DRDO Workshop on International Women’s Day
National Defence Bureau,
Leh, 11 March 2018
Chhering Dorjay, Minister for Ladakh Affairs (J&K) today inaugurated a national workshop titled “DRDO Initiative of Women Augmenting Services (DIWAS – 2018)” organised to celebrate the International Women’s Day by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), the Leh based premier Life Sciences cluster laboratory of DRDO. Thupstan Tsewang, Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Dorjey Motup, Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh and Dr S.Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development, Lt Gen SK Upadhyay, GOC Fire & Fury Corps, Padma Dr Tsering Ladol and Dr OP Chaurasia, Director DIHAR, Leh were present on this occasion.
In his inaugural address, Chhering Dorjey mentioned that women in DRDO have tirelessly been working with devotion, determination and soldierly dedication and providing technological solutions. He appreciated the R&D efforts of DIHAR to facilitate agro-animal fresh food supply to army deputed at high altitude through civil-military interface. He also appreciated the DRDO’s efforts in establishing the Extreme Altitude Research Centre (EARC) at Chang La at 17,664 feet altitude, which has received the Guinness World Records certification.
Dr S. Christopher, in his address complimented the DRDO women scientists for their glorious work and dedicated service to the nation. He appreciated that Indian women are shining in all spheres at National and International arena and expressed hope that the trend would see better achievements in times to come.
Dr Shashi Bala Singh, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Life Sciences) and Chairperson of “DIWAS-2018” in her address, congratulated the organizing committee for bringing the participants together and ushering for a brighter India where larger number of women would be playing leadership roles.
The aim of the workshop is to celebrate the role of women in nation building and commitment to create a gender neutral work environment to facilitate skill development and enhancement among women across the globe. The event is being held in the serene backdrop of Ladakh, where researchers, entrepreneurs, government servants, farmers and NGOs joined hands for a global cause.
About 300 delegates from diverse backgrounds attended the workshop.
Aparna Kumar, DIG, ITBP, Chitra Ramakrishna, Former MD & CEO, NSE and Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda College, Delhi University were prominent among others who graced the occasion. Women scientists of DRDO participating at the workshop included Dr Chitra Rajagopal, Distinguished Scientist & Director General – Systems Analysis and Modelling (SAM) and Dr. Tessy Thomas, Director, ASL, Hyderabad. The workshop deliberations by eminent women achievers motivated the audience and infused them with energy to scale greater heights in personal and professional space.
During the workshop, DRDO Chairman visited a technical exhibition displayed at DIHAR campus showcasing the R&D achievements of Life Science cluster to facilitate operational support at high altitude. He appreciated DIHAR to facilitate agro – animal fresh food supply to Army deputed at High Altitude through civil-military interface.
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