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Prime Minister Gave Away DRDO Awards

The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh presented the DRDO Awards for the year 2011 for outstanding contribution in various areas of technology in the presence of the Defence Minister Shri A K Antony and a galaxy of dignitaries in a brief ceremony here today. The Awards were to honour individual Scientists/Teams of DRDO and partners of DRDO from other sectors for their outstanding contributions in furthering DRDO’s efforts in self-reliance.

The Silicon Trophy for the Best Systems Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun for design and development of Electro-optical Fire Control System for Navy and other significant contributions in the field of Night Vision Devices.

The Titanium Trophy for the Best Science Laboratory of DRDO has been awarded to Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore for developing innovative technologies for convenience foods, food preservation and processing, food packaging and safety of processed foods.

The Life Time Achievement Award has been conferred on Prof P Rama Rao in recognition of his exceptional contributions of the highest order in the multi-fold array of technology and management initiatives. Prof Rama Rao’s immense contributions to Metallurgy and Material Science, in particular, have significantly enriched DRDO. Many novel materials and products developed under his stewardship are extensively being used today in all strategic programs and weapons.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting the Lifetime Achievement award to Prof. P Rama Rao during the DRDO Awards 2012 function in New Delhi. (BCCL/Subhav Shukla)

1 Aug, 2012


In recognition of their outstanding contributions and leadership qualities, the Technology Leadership Awards for the year 2011 have been awarded to following Scientists:

1. Shri AK Chakrabarti, Scientist, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad for outstanding contributions in the successful development of the first Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile System (SLBM) for the nuclear powered platform ‘ARIHANT’.

2. Dr K Sekhar, Scientist & Chief Controller Research & Development, DRDO HQrs, inter alia, for noteworthy contributions to the Indian Missile Programme over two decades leading to induction of several strategic and tactical missile systems; for making DRDE, Gwalior a centre of excellence indetection, protection and decontamination of chemical and biological warfare agents.

3. Dr K Tamilmani, Scientist & Chief Executive, Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC),Bengaluru for profound technical expertise and leadership in addressing airworthiness and certification of ab-initio, licensed and bought out Aircraft Systems of country.

Academic Excellence Awards are given to members from academia associated with DRDO for research in emerging areas. Such directed research helps DRDO in capability building. For the year 2011, there are two awardees. Prof VG Idichandy, Deptt of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai along with his team has made significant contributions in study of hydrodynamics of missiles. Dr P Seetharamiah, Professor, Deptt of Computer Science & Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, has developed Signal Processing algorithms, software tools for applications in under water communications, active noise control-based Silencer and speech processing algorithms for applications in Implantable Receiver Stimulator Units.

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 Award is given to DRDO’s industrial partners for their support in this endeavor. M/s Graphite India Limited, Bengaluru has established the Carbon-Carbon brake disc manufacturing facilities by assimilating and absorbing the intricate aspects of C/C brake disc process technology, acquiring special skills in fabrication aspects and successfully producing C/C brake discs for limited series production (LSP) and special Series Production (SP) of Air Force and Naval version of Tejas aircraft (LCA) to airworthy standards. In recognition of the significant contributions, they are conferred with the award for the year 2011.


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Prof. P. Rama Rao can be reached at: pallerama_rao@yahoo.co.in

About Prof. Palle Rama Rao

Professor Palle Rama Rao, presently Chairman, Governing Council, ARCI, Hyderabad, obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics-Metallurgy from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India in 1964. He was a post-doctoral research associate during 1966-67 at the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career as a faculty member of the Department of Metallurgy at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1960 and then moved to BHU in 1962 as a Lecturer. He was appointed Professor of Physical Metallurgy at BHU in 1975, in which position he continued till 1982.

For the next 9 years he served as Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. In 1991 Professor Rao was appointed Secretary to Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, a position he held till 1995. Additionally, he held charge as Secretary, Department of Ocean Development. Subsequently, during 1996-99, he served as Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Government of India and as Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad during 1999-2002. He was appointed a Member of the Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India in 2004. He was awarded a distinguished Professorship by the Indian Space Research Organisation which he held during 2002-07.

He is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (1979); the Presidential honours Padma Shri in the year 1989 and Padma Bhushan in the year 2001; Life Time Achievement Award" instituted by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, etc. etc.

Professor Rama Rao has over 240 technical publications, including journal papers, edited volumes and published conference proceedings, to his credit and he has served on the editorial boards of national and international journals.


Education of Prof. P. Rama Rao

*B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics from Presidency College, Madras University in 1956

*M. Sc. (Nuclear Physics) from Andhra University in 1957

*PhD (Physics-Metallurgy) from IT-BHU in 1964

*Post-doctorate research in materials science at University of Pennsylvania during 1966-67



India Develops SLBM For INS Arihant

 PTI | New Delhi | Jul 31, 2012

India has successfully developed its first submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) for the indigenous nuclear submarine 'INS Arihant', joining an elite club of nations possessing such weaponry.

 The SLBM, which can be launched from Arihant, has been developed successfully, sources said here.

 Senior DRDO Scientist and Director of Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) A K Chakrabarti was honoured today by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a function here for his "outstanding contributions in the successful development of the first SLBM system for the nuclear powered platform Arihant."

 The development of the underwater-launched ballistic missile will help India in completing its nuclear triad under which now it will have the option to strike from air, land and under the sea.

 At present, very few countries including the US, Russia, France, China and the UK have the capability to carry out submarine-based ballistic missile strikes.

 Specifications with regard to the Indian missile were not immediately known but its strike range is believed to be around 700 kms.

 In the recent past, reports had suggested that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been working on developing the K-15 series of underwater missiles and that it had carried out some test-firings earlier this year.

 Capability to launch underwater nuclear strikes is considered important for India's defence as the country has a 'no-first use' policy when it comes to nuclear weapons.

 After the underground tests in Pokhran in 1998, India has been working on completing the nuclear triad. The Agni and Prithvi series of missiles and combat aircraft including the Mirage 2000 can be used for launching nuclear strikes from land and air but the country had been lacking the underwater capability.

 At the DRDO function here, K Sekhar, Scientist and Chief Controller, Research and Development and K Tamilmani, Scientist and Chief Executive, Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) were also given the excellence awards.

 Life Time Achievement Award was conferred on Prof P Rama Rao for his contributions in the multi-fold array of technology and management initiatives.


Additional links:

Chronicle links:

1)   Interview with Prof. P. Rama Rao (PhD metallurgy 1964), former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, India


2)   Prof. P. Rama Rao (PhD Metallurgy 1964) receives Padma Vibhushan Award on Republic Day


3)   Prof. Palle Rama Rao (Metallurgy PhD 1964) receives GM Modi Innovative Science & Technology Award




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