IIT Madras Working with DRDO on Advanced Defense Technologies

Article By : Indian Institute of Technology Madras

IIT Madras is operating a research centre dedicated to defense technologies jointly with the DRDO to develop advanced technologies for India's national defense and security needs.

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is operating a Research Centre dedicated to defense technologies jointly with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to develop advanced technologies for the national defense and security needs of the nation.

While initially established by DRDO, this center has now been taken over by IIT Madras and converted into a “Centre of Excellence,” an interdisciplinary research group that brings in faculty and researchers from multiple departments to undertake translational research.

Called “DRDO Industry Academia- Ramanujan Centre of Excellence” (DIA-RCoE), this center has been established to conduct directed research in advanced technologies for defense and security and to create a world-class research center developing cutting-edge technologies. It will also make a major contribution towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector.

Highlighting the outcomes envisaged from DRDO Industry Academia-Ramanujan CoE, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “It is an important milestone in bringing together the academia, industry and DRDO to collaborate and develop Atmanirbhar technologies for critical needs of our country. Specifically, this will provide a first-of-its-kind opportunity for startups and MSMEs to participate in this critical Nation Building activity.”

Established based on the ‘Long Term Directed Research Policy’ of the Defense Ministry, Government of India, this center will undertake multidisciplinary directed basic and applied research in the following research verticals:

  • Electronics and computational systems

  • Naval systems and naval technologies

  • Advanced combat vehicle technologies

  • High-power CW laser sources

  • Next-generation communication and networking technologies

“IIT Madras will develop core competencies in research areas identified with DRDO to support future DRDO programs. This will help in skill development and generating scientific and technological trained manpower including DRDO in the crucial technological areas,” said Prof. Manu Santhanam, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras. “The center will also collaborate with academic researchers and faculty at IIT Madras and other institutes in the country to facilitate and achieve progress in advanced technology research in areas identified with DRDO. The DIA-RCoE will emerge as a center of excellence by conducting directed research in advanced technologies for defense and security, and will endeavor to become a world leader in areas of R&D.”

Dr. O.R. Nandagopan was recently appointed as the Director of the DRDO Industry Academia- Ramanujan CoE. He has 35 years of experience in naval technologies and systems at the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory and Naval Science and Technological Laboratory Laboratories of DRDO. He also served as Director of NSTL Visakhapatnam for five years.

“DRDO is attaching high priority to the development of futuristic technologies and systems for defense through academia and industry. This center will identify the strength of faculty members and industry partners and develop cutting edge technologies and systems for our armed forces,” said Dr. Nandagopan.

The DIA-RCoE will facilitate focused basic and applied research by utilizing the knowledge base of professors and researchers at IIT Madras and also engage other academic institutions and technology centers in the country. DRDO scientists with requisite research and technology expertise will be associated with the academic faculties/ researchers to achieve progress in intended scientific investigations and the development of advanced technologies.


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