1st Students CONVOCATION held on 22nd August 2011
1st Students Convocation and convocation to confer
Honoris causa the Degree of Doctor of Science
Padma Shri Dr.Vijay Kumar Saraswat,
Distinguished Missile Scientist,
Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri,
Department of Defence R&D, and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organization,
Government of India..
held on 22 nd August, 2011 at 11.00 a.m
at Vel Murugan Auditorium, Vel Tech Campus
Padma Shri Dr.Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Distinguished Missile Scientist, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri , the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organization, Government of India.
Born in 1949, Dr.Saraswat a post graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, obtained his doctorate in Propulsion Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
Since 1972, his long and distinguished career in Defence Research and Development Organization is credited with numerous outstanding contributions towards missile development programs. He pioneered the design and development of Liquid Propulsion Rocket Engines (LPE) culminating in production of 3 ton LPE for Prithvi and other versions of Agni missiles.
Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, at the age of 40, was the youngest to be appointed as a Project Director in DRDO. His innovative measures resulted in successful development, testing and induction of to develop the PRITHVI missile system into armed forces in a record time, at a small fraction of cost of those developed by developed nations, earned him the title ‘The Missile Man of India’.
Taking advantages of globalization, Dr.Saraswat entered into collaboration with Israel for development of Long Range Surface to Air missile for Indian Navy and Medium Range Surface to Air missile for India Air Force.
His approach enabled Indian Aerospace Industries to acquire Missile Technology Control Regions at no additional cost and to participate in joint development of system with international agencies.
In 2009, Dr.Vijay Kumar Saraswat was elevated as Secretary to Department of Defence R&D, Director General of DRDO & Aeronautical development Agency and Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Government of India.
His academic and research eminence is reflected in more than one hundred plenary, keynote and invited lectures in major events spread all over the world. Hard work, perseverance and ability to lead are the hallmark of his character. He initiated the personality development program for the young scientist to develop skills and groom them into future technological leaders.
In addition to the Defence R&D, he also contributed immensely to the society for up gradation of technology in select areas through professional bodies. Dr.VK Saraswat as Chairman Aeronautical Society of India (Hyderabad Branch) provided a platform to practitioners, academic and researchers through seminars on critical Technology areas under Aerospace Luminary series. The new international airport and Aerospace SEZ at Hyderabad are a testimony of his initiatives and able guidance through AeSI since 2002.
As Chairman of Combustion Institute (Indian Section), Dr. VK Saraswat organized workshops on important areas like current trends in IC Engine development and CFD in Combustion to disseminate knowledge on latest technologies. Dr. Saraswat’s rigorous efforts led to establishment of Advanced Combustion research Centers at IISc and IIT(M). His initiatives on research in Fuel Cell technologies are expected soon for commercial usage. Dr. Saraswat has played a pivotal role in establishment of Prof CR Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Statistics at UOH, Hyderabad. The institute earned international recognition in short time with accreditation from many international bodies and universities.
International Academy of Engineering, Russia elected him as a Member of Academy and honored him as Academician in 2007, a rare distinction for an Indian Scientist. The Times Magazine of United States in its issue dated 17 Sep 2007 described Dr. Saraswat as an Innovator working on New Technologies.
During his illustrious career, Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat won many accolades and Awards. A few to mention here are, Padma Shri by Govt of India in 1998, ; DRDO’s Technology Leadership Award, Scientist of the Year Award, Path Breaking Research Award; National Aeronautical Prize by Aeronautical Society of India in 1993; Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Institute of Science Alumni Association 2010; Dr. Y Nayudamma Memorial Award in 2010; Prof. Jai Krishna Memorial Award of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2009; Outstanding Scientist honour by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar in 2006; Award for Vocational Excellence in leadership by Rotary International District 3140, Mumbai during its convention for Mankind in 2002; FICCI Annual Award for the year 2005 and Outstanding Indian Award from One India One people in 2006.
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Inst. of Technology, Dr. MGR University, Chennai, Andhra University and SASTRA University, Tanjavur had conferred honorary doctorates (Honoris Causa) in Science & Technology on Dr. Saraswat.
Dr.Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Distinguished Missile Scientist of India, the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Government of India is recommended by the Board of Management, Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor of VEL TECH RANGARAJAN & Dr. SAGUNTHALA R&D INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, to receive the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) to which, Sir I pray, he be admitted.