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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
09-August-2012 20:26 IST
Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Inaugurated ‘Global Hypoxia Summit & 4th International Conference on Chronic Hypoxia’
Minister of state for Defence Dr M.M. Pallam Raju inaugurated the Global Hypoxia Summit & the 4th International Conference on Chronic Hypoxia here today. Addressing the gathering he said High Altitude hypoxia research is important for our country because we are constrained to deploy considerable number of soldiers in the high altitude areas. Dr Pallam Raju stated that Govt. of India intends to make the life of Indian soldier more comfortable at high altitude. “We in the Ministry Of Defence are giving special focus to the needs of the soldiers deployed in high altitude conditions. DRDO is playing crucial role in this endeavor. The partnership between the Army Medical Corp and DRDO is vital in ensuring health and operational efficiency of our troops.” He further stated “ We have taken adequate steps to provide good quality food, both fresh and processed for meeting the nutritional requirements of the soldiers & provide better cold weather protection clothing and construction of suitable shelters on the mission mode to meet the basic requirement for ‘Roti, Kapada Aur Makaan’. Acclimatization schedule and new treatment modalities for altitude illness developed by DRDO have improved operational efficiency of troops.

DRDO has developed HAPO bag that has saved thousands of lives of soldiers, who had succumbed to high altitude pulmonary edema. Biodigesters developed by DRDO have helped to keep Himalayan environment clean through proper human waste management.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr W. Selvamurthy gave the conference overview and highlighted the role of DRDO life sciences research in facilitating the needs of Indian Armed forces troops. “Historically, India has never attacked any country and the weapons, equipment and technologies developed by DRDO are for the defence of our nation”, stated Dr Selvamurthy. He also described the efforts and contributions of DIPAS in providing many deliverables to the Indian Armed Forces in context of optimization of physical and mental performance in stressful environment. He mentioned that introduction of Yoga, Nitric Oxide, HAPO Bag, Biodigester, Acclimatization Schedule, Nutritional Requirement, Load Carriage Standards, Alocal Cream and many other similar technologies have gone a long way in helping our soldier perform with maximum efficiency and effectiveness in high altitude region. Earlier, in her welcome address, Dr Shashi Bala Singh, Director DIPAS stressed on the various approaches undertaken by DIPAS to improve the performance of soldiers deployed at high altitude.

DGAFMS Air Marshal DP Joshi, DGHS Lt Gen Mandeep Singh, DG(Org. and Pers) Lt Gen S Rohatgi were also present on the occasion. More than two hundred international and national delegate and scientist from twenty countries are participating in the four days international conference on the occasion of 50 year of celebrations of Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), DRDO.