THE FOCUS OF NDRF WAS WIDENED TO HARNESS THE ENGINEERING TALENT OF THE COUNTRY
NDRF acts as a National platform for Engineers, Scientists and Technologists engaged in Research and
Development for building a strong R & D Engineering base in the country. NDRF since its inception has
made rapid strides to achieve its role and objectives throughout the country and abroad. This has been
possible largely due to the sustained efforts of the past, present and future Chairmen.
“Microelectronics has transformed the world. Today, complementary micro technologies have
emerged in mechanical and optical engineering as Micro Electro- Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
and Micro Opto-Mechanical Systems (MOMS). Medical applications involving biology are using
bio-MEMS while communication utilizes RF-MEMS. NDRF and Aeronautical Development Agency
(ADA) organised a workshop along with the Institute of Smart Structures and Systems in which
the three, forums of Industry CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM participated. NDRF continuously
promoted activities and projects in this area which should lead to India becoming a leading
design and manufacturing base in the estimated world market of Rs.15,000/- crores by 2010
for these devices. They will be incorporated in almost all engineering goods of the future.
4 proposals in MEMS have been initiated by NDRF through appropriate agencies.”
“A nano-biotechnology project, a bottom-up approach, promoted by NDRF for the development of a
simple imager using a light sensitive protein was sanctioned by DBT to the Centre for DNA
Fingerprinting and Diagnosis (CDFD), Hyderabad and Molecular Design Research Centre, Mumbai.
NDRF has also been instrumental in the formation of Biosensors Society (India), to bring
together biology and engineering. NDRF is the first institutional member of BS (I). Biosensors
have tremendous applications in medicine, agriculture and industry. The activity will involve
among others, NPL (Delhi), Institute of Microbial Technology (Chandigarh), CFTRI (Mysore), DRDE
(Gwalior), bigtec (Bangalore) and Vijay Mallya Science Research Foundation (Bangalore).”
“Nanotechnology will revolutionize the very way the world functions and nano initiatives
have been implemented not only in USA, Europe and Japan but also in China and India. NDRF
promoted education and training in this area in engineering colleges. A short term course in
Micro and Nanotechnology initiated by NDRF was organized by PES Institute of Technology,
Bangalore from 22 July 2002 to 30 October 2002 in association with BEL, bigtec and Virtual
3D Info Pvt. Ltd.”
Mini and Micro Air Vehicles
“Mini Air Vehicles (500 - 1500 mm) and Micro Air Vehicles (100 - 300 mm) with maximum all up
of the order of 5 kg and 0.5 kg respectively have extensive applications in the following areas.
Disaster management-Fire, Flood, Earthquakes, Landslides, Gas Leaks, Search and Rescue.
Security / Defence - Surveillance, Mine detection, Crowd monitoring, Traffic control, Detection of
Commercial - Agriculture, TV and Cinema
R & D – Evaluation of new concepts
The Project Centre was proposed to be setup at NDRF for Micro Air Vehicles ”
NATIONAL PROGRAMME OF MICRO AIR VEHICLES
The Institution of Engineers (India) took a decision to form IEI University at Karnataka, towards which it
decided that NDRF would be the Nodal Centre to prepare all the necessary documentation. However,
with a decision to start the University at ESCI, Hyderabad, the plan at Karnataka was dropped.