India has attained 50 per cent self-reliance in defence research and is moving towards achieving 75 to 80 per cent, said Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to Defence Minister, here on Sunday.
Mr. Chander was conferred the doctor of science (Honoris Causa) at the convocation of SASTRA University.
Mr. Chander said that Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved world class navigational capabilities such as airborne early warning systems and defence aircrafts.
S. Ramakrishnan, distinguished scientist and Director, Vikaram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, who was also conferred the doctor of science (Honoris Causa), delivered the convocation address.
He called upon the engineering graduates to strive to make India a technology exporter with their research.
World class technology
India could achieve world class technology in many fields, especially in launch vehicles.
But people wonder at the ability of India in launch vehicle technology.
The country should develop indigenous technologies whenever technology was denied to it by foreign countries.
R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, participated.