Defence Indigenisation Requirements, Opportunities and Industry Capabilities and Launch of M.Tech Program in Defence Technology and Opening of AIDAT Coimbatore Centre on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Day

Event by:

Kumaraguru Institutions,
CODISSIA Defence Innovation and Atal Incubation Centre (CDIIC) and
The Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT)

Organised by:

Kumaraguru Centre for Industrial Research and Innovation (KC.IRI)


Dr. PS Premkumar,
Program Coordinator,
Kumaraguru Centre for Industrial Research and Innovation (KC.IRI),
Kumaraguru College of Technology.

[email protected]
+91 422 2661100 / 9943217523

Date: 27th July 2022
Venue: Swami Vivekananda Seminar Hall, Kumaraguru Campus

Objectives of the Conclave

  1. Showcase Indigenization requirements of Defence Services, DRDO and DPSUs.
  2. Mapping capabilities of MSMEs in and around Coimbatore.
  3. Technological Challenges of MSMEs /Startups / Innovators to meet the Defence Requirements and Standards.
  4. Outline a viable road map towards achieving National Mission on Self-Reliance in Defence.
  5. Infrastructure requirements for Industries to innovate, develop and test the products needed for the Defence
  6. Bringing out various funding schemes available from Central & State Governments to support Industries.

About Kumaraguru Institutions  

Kumaraguru Institutions, established in 1984 was envisioned by the founder Chairman Dr.N.Mahalingam to empower the youth of India. The group of institutions is ranked regionally and nationally among the top with their consistent performance in the intellectual progress of the student and society through student-centric education, impacting research and innovation.

Kumaraguru College of Technology  

Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Coimbatore is a private Engineering College started in 1984 under the auspices of Ramanandha Adigalar Foundation, a charitable educational trust of Sakthi Group. Situated in a sprawling 156-acre campus in the IT corridor of Coimbatore, KCT is an autonomous institution affiliated to the Anna University, Chennai and approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). KCT has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with Grade ‘A’ and all the eligible UG programs have also been accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

Kumaraguru College for Liberal Arts and Science

Kumaraguru College for Liberal Arts and Science (KCLAS) is rooted in the Philosophy of Liberal Arts education of offering broad based education for holistic development with in-depth understanding of the chosen discipline. It offers a curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge and abilities to become successful, productive members of the society. While rooted in the foundational tenets, KCLAS looks forward to the fast-changing economy and society. Our vision is to become a progressive research focused Institution that instills passion for lifelong learning and mould young people to impact the world.

Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture

Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture (KIA) is one of the leading institutes that envision empowering the youth with the high paradigm of agricultural education. The campus evinces the heritage, excellent vision, and exceptional commitment of the Sakthi Group of Companies and the zestful insight of the founder. KIA strives to unlatch its students a wide window to the new world of agriculture blended with technology. It focuses on innovating new practices to improve and sustain food production that makes agriculture more feasible and commercial. The college is equipped to aid the students with capacious classrooms, ample lecture halls, sizeable seminar halls, well-resourced laboratories, speedy network connectivity, and adept faculty.

Kumaraguru Centre for Industrial Research and Innovation 

Kumaraguru Industrial Research and Innovation Centre (KC.IRI) is a focused Research & Innovation ecosystem at KCT in symbiotic collaboration with Industries for the promotion of industry-specific applied research, innovative product development, advanced learning and skill development programs. KC.IRI is focused on providing research & product development support to Defence R&D organizations / Industries and MSMEs in this region. KC.IRI also conducts Advanced Learning and Skill Development training programs through Industry supported Competency Development Centres in the areas of Product Design, Advanced CAE, Digital Technologies, Embedded Systems, Reverse Engineering and E-Mobility.


FORGE is the incubation enterprise launched by the Coimbatore Innovation & Business Incubator (CIBI), founded with the vision to create & catalyse innovation powered enterprises that harness the power at the intersection of hardware, software, and computing technologies to solve real-world problems, creating economic gains and delivering social impact. The Defence Innovation Organisation nominated FORGE as one of the iDEX Partner Incubators to mentor innovators, entrepreneurs and MSMEs to create, deploy and commercialise technologies and products for the Indian military and defence PSUs.

About CODISSIA Defence Innovation and Atal Incubation Centre (CDIIC)

CODISSIA Defence Innovation and Atal Incubation Centre (CDIIC) is a not-for-profit Section 8 company established under the Companies Act, 2013 on 10th January, 2019 by its founding association – CODISSIA (The Coimbatore District Small Industries Association) in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is supported by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

Coimbatore is one of the five nodal points of the Southern Corridor identified for the development of the Defence Sector. CDIIC is the first Defence Innovation Hub to be set up in India, following the announcement of the Defence Innovation Organisation set up under iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence). CDIIC is also one of the Atal Incubation Centres established under the Atal Innovation Mission.

