What is DRDO?


Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) comes under the Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence. DRDO dedicatedly working to the path of enhancing self-reliance in Defence Systems and undertakes design & development leading to the production of world class weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the expressed needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services.

Now, DRDO is a network of more than 50 laboratories which are deeply engaged in developing defence technologies covering various disciplines, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, instrumentation, missiles, advanced computing and simulation, special materials, naval systems, life sciences, training, information systems and agriculture. Currently, the Organisation is backed by over 5000 scientists and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel. Several prominent projects for the development of missiles, armaments, light combat aircraft, radars, electronic warfare systems etc are on hand and significant achievements have already been made in several such technologies.

DRDO is serving in various areas of military technology which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation, and life sciences. DRDO while striving to meet the Cutting edge weapons technology requirements provides massive spinoff benefits to the society at large thereby contributing to the nation building.

Defense Research & Development Organisation has a dynamic training and development policy which is executed through the Continuing Educational Programmes (CEP) for all cadre personnel viz DRDS, DRTC, Admin & Allied. At the entry level in DRDS, the newly joined scientists undergo a 16 weeks Induction Course at Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune. Under the Research and Training (R&T) project, the scientists are sponsored for ME/M Tech programmes at IITs/IISc and reputed universities.

The fees are also reimbursed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation where scientists undergo Ph.D. programme. Additionally, the Organisation through its two premier Institutes namely Institute of Technology Management (ITM) and Institute of Armament Technology (IAT) deemed university to offer courses for scientists and Armed Forces in the area of Technology Management, R&D Management and Armament. Recently, a training center at Jodhpur has been established to meet the training needs for Admin & Allied Cadre.

In order to attract the futuristic talent, DRDO has Junior Research Fellow (JRF), Senior Research Fellow (SRF) and Research Associate (RA) projects for young & dynamic personnel & interested in Defence Research and Development.


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