JAMMU, Nov 11: To select the site for Kalam Centre for Science & Technology (KCST) and to recommend the submitted research projects for execution, a DRDO team visited the Central University of Jammu.
The team of ten members was led by Dr Sudhir Kamath, OS & DG, DRDO. The other members of the DRDO team were Dr Shiv Kumar, Dr K K Pathak, Dr Renu Tyagi, Dr GSBS Rawat, Dr Padmavathi, Dr Rajesh Pillai, SAG, Dr Saibal Pal, Amit Sharma, Advisor Cyber and Mohd Ikram.
The DRDO team interacted with the Science faculty and especially with all the Project Investigators (PIs, who presented their research proposal. After thorough discussions and deliberations, DRDO officials recommended three research proposals for execution under vertical 1(Computational System Security). Out of the eight submitted research projects under vertical 2 (Sensors), only four research proposals have been recommended for execution by DRDO experts.
Earlier, DRDO and CUJ had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishment of Kalam Centre of Science and Technology (KCST) at its campus on Sept 26, 2019 at New Delhi in the presence of Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh. The sanctioned amount of this centre is Rs 59.94 crores. The site for centre was finalized by the visiting team during this visit. It is expected that the Bhoomi Puja and foundation laying ceremony will be graced by the Defence Minister very soon.
In the end of meeting, Dr K K Pathak briefed the gathering about the future road map of the KCST. The proposed drawings of KCST were also presented by engineering wing of the University. The meeting was also attended by Heads of various Departments, including Prof Devanand, Dean School of Basic and Applied Sciences; Prof B S Bhau, Dean Research Studies, CUJ; Mohd Iqbal (Finance Officer) and Er Vishal Bargotra (Exen). The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Ravi Kumar, Registrar of the University.