Pune: Defence analysts believe that drones are mostly changing the calculus for counter-insurgency and domestic warfare, but in the future, drones might change wars fought by nations against other nations.
Taking a step in developing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), popularly called a drone, city-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Khadakwasla (DIAT) has started a post-graduate course in UAV technology.
On Sunday, Dr S Christopher, chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), inaugurated a UAV laboratory at the institute. He was at DIAT for the launch of Post Induction Training School (POINTS) programme for the 170 freshly inducted DRDO scientists.
“We have to teach our engineers on UAV technology, where future lies. The lab will give them exposure to what we have done in UAV technology till now. Some UAVs will be given to the lab”, Christopher said.
According to DIAT officials, POINTS basically covers all the activities of the DRDO which is essential for all the scientists to know before joining their respective labs.
Dr R N Pralhad, programme director (POINTS), gave details about the 14 weeks of the programme which includes general organisation and orientation training (GOOT) programme wherein all the director generals (of 7 DRDO clusters), corporate directors of DRDO will introduce organisational activities module on project management from ITM (Mussoorie), system engineering module from IIT-Mumbai, quality and reliability module from ISL Hyderabad and staff duties from IDST Pune. In addition, the scientists will also be exposed to motivational talks from industry and academia.
Officials said that four weeks of intense training on cluster-wise (missile, aero, armaments, electronics, computers and life science) is also planned along with talks from DIAT professors and service officers of Military Institute of Technology, Pune. A two-week attachment to field location with Army, Navy and Air Force is compulsory for all the 170 scientists (135 male and 35 female) inducted in this programme.
Dr Hena Gokhale, DG (HR) spoke on human resource issues and role and responsibilities of each individual in DRDO.
Dr Christopher stressed the need for this training before inducting into various projects being undertaken by the young Scientists at their respective labs.
He also laid the foundation stone for a modern 100 rooms girls hostel. This hostel will also have a stare of art gymnasium along with other amenities for the occupants. Very soon DIAT will also have a 200 room boy’s hostel and 45 studio apartments for PhD scholars.