25th April 2011
Dear Dr Saraswat Ji Good Morning
I happen to see a news clip from HT correspondent “Top brains to assist DRDO” Dr W Selvamurthy said that DRDO need active participations of academic institutions to get involved in developing cutting edge technology to be used in the country’s defence.
I remember this statement was given by Dr.V S Arunachalam when he gave call for private/public participation in Missile program (IGMDP) which culminate in to the participation of 400 individuals/private/public agencies including national laboratories, education intuitions in developing Prithvi / Agni missiles. After the success of the entire country celebrates as Prithvi / Agni was nation’s pride.
What happened afterwards, did anybody examine the reasons, why the knowledge bank is not coming forward with new products? With the success of Prithvi / Agni the so called stalwarts able to divert maximum funds to institutions without realizing that they will never help in developing the cutting edge technology. The projects submitted by sincere faculties of famous institutions were sidelined and the recommendation were given to relatives/friends owned private institutions as an example SASTRA University, Thanjavur has submitted 34 projects proposal under the patronage of Dr. W Selvamurthy, CC R&D (LS & HR) & DS for sanction by DRDO Hqrs under various scheme. Out of 34, 14 projects have already been sanctioned. Deemed University SASTRA is owned by Prof. R Sethuraman, VC, a close friend of Dr. W Selvamurthy.
In university the education system is such that it prepares the movement of knowledge in one dimension.
In R&D the knowledge base transform itself in two dimensions that is the science is converted to applied science or technology development.
In the industry all developments are with end objectives of PRODUCTS. The product development addresses very minutely the issue of financial growth and hence it added third dimension. Country’s economic development requires export of products.
Sir, very sincerely if you think the end objectives that are development of import substitute to be use in to country’s defence. You have to definitely stop immediately corruption and nepotism prevailing in DRDO.
1. Prime Minister Office 011-23019545 / 23016857
2. Defence Minister Fax No 011- 23015403
3. Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, UPA Fax no.23018651