Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has organised a two day National Workshop on Nanotechnology for Defence Applications (NWNDA-2011), on November 16-17, 2011, at of Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL), Delhi, to bring together different departments, R & D centers, academia and industries working in this field on one platform and build partnerships for rapid product development. The event coincides with the Golden Jubilee of SSPL, a premier DRDO institute, working on development of solid state devices for defence needs.
A sustained and dedicated research over the past few years has led DRDO to development of products that are currently at different stages of maturity. To realize deliverable products, product engineering and technologies for up-scaling are essential components in the product development process, a collaborative and coherent approach is being worked out. This workshop is an important and crucial platform for realization of this objective.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Government of India, Department of Science & Technology who appreciated the work being carried out by DRDO in the field of Nanotechnology, particularly in the field of sensors and composites. He advocated selection of realizable application area and keeping the research activity focused on demands of defence forces. He further emphasized on roping in industry partners in all possible fields.
Dr. K. D. Nayak, Chief Controller R&D, DRDO, highlighted the extensive work being carried out by DRDO in the field of Nanotechnology and stressed the necessity of enabling technologies such as Nanotechnology for building better products for defence forces and nation, such as the recently launched Agni-IV, where several improvements were brought about by using these advanced composite materials.
Dr. R. Muralidharan, Director SSPL, welcomed the delegates and wished them fruitful scientific deliberation during the course of workshop. He further deliberated on the work being carried out at SSPL in the field of nanotechnology. Dr. Manik Mukherjee, Director, GFAST presented the overview of Nanotechnology initiative of DRDO and elaborated on the concept of organizing this workshop.
Dr. P. K. Chaudhury, Convenor NWNDA-2011, thanked Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Director General DRDO, Secretary Defence R&D and Dr. W. Selvamurthy, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D, DRDO, apart from thanking dignitaries, guests, participants and members for making this workshop possible.