Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is operating a Research Centre dedicated to defence technologies jointly with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop advanced technologies for national defence and security needs of the nation. While initially established by DRDO, this centre 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 centre has been established to conduct directed research in advanced technologies for defence and security and to create a world-class research centre developing cutting-edge technologies. It will also make a major contribution towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector.
‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector
The DIA-RCoE will facilitate focused basic and applied research by utilising the knowledge base of professors and researchers at IIT Madras and also engage other academic institutions and technology centres in the country. DRDO scientists with requisite research and technology expertise will be associated along with the academic faculties/researchers to achieve progress in intended scientific investigations and the development of advanced technologies.
Highlighting the outcomes envisaged from DRDO Industry Academia, Ramanujan CoE, Professor V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “It is an important milestone in bringing together the Academia, Industry and DRDO to collaborate and develop Aatmanirbhar technologies for critical needs of our country. Specifically, this will provide a first-of-its-kind opportunity for start-ups and MSMEs to participate in this critical nation building activity.”
Established based on the ‘Long Term Directed Research Policy’ of the Defence Ministry, government of India, this Centre 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
Highlighting the broad objectives of this Centre, Professor Manu Santhanam, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, said, “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.”
Further, Prof. Manu Santhanam added that the centre 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 centre of excellence by conducting directed research in advanced technologies for defence and security, and will endeavour to become a world leader in areas of R&D.