|Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology (centre) presenting “Best PSU Excellence Award” under innovation category to HAL.
New Delhi: Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology presented the “Best PSU Excellence Award” to HAL under innovation category at a program in New Delhi recently. The awards were given by The Bureaucracy Today in various categories. The event attracted MPs, senior bureaucrats and top executives of the Public Sector Undertakings. Mr. Mrugendra Kumar, Regional Manager, HAL (Delhi) received the award on behalf of the company.
R&D is one of HAL’s focus areas. In last two years alone, HAL filed over 280 patents and being a strategic defence organization, the Company intends to file more patents to protect its intellectual property developed with large investments. HAL Board also has decided to create an R&D corpus by earmarking 1/10th of the annual profits of the Company for taking up advanced and applied research in aerospace domain.
Besides encouraging cutting-edge research work in the area of aerospace engineering, both within HAL and at various other levels, HAL has established chairs at four IITs, Mumbai, Roorkee, Kanpur and Kharagpur. The company has signed MoUs with IIT (Chennai), DRDO laboratories and private industries to initiate new programs; identify research areas and provide technical consultancy to the Company.
Recently, HAL constituted Committee of Institutions Network (COIN) under the chairmanship of Director (D&D), Mr. T. Suvarna Raju consisting of Head of all R&D Centres to bring in synergy among the all R&D Centres of HAL and boost the Company’s indigenization drive.
The Government of India has set up Design & Development Management Board (DDMB) under the chairmanship of Chairman, HAL, Dr. R.K Tyagi, which includes representation from DRDO labs, officials of Department of Defence Production and customers. The DDMB is mandated suggest ways and means to strengthen design and development in aerospace and promote self-reliance in critical areas of India’s defence preparedness.