CDIIC is a key contributor to the Southern Defence Corridor while also enabling the MSMEs of this region to become import substitution partners to the armed forces in future. It is in line with the Start- up India Movement of the Government of India, to nurture the start-ups and handhold them till they graduate.

CDIIC extends the needed support to start-ups in terms of incubation of their ideas through mentors and institutions, thereby helping them to graduate. This will be instrumental in developing many new entrepreneurs who in-turn would set up their own industries generating employment opportunities to many. CDIIC has commenced its operations in 2019 and has established communications with various vendors, members of MSMEs/SMEs, the DPSUs and the three forces – Army, Navy and Air Force.

About Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT) 

The Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT) was formed in 2016 to promote and develop the Aerospace and Defence industry (A & D) ecosystem in Tamil Nadu. This is led by industry veterans who have many years of experience in the A & D Industry in India and abroad.

The focus of the association is to engage with multiple stakeholders in the community across the world to bring business opportunities for the current and future A & D industries in Tamil Nadu. The objective is to make Tamil Nadu as a premier destination for domestic and global manufacturers of A & D products.

The Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT) works to create an end-to-end ecosystem for Aerospace sector development covering design, engineering and manufacturing of aircraft for civil and defence sector.

About M.Tech. Program in Defence Technology

India is one of the emerging Aerospace and Defence hubs in the world, significantly contributed by Make-inIndia initiatives.  The combined efforts of the government and private Industries will help to achieve India’s goal of self-reliance in defence, generating thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities. M.Tech. in Defence Technology programme is a joint initiative by AICTE and DRDO, in support of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan or Self-reliant India. It is a unique programme offered by few selected institutions across the country with the support of DRDO Laboratories for the benefit of aspiring engineers, creating better career opportunities in DRDOs, Public Sector Units (PSUs) and private Defence and Aerospace industries. The highlights of the program are:

  • Curriculum and Syllabi designed by DRDO in collaboration with AICTE
  • Courses handled jointly by superannuated / working scientists from the DRDO labs
  • The laboratory courses are offered in coordination with respective DRDO laboratories/Industries
  • Internships/ Projects in DRDO labs / DRDO CoEs, DIAT, Defence PSUs on Defence Industries
10.30 – 10.35 am  Prayer 
10.35 – 10.40 am  Welcome Address  Dr. D. Saravanan
Principal, KCT 
10.40 – 10.50 am  Presidential Address  Shri. Shankar Vanavarayar  
President, Kumaraguru Institutions & Vice Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu State Council 
10.50 – 11.05 am  Tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam  Dr. S. Venugopal 
Former Director, ADE & Ex-Program Director – ASTRA, DRDL 
11.05 – 11.25 am  Keynote Address  Dr. S. Christopher 
Prof IIT Madras, Chairman AIDAT Former Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO 
11.25 – 11.40 am  Support from Government towards promoting the Defence ecosystem  Mr. B. Krishnamoorthy, IOFS
Additional Secretary & Project Director TIDCO, Chennai 
11.40 – 11.55 am  Defence indigenization programs and the opportunities available for MSMEs  Cmde. B. Balasundaram
Director, Centre for Indigenisation and Self Reliance Indian Navy, INS Agrani, Coimbatore
11.55 – 12.10 pm  Defence production partner requirements  Wg Cdr. M.S. Priyani
Senior Product. Engineer, Indigenisation  5 BRD, Indian Air Force, Sulur, Coimbatore
12.10 – 12.25 pm  Industry Capabilities & Challenges in Defence product development  Mr. B.H. Laxmesh 
Vice President & Head of Missiles and Aerospace Business L&T Defence, Coimbatore 
12.25 – 12.40 pm  Defence Corridor and infrastructure support in Coimbatore  Mr. V. Sundaram 
Director, CDIIC & Past President, CODISSIA 
12.40 – 12.55 pm  Launch of M.Tech Program in Defence Technology  Mr. Kailash Kumar Pathak 
Director – DFTM, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi 
12.55 – 13.05 pm  Opening of AIDAT Coimbatore Regional Centre  Mr. N. Ramachandran 
President, AIDAT & CMD, MELSS, Chennai 
13.05 – 13.15 pm  Vote of Thanks  Mr. C. Vasantharaj 
Director – KC.IRI, KCT 
13.15 – 13.20 pm  National Anthem