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  • July 14, 2011
    Round Table


    0930-0945 hrs

    Opening remarks: Shri N.S. Sisodia, Director General, IDSA
    Inauguration: Air Vice Marshal M. Matheswaran AVSM VM PhD, ACAS OPS (Space)

    0945-1130 hrs

    Panel 1: Government: MOD, Armed Forces & DRDO

    Chair: Air Vice Marshal M. Matheswaran AVSM VM PhD. ACAS OPS (Space)

    Tri-Services Perspective: Air Vice Marshal M. Bahadur, VM, ACIDS (WSOI), Integrated Defence Staff HQs, Ministry of Defence

    Presentation: Dr. G. Balachandran, Distinguished Fellow, IDSA


    • Shri Gyanesh Kumar, Joint Secretary (Shipyards), Ministry of Defence
    • Commodore R.K. Rana, Principal Director, Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy), Directorate of Indigenisation
    • Shri Manik Mukherjee, Director G-Fast, Scientist G
    • Major General (Ret) P. K. Chakravorty, VSM, Advisor, Strategic Studies, Brahmos, DRDO
    • Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal, Director and CEO, CLAWS
    • Anit Mukherjee, Fellow, IDSA

    Q & A

    1130: Tea break

    1145-1300 hrs

    Panel 2: Industry

    Chair: Shri Gyanesh Kumar, Joint Secretary (Shipyards), Ministry of Defence


    • Shri Anjan Mukherjee, CEO, HyCa Technologies Pvt Ltd.
    • Shri Ashok Kanodia, MD & Chairman of Precision Electronics
    • Shri Rajinder Bhatia, CEO Defence, Bharat Forge
    • Shri Rahul Chowdhury, CEO Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division
    • Shri Bharat Singh, Deputy Director General DG / OF Board
    • Mr. Sanjay K Agarwal, Group Managing Director, CbS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
    • Dr. M. Venkatraman, Vice President Essar Steel
    • Shri Ajai Shukla, Defence Correspondent, Business Standard
    • Shri A.S. Pundle, Advisor, Indian Machine Tools Manufacturers Association

    1300-1330 hrs – Lunch break

    1330-1430 hrs

    Panel 2: Industry (continued)

    Chair: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Director General FICCI

    Q & A

    1430-1530 hrs

    Panel 3: International comparisons

    Chair: Ambassador Prabhat Shukla, former Ambassador to Russia
    International Speaker: Prof Tai Ming Cheung: "Catching Up in Defence Innovation: The Lessons From China and other Late Industrializers"

    1530-1630 hrs

    Panel 4: Education and Brainstorming on Final Recommendations and Action Plan

    Chair: Ambassador Prabhat Shukla

    • Is the Indian educational system nurturing innovation?
    • Reforms/action suggested


    • Dr Anil Wali, CEO, Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
    • All participants
    • Wrapping up – Smita Purushottam, Senior Fellow and Joint Secretary (MEA)

    1630 hrs

    Closing address: Dr. V. Bhujanga Rao, Ph.D., FNAE, FAEFCT, CC R & D (HR), DRDO