Awardee List for the SDI


A total of 4 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 3 | Mention in Despatches : 1 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Pramod Vasant Athawale 13472 AE(L)Unit : Software Development Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 97 Announced 26 Jan 97
Details :

Wing Commander PV Athawale was commissioned as an Engineer on 02 Jul 73. He is Flight Signaller and has served at Western Air Command Computer Centre.

The officer creditably discharged the responsibility as the first Commanding Officer of the Software Development Institute (SDI) since its Phase 1 inception in Jan 92. He undertook the initial setting up of the Institute, including professional direction in the acquisition of assets for software development, training of officers and airmen and successfully accomplishing Air HQ tasks for software development and upgrade with a handful of personnel. The significant achievements of the nascent Institute are chiefly due to the single minded dedication, long hours of work and professional leadership of the officer. The gains accrued by way of savings in cost and operational capability, from these achievements, are of significant measure and importance to Air Force.

The Officer was also the architect in planning the growth of the Institute from Phase 1 to the present Phase 2 in Nov 95, in order to meet the enhanced challenges in the field of software engineering being undertaken by SDI. Presently Wg Cdr Athawale as the Chief Software Engineer, is directing and guiding many on-line projects tasked by the Air HQ.

For distinguished services of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr PV Athawale.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1997 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Jagan Nath Rampal 13700 AE(L)Unit : Software Development Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 99 Announced 26 Jan 99
Details :

Group Captain Jagan Nath Rampal (13700) AE (L), has been on the posted strength of Software Development Institute (SDI) since 24 March 1997. The Officer has had varied experience in communication and radar fields, aircrew duties as Flight Signaller and ELINT operator and in Electronic Warfare Planning. The officer has to his credit the preparation of the first CRC Communication network and technical analysis of the technologies to form the basis of communication network for CRC II.

Group Captain Rampal has also done significant work on software in the field of communication and EW. As Chief Software Engineer, the officer has exercised professional acumen and project management of exceptional order in supervising and steering all the projects at SDI. He has applied himself with utmost devotion in leading and directing the development activity for a number of major projects. In one of the EW projects, reverse engineering posed a challenge due to non availability of data from foreign vendors. This challenge was successfully met by Group Captain Rampal. Proven through user trials, this indigenisation is to effect enormous saving in foreign exchange by obviating the requirement of direct purchase from foreign vendors.

For his professional expertise, single minded devotion to duty and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Jagan Nath Rampal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1999 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Naginder Mohan Vaishnavi 14822 AE(L)Unit : Software Development Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 09 Announced 26 Jan 09
Details : Air Commodore Naginder Mohan Vaishnavi (14822) Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics) was commissioned in the IAF on 04 Jan 1977. In 31 years of distinguished service, he has held several important appointments, such as Commandant Software Development Institute, Stn Cdr, Command Signals Officer of an operational command, Senior Engineering Officer (Electronics) of a front-line fighter base as well as Project Engineer of INAS Integration Organization (nO) and RCPO. He is an Engg Graduate with Masters Degree in Engg from Indian Institute of Science. As Project Engineer in no, his innovative design capability was optimally exploited, resulting in successful integration of Head up Display, Weapon Aiming Computer and FUR pod on the Jaguar aircraft. While at Radar Communication and Project Office, the officer was involved in design of various subsystems such as Digital Data Acquisition System, Fault Alarm Transmission System and Signal Switching System meant for enhancing capability of communication performance monitoring system. With a natural acumen and flair for electronic fault analysis, while posted at AF Station Gwalior, the officer set up a repair lab and successfully rectified several complex electronic PCBs and Test Stations which otherwise had to be sent abroad for repair, thus contributing to huge savings in foreign exchange, apart from enhancing the operational efficiency of the aircraft fleet. As Station Commander of a Signal Unit, he brought about a marked improvement in communication facilities apart from enhancing the living conditions for all personnel of the station. His excellent co-ordination with civil authorities resulted in improvement of power supply to the station which resulted in avoidance of numerous works services, saving almost Rs. 27 lakhs. For overall improvements, both in technical and administrative functioning, the station was awarded the "Best Tropo Unit" trophy for year 2006 during his command. As Commandant Software Development Institute, through his professionalism, dedication, perseverance and optimal utilization of software resources, the institute was able to successfully implement several software projects. Successful completion of these projects has resulted in increased operational efficiency, as well as, saving of considerable amount of foreign exchange. The officer's innovative ideas, finding intelligent and cost-effective software solutions, selecting carefully weighed options and guiding the entire team of software engineers in a focused manner, have resulted in high quality output for every task executed. For his professional competence, dedication and devotion to service and distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Air Commodore Naginder Mohan Vaishnavi.
Reference: Air Force Day Booklet 

Mention in Despatches
Wg Cdr Kuzhivelil Thomas Sebastian 14078 F(P)Unit : Software Development Institute  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 99
Details :
Citation Not Available
Reference: Gazette of India No.28 - Pres/2000 dated 11th March 2000 

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