Guwahati, May 15: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave away the DRDO Awards- 2016 & 2017 to DRDO scientists for their outstanding contributions, while commemorating the National Technology Day on May 14.
Some of the prominent scientists, who received the award, include former Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr VK Saraswat for DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2017; former Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre for DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2016; Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Distinguished Scientist and Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems) Dr G Satheesh Reddy for Technology Leadership Award 2016 among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Nirmala Sitharaman said that India, being one of the largest procurer of defence equipment, the emphasis on indigenisation has to be reiterated, which has happened in the last four years.
She stated that if India were to be a manufacturing hub for fefence products, indigenisation has got to be on the top of the agenda. “Manufacturing cannot be done continuously and constantly with borrowed technology and that is where DRDO’s Research & Development plays a very critical role” she added.
The minister congratulated all the scientists who received the awards and wished them a great bright future. She also wished the organisation and all its scientists the very best.
The Chairman, DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Dr S Christopher also addressed the function and e-launched the ‘Navrachna’ implementation programme during the event.