Scientist Kota Harinarayan (Mechanical 1965) conferred with Lokmanya Tilak award
@ Aug 14, 2011
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PTI | 12:08 AM, Aug 02,2011

Pune, Aug 1 (PTI) Noted scientist Dr Kota Harinarayan was today conferred with prestigious 'Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak' Award 2011 for his outstanding contribution in the aviation sector by Tilak Smarak Trust on the 91st death anniversary of the freedom fighter."Technology is the strength of a country. Advanced the technology, richer is the country which is the basic principle for any development. We should excel in aviation technology. Though other sectors are important, but technological upgradation in aviation sector of our country will save our energy, money and will also add to our air power," Harinarayan said while accepting the award from the president of Tilak Smarak Trust Deepak Tilak.

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(Padma Shri Kota Harinayayanan)

The award consists of a citation in gold and cash of Rs one lakh."Importing everything from other country is not safe for any country. We should develop our own technology. In this process, we have to take many tough decisions, face many challenges to assure safe future for your next generation," he observed. The DRDO scientist is credited with the successful design of the recently tested and cleared Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). This is the 29th year of the award instituted in 1983 and the past recipients include among others Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A book titled 'Blackcoat', narrating trials of Lokmanya Tilak in courts during the British rule, was also released on the occasion in the presence of Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who is a trustee.


Kota Harinarayan to get Tilak award

Jul 27, 2011, 04.06 AM IST TNN

PUNE: Senior scientist Kota Harinarayan has been selected for the prestigious Lokmanya Tilak award instituted by Pune-based Lokmanya Tilak Smarak Mandir trust.

"The award is bestowed every year on a person who has made efforts for the well-being and progress of the nation," said president of the trust Deepak Tilak. Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, he said the award ceremony will take place at the Tilak Smarak Mandir at 6.15pm on August 1, which is also the 91{+s}{+t} death anniversary of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The award comprises a gold medal, memento, citation and Rs 1 lakh. Union power minister and trustee of Tilak Smarak Trust Sushilkumar Shinde will be the chief guest.

Two books - 'Black-coat' written by advocate Sunita Bansal on Lokmanya Tilak's trials in court, including the second case of sedition filed against Tilak, and the Japanese translation of 'Maker of Modern India' - will also be released at the award function.

Harinarayan started his career in 1967 at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). He moved to the Defence Research and Development Organisation headquarters, where he held various designations. He rejoined HAL in 1982 as chief designer in the Nashik division. As programme director and chief designer of the Light Combat Aircraft, he successfully directed the project leading to the flight testing and clearance of limited series production. He was formerly the vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad till July 15, 2005. He is chairman, research council, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai. In 2002, he was honoured with the Padma Shri.

This is the 29{+t}{+h} year of the award which was instituted in 1983. The previous recipients of this award include Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Atal Behari Vajpayee, M S Swaminathan, Rahul Bajaj, Shivthanu Pillai, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Pranab Mukherjee.


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*Profile of Kota Harinarayanan

Padma Shri Dr. Kota Harinarayana

Dr Kota HarinarayanaPadma Shri Dr. Kota Harinarayana

Raja Ramanna Fellow, NAL

Former Programme Director & Chief Designer of LCA

Former Vice-Chancellor of Univ. of Hyderabad

Dr. Kota Harinarayana was born in Berhampur, Orissa, in 1943 and graduated from BHU in Mechanical Engineering, post-graduate in Aero Engineering at IISc, Bangalore. He did his Ph.D. at IIT Bombay and also he is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Law.

He started his career in 1967 at HAL. He moved to DRDO HQ in 1970 till 1982 and held various positions. He rejoined HAL in 1982 as Chief Designer in Nasik Division. He was deputed to DRDO in 1985 and assumed charge as Director, ADE, Bangalore. He was appointed as LCA Programme Director in December 1985 and he was concurrently holding the post of Director, ADE till June 1986. During 1995 he was elevated as Distinguished Scientist by DRDO. As Programme Director and Chief Designer of Light Combat Aircraft, he successfully directed the project leading to flight testing and clearance for limited series production. Thanks to his efforts, India succeeded in developing a state-of-art, high technology fighter aircraft of world class.

He is the Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (former President of the Society) and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received distinguished alumnus award from Aerospace Department, IISc in 1993 and from IIT Bombay in 1995. He was awarded National Aeronautics Prize and FIE Foundation Award in 1996. He received SBI-Pragna Puraskar in 2001. He received the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2001. He received the DRDO Technology Leadership Award for 2001. He was honoured with Padma Shri by Government of India in 2002. He received Gujar Mal Modi Science foundation award for the year 2006.

At present he is the Raja Ramanna Fellow at National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad till 15 July, 2005. He is also Chairman, Research Council, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh; Chairman, Governing Council, Society for Indo-German Institute of Advanced Technology, Visakhapatnam, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT-Bombay.


An article in November 2006 issue of Silicon India written by Hari Narayanan Kota

An Innovative Technology Makes a Country Stronger

Author: Dr. Kota Harinarayana

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

If you wish your country to be among the powerful nations then stronger technology has to be developed. Though Saudi Arabia has a per capita income higher than the U. S., it is not a global power because they have not improved on the technology front.

The success mantra for the U.S. is that it wants to be 10 years ahead of others in technology and five years ahead of Europe. That’s what makes it powerful. One of the best indicators of technological advancement is the improvement in the aviation industry, especially the combat aircrafts. A country will use all its best resources to develop a stealth aircraft. After the development of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), India, which was 30 years behind in aviation technology, is now lagging behind by only a few years.

When LCA was conceived, only one percent believed that it would be a reality. When it took to the skies, only 50 percent believed it. Now India has joined this list. Those countries that produce fighters are in the forefront. If you are not in the game, you can’t become powerful. A country cannot gain strength by merely buying or making them under license. We need to design, develop and make them in the country.

Aviation sector is not as attractive to the youth as IT. If we could get at least a sizeable portion of people into the Aviation sector, we could have progressed well. Aviation is a trendsetter and it uses advanced technology more than others. The real challenge for the Aviation sector is the use of multiple technologies wherein the limitations from various disciplines are taken into account while optimizing the total system and the next challenge is using these technologies for the benefit of mankind.

When the LCA project was conceived, we didn’t have infrastructure, manpower, technology and investment. The people, who designed the projects, tested and certified the flights, were all new. About 300 small and medium scale industries participated in the LCA programme. We not only developed the aircraft but also the key technologies that made the aircraft. Today we have brought down the number of parts in the prototype to 7,000 from 10,000.


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