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The teams of scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) celebrated ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’, commemorating 75 years of India’s Independence, in villages of border areas. The teams from various DRDO laboratories, which were flagged-off by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on August 13, organised a series of events to mark the momentous occasion. The scientists from Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research (DIHAR) hoisted the national flag at world’s highest terrestrial R&D laboratory at Changla (17664 ft) in Ladakh, a strategically important research centre of DRDO. DIHAR- DRDO organised a field day cum interactive meet with the local people of Thang village for betterment of agro-animal development. Thang is the last Indian village situated in Siachen sector of Ladakh. The team of DIHAR interacted with nomads of Changthang valley bordering China and celebrated the 75th Independence Day.

DIHAR also organised an expedition to Tangla-la Pass in Leh-Ladakh (17,480 ft), which is a key mountain pass connecting Leh with Himachal Pradesh. The event was attended by representatives from civil administration and ex-officials of DRDO. An expedition was organised by DIHAR upto the Kyon-Tso lake (16,437 ft) in Changthang valley of Ladakh bordering China. The members of expedition team had a fruitful interaction with the Armed Forces deployed in the area. Director, DIHAR Dr OP Chaurasia hoisted the national flag at DIHAR campus in Leh and addressed the gathering.

Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research (DIBER) at Haldwani celebrated ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by organising activities at its field stations at Pithoragarh and Auli to demonstrate the technologies of the laboratory to farmers as well as Army jawans and to train them in these technologies. The laboratory sent its teams to various project sites and locations at borders of Uttarakhand.

Defence Geo-informatics Research Establishment (DGRE), Chandigarh celebrated the 75th Independence Day at its outposts in Mountain Met Centres Srinagar & Auli and R&D Centres at Lachung & Manali. DGRE scientists and officials held an interaction with the local people and school children. The DGRE officials briefed them about the activities of DRDO and achievements of the laboratory. The dignitaries appreciated the efforts of DGRE in making people aware about the latest know how and the technologies being used by DRDO in the making the nation ‘AatmaNirbhar’. On the occasion, children conducted a cultural programme at MMC Sasoma (Siachen) and MMC Srinagar.

On the occasion, DGRE RDC Manali hoisted the National Flag at Rohtang Pass. A special event was organised at Government Senior Secondary School Bahang, Tehsil Naggar, Kullu District, which was attended by teachers, students and officials from panchayat as well as local public. The team of DRDO scientists informed the gathering about the technologies developed by DGRE for the Armed forces and civilians.

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