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Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre
Alma materUVCE
University of Waterloo, Canada
Indian Institute of Science
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Padma Vibhushan
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsIndian Institute of Science
Defence Research and Development Organisation
Naval Physical & Oceanographic Lab

Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre (born 1939) is an Indian scientist and former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),[1] India's premier Defence research and development organization. In that capacity, he also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri). He is a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan award.[2]


Aatre was born in 1939 in Bangalore. He completed his BE in electrical engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore, then part of University of Mysore in 1961 and a master's degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in 1963.[3] He was awarded a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1967. Thereafter, he worked as a professor of electrical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, until 1980.[3] He was a visiting professor at IISc till 1977. He is a former member of the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS).[4][5]

In 1980, Aatre joined DRDO at the Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Cochin, and became its Director in 1984. He was later appointed as chief controller (R&D) of DRDO. In February 2000, he replaced Abdul Kalam as the director general of DRDO and SA to RM, serving as scientific advisor to the then Defence Minister, George Fernandes. He retired in October 2004 and was replaced by Dr. M. Natrajan.[6][7]

Aatre was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in 2000 by the then President K. R. Narayanan.[3] He was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan award, India's second highest civilian award in 2016. He is now chairman of Nit goa and IIEST SHIBPUR, Howrah.[8]

In 2015, Karnataka Science and Technology awarded him with the academy's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "Former DRDO chief VK Aatre to submit report on strategic partnership this week". The Economic Times. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "". Archived from the original on 27 December 2004. Retrieved 5 December 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Dr VK Aatre | Defence Research and Development Organisation - DRDO, Ministry of Defence, Government of India". Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Ex-chief of DRDO V.K. Aatre honoured". The Hindu. 5 February 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  6. ^ Divyananda, K; Selvamurthy, W (2005). Soaring High ; A Biography of Dr. Vasudev K. Aatre. I.K. International Publishing House (February 16, 2005). ISBN 8188237248.
  7. ^ "Dr. Vasudev K. Aatre | IIEST". Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  8. ^ Kumar, Chethan (25 January 2016). "turban: Scientist VK Aatre gets Padma Vibhushan | Bengaluru News". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Ex-chief of DRDO V.K. Aatre honoured". The Hindu. 6 February 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 March 2020.

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