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