Rajaram Nagappa, Programme Head

rajaram-nagappaRoom No: F 07
Tel: 080-2218-5087
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: r[dot]nagappa[at]gmail[dot]com

Prof Rajaram Nagappa has specialised in aerospace propulsion and has worked extensively in the design and development of solid propellant rockets. His interests are in missile technology and space weaponisation.

He has served in the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO as its Associate Director, and later was Pandalai Memorial Chair Professor at Anna University, Chennai. He has also taught at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. He is a recipient of the Astronautical Society of India Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Madras Institute of Technology, DRDO’s Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance, Certificate of Appreciation of the International Astronautical Federation and the Honorary Fellowship of the High Energy Materials Society of India.

His recent work includes an assessment of the Pakistani cruise missiles and an assessment of the Iranian satellite launch vehicle Safir. He has also traced the development of fighter aircraft in China as a part of a study on China’s Science & Technology capability.

Other Faculty (in alphabetical order)

S. Chandrashekar, JRD Tata Visiting Professor

s-chandrashekarRoom No: F 08
Tel: 080-2218-5084
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: schandra[at]nias[dot]iisc[dot]ernet[dot]in

Prof S Chandrashekar is currently a Professor in the Corporate Strategy and Policy Area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Prior to his joining IIMB he spent more than 20 years working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). His work at ISRO covered all parts of the programme – satellite, rockets as well as the applications of space technology especially remote sensing. He was also involved with activities related to international co-operation and has represented and led Indian delegations to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. His research interests at IIMB include technology and competitive advantage, national technology priorities and national technology policy, studies on innovation, telecommunications in the Indian context, national innovation systems, modelling complex systems and national security issues.

His recent work includes a study of sensitive installations using open source satellite imagery. He has also been involved with other members of the group on a micro-level comparative case study of Chinese capabilities in one domain of technology related to the development of turbo-fan aircraft engine technology.

D. Suba Chandran, Professor

Suba-ChandranRoom No: S 3
Tel: 080-2218-5142
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: subachandran[at]gmail[dot]com

D. Suba Chandran is a Professor at the International Strategic & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. His primary focus areas are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes in South Asia. He edits an annual titled Armed Conflicts in South Asia, published by the Routledge/SAGE. He is an Associate at the Pakistan Study Research Unit (PSRU), University of Durham, UK.  Earlier, he was a Visiting Professor at the Pakistan Studies Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delh and a Visiting Fellow at the following places: Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; ACDIS, University of Urbana-Champaign; and the University of Jammu, J&K. He holds a PhD in international relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and a MA in Political Science from Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai. Until 2015, he was Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi

M. Mayilvaganan, Associate Professor

m-mayilvagananRoom No: S 13
Tel: 080-2218-5133
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email:  mumayil[at]yahoo[dot]com

M. Mayilvaganan is an Associate Professor in International Strategic and Security Studies programme at NIAS. He earned a doctorate degree in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Prior to joining NIAS, he was a Senior Lecturer at Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he taught South Asia in International Relations, Modern Warfare and International Politics. His past positions include Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi (2006-2009) specializing Sri Lanka in particular and South Asia in general; Advocacy and Communication Officer at South Asian Research & Development Initiative (SARDI), New Delhi (Jan. 2005-Dec 2005); Research Assistant in the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (Colombo) project “Terrorism in India” at South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Dec. 2003 to Dec. 2004); Research Associate in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi (Jan. 2003 to Dec. 2003), specialized on Kashmir issues. His research interests include strategic and security issues of South Asia, China, US and Japan. He has published several articles and commentaries on a variety of topics related to South Asia. He has also participated in various international and national seminars and given lectures at various institutes, besides appearing for various print and visual media interviews.

Dr. Mayilvaganan’s major research and teaching interests include South Asia, Terrorism, US Foreign Policy, China’s Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy; Japan Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Refugees, Conflict and Peace studies. Currently he is undertaking a research project on Terrorism in India and China’s Strategic interest in South Asia at the NIAS.

Amit Mukherjee, Assistant Professor

Room No: A-2
Tel: 080-2218-5052
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: toamitmukherjee@gmail.com

Dr. Amit Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in International Strategic and Security Studies Program at the School of Conflict and Security Studies in National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has a Ph.D. in Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Pune, on  ‘Application of GIS for India’s Defence: To assess battlefield conditions and its effects on weapons and weapons systems’. His specialization is in Military GIS and application of GIS for traditional and non-traditional areas of National and International Security. 

Prior to joining NIAS he was previously a Post Doctoral Fellow (PBC Fellowship -Department of Higher Education, Government of Israel) at the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel, from 2013-2016, where he is an (Honorary) Research Fellow 2016-2019. He was also an Israel Asia Leaders Fellow 2014-2015, and a visiting fellow at IDSA, New Delhi, 1st October 2016 – 30th June 2017. His areas of research interest include homeland security, counter insurgency, terrorism studies, maritime security, weapons and warfare, military affairs and strategy, border security, India-Israel security cooperation, among others.

Prakash Pannerselvam, Assistant Professor

PrakashRoom No: A-3
Tel: 080-2218-5053
Fax:  080-2218-5028
Email: panprakash@gmail.com

Prakash Pannerselvam is an Assistant Professor with the International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS. He holds a Ph.D in Japanese Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was the first Visiting Fellow to Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Staff College, Tokyo. He is a recipient of Japan Foundation Fellow (2011) and Okita Memorial Fellowship (2008). Moreover, Prakash was a trained merchant mariner with Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd.

Prior to joining NIAS, he was working with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Defence & Aerospace Sector. His primary areas of interest are Maritime Security, Indian Ocean Region, East Asia, Indian Defence Production and Acquisition policy. He has also published articles both in national and international journal.

