VK Aatre, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department
of Defence Research and Development (R & D) stressed the need to
strengthen the network of R & D Laboratories in academic institutions,
defence labs and ordnance factories in order to develop advanced systems
which are needed for the Services. He said that high energy materials
should be developed to meet the requirements of ballistic missiles.
"The large molecules of nitrogen could meet the energy requirement of
hypersonic vehicle and therefore, priority should be given to develop
them", added Dr Aatre while inaugurating the 4th International
Seminar and Exhibition on High Energy Materials at High Energy Material
Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune.
theme of the seminar was 'High Energy Materials-Emerging Trends'. Eminent
scientists and experts in the field of high energy materials from eight
countries participated in the three-day seminar. It was attended by 250
delegates. About 130 research papers were presented in 14 technical
sessions and 8 plenary lectures by renowned scientists. Dr Haridwar Singh,
Director, HEMRL gave the welcome address and the keynote address was given
by Mr M Natarajan, a distinguished scientist. Mr Natarajan shared his
experience about the development of MBT Arjun.
On this occasion, Dr Aatre gave away the Honorary
Fellowships to scientists for their outstanding contribution to the field
of high energy materials. Among them were scientists from USA, Israel and
HEMRL is one of the prestigious labs under Defence
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Its charter of duties
include basic and applied research and development in the area of high
energy materials. HEMRL's history dates back to 1908 when it was started
as Chemical Examiner's Office at Nainital. It went through radical changes
in its charter of duties and responsibilities during the last nine decades
and finally emerged as a full fledged R & D Laboratory in 1963.
HEMRL has a core strength of 1200 personnel, comprising
chemists, physicists, mathematicians, chemical, mechanical and electronic
engineers who handle different projects for Army, Navy, Air Force and
other organisations like BARC and ISRO. It is recognised as the
postgraduate centre for basic and applied research. It is an ISO-9001 :
2000 certified laboratory.