Antony to inaugurate "37th DRDO Directors' Conference" tomorrow

New Delhi, Mar. 22 : Defence Minister A.K. Antony will on Saturday inaugurate the "37th DRDO Directors' Conference".

Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon and a galaxy of dignitaries from the three services, Ministry of Defence, Industry, academia, besides senior DRDO officers will be present during the inaugural ceremony.

Top DRDO scientists together with experts from three services, industry, think tanks and leading scholars from other organizations will deliberate upon strategies to further boost self-sufficiency in defence sector by "Technology Consolidation Leading to Fast Track Induction" during the three-day annual event.

The deliberations will be a part of the "37th DRDO Directors' Conference".

The deliberation during the conference will cover topics related to long term requirements of our Armed Forces and a technology development plan, meeting these requirements in the broader perspective of emerging technologies. The associated manufacturing technologies required to translate technological developments into quality products will also be the subject of discussion.

Another highlight of the conference will be the Round Table Discussions, one on future threat scenarios and the technologies required to meet the associated the challenges and the other one on the need to enhance the participation of private sector, with a view to accelerate indigenization.

It is noteworthy that in the recent years, DRDO's sustained efforts, supported by various stakeholders have brought down the import content of defence acquisitions from 70 percent to around 45 percent.

As per the tradition, an awards ceremony will also be held during which the Young Scientists Awards and the Best Performance Awards for the year 2012 will be given away by Padma Bhushan Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Saraswat Scientific Advisor to the Minister of Defence.

Dr. Saraswat is also the Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary of Defence Research and development.

--ANI (Posted on 23-03-2013)

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