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DRDO International Women’s Day 2019 under the aegis of DRDO Women’s Forum is being celebrated on 8 & 9 Mar 2019. The main event was the workshop on 9th march, based on the theme SMILES (Stree as Manager, Innovator, Leader, Entrepreneur and Scientist), in recognition of the multi-faceted roles played by working women, and their multi-tasking skills, Senior and scientists and nearly 250 delegates from more than 50 DRDO institutions attended the event.

The SMILES Workshop has been inaugurated by the chief guest Smt. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, who also delivered keynote address emphasizing on giving thrust to change the mindset of the society for the advancement of women. The Guest of Honour, Maj Gen (Dr) Madhuri Kanitkar, the first women Dean and Deputy Commandant of AFMC gave a motivating talk requesting that the women should take care of their own health. She further advised that women should grow together without growing apart.

The presidential address on behalf of DRDO was given by Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO. He praised the contribution made by DRDO women giving credit to DRDO women scientists for success of many noteworthy products and requesting DRDO women scientists to be in forefront in delivering world class technology to the country. Shri PK Mehta, Director General (Armament and Combat Engineering) appreciated the multiple roles efficiently played by women in their professional and personal lives.

Dr KM Rajan, Distinguished Scientist & Director ARDE gave a welcome address as a host of DRDO IWD-2019.

The workshop proceedings, comprises of more than 40 papers contributed by DRDO Ladies were released at the hands of dignitaries. Convener Dr SD Naik handed over Deeplakshmi to NPOL Kochi, which has been designated as host for IWD-2020.

The afternoon session consisted of presentation of three award winning technical papers, followed by a Panel discussions by eminent DRDO Lady scientists on the focal theme of IWD-2019 “Balance for better”.

The IWD-2019 event was a great success and well appreciated by all participants and invited guests.