Govern­ment con­sti­tuted DDMB holds first meet­ing


The first meet­ing of newly con­sti­tuted De­sign & De­vel­op­ment Man­age­ment Board (DDMB) by the Govern­ment to strengthen de­sign and de­vel­op­ment in aero­space and pro­mote self-re­liance in the crit­i­cal ar­eas of In­dia’s de­fence pre­pared­ness was held re­centlyat the Hindustan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) Cor­po­rate Of­fice in Ben­galuru. The Board com­prises key mem­bers of In­dia’s pre­mier de­fence or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in re­search, pro­duc­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. “We need to have clear road map to take on the chal­lenges in de­fence sec­tor as is­sues con­cerned range from ba­sic and ap­plied re­search, in­volve­ment of academia, pro­duc­tion, spot­ting and re­tain­ing talent”, said Chair­man of DDMB, Dr R.K. Tyagi who is also Chair­man of HAL. Dr K. Tamil­mani, DG (Aero­nau­tics), Dr C.P. Ra­ma­narayanan, Di­rec­tor, GTRE, Dr Ajit Kal­ghatgi, Di­rec­tor (R&D, BEL), Dr Shyam Shetty, Di­rec­tor, NAL, P. Sriku­mar, Di­rec­tor, ADE and T. Su­varna Raju, Di­rec­tor, De­sign and De­vel­op­ment of HAL (who is Mem­ber Sec­re­tary of the Board) were present on the oc­ca­sion.

The meet­ing brain-stormed on how to build a strong foun­da­tion for R&D by syn­er­gis­ing the core com­pe­tency of all the or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved, cre­at­ing con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for re­search and sup­port busi­ness academia col­lab­o­ra­tion. The meet­ing also felt that all the con­cerned or­gan­i­sa­tions must share the lessons learnt from the past pro­grammes and make com­bined ef­forts to en­sure suc­cess of fu­ture pro­grammes with thrust on in­di­geni­sa­tion. Ac­quir­ing of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and mea­sures to be taken to re­tain qual­ity man­power were also dis­cussed.

The fo­rum would act as a plat­form for stim­u­lat­ing ini­tia­tives and sug­gest pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions for bring­ing in­clu­sive growth. The DDMB mem­bers will de­lib­er­ate at length most of these is­sues in their fu­ture meet­ings and the rec­om­men­da­tions will be com­mu­ni­cated to the stake­hold­ers.

DDMB Board Mem­bers along with Dr R.K. Tyagi, Chair­man (fourth from right) and Dr K. Tamil­mani (third from right), Co-Chair­man at their first meet­ing at HAL Cor­po­rate Of­fice, Ben­galuru

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