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#IP 1174 23 - 29 Mar 2015

International Women's Day Celebrations 2015

CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratories and CSIR-4PI organized the International Women's Day Celebrations on 6th March 2015 at S R Valluri Auditorium. This year the theme for International Women’s Day is “Make it happen”. To start with, many, irrespective of gender, made it happen by coming in purple or magenta in accordance with the preferable dress code proposed for the event.

The guests of honour, this year, were Dr. V. Shubha, Chief Scientist & Head, Airport Instrumentation Group, CSIR-NAL and Ms. Subhashini Vasanth, well-known dancer & founder trustee, Vasantha Ratna Foundation for ART.

The event started by invoking the blessings of the Almighty through a melodious song by Ms. Kshama and team.

Dr. Poornima Narayan, Chairperson, International Women’s Day Organizing Committee, NAL welcomed the gathering. She introduced the speakers to the audience by highlighting their multi-faceted achievements, both professionally and at a personal level as women.

Lecture on "Drishti- A Visibility Measuring System - An Indigenous Development" was then delivered by Dr. Shubha. She talked about how Drishti works and expressed proudly that this compact, robust and completely indigenous instrument of international standards was developed by her team in a very short span of time, despite many hurdles. She further informed that this instrument has been installed in prime airports in India and is working exceptionally well. The audience was impressed with the accolades the team had received till now for their efforts.

Ms. Shailaja Menon gave an overview of the new-look website developed to commemorate the occasion. The website . was then launched  by the Director, NAL. The new-look is a joint venture, ICAST has provided the graphics while KTMD has covered the content for the website.

The next speaker of the day, Ms. Shubhashini Vasanth kept the audience engrossed with her speech on "The flight within". In a very dignified manner she shared with the gathering, her moments of enlightenment and her journey towards discovering herself. She said that a Whatsapp video on the MOM(Mangalyaan) is what made her delve deeper into herself and ponder over her existence after her anchor, her husband, Col.Vasanth was no more. Emphasising that showing love and sensitivity towards the family of martyrs is the need of the hour, she went on to talk about her NGO which strives to provide better lives to such bereaved families in providing “ educational needs of the martyrs childen”.

The talks were followed by the announcement of the awardees for the "Aerowomen" of this year by Dr.Anjana Jain. The guests of honour presented Ms.Jyotsna Clemi Joshi(daughter of Mr. Benedict Darwin Joshi, CSMST) and  Ms. Spurthi(daughter of Mr.Dattatreya, ADK) with a certificate and cash award for excelling in academics.

This year as part of the Women's Day celebrations, a few competitions, namely Vegetable/Fruit Carving,   Applying Mehendi and one-minute fun games were held on 3rd and 4th, March, 2015. The winners were awarded prizes by the chief guests at the main event on 6th, March, 2015.

In his presidential address, The Director, NAL applauded Dr.Shubha's endeavours in the field of airport instrumentation and congratulated her for all her accomplishments. He appreciated Ms.Subhashini Vasanth for being bold and successfully channelling her efforts towards providing support to martyrs' families for a humanitarian cause “ education for martyrs children”.. The Director then went on to thank the speakers for sharing their  experiences  and for delivering such motivating lectures.

This year Mr.Raghavendra and team put up a very impressive dance-drama named "It's Possible". The act had elements of diverse nature incorporating a background movie, dance items and live dialogues with an apt message that if we want, then together we can change the prevalent mindset and make gender parity a reality. Mr.Raghavendra and Mr.Nishanth were awarded mementoes as a token of appreciation for their effort in organising the cultural event and forthe graphic design of the Women's Day website respectively.

The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Ms. Anjana Krishnan during which mementoes were presented to the speakers. The whole event was impressively compered by Ms. Radha Ramami.

Anjana Krishnan

#IP 1173 16 -22 Mar 2015

46th SSBMT Indoor finals

The 46 SSBMT Indoor finals was held at CSIR-NCL, Pune during 26 -28 Feb 2015. The inauguration function was held on 25  feb 2015. A total of 172 players   participated from 29 CSIR labs in the meet. CSIR-NAL participated in the 46th and  won prizes in the events (Shuttle Badminton, Table Tennis, Caroms & Chess).

