Staff Reporter

Pallam Raju calls for collective efforts

Stone laid for Centre for Defence Studies at JNTU

Plans to introduce PG courses in atomic energy: V-C

Kakinada: The Ministry of Defence is keen on forging technical tie-ups with academic institutions for mutual benefit with the underlying objective of enhancing and sharing knowledge within the scientific establishment and to generate more ‘by-products’ which have public utility. The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has therefore involved private industries on a large scale to invent not only new platforms and weapon systems, which can help armed forces in fighting the enemy, but also civilian technologies, said Union Minister of State for Defence and Kakinada MP M.M Pallam Raju.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying function of the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) at JNTU here on Saturday, Mr. Pallam Raju said the DRDO was welcoming proposals for collaborative research from institutions like JNTU, which possess the technological expertise that can help achieve the above goals.

Several Indian industries have won global acclaim for their quality standards and there were four industries, which bagged the prestigious Deming Awards. He said it implied that there was no dearth of knowledge but India’s record in converting it into products that cater to the public at large was not so impressive.

The extent of sharing of knowledge was also not up to the mark. This was where collective efforts had to be made for better industry academic interactions, he said.

Good initiative

Mr. Pallam Raju said the CDS was a good initiative taken by JNTU Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao to which the DRDO would extend appropriate help in the due course. For instance, the JNTU could contribute its mite to research in ‘security algorithms’ which is one of the DRDO’s areas of excellence. Bharat Electronics Limited, which is one of the major Defence Public Sector Undertakings, came forward to provide financial assistance to the Government ITI and polytechnic in Kakinada for better technical training.

Prof. Appa Rao said JNTU had good knowledge of stealth technologies which have a variety of applications in the Defence sector. The CDS would undertake research in such areas with logistical and financial support of the DRDO.

He was also exploring the possibility of introducing P.G courses in atomic energy for which he was holding parleys with the Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar and former chairman R Chidambaram.

Kakinada MLA Mutha Gopalakrishna, JNTU Registrar V Ravindra, engineering college principal E.V Prasad and others were present.