Srikumar Pullat, Visiting Professor

Room No: F-23
Tel: 080-2218-5073
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: skpullat@gmail.com

B.Tech (Aero) Punjab University; MTech (Aero) IIT Bombay; MSc. (Flight Dynamics) College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. 33 years in Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO. Participated in the design of Control, Guidance & Navigation system and set up the Mission Simulation system for UAV Nishant. Designed algorithms for Waypoint Navigation and other Autonomous modes of the UAV. Designed a PC-based HILS facility for UAV Mission Validation in 1993. Member of Think Tank group (GFAST) at DRDO Headquarters for 3 years; Member of IDS-Services-DRDO Task Force for defining requirements of Subsonic Cruise Missile. Was the Project Director & Chief Designer of Subsonic Cruise Missile “Nirbhay” successfully integrating indigenous technologies from more than 10 laboratories of DRDO. Was the Director of ADE, DRDO during 2013-2015.

Was conferred DRDO Performance excellence awards as member of UAV “Nishant” development team in 2004 and Leader of “Nirbhay” Cruise Missile development team in 2014. Won the DRDO Silicon Trophy award for ADE as Director of the laboratory. Was joint winner of National Aeronautics Prize from Aeronautical Society of India in 2014; Was conferred Eminent Engineer award by Institution of Engineers, Bangalore Chapter in 2014. Was a member of Governing Council of Aeronautical Society of India during 2013-2016 and Executive Council of Astronautical Society of India during 2014 – 2017.

Areas of Interest include Mission simulation for UAVs, Systems Engineering and Systems Analysis of Aeronautical systems

N. Ramani, Visiting Professor

n-ramaniRoom No: F 04
Tel: 080-2218-5093
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: narayan[dot]ramani[at]gmail[dot]com

Dr. N. Ramani worked at the ISRO Satellite Centre in the areas of software development for spacecraft mission operations and in the establishment and management of the central computing facility. Led the activities relating to the design, development, testing and implementation of software for real time health monitoring and control of satellites. Pioneered the transition from main frame world of Fortran and assembler codes to distributed computing based on off-the-shelf systems with the best of breed Engineering Application Software packages. Worked on computer related issues that have over all impact on the organization; such as information security, software reliability, man power attrition, open source, Y2K and HPC. With Prof R Narasimha, carried out the Indian Airlines AVRO HS748 fleet performance simulation for airworthiness assessment for the National Committee headed by Prof S Dhawan. Worked on several Government committees that enabled the computerization plans of ADA, CBDT, EPFO, IMD/MES and SBI.

Awards: Distinguished Aero-Alumnus of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science (1992) and Astronautical Society of India AWARD (1999). He has recently completed and validated a 3-D missile trajectory programme, which can provide the path of the missile from any launch location to any target.

PM Soundar Rajan, Visiting Professor

Room No: F 27
Tel: 080-2218-5080
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: pmsdare@yahoo.com

Prof PM Soundar Rajan graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai in 1973 as an Electronics and Communication Engineer. He obtained his Masters from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the same field in 1989. He commenced his professional career in 1973 with Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, DRDO. During his tenure at LRDE he designed and developed digital communication systems. From 1978-1996, he served in the Aeronautical Development Establishment.   Flight test Instrumentation and Telemetry was his forte, working on UAVs and IAF aircraft.  During the early eighties he played a key role in the   test and evaluation of the DARIN Avionics and Weapon System on the Jaguar aircraft. With this background he established a Dynamic Avionics Integration Rig for the LCA Avionics System and was a key player in the design and development of the LCA Mission Computer and Avionics System

He joined Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE, erstwhile ASIEO) in 1996. He contributed towards the development and integration of Mission Computer, Radar Computer and other Avionics subsystems for the Su30 MKI aircraft. As the Chief Designer and Project Director of the MiG27 avionics upgrade, he has successfully upgraded the aircraft which is currently in Squadron Service, delivering free fall weapons with Precision Guided Munition accuracies. He assumed charge as the Director of DARE, Bangalore in 2011. During his tenure he guided and progressed the development of advanced Digital  Electronic Warfare systems for the IAF  aircraft.

He retired from DRDO after 40 years of eventful and fruitful service in 2014. He functioned as a DRDO Fellow till Sep 15.  Since then he is helping MSMEs as Technology Advisor towards Indigenous development and manufacture of  products in the Aerospace and Defence sector under DPP16 and Make India program. He is the recipient of AGNI Award for excellence in Self Reliance for the year 2003 and DRDO Performance Excellence Award for the year 2008.

Lalitha Sundaresan, Visiting Professor

lalitha-sundaresanRoom No: F 05
Tel: 080-2218-5089
Fax: 080-2218-5028
Email: sundaresan[dot]lalitha[at]gmai[dot]com

Dr Lalitha Sundaresan has a doctorate from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata where her work was on digital processing of multi-satellite data. She was a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization where she carried out studies to evaluate the usefulness of satellite remote sensing for monitoring natural resources, and natural disasters with special reference to India. She worked as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Department of Science and Technology, India. While at DST, she was involved with the setting up of Natural Resources Data Base centers in the districts of Karnataka. Together with IIT, Bombay, she was also involved in the development of the indigenous Geographical Information Software (GIS). Coordinated training programs given by DST on the use of NRDMS and GIS for development planning.

Lalitha has also taught Mathematics and Statistics at secondary and tertiary levels. Her recent works include the analysis of measurement errors in missile images obtained from open sources and the resulting impact of these errors on missile performance. She has also studied the Chinese university / research institution network and collaboration on superalloys, as a critical part of the micro-level case study of Chinese capabilities in turbofan engine technology.

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