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5 Things You Should Know About J Manjula – DRDO’s First Woman Director-General

5 Things You Should Know About J Manjula – DRDO’s First Woman Director-General

J Manjula, a recognized scientist, will now be heading the Electronics & Communication Systems cluster, one of the seven main clusters of DRDO.  Here are six amazing things to know about the reputed scientist.

J Manjula, a recognised scientist, has become the first woman to lead a very important cluster of  Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Manjula has been appointed as the first woman Director General and she will be heading the Electronics & Communication Systems cluster. Already a known name in the field of science, she will be one of the seven DG’s who are heading different clusters within the DRDO.

Here are some interesting facts that you should know about the lady –

1. Manjula is an alumna of Osmania University, Hyderabad and a practising electronics and communications engineer. She joined DRDO in 1987 after working for some time in Electronics Corporation of India Ltd.


Photo: DRDO

2. Before the recent appointment, she was leading Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), which is an establishment of DRDO, as a Director since July 2014.

DARE office.

3. The recognised scientist is also the recipient of DRDO award for “Performance Excellence”; the Scientist of the Year award, 2011; and the India Today Woman Summit award of 2014.



4. She has worked with the Integrated Electronic Warfare cluster of DRDO’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory (DLRL) Hyderabad, for 26 years.


Photo: DRDO

5. She has successfully designed fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers and controller software for various systems that have been introduced in Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary forces.

DRDO works in a hierarchical format with a Director General, S. Christopher who was appointed a few months ago, and seven DGs heading the various clusters. And Manjula has taken charge from yet another distinguished scientist, Dr. K.D. Nayak.

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