New CMD takes charge at BEL


M.V. Gow­tama has taken charge as the Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) on Novem­ber 8, 2016. He joined BEL at Ghazi­abad unit in Jan­uary 1983 as a pro­ba­tion­ary en­gi­neer. He was ini­tially posted to the D&E-Radar Di­vi­sion where he con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of re­ceiver sub­sys­tem of cy­clone warn­ing radar. In about three-and-half years, his team was able to de­sign, de­velop, man­u­fac­ture, de­liver and com­mis­sion the first cy­clone warn­ing radar at Paradip in Odisha. The cy­clone warn­ing radar de­vel­op­ment team won the R&D Award.

Gow­tama was trans­ferred to Hy­der­abad unit in May 1986. At Hy­der­abad unit, he worked in the D&E, test­ing, sys­tem in­te­gra­tion, in­stal­la­tion & com­mis­sion­ing groups of Ajanta project till 1998. His team de­vel­oped in-house the high volt­age power sup­plies for Ajanta, which was com­mended by then CMD. He com­pleted M.Tech in ad­vanced elec­tron­ics from Jawa­har­lal Nehru Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity, Hy­der­abad, even while in ser­vice.

From 1998 to 2006, he worked on the San­graha pro­gramme of In­dian Navy. With ToT from DLRL, his team de­vel­oped dif­fer­ent ESM sys­tems for sub­marines, he­li­copters, medium and lon­grange air­craft. They also de­vel­oped in-house a light­weight ESM sys­tem for small ships called San­ket. Tra­di­tion­ally, project teams at Hy­der­abad used to look af­ter ToT, de­vel­op­ment, test­ing and in­stal­la­tion and com­mis­sion­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. How­ever, a new D&E di­vi­sion was es­tab­lished in 2006 to ad­dress fu­ture busi­nesses in line with the new de­fence pro­cure­ment pol­icy and Gow­tama had the op­por­tu­nity to lead this D&E group as AGM. He was able to es­tab­lish strong R&D teams at Hy­der­abad unit for prod­uct/sub­sys­tem de­vel­op­ment, en­gi­neer­ing for dif­fer­ent plat­forms and de­vel­op­ment of com­plex soft­ware.

Gow­tama took over as Gen­eral Man­ager (Tech­nol­ogy Plan­ning)/BEL-Cor­po­rate Of­fice, on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2010. Later he served as GM (Mil­com)/BEL-Bengaluru and was Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor (Mis­sile Sys­tems)/BEL-Bengaluru till his el­e­va­tion as CMD, BEL.

Gow­tama was born on June 26, 1961, in Te­nali, the small yet fa­mous town of Andhra Pradesh. He com­pleted his B.Tech in Elec­tron­ics and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Sri Venkateswara Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Tiru­pati, in 1983.

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