It is reliably learnt that Sekhar Basu, the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is likely to succeed Avinash Chander as New DRDO Chief.
Dr. Basu has headed the BARC facilities in Kalpakkam since 1988, and was instrumental in designing the prototype nuclear reactor for India’s nuclear submarine, INS Arihant, which went on sea trials recently. He took over as Director of BARC from Ratan Kumar Sinha.
Yesterday ACC approved the termination of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from 31 January. Chander who was Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, had retired on 30 November last on attaining 64 years of age and he was given a contract for 18 months till 31 May next year.
While the reason for the termination was not immediately clear, it is learnt that PM Narendra Modi was not satisfied with Avinash Chander.