Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is going to tie-up with prestigious IITs Indian Institute of Technology). Recently, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced this tie-up while inaugurating the new IIT Goa. The agenda of this tie-up is to achieve synergy between DRDO and IITs for channelizing the research effort towards developing products and related critical aerospace technologies.
The Director General of DRDO, S Christopher, signed MoA (Memorandum of Agreement) with IIT Madras Director Prof B Ramamurthi and IIT Bombay Director Prof Devang Khakhar. The directors of IIT think this agreement would generate new energy and enthusiasm in the field of the research area.
During the inauguration, he highlighted the importance of this tie-up and said, “We have signed an agreement with DRDO for jet repulsion lab which is jointly set up with IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. It will cost around 160 crores.” He also said this would be a great help for students of IIT who are interested in the research field.
With this tie-up, good scientists would be selected for teaching in IITs. Being a premier R&D organisation of the country, DRDO would be a good quality resource for the development of the students of IIT.
Mr Parrikar, who himself is an IITian, said India is on the good track of development and especially the defence sector is doing well. He promised that in upcoming years there would be no any requirement for India to import any missile or its technology from another country. He envisioned India as a manufacturer of all defence equipment with updated technology. He also said in the future this tie-up will cover more IITs including IIT Goa. Also, the summer vacation can be made effective through training of interested students at DRDO laboratories.
This merger would focus in areas of futuristic aero engines, hypersonic propulsions for long duration flights, solid propellant combustion modelling and morphing aircraft technologies.