J Manjula, who has been appointed as director general, electronics and communication systems cluster, is the first woman director general of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Breaking the stereotype, Manjula told TOI
“It’s a very responsible position and a great opportunity that DRDO has provided me. I hope this inspires more women to take up science.”
DRDO works in a hierarchical format with a Director General, S Christopher and seven DGs heading the various clusters. She will now report to the organisation’s Director General. Here are things that you should know about the Manjula:
1.She is the first woman director general of a DRDO cluster.
2. An alumna of Osmania University, she is a practising electronics and communications engineer.
3. She was born in 1962 in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district to high school principal J Sriramulu
4. Manjula had to fight many odds when she was a student. Though her parents were inclined towards her education, they were unable to provide her education.
5. She served in Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, for more than 26 years in the area of Integrated Electronic Warfare.
6. Prior to this appointment, she was the director of Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), an establishment of DRDO, since July 2014.
7. She has designed and realized fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers, controller software, etc. for various systems inducted in the army, navy, air force and paramilitary.
8. Manjula is a recipient of the DRDO awards for ‘Performance Excellence’ and ‘Scientist of the Year 2011’, and the India Today Woman Summit Award, 2014.