Welcome to DRDO-ISRO-UoP Interaction Cells










Four years have passed since the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DRDO and the establishment of the interaction cell. During this period, interactions of the university with DRDO and ISRO have grown significantly. 

For instance, more than 17 projects have been carried out for DRDO. Similarly, since the signing of the MoU with ISRO in Jan. 1998 more than 11 projects have been undertaken. These projects have met the predetermined goals. The success rate achieved in these programme is more than 80%. This indicates that the university faculties can, given an opportunity, deliver the goods and participate in national programmes and  confirms the DRDO/ISRO confidence in academic institutions. The other positive outcome of this programmer is the working together of the faculty among themselves and with DRDO and ISRO scientists with single minded devotion to achieve the goal.

            To be a professional, one needs to be dedicated to one’s profession. This means gaining requisite knowledge and skills and delivering the best: “Give your best and the best will come back to you.” This assists in enhancing the credibility and reputation of the profession and consequently the reputation of individuals who practice it. Everyone has a special talent, which one often is not aware of. It is the action that brings in the results. For those who seek glory, if the heart is willing, the sky is the limit.

            The success story of the Pune University–DRDO and Pune University-ISRO Joint Research Programme brings out the message that if goals are clear there are enough talents available to tackle major challenges. The true flavour, the real fun, the continuous excitement of work lie in the process of doing it rather than having it. The four basic factors responsible for this achievement are goal-setting, positive thinking, visualizing and believing. As I see it, in this competitive world the major discriminator between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ will be between those who understand the technology and those who do not. It will not be age, colour, culture or sex, it will be technology.

            To succeed in our mission of contributing to the growth of science and technology for the service of common man, we must have single-minded devotion to that goal. Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women. One must learn to enjoy the inevitable difficulties one has to achieve brilliant results.

            All of us have some super intelligence and it needs to be stimulated to enable us to see through our deepest thoughts, desires and beliefs. It we want to leave our footprints on the sands of time, we should not drag our feet. Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around similar to a bread baked without love serves only half a man’s hunger.

This interactive programme of the university with DRDO & ISRO is unique and gives the teachers and the students an opportunity to participate in a national programme, and helps them achieve visible and tangible results by using science and technology.

Education is critical to DRDO/ISRO’s future. It is critical to the development of revolutionary technologies to unlock the mysteries of the universe or space exploration or to develop new strategic tools for the defence of this country. Thus, education is critical to the vitality of our nation. Involvement, participation and commitment are the key words to the functioning of the university during the last four years.

A great opportunity has been given to us. Naturally major opportunities are accompanied by equally major challenges. We should not give up and we should not allow any technical problem to defeat us. The country does not deserve anything less than  the fullest success from the ‘potential for excellence’ of the  university. Let us aim for success.

May the journey of  this university’s involvement in the national R & D programmes continue to bring glory to the academic community.