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Panel suggests foreign tie-ups for DRDO

Aasha Khosa in New Delhi | March 15, 2007 02:26 IST

The committee conducting a peer review of the Defence Research and Development Organisation has suggested that the organisation enter into collaborations with foreign companies in R&D. The committee is headed by Dr P Padma Rao.

Defence Minister AK Antony told Parliament recently that one of the terms of references of the committee was to "utilise the expertise of selected non-resident Indians and foreign consultants, particularly those with experience in military-related research and development".

"The Rao committee would also explore opportunities of collaborative efforts with foreign academic and R&D institutions and military industries in the environment of liberalised economy," Antony said.

The panel is expected to recommend on how to maximise the participation of private partners in manufacturing of defence systems and products. The committee comprises seven members, including one each from the three-armed wings of the military.

The committee will also recommend on the modernisation of administrative, personnel and financial systems to achieve speedier implementation of projects and on development of cooperation with sister R&D agencies and academia to keep pace with advances in science and technology.

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