In 2005, he joined DRDO HQ as Sc F and was                   intricacies about lateral thinking. For his outstanding
entrusted with the responsibility of fulfilling the strategic   contributions in development of thermal propulsion
communication requirements of the country for various           system for torpedoes from concept stage to realisation,
programmes of national importance including Integrated          he was conferred DRDO Scientist of the Year Award in
Guided Missile Development Programme (IGDMP).                   2005.
As Project Director of Strategic Communications,
                                                                IRDE, Dehradun
he developed, deployed and maintained different
communication networks and systems (nodes) in every                              Dr AK Gupta, Outstanding Scientist,
nook and corner of the country to work in 24x7x365                               has assumed the appointment of
mode.                                                                            Director, Instruments Research and
    He has received many awards like Special Award                               Development Establishment (IRDE),
for Strategic Contribution, as a team member, by the                             Dehradun, wef 1 July 2012. Dr Gupta
Prime Minister of India, and Technology Award by SA                              obtained his MTech and PhD degree
to RM in 2007. He was promoted to Sc G in 2007 for                               in Optics from IIT-Delhi, in 1974 and
his outstanding contributions in the field of strategic         1979, respectively. He is also Programme Director of
communication.                                                  DRDO’s Photonics Programme at IRDE. Prior to this, he
    He is a fellow of Institute of Electronics and              headed Photonics Research Design Centre; Holography,
Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), Delhi, and                  Laser Application Division, and Management Services
member of various professional bodies in India. He              at IRDE.
has published/presented many papers in national and                 Dr Gupta started his career at Defence Research
international journals/conferences.                             and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad.
                                                                He later moved to Aeronautical Development
GTRE, Bengaluru                                                 Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, prior to joining IRDE
                 Dr CP Ramanarayanan, Sc G, has                 in 1986. Throughout his career, he has been engaged
                 taken over as Director, Gas Turbine            in the research and development in the field of optics,
                 Research Establishment (GTRE),                 laser and photonics, which has led to the successful
                 Bengaluru, wef 2 July 2012. He is also         development of various laser devices, photonic devices
                 holding additional charge as Director          and vision instruments for defence applications. He has
                 Vehicle Research and Development               been one of the foremost architects of the development
                 Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar.              of technology for laser proximity sensors, fuzes, and
Dr Ramanarayanan did his postgraduation (ME) in                 laser seekers. As Programme Director, he is leading a
IC Engines from Indian Institute of Science (IISc),             team of scientists from multiple DRDO labs to develop
Bangaluru, and PhD from JNTU, Hyderabad. Dr                     photonic devices including Multi-function Integrated
Ramanarayanan joined DRDO at Naval Science and                  Optic Chip (MIOC) for Fibre Optic Gyroscope (FOG),
Technological Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam, on 2            Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) Chip for
May 1983. At NSTL he worked on various underwater               nonlinear frequency conversion, PPLN-based mid-IR
weapon projects and was Technology Director for                 tunable laser, photonic correlator, adaptive optics imaging
thermal torpedoes. He also worked as Project Director           system, holographic sight, etc. He is now embarking on
for thermal propulsion development for heavy and                the development of micro-optics and nanophotonics for
lightweight torpedoes and was instrumental for starting         defence applications by bringing together a number of
work for indigenous development of thermal propulsion           centres of excellence from all over the country, including
system for torpedoes.                                           DRDO, IITs, IISc, etc.
  Dr Ramanarayanan is a fellow of Institution of                   Dr Gupta’s current areas of interests are: laser
Engineers, Member of Fluid Power Society of India and           applications, optical image processing, adaptive optics,

