Jun 1, 2013 timesofindia.indiatimes.com
HYDERABAD: Scientist Avinash Chander, programme director, Agni and chief controller (missiles & strategic systems) has been elevated as scientific advisor to raksha mantri, secretary of department of defence R&D and director general of DRDO from June 1, 2013 for a period of three years. He succeeds Dr V K Saraswat following his superannuation.
"I feel honoured on being entrusted with such a responsible position. Dr Saraswat has set a good course for DRDO and I will continue to steer the organization to higher levels," he said after taking charge on Friday.
Avinash Chander, an eminent missile scientist, is the chief architect of the long range ballistic missile system Agni. He envisioned and evolved strategies for long range missiles and led the team in the design and development of the Agni missile systems (Agni A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5), thus providing cutting edge and strategic weapon systems to the armed forces. He played a key role in the development of the 5,000 km range Agni-V, propelling India into an elite club of five advanced nations.
Avinash Chander joined DRDO in 1972 after completing graduation in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi. He did MS in spatial information technology from JNTU, Hyderabad. The development of Agni range of missiles under highly restrictive international control regimes was possible due to his technology forecast, perspective planning and relentless efforts.