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DRDO to set up Research and Innovation centre at IIT-Madras Research Park Print E-mail
Written by Hari   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Chennai: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently signed a contract with the IIT to set up a research and innovation centre project in the Research Park of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Madras.

V.K. Saraswat, DG of DRDO and SA to Defence Minister, said that the center, which is expected to be ready in eight months time, would focus on materials manufacturing including nano materials, aerospace and software development activities. He was speaking at the 98th Indian Science Congress held here recently.

DRDO has already taken one floor (30,000 sq. ft.) of the Research Park building for the research and innovation centre project. DRDO scientists will work in IIT as adjunct professors while professors and students will work as scientists, said Saraswat, indicating that there would be a free flow of scientists, academicians and students in this project.

In order to ensure that the projects had continuity and were not dependent on particular faculties or individuals, DRDO will undertake collaborative efforts for binding the entire community of academicians including students.

"I plan to have about 20-25 scientists at the research centre that would work on cyber security, nano material, aeronautics and others," Saraswat said.

DRDO has also decided to launch a commercial arm to market its technologies having civilian and paramilitary applications. DRDO has already transferred technology for its products to around 15 firms and has earned Rs 20 crore from the deals.

On a different note, Saraswat stressed on improving quality of products DRDO receives from the industry.

Referring to the failure of the recent Agni-II test, he said that DRDO will now have to go beyond quality checks for the components it sources from the industry and ensure control on the quality of manufacturing processes. He said that defence scientists have recovered the entire hardware and would soon come out with a detailed analysis of the event.

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