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     holography, nonlinear optics, integrated optics, micro-      Mechanical Engineer Award by Institution of Engineers
     optics, nanophotonics, etc. Besides delivering a number      (IEE), Hyderabad (2008); Eminent Engineer National
     of invited lectures in various national and international    Award by Institution of Engineers (India) (2007); Best
     conferences, he has published/presented more than            Paper Award at National Conference on Advances in
     100 papers in referred journals and in various national      Mechanical Engineering held at Vasavi Engineering
     and international conferences. He has guided a number        College, Hyderabad (2005); Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
     of PhD, MTech and BTech students. He is a member             National Award for Best Engineering College Principal
     of Society of Photo Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE),        (2003); Best Paper Award at 2nd International
     Indian Laser Association (ILA), Fellow of Optical Society    Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power held at
     of India (OSI), and Indian Science Congress. He is           IIT-Roorkee (2002); Millennium Medal of Honour (2000)
     an active member of various Advisory Committees of           by the American Biographical Institute, USA; Eminent
     Department of Science and Technology (DST), CSIR,            Engineer Award from M/s Institution of Engineers,
     etc. He has also served on Advisory Committees of a          Tirupathi Chapter (2000); and Vijaya Ratna Award and
     number of national and international conferences.
                                                                  Certificate of Excellence (1999) from India International
         Dr Gupta has visited Poland, Israel and USA in           Friendship Society, Delhi.
     connection with various project activities. He was
                                                                      Prof. Reddy was Chairman, Technical Committee, at
     awarded Monubusho Fellowship in 1984-86 from Govt
                                                                  International Conference I-CORE (February 2006) and
     of Japan for carrying out research work at Hokkado
                                                                  Vice President, Solar Energy Society of India, Hyderabad.
     University, Sapparo. He is recipient of DRDO Scientist
                                                                  He is a life member of Indian Society for Technical
     of the Year Award in 2008 for outstanding contribution in
     the development of optics and photonics technologies.        Education (ISTE); Indian Society for Mechanical
                                                                  Engineers (ISME); National Society of Fluid Mechanics
     RAC Delhi                                                    and Fluid Power; Solar Energy Society of India; Indian
                          Prof. (Dr) DN Reddy took over as        Science Congress Association; and Fellow of Institution
                          the Chairman, Recruitment and           of Engineers (India); Indian Institute of Plant Engineers;
                          Assessment Centre (RAC), DRDO,          and AP Science Academy. He has also been a member,
                          Delhi, on 20 June 2012. Presently       National Executive Council, Indian Society for Technical
                          he is also Member, University Grants    Education (1998-2000); Board of Studies in Mechanical
                          Commission (UGC), New Delhi, and        Engineering and Chemical Engineering for UG and PG
                          Regional Chairman, AICTE (SCRO),        courses in various universities; Faculty of Engineering
                          Hyderabad. Earlier, he served as Vice   and Technology for all academic programs in UG, PG,
     Chancellor, JNTU, Hyderabad (August 2008-August              and PhD; Member, Board of Studies in Mechanical
     2011), and Vice Chancellor i/c, Osmania University,          Engineering at JNTU, SVU and Kakatiya University and
     Hyderabad (February 2011-July 2011). He was also             State Board of Technical Education; member Expert
     selected as Director, NIT, Surathkal and Nagpur for 5        Committee for Grading of Engineering Colleges in AP
     years tenour. Prof. Reddy obtained his BE (Mechanical)       constituted by AP State Council for Higher Education.
     with distinction from Osmania University, Hyderabad, in          Under his dynamic leadership various institutes have
     1974, MTech in Thermal Engineering (Mechanical) with         won awards/recognitions. Some of these are Bharatiya
     first class from IIT-Madras in 1976, and PhD on Turbo        Vidya Bhavan: National Award for Best Engineering
     Machines (Mechanical) from IIT-Delhi in 1986. Having         College; University College of Engineering, Osmania
     a long professional and administrative experience, he        University for the year 2003 by ISTE, New Delhi;
     could give substantial contribution to diverse areas of      University College of Engineering: for Best performing
     institutional, curriculum and laboratory development.        Engineering College in the state as per the Grading
         He has to his credit a number of awards/honours          awarded by AP State Council for Higher Education; and
     including Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Award for                 for setting up of Renewable Energy Technology Park at
     Academic Excellence in Higher Education (2011); Best         Osmania University campus for promotion of solar, wind

