Shot in the arm for defence indigenisation? Or yet another white elephant?


In yet another milestone on India’s effort at indigenisation, NIRDESH (National Institute for Research and Development in Defence Shipbuilding) at Chaliyam near Kozhikode will commence functioning on 11th  March  with a pioneer training programme. The District Collector of Kozhikode will inaugurate the YOCC (Young Officers Capsule Course) -an orientation course in shipbuilding- for 25 young shipbuilding engineers.The participants have been nominated from the four defence shipyards and Cochin Shipyard Limited.

The curriculum will consist of generic capsule on systems on board warships, weapons and sensors, and theoretical aspects of ship building including stability among others. Ship building processes, lay out and organisation of shipyards and financial management of shipbuilding will also be included in the two weeks long course. Faculty from Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT) and Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, and engineers from Mazagon Dock Limited and Cochin Shipyard Limited will conduct sessions for the participants. Interestingly, a visit to an Uru (traditional dhows of Malabar) making facility near Chaliyam has also been scheduled for the participants.

Shri AK Antony, Defence Minister laid the foundation stone of Nirdesh, in January 2011. The Institute, governed by an autonomous society under the Ministry of Defence, aims to become a Centre of Excellence guiding research, development, and training required to achieve total self-reliance in warship and submarine building in India. The first R&D programme- a project of indigenisation of Silicon Rubber Elements is being carried out in collaboration with the Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam. Other activities being planned in the near future include conduct of more seminars workshops and research projects. The land for the campus was provided by the Government of Kerala and the buildings are being constructed by Nirmithi Kendra an agency of the Kerala state government.

(Text by Ministry of Defence, New Delhi)

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