J.Manjula from Nellore is the first woman director general of DRDO

A woman defence scientist J.Manjula, director if Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), who is from Nellore was posted as the director general, Electronic and Communication Systems (ECS), at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Manjula was heading the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), the agency’s arm that makes complex computers to man fighter planes such as the Sukhoi MK I and Tejas, the homegrown light combat aircraft.

Manjula is one of the top seven defence scientists in the country who report to overall head S Christopher. This is the second time in the span of few months that Nellore district has seen one of its own being elevated to a position of eminence.

Manjula’s appointed as DG has brought much cheer, especially among fellow women scientists. The “missile woman of India”, Tessy Thomas, was one of the first to congratulate Manjula. “It is really a great thing that Manjula has got to the top position. It was her sincerity and dedication to her work that led her to where she is now,” Tessy Thomas, director of Advanced System Laboratory, DRDO in Hyderabad told TOI. Manjula had worked at the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory in Hyderabad for more than 25 years in the field of electronic integrated warfare. “We are already seeing a lot of enthusiasm from college students towards science. We expect more would be interested in getting into defence research,” Tessy Thomas, who was the project director for Agni IV , said.

Manjula, was born in Nellore and did her schooling here. She is daughter of school principal. Later, she pursued her higher education in Osmania University in electronics and communication engineering. She worked with the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in Hyderabad before joining DRDO in 1987. She is recipient of DRDO award for ‘Performance Excellence’ and ‘Scientist of the Year’ 2011.