10     August 2012
and biomass energy and clean coal technologies. Prof.      contributions to DRDO for the development of
Reddy also Organised Swarna Bharathi Science and           transmission systems for armoured fighting vehicles and
Technology Exhibition as part of 85th Indian Science       commercial vehicles as well as successful completion of
Congress held in Osmania University in January             production phase of Arjun MBT by Dr Jeppiaar, Founder
1998. He has been a resource person at International       and Chancellor of Sathyabama University during its 21st
Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (1998-      Convocation. Dr Sivakumar was also the Chief Guest of
2000); Academic Adviser (British Universities and India    the function and delivered the convocation address.
Consortium).                                               INMAS, Delhi
    Prof. Reddy has been a technical expert for revision   Dr RP Tripathi, OS and Director, Institute of Nuclear
of curriculum for World Bank assisted Polytechnics in      Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, was
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He is also responsible       conferred Vishist Chikitsa Ratan Award for his
for revision of entire four-year degree programme in       outstanding contributions to medical profession and the
Mechanical Engineering and Production Engineering in       society by Dr AK Walia, Minister for Urban Development
Osmania University; introduction of new postgraduate       and Health, Govt of Delhi, and Dr Harish Gupta,
programme in turbo machinery, automation and               President, Delhi Medical Association, in Doctors’ Day
robotics, CAD/CAM and tool design; setting syllabus for    Programme organised on 1 July 2012 at Maulana Azad
new elective courses in composite materials, material      Medical College, New Delhi. The function was organised
science and CAD/CAM, operations research, waste heat       in the memory of Dr BC Roy, an eminent physician and
recovery and cogeneration and energy systems were          renowned freedom fighter.
designed and implemented for UG ad PG programmes;
and for revision of entire curriculum for UG programme
under Osmania University jurisdiction.

    Prof. Reddy has visited a number of countries
including USA; China; Thailand; Malaysia; Ethiopia;
Kuwait; Italy; Spain; Australia; South Africa; Sweden;
UK, and Ireland.


CVRDE, Chennai
Dr P Sivakumar, Director, CVRDE, Chennai, was                  Higher Qualification Acquired
awarded PhD, Honoris Causa, for his significant

                                                                               Shri Ashwani Kumar, Sc G,
                                                                               Defence      Electronics    Research
                                                                               Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad, has
                                                                               been awarded PhD by the Osmania
                                                                               University, Hyderabad, for his thesis
                                                                               titled Design, Development and
                                                                               Characterisation of High Performance
                                                                               Novel Microwave Antennas for global
                                                           navigation satellite system.

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                                Sports Round-up

DIHAR, Leh                                       SASE, Manali
    Dr VK Saraswat, SA to RM, flagged off            DRDO Sports Board Annual General
first DRDO-Army mountaineering expedition        Council Meeting 2012 was held at Snow
to Siachen glacier on 29 June 2012 at Base       and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE)
Camp, Siachen. The event was organised by        Manali on 22 June 2012. Dr Bhujanga Rao,
Defence Institute of High Altitude Research      DS and CC R&D (HR), and Vice Chief
(DIHAR) and 14 Corps to commemorate the          Patron of the Sports Board, chaired the
Golden Jubilee year of DIHAR. Eight DRDO         meeting. Shri Ashwagosha Ganju, Director,
scientists from life sciences laboratories and   SASE, welcomed the council members. Dr
seven army officers took part in the 30 days     Soundar Rajan, OS and Director DARE; Shri
expedition.                                      VP Pande, Director, DMS, and President
                                                 Sports Board; Dr Manjeet Singh, Director,
                                                 TBRL, and Chairman North Zone Sports
                                                 Council; and Shri Gautam Aich, Director,
                                                 ITM, were the other dignitaries who attended
                                                 the meeting besides other council and JCM
                                                 III members. The Council deliberated on
                                                 the statement of accounts for 2011-2012,
                                                 allocation for various events and decided
                                                 the events for the current year. Welfare
                                                 measures for the outstanding sports persons
                                                 were also discussed.

                          Visits to DRDO Labs/Estts

DLRL, Hyderabad
    Shri PV Kumar, Chairman, NTRO, on
23 June 2012. He witnessed lab models of
various EW systems being developed for the
Tri-Services and SI Directorate.

                                                 TBRL, Chandigarh
                                                    Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, DG Infantry, on 15
                                                 June 2012.

LRDE, Bengaluru
   Lt Gen Kuldip Singh, AVSM, DG Army
AD, on 16 July 2012. He was briefed about
the activities of LRDE by Dr S Varadarajan,
Director, LRDE.

           The Editorial Team thanks DRDO Newsletter Correspondents for their contributions.

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