DRDO has not got its due for its achievements: DRDO Chief

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Bangalore, Mar 12 (UNI) The achievements of the defence research and development organisation (DRDO) are always not well recognised despite its outstanding contribution to the Defence forces, DRDO Director General and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister M Natarajan said today.

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 the organisation was instrumental in absorption, development and research in high-end technologies.

About 400 to 500 industries which participated in outsourced work from DRDO had done well in design, development and even complete manufacture of high-tech modules, he noted, adding that by developing the technique to absorb high end technology they had been contributing to the development of the high-tech industry in the country.

These facilicities had been assessed by some global defence product manufacturing majors, who wanted to know their position to absorb high technology.

''Foreign defence majors are now scouting for such industries in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune to identify possible partners to outsource their work under the offset policy of the Union Government in the defence deals,'' he said.

Mr Natarajan said top officials of such companies had told him personally that the standards of these small and medium auxiliaries of DRDO was high due to the DRDO's expertise.

DRDO's achievements had to be made known and for this it needed better public relations.

''There is need for better public relations activity like the private companies do. The woman scientists can do a big favour to DRDO in this regard by producing write ups on their research work.

This can even be done in their regional language,'' he added.


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