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T. Suvarna Raju takes over charge of HAL
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 1/31/2015 12:00:00 AM
T. Suvarna Raju takes over charge of HAL

T. Suvarna Raju, who has a distinction of being granted the first patent in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in January 2002 has been entrusted Additional Charge as its Chairman. He took over from Dr. R.K. Tyagi today.
 
Bangalore-based HAL is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) owned public sector company.
 
“My priorities would be to concentrate on operational excellence, and build the company as technology powerhouse”, said Raju. HAL is one of the best examples that align with “Make-in-India” endeavour of the Government of India. Raju believes that doing so may be a challenging job in the aviation filed, however, not impossible.  “The best of technologies can never be bought, they can only be developed”, Raju said.
 
Born in a humble family at Tanuku (West Godavari) district in Andhra Pradesh   Raju, is an Engineering Gratudate. He had  joined HAL on June 26, 1980 as a Management Trainee.
 
Raju, attended the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai. Raju was selected for the New Delhi-based National Defence College. He has obtained his Masters in Business Administration as well as Masters of Philosophy in Defence and strategic Studies.
 
Under the leadership of Raju, India achieved self-reliance producing 25kN turbofan engines. Raju led the drafting of HAL’s first R & D policy as result  HAL has now applied for an unprecedented 1000 patents in last two years.  He also conceptualised, prepared and implemented a number of automation and real-time systems.
 
Under his leadership Raju heralded a new era in research and development programmes that covered Light Combat Aircraft, Light Utiiliity Helicopter, Light Combat Helicopter, Intermediate Jet Trainer, HTT-40, Jaguar DARIN-III and  Mirage Upgrade.,
Significant milestones have been achieved on R&D front with delivery of first series production LCA-Tejas aircraft and ground test vehicle run of LUH.
 
Raju was instrumental in establishing production line of Hawk Mk 132 aircraft. He managed the Mirage 2000 aircraft maintenance project.  Raju has been member of various high level teams formed by MoD for assessing the techno-economic viability of acquisitions. He has been a member of various studies constituted by Indian Defence services and has received commendations for his professional involvement and contributions.
 
Raju is recognized for his achievements time to time. One of the feather in has cap is the Dr. Biren Roy Trust Award by the Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) for his unstinted efforts in planning and establishment of new technologies at HAL.

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