Dr. Prahlada, Chief Controller of Aero Programmes takes over as VC of DIAT
Written by Anand   
Friday, 12 August 2011
New Delhi: DRDO' Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller of Aero Programmes, Dr. Prahlada, has taken over as the Vice Chancellor of Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) in Pune, a Deemed University which is an Autonomous Organisation fully funded by the Department of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Areas of academic studies and research cover a large canvas including Aerospace Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Material Science.

Defence Minister Shri A. K. Antony is the Chairman of the governing council and Dr.V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, is the Secretary.

The DIAT as it is known today came into being as the Institute of Armament Studies in 1952 in the CME campus. In 1967, the institute was renamed as “Institute of Armament Technology (IAT) which moved to its present location at Girinagar, Pune. From the relatively narrow scope of Armament Studies alone in the Fifties, the role of the Institute was considerably enlarged by the Defence R&D Council in 1964 and further in 1981.

On the basis of accreditation by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Pune University recognized eight courses of the DIAT for the award of ME degree in 1980. In the year 2000, the institute acquired the status of a Deemed University. IAT was renamed as DIAT in April, 2006.

The Institute is poised to become a world class University to foster science and technology related to internal security and national defence.

Dr. Prahlada acquired a Mechanical Engineering Graduate degree from the University College of Engineering, Bangalore University in 1969. Subsequently he got his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Department from IISc, Bangalore, with specialization in Rockets and Missile Systems and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Since 1971 he has served in various ISRO and DRDO Establishments covering VSSC Trivandrum, ADE Bangalore, DRDL Hyderabad and DRDO HQrs in Delhi.

As Project Director for the mobile surface-to-air area defence missile system, AKASH, he has provided the technological and managerial leadership to about 1,000 scientists/engineers working in the DRDO’s various development centres. In his position as Director of the biggest DRDO laboratory, DRDL, during 1997-2005, he has provided leadership to many missile projects, new technologies and world class test facilities. He was Programme Director for the Joint Venture Project (Indo-Russia) BrahMos and contributed to Project formulation, management and conduct of initial flight trials. He has spearheaded commercialization of DRDO technologies into civilian products through a customized programme with FICCI.

Dr. Prahlada is a recipient of many coveted awards which includes the DRDO Scientist of the Year, IISc Distinguished Alumnus Award, National Aeronautical Prize, DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research/ Outstanding technology Development 2008. He was awarded honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University in 2006. He is the Member / Fellow of various professional organisations like the IISc, Alumni Association, Management Association, Institute of Engineering and other Aeronautical Aerodynamics and Electronic Institutions.

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