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“Smart up, young scientists!” says scientist from DRDO

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Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (DRDO) Director, P.Sivakumar, addressing the International Conference at Sir Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College on Wednesday— Photo: T. Singaravelou
Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (DRDO) Director, P.Sivakumar, addressing the International Conference at Sir Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College on Wednesday— Photo: T. Singaravelou

Despite India having achieved much in the field of Information Technology, there are very few ideas that are being patented. As a result, only 3.6 per cent of the patents come from India, while over 23 per cent are from China, Director of the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (Defence Research and Development Organisation), P. Sivakumar, said on Wednesday.

It was important for both the individual and the country for people to patent their research work, he said, delivering the inaugural address at the International Conference on Systems, Methodologies, Automation and Research Trends (SMART 2012) at the Sri Manakula Vinayakar Engineering College here on Wednesday.

Speaking of the opportunities at the DRDO, he said, nowadays it was possible for young scientists to achieve the grade of ‘Scientist H’, which was his grade, in 20 years time. All it took was perseverance.

In order to work for the DRDO, one had to apply for the examination, which is advertised around April or May. The selected candidates would take an exam in September and would start off in the ‘Scientist B’ position. The CVRDE, which was responsible for creating and evaluating prototypes for tracked vehicles like tanks, was currently working on unmanned ground vehicles that could operate remotely from a distance of up to 20 km. Their current unmanned vehicles were able to be tele-operated up to a distance of 5 km, he said.

The three-day conference will end on Friday.

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