M. Somasekhar

Hyderabad, March 15

THE Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, is restructuring its academic courses and research projects to meet the future challenges in the Defence sector.

From the emerging technology-driven warfare to ensuring that India's Defence scientists can pursue higher studies, without impacting major mission projects, the IAT plans to design courses, its newly appointed Director, Dr P. Ramachandra Rao told Business Line.

He is now interacting with directors of the 52-labs under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the three Armed Services, to make the restructuring exercise meaningful. The institute has been recently given the deemed university status.

The IAT has one of the finest collection of arms and ammunition from a rifle in a walking stick to AK-47.

At present, the institute offers M.E. & M.Tech in eight different subjects. Specialised courses in guided missiles, weapons technology for six months are run for the armed forces.

The faculty is drawn from the DRDO, University etc.The need for expanding the role of the IAT has emerged in view of the large number of scientists, who are being recruited into the DRDO, under various missions and in labs.

Similarly, the Defence personnel, interested in furthering their academic qualifications is growing, Dr Rao said.

The idea is to transform IAT into a university, with adequate research capabilities to back the defence sector.

The institute has the latest infrastructure, teaching facilities and undertakes consultancy projects to the local industry, especially in the testing of equipment.

It is also open to executing projects for the DRDO labs, said Dr Rao, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Benares Hindu University and Director of the National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 16, 2005)
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