Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is reported to have zeroed down on the name of Dr Tamilmani (Chief Controller of Aeronautics Cluster in DRDO), for interim Chief of DRDO. The senior-most of the seven clusters heads in DRDO Dr Tamilmani the Director of the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC), Bangalore.
Reportedly, Dr Tamilmani would take over from Avinash Chander on January 31. ACC had abruptly terminated the contract of present DRDO Chief Avinash Chander on recommendation of Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. After Chander had retired in November 2014 (attaining 64 years of age) the Modi government had appointed him on contract basis for period ending in May 2016.
In the meanwhile a restructuring in DRDO is expected to take place before the appointment process of new full-fledged DRDO Chief takes off.