DRDO to Establish Research Cell at IIT Hyderabad to Meet Future Defence Technological Needs

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DRDO to Establish Research Cell at IIT Hyderabad to Meet Future Defence Technological Needs
DRDO to Establish Research Cell at IIT Hyderabad to Meet Future Defence Technological Needs

DRDO to Establish Research Cell at IIT Hyderabad to Meet Future Defence Technological Needs. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to establish a Research Cell at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad aiming to meet the future defence technological requirements of the country.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be establishing a research cell at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) to meet the future defence technological requirements of the country. The ‘DRDO – IIT-H Research Cell’ will undertake basic and applied research programs in identified technology areas and is being established as an extension of the DRDO Research and Innovation Centre (RIC), Chennai.

DRDO to Establish Research Cell at IIT Hyderabad:

The research cell is envisaged to become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in conducting scientific and applied research in advanced technologies for defence. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the research cell was signed by Director, Directorate of Futuristic Technology Management (DFTM), DRDO, K.K. Pathak, Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems (MSS), DRDO M.S.R. Prasad and IITH Director Prof. B.S. Murty through a virtual event few day.

The MoU to establish the Research Cell was signed by KK Pathak, Director, Directorate of Futuristic Technology Management (DFTM), DRDO, Shri. MSR Prasad, Distinguished Scientist and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems (MSS), DRDO, and Prof. B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad. The MoU was signed during a virtual event organized at the DRDO DG-MSS Office in Hyderabad on 3rd July 2020 in which officials from DRDO and IIT Hyderabad participated.

 Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, who addressed the event through video conference, said, “This MoU is aimed at bringing together the capabilities of DRDO and IIT Hyderabad, in order to achieve greater heights in indigenous technology through collaborative research. This DRDO-IITH Research Cell will ensure seamless execution of different projects between DRDO and IITH. IITH has a strong research base in advanced technologies, which will be strengthened for the growth of the country through this cell.”

The DRDO-IITH Research Cell will enable tapping knowledge resources in basic science and technology industries that are inter-disciplinary in nature and spread across multiple institutions, besides helping enhance the scientific and technological base of the country in critical defence technology areas. B.S.Murty, Director of the IIT Hyderabad, thanked the DRDO for choosing the institute for the initiative.

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