Newly appointed scientists will bring vitality to DRDO: DG

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Bangalore, Mar 12 (UNI) DRDO Director General and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister M Natarajan today said the attrition rate in the organisation was a worrying factor, but the 3500 appointments of young scientists made during the last few years had helped.

Speaking at the function '50 years of DRDO: Women in Science, Engineering, Administration and Technology' organised as part of International Women's Day, he said many among the newly appointed Scientists were women and their contribution to DRDO was immense.

He said the woman scientists constitute about 14 per cent in DRDO at about 950 and they had proved their worth in no uncertain terms.

"It is a concern that the attrition rate in the DRDO is still at about 15 per cent," he said.

To help the women workforce DRDO had chalked out a new policy of inter-laboratory transfers to help young woman scientists, who get married and want to move to other places, he said.

The organisation was also encouraging women employees in offering admission to PG courses and sending them to foreign countries for specialist training. "I have asked the Directors of the labs to encourage woman scientists form forums and explore possibilities of sending them to foreign countries for training," he said.

He said the woman scientists in DRDO were found to be having knowledge of multi tasking, they were innovative, intuitive, had more humane quality. All these qualities come to the fore when they take up employment.

In DRDO women did not lag behind in any functional areas and now they could be seen in field trials, pilot cadre and technology intensive research. "Incidentally the Director of our lab in Leh, the most difficult terrain to live in, is a woman," he said.

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