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The Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam (IIMV) has successfully conducted the Certificate Program in Research and Development (R&D) Management for the Scientists of Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) / Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This Program was unique and first of its kind offered by IIMV jointly with Institute of Technology Management (ITM), DRDO. The Valedictory Program was conducted virtually on 26th May 2021. Shri K S Varaprasad, Distinguished Scientist & DG – HR, delivered the Valedictory address. Dr Samir V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & DG – NS&M, Prof M Chandrasekhar, Director IIMV, Dr O R. Nandagopan, Director, NSTL and Shri Sanjay Tandon, Director, ITM have addressed during the Valedictory. Shri R Srihari, Scientist G, NSTL delivered the Welcome address. Prof B. Srirangacharyulu, Program Director and Prof Vinay Ramani also addressed the gathering.

The virtual event was attended by eminent dignitaries such as Sri Purusottam Bej, OS, Director, DFMM, Dr Sumit Goswami, Director, DP&C, Dr Mayank Dwivedi, Director, DIITM, Sri Shiv Kumar, Director, ER&IPR, Sri KK Pathak, Director, FTM, Dr Deepak Panda, Sc’F’, ITM, Mussorie and Directors of NS&M Cluster Labs, Director(PM& Admin) and O/o DG(NS&M), DRDO.

 The program was conducted in 3 batches for a total of 60 participants. There was a total of 10 modules in the program which focused on advanced skills in R&D Management, such as project management, planning and execution, and human resource development. The participants were given a ‘Certificate in R&D Management’ on successful completion of the program. Based on scholastic performance, Merit Certificates were also awarded to the participants. The program received excellent feedback from the participants.