Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune


Established u/s 3 of the UGC act 1956. 

MHRD, Government of India  has placed DIAT (DU) in Category 'A' Deemed University  & 'NAAC' and NBA Accredited

(An Autonomous Organization, Department of Defence Research & Development, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India)

Dr.Prahlada, Former VC

Dr. Prahlada
Former Vice Chancellor..

Educational Qualification

M.Tech (Aeronautical Engg)., Ph.D (Mechanical Engg)

Academic Experience :
  • Vice Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Deemed University, Girinagar, Pune (from 11th Aug 2011 to 10th Aug 2014)
  • Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller, Research & Development (Aero & SI), DRDO, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi
  • Served in ISRO and DRDO Establishments
  • VSSC Trivandrum
  • ADE Bangalore
  • DRDL Hyderaad
  • In his position as Director of the biggest DRDO laboratory, DRDL, during 1997-2005, he has provided leadership to many missile projects, new technologies and world class test facilities.
  • As Project Director for the mobile surface to air area defence missile system, AKASH, he has provided the technological and managerial leadership for scientists/engineers working at various development centres and production centres in the country.
  • He was Programme Director for the Joint Venture Project (Indo-Russia) BrahMos and contributed to Project formulation, management and conduct of initial flight trials.
  • Since November 2005, as Chief Controller Research & Development at DRDO Hqrs and Distinguished Scientist, he is heading Services Interactions, International Cooperation, Foreign Offices (UK, USA and Russia), Extramural Research, Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Acquisition and Industry Interaction.  He is also Chief Controller for Aeronautical Cluster of laboratories of DRDO providing leadership and guidance for many important Programmes in Combat Aircrafts, Unmanned Air Vehicles, Gas Turbine Engines, Avionics and Aerostats.
  • He has spearheaded commercialization of DRDO technologies into civilian products through a customized programme with FICCI.
  • As President, Hyderabad Management Association during the year 2003-04, he took new initiatives to raise the level of activities of HMA to national level.  In addition to intensifying the training and management interactions with professionals, he conducted an year long series of “Invited Lectures and Interactions” with the top eminent persons of India under the series titled INDIA-MY DREAM.  The grand finale was held at Hyderabad where Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. YS Rajashekhar Reddy presided over the function with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India was the Chief Guest.  The book having compilation of all the ten lectures, including interactions with the public was also released during the function.
Awards and Honours :
  • He is recipient of DRDO Scientist of the Year.
  • He is recipient of HMA – Member of the Year.
  • He is recipient of IISc Distinguished Alumnus Award.
  • He is recipient of National Aeronautical Prize.
  • He is recipient of “Sivananda Eminent Citizen Award 2008” by

Sanathana Dharma Charitable Trust, Hyderabad

  • He is winner of the DRDO Award for Path Breaking Research/

Outstanding Technology Development 2008

  • He is recipient of Eminent Engineers Award for the year 2009 by

Institution of Engineers, Delhi State Centre.

  • He is recipient of Life Time Achievement Award- 2010 by Hyderabad

Management Association

  • He was awarded honorary doctorate from Sri Venkateswara University in 2006
Professional Member/Fellow  Professional Organizations: :
  • Fellow, Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers
  • Fellow, Society for Shock Wave Research of India
  • Fellow, Astronautical Society of India
  • Fellow, Systems Society of India
  • Fellow, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
  • Donor Member, IISc Alumni Association
  • Board of Trustee, Trust for Advancement of Aerodynamics of India
Past President/ Chairman :
  • Hyderabad Management Association
  • ISAMPE,Hyderabad Chapter
  • ISNT, Hyderabad Chapter
  • INAE, Hyderabad Chapter
  • President, Society for Aerospace Quality & Reliability
Area’s of Research :
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Guidance,
  • Proppulsion
  • System Design and Engineering
  • R&D Management
  • Project Management
  • Technology Management
  • Knowledge Management
Disaster Management

He has been contributing towards various activities in the area of disaster management since 1999. His contributions cover the following:-

  • Giving invited talks in conferences on disaster management.
  • Spreading awareness among public.
  • Publishing articles in journals.
  • Interacting technically with NDMA.
  • Supporting State and Central government agencies in disaster planning and mitigation.
  • Guiding and mentoring young Scientists and students for carrying out R&D in disaster management.
  • He was the Chairman of Steering Committee for organizing the First    World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) – 2008 in Hyderabad and is again the Chairman for the 2nd World Congress on Disaster Management scheduled in 2010. About 30 countries and 10 U.N. Organizations participated in the first World Congress which was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India