Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman gave away the DRDO Awards- 2016 & 2017 to various DRDO scientists for their outstanding contributions while commemorating the National Technology Day. Former Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr. VK Saraswat was given DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

Former Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director General, DRDO Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre was awarded for DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. The Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Distinguished Scientist & Director General Dr. G Satheesh Reddy was awarded for Technology Leadership Award 2016.

  • Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman gave away the DRDO Awards- 2016 & 2017.
  • VK Saraswat was given DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.
  • Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre was awarded for DRDO Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.

The Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Dr. S Christopher also addressed the function and re-launched the ‘Navrachna’ implementation programme during the event. Pazhanikumar won Scientist of the Year Award – 2017 for his contributions in the design and development of Arjun ARRV project saving considerable cost and without compromising on the quality and functional requirement of the product.