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 well”. 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. 2 August 2012 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 applications. 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. August 2012 3 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 Agni. 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. CAIR. (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 4 August 2012 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 August 2012 5 Personnel News lightweight rocket launchers, multiple launcher system, Appointments 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 6 August 2012 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 area. 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 August 2012 7 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 8 August 2012 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, August 2012 9 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. Awards 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. August 2012 11 ISSN:0971-4391 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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