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Friday, October 22, 2021

Course on Reliability Engineering Organised at NSTL in Visakhapatnam

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)/ Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) are taking various initiatives towards highlighting the importance of R&D, motivating DRDO fraternity, in particular igniting young minds. NSTL, the premier naval research laboratory of DRDO, in Visakhapatnam, is conducting a Short-term Course on “Reliability Engineering” in association with the Institution of Quality & Reliability (IQR), Pune As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, at Mohapatra Manasi Auditorium, NSTL from 22 Oct to 23 Oct 2021. ‘NSTL Quality Policy’ was released by the Chief Guest on the occasion. Senior Scientists, officers, Members of the NSTL Civil Employees Union & Works Committee and staff of NSTL participated in the event Dr. Samir V Kamat, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (Naval Systems & Materials) was the Chief Guest for the inaugural session while Rear Admiral Ranjit Singh, Director, Directorate Quality, Reliability & Safety (DQRS) DRDO Headquarters who attended the event through Video Conference and Dr. Y Sreenivas Rao Outstanding Scientist & Director NSTL were the Guest of Honour. Sri Hemant Urdhwareshe, Principal Consultant & Director IQR was the Guest Speaker. Speaking on the occasion, Rear Admiral Ranjit Singh, Director DQRS, DRDO HQs complimented NSTL for organizing this useful course. He narrated Quality & Reliability as two eyes to an organisation, and with them, Safety is automatically ensured. He told that the released NSTL Quality Policy is well-aligned with DRDO Quality Policy. He concluded by saying that Quality brings Prosperity and hence wished NSTL a prosperous future. Dr. Y Sreenivas Rao, OS & Director NSTL highlighted the NSTL’s quality structure and brought out how it is unique and apt for the design & development of world-class underwater weapons. He expressed his happiness over incorporating Quality Culture in all phases of realizing a system viz., design, develop, produce, feedback from User (Indian Navy) and improve. Addressing the participants, the Chief Guest Dr. Samir V Kamat, DS & DG(NS&M) told that DRDO becomes ‘QRS Champion Organisation’ in the nearby future. He told that till now NSTL developed systems, focusing on Quality and now he insisted NSTL, which is in matured phase, to focus on developing reliable systems.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Defence Accounts Department celebrates its Annual Day

Defence Accounts Department (DAD) celebrated its annual day on October 01, 2021. To mark the occasion, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shri Rajnish Kumar distributed Raksha Mantri Awards for Excellence to the officers and staff of the Department for their exemplary performance and dedication. The first award was shared by the team of the Administration Section in CGDA office and the office of the PCDA (Pensions) Prayagraj. Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) Pensions, Prayagraj (Allahabad) got the award for implementation of project for online pension claim submission, processing and Electronic Pension Payment Order (ePPO) download for Personnel Below Officer Rank (PBORs), which helped pensioners get their due on time during the Covid-19 pandemic. The award was given to the Administration Section of the Controller General of Defence Accounts Office for exemplary performance in handling the COVID-19 crisis by efficient response management. The third award was given to PCDA (South-Western Command), Jaipur for the innovative design and development of the Command Training Module. The CGDA also gave away the CGDA Motivational Awards 2021 to the teams of PCDA (Air Force), Dehradun for review of Air Force orders, updating of Air Force Manuals and thematic Audit on provisioning of stores; and the team of Integrated Financial Adviser (IFA) Section, CGDA Headquarters for making the e-compendium of important orders relating to the working of IFA Offices. Shri Kumar also launched four new projects. These were e-Office, integration of New Compilation System (NCS) with Tulip, System for Integrated Financial Advisers – Plus (SIFA Plus) and No Due Certificate (NDC) audit software for Air Force officers and personnel. In his message on the occasion, the CGDA detailed the achievements of the department, appreciating the proactive induction of technology in service delivery mechanisms with a view to expediting, simplifying and automating systems and procedures. He stressed on the importance of ongoing Business Process Re-engineering activities in the Department. The CGDA emphasised on the need to update and simplify manuals and procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in a highly competitive and dynamic environment. Shri Kumar explained how DAD has been constantly leveraging technology for the dual benefits of providing transparent services and expediting the delivery procedures in the fields of pay, pension, accounting, audit and financial advice. He reiterated the commitment of DAD to substantially contribute to national security objectives through prudent, proactive and progressive defence financial management. He stressed that the age-old system of generating manual Pension Payment Orders is giving way to a completely automated system called System for Pension Administration (Raksha) - SPARSH. The DAD functions under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence and is headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts. The department functions as a specialised organisation in the fields of accounts, audit, payment and financial advice.