New DRDO chief takes over, scientists hail appointment
Radar specialist S Christopher took charge as the new director general and secretary of the DRDO on Friday, with the appointment being welcomed by defence scientists and officials. Christopher, who was on Thursday night appointed chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the premier defence research agency, for two years by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, flew to Delhi Friday morning and took the charge. Christopher was heading the Bengaluru-based Centre for
Airborne Systems and the project to develop an airborne early warning and control system before this.
An Electronics & Communication Engineering from the University of Madras, Christopher has done M.Tech in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. Earlier, the DRDO chief was also the scientific adviser to the Defence Minister. But the post has now been split and missile scientist GS Reddy was appointed as the scientific adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for two years on Thursday night. “The role of <g data-gr-id="15">scientific</g> adviser must extend beyond the DRDO. There are other departments like ordnance factories, which also need to be focused on. This is a good move,” a senior scientist said.