Director General, CSIR Dr M 0 Garg chaired the valedictory function. The programme concluded with  the prize distribution. Team CSIR-NAL won the maximum number of prizes among all the other CSIR labs in the SSBMT INDOOR FINALS 2015.

The lists of winners are as follows:

Carroms : Winner Doubles – Dr  Murthy PSR & Mr  Srinivasa V
Chess: Runners - Mr. Prakash M

Table Tennis: Team Event Winners - Ms. Preme M, Ms. Kala M & Ms. Veena RR
Singles- Runners - Ms. Preme
Badminton: Team Event- Winners Ms. Uma SC & Ms  Savithry J
Singles-Runners Ms  Uma SC

CSIR-NAL   congratulates all the players.

#IP 1172 9 - 15 Mar 2015


The 10th International AEROINDIA 2015 show opened on the 18 of Februray 2015 at the Yelahanka Air Force Base. Mr Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the mega event AEROINDIA 2015. The highlight of the inaugural ceremony was the stress on the theme 'Make in India' in the aerospace, defence, civil aviation, airport infrastructure and defence engineering. Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a strong pitch to end India’s dependence on defence imports, promised a conducive environment for manufacturers, including a discrimination-free tax system, and asked foreign firms not to be just “sellers” but “strategic partners”.

The event spread across 2,50,000 Sq.Mts. in Yelahanka Air base, Aero India attracted a large number of visitors from India and abroad. AEROINDIA 2015 has surpassed all previous records with a total participation of 49 countries through 328 exhibitors and 295 Indian exhibitors.  The show held from February 18 to 22 was an air extravaganza for lakhs of Bengalureans and outsiders. By footfalls,  Airshow  attracted 5 lakh visitors, the biggest Indian show ever. The air show had static and air display by various aircraft including fighter, transport, helicopter and aerobatic display teams. HAL’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)-Tejas were on display at the event.  The aircraft participating in static and air displays were the  Indian Air Force Sarang Team and air display teams from Sweden, UK, Czech Republic and open sky jump by USA Special Forces were  among the major attractions.

A breathtaking display of air power and brilliant aerobatics by fighter jets and helicopters enthralled the audience where famed international aerobatic teams left the crowd awestruck with their death-defying stunts. In the skies a tiny Tiger Moth, the vintage aircraft that was once used as primary trainer aircraft for the Royal Air Force during World War II and was also the basic trainer aircraft in the IAF initially,  followed by India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas which pulled off some stunts. Another Indian product that amazed all was the Light Combat Helicopter made by state-run HAL. Its reverse flying, a feature uncommon for conventional helicopters, was much appreciated along with its maneuvering skills. The wing walkers from Sweden left everyone stunned as two girls did aerobatic feats on board a flying plane.

CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories participated in the AEROINDIA 2015 Exhibition. The items showcased at the AEROINDIA 2015 included autoclave, radomes, wind tunnel model, DHVANI, DRISHTI, simulators, wankel engine, carbon fibre, MAVs, scaled down models of SARAS, HANSA and CNM5, etc., The stall design was unique this time, as NAL had opted for the Maxima Setups.  NAL's preparation for the air show involved systematic planning that started months in advance and the result was sufficiently gratifying. The illuminated backlit posters displaying   NAL Technologies added to the aesthetics of the layout. The important visitors to the stall included Director General CSIR, Joint Secretary CSIR, Dr V.K. Atre, former DRDO Chief, Former Directors of NAL and other foreign dignitaries. Dr M O Garg DG, CSIR appreciated the stall design and products display and congratulated NAL team for putting up a good show at the AEROINDIA 2015. The NAL stall attracted a large number of serious visitors. 

This year NAL has received quite a few business enquiries particularly  on MAVs, Autoclave, Wankel engine, DHVANI & Surface Coatings.


Photo collage by A B S Vijai, KTMD, NAL


#IP 1171 2 - 8 Mar 2015


TEAM NAL wishes our colleagues a very happy, healthy and productive life after superannuation on 28 February 2015.

Mr Ramanna B N, STT
Ms Doris Andrade, ADK

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