Ministry of Defence - Antony to give away DRDO Awards Tomorrow

Ministry of Defence

Antony to give away DRDO Awards Tomorrow

            DRDO awards for the year 2010 for outstanding contribution in various areas of technology will be given away by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony at a function here tomorrow. There are eleven categories of DRDO awards presented each year to DRDO Scientists/Teams for their outstanding contributions. The transformation of technologies developed by DRDO into products/systems/processes for Armed Forces requires absorption of technologies by the production agencies. Defence technology absorption awards are given to production agencies associated with productionization of DRDO technologies for their excellent support.

Silicon trophy for the year 2010 for the Best Systems Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to the Research Centre Imarat (Programme AD), Hyderabad in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the laboratory in developing a Ballistic Missile Defence System.

Titanium trophy for the year 2010 for the Best Science Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to DL, Jodhpur in recognition of its contribution in the area of camouflage and low observable technologies for the Armed Forces and critical defence equipment.

The Life Time Achievement award for the year 2010 has been conferred on Air Cmde R Gopalaswami (Retd), Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad for the development of liquid rocket engines for missiles and multi-fold array of technology and management initiatives.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions and leadership qualities, the Technology Leadership awards for the year 2010 have been awarded to following Scientists:

1.    Dr V Bhujanga Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Vishakhapatnam for outstanding contributions in the design, development and induction of Indigenous Underwater Weapons, Naval Stealth products, Underwater Mines, Fire Control Systems and Autonomous Underwater vehicles.

2.    Shri S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development. Shri S Sundaresh pioneered the development of complex, multi-disciplinary, technology intensive Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) for the MBT Arjun through successful system integration, weapon system trials and user acceptance.

3.    Dr G Malakondaiah, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. Dr. G Malakondaiah has made valuable contributions in the development of speciality low-alloy steel DMR-1700 as a cost-effective replacement of maraging steels. AB class naval steels were indigenized under the leadership of Dr G Malakondaiah and are being used in the construction of the very first indigenously built aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard.

Agni awards for excellence in self-reliance for the year 2010 have been conferred to the following Scientists along with their teams for their excellent contributions towards building self-reliance in defence technologies.

Dr Jagannath Nayak, Sc ‘F’, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; Shri G. Raghavaiah, Sc ‘G’, Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL), Hyderabad; Shri RC Agarwal, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun; Dr AK Singh, Sc ‘G’, Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bengaluru; and Shri MZ Siddique, Sc ‘G’, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bengaluru.

Out of the two performance excellence awards 2010 for excellent performance and contributions, one has been awarded to Shri PS Krishnan, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bangaluru and his team. The other award is shared equally among Dr Satish Kumar, Outstanding Scientist and Director, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh and Shri SK Shenoy, Sc 'G', Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi and their team members from TBRL, NPOL, Armament Research and Development (ARDE), Pune, Research Center Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, SPIC, and ADE, Bengaluru.

DRDO ‘Scientist of the Year’ awards for the year 2010 have been conferred to the following twenty Scientists:

Dr Ramprasad R Panyam, Outstanding Scientist, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL) Hyderabad; Shri J Chattopadhyay, Sc ‘G’, Advance Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad; Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Sc ‘G’, Centre for Fire, Explosive & Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi; Dr Manoj Gupta, Sc ‘G’, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune; Dr Dipti Deodhare, Sc ‘F’, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru; Dr AK Singh, Sc ‘E’, Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT), Pune; Dr K Maheswara Reddy, Sc ‘G’, Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Bengaluru; Smt Padmavathi, Sc ‘F’, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bengaluru; Dr Kadiyam Venkateswara Rao, Sc ‘G’, Naval Science & Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Visakhapatnam; Shri P Sivakumar, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai; Dr DK Dubey, Sc ‘F’, Defence R & D Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior; Shri Gopal Bhushan, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Dte of International Cooperation, DRDO HQrs.; Shri Shyam Govind Vaijapurkar, Sc ‘F’, Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur; Dr Dev Raj Saroha, Sc ‘G’, Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh; Dr Bikash Chandra Chakraborty, Sc ‘G’, Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), Ambarnath; Dr (Mrs) KS Premavalli, Sc ‘F’, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore; Shri Gokula Ranjan Panda, Sc ‘F’, Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur; Dr S Guruprasad, Sc ‘G’ and Director, Research & Development Establishment (Engrs), Pune; Shri G Satheesh Reddy, Sc ‘G’, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad; and Shri MS Easwaran, Sc ‘G’, Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), Bengaluru.

Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore has been awarded the Defence Technology Spin-off award for the year 2010 for developing physiologically active foods, Aloe vera juice, Aloe vera based fruit spread, seabuckthorn based herbal tea and baked foods, Rhodiola based coffee for combating diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, colon cancer and other stress related disorders & diseases. The Special Award for Strategic Contribution for the year 2010 is conferred on Shri Ajay Singh, Chief Executive, Dte of Civil Works & Estates, DRDO HQrs and his team for outstanding contributions in highly specialized nature of Civil works at some of the most difficult and hazardous area within the stipulated time frame. Dr V Ramanujachari, Sc ‘G’, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad and his team have successfully designed, developed and static tested the scramjet combustor for HSTDV project and hence awarded Best Innovation/Futuristic Development award for the year 2010 for valuable contribution. Shri R Raveendran, Sc ‘D’, Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi and his team coordinated with 24 laboratories all over India in the 98th Indian Science Congress and successfully organized the DRDO exhibits where more than 122 models from various laboratories were kept in the DRDO pavilion. And the DRDO pavilion was given the Best Exhibitor Award. In recognition of their valuable contribution the Best Popular Science Communication award for the year 2010 is conferred on Shri R Raveendran, CVRDE, Avadi & his team members. The award will be equally shared with Dr JP Singh, Sc ‘F’, Directorate of Planning and Coordination, DRDO HQ for disseminating information pertaining to “DRDO's contributions” to the Parliament and its committees.

M/s Tratec Engineers Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon and M/s VEM Technologies, Hyderabad have been awarded Defence Technology Absorption awards for the year 2010 for excellent support associated with design and development of critical DRDO technologies.

Source: PIB


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