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Hyderabad: Milking the reverse brain-drain syndrome and pushing the out-of-the-box-philosophies being propagated to keep the fresh blood in sterile condition, the think-tank of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is organising a three-day Young Scientists' Meet (YSM) in the land of nawabs and kebabs – Hyderabad. This first-of-its-kind-event will be held from December 18-20 at Ramoji Film City and at Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a DRDO facility.
It's hard to believe that DRDO has finally woken up from slumber and decided to brand its employees -- especially youngsters – with a feel-good get-together filled with freedom of expression. With the motto 'Together We Grow,' the YSM will give DRDO top-brass a rare insight into the minds of its younger troops. “You can't ignore them and they are DRDO's saviors. They hold the baton to the future and YSM is just the beginning of a series of new initiatives we are lining up,” DRDO chief Dr V K Saraswat tells The New Indian Express.
So what will the young guns do at the backyard of Charminar? Well, for a change they will talk and their bosses will listen. They will chart out a trajectory for DRDO studded with new hopes and horizons. They will speak fearlessly. They will pick up the threads of sharing, bonding and self-belief. They will probably scream in unison: Yes, We can!
An idea mooted by the Human Resources Department at DRDO HQ in Delhi will finally take wing when close to 250 young scientists from various disciplines and from 52 labs will flock together sinking their designations, but soldering their desires. “We are confident that the event will be a smashing hit as we have never done something like this before. Scientists in the B,C and D levels will make use of this opportunity to display their inner might,” says S.K. Ray, Director, RCI.
DRDO ran a contest for YSM's logo and it caught-up with the imagination of scientists nation-wide. “We will be forming different teams and each team will be provided with an idea on which they will have to interact within themselves and start making a report which will have to be presented on the last day of the event. We are also looking at improving their communication skills, co-ordination and adaptability,” says G Krishna Rao, Director, Planning and Production, RCI.
Currently, Team YSM is scrutinising innovative ideas, out of which six will be given a 10-minute slot to make presentations, while the rest will go into the poster segment. “Observers will note the ideas which can be of used for DRDO's futuristic development. We are also making our chief controllers available for the youngsters during YSM,” Rao said.
Missile Man Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will officially release the YSM logo during his visit to RCI on December 9. “The YSM has drawn tonnes of inspiration from Dr Kalam. His thoughts and ideas are leading lights to all of us and we are delighted to implement his vision during YSM,” says Anil Kumar Meena, a young RCI scientist from Rajasthan.
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