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Puri Shankaracharya Solely Responsible For Successful Missile Tests In Chandipur: ITR Director


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20 May 2017

Sangita Agarwal


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Bhubaneswar: In a function at Balasore few days back, Dr Binay Das, posted as Director of Chandipur-based Integrated Test Range (ITR) of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), shared the dais with Puri Shankaracharya and extended the whole credit to him, saying his blessings are the sole reason for the successful test firing of the missile. The video clipping is attached with this story.

This statement of the top official raised eyebrows at many fronts, with many criticizing his statement.

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, he clarified his stand and said that it was spoken at the spur of the moment and he had no intentions to hurt anyone’s sentiments. “Indian Missile Programme is a contribution from everyone; a single person cannot be given credit for its success. Credit goes to the team and it is dedicated to the entire country,” he said.

“When we achieve something, we always give credit to our elders, parents, teacher, God and dedicate it to them.If we respect our elders and claim that they are behind our success, it is nothing to make an issue out of it. We have better things to do, so these things should not be dragged unnecessarily. We work here as a team,” signed off the ITR Director.

According to the Director, they regularly organize talks from spiritual leaders like Shri Shri Ravishankar, Brahmakumaris, Krupalu Maharaj, etc. The team behind the project was once addressed by Shankaracharyaji who influenced them by his inspiring talk.

Dr Das hails from Jajpur district of Odisha. He joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation in 1987 as a junior scientist. Thirty years down the lane, he is today an acclaimed scientist and one of the key personalities involved in the country’s missile development programme. He has actively contributed towards indigenous development (IPS) in the DRDO, that helps micro-analysis of performance of flying objects in several ways.

He has received Scientist of the Year Award-2003, Best Invention Award by National Research and Development Corporation, Young Engineer Award from Indian National Academy of Engineers, and Young Scientist Award from Orissa Vigyan Bhawan, among others.

He is the youngest Director of the test range and the second Odia to hold this prestigious post. He took charge of his office in 2015.

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Dr Binay Das, Director, ITR, Chandipur