Pune 29 April 2017 : The Government of India decided to appoint Scientist and Technocrat Dr. Girish Shantaram Deodhare, hailing from Maharashtra, as the new Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), he replaced Commandar Cadaba Devnath Balaji (Retd), who retired on March 31, 2017.

Dr Deodhare who is born in 1963, has a B.Tech (1984) in Electrical Engineering and M.Tech (1986) in Control and Instrumentation, from IIT Bombay. He holds a Ph.D. (1990) in Control Theory from the University of Waterloo, Canada, he had earlier worked with the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), a DRDO lab in Bangalore. This scientist and technocrat has been credited with developing the Flight Control System and CLAW (Control Laws) for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas. Dr. Deodhare has his task cut out with the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of Tejas being the most immediate milestone to cross. He moved to ADA in 2007 as the Technology Director. He was handpicked by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 1992 to be part of the National Control Law Team to develop the Control Laws for the Tejas.

Speaking to PCP News Correspondent Devendra Jain over phone on Friday, Shyam Chetty, former Director of National Aerospace Laboratories, said Dr. Deodhare is a very practical person and an apt choice to spearhead the Tejas program. He is theoretically very strong and a student of Professor Vidyasagar. He is an excellent human being and highly-qualified aerospace scientist, besides this he is a 24 x 7 person and the right choice to head ADA, said Shyam.

The Search Committee headed by Dr. V S R Arunachalam with Dr. V K Aatre (both former heads of DRDO) and Air Marshal Philip Rajkumar (Retd) as its members, picked Dr Deodhare. He was the Associate Program Director, New Programs and Systems Engineering and Technology Director, Integrated Flight Control Systems, ADA. Dr. Deodhare, who took charge on Friday, will have around six years of service left, he is the 5th Director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA). PCP/DJ 10 30

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