Activities of SODET

S.O.D.E.T has provided as platform to the DPSUs and Ordnance Factories to interact and work towards strengthening the Defence Forces by pooling the resources and working together to achieve self-reliance.


S.O.D.E.T started its activities with the first opening function held in Bangalore in April 2001 with Prof MGK Menon, eminent Scientist, as Chief Guest. A twin seminar on the following subjects was held:

Role of CEO's in Strategic Partnering for Technology Innovation & Sharing.

Manufacturing Technologies for the future. Since then following activities have been completed:

A compendium on manufacturing facilities has been prepared for use by all Members.

A Compendium on Technologies available at a various Member Organisations has been prepared and circulated among Members.

A report on the current CAD/CAM facilities, technologies has been prepared and also a seminar was held on the topic.

A report on current status and potential for high speed and high productivity machining technology and equipment was prepared and a seminar was held on the same.

A S.O.D.E.T Technovision-2002 Conference on "Product Life Cycle Management Technologies" was held jointly with IBM, Dassault Systems, CSM Software. The conference focused on IT Design of Aerospace & Defence Equipment through a Digital Product Date Processing Environment. This new technology is called PLM.

A S.O.D.E.T Technovision-2003 Seminar on In-House R&D was held jointly with United Service Institution of India on 8th January 2003 at New Delhi. Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Sri George Fernandes was the Chief Guest and Hon'ble Raksha Utpadan Rajya Mantri Sri Harin Pathak inaugurated the seminar. The Chief Executive of S.O.D.E.T Member Organisations were honoured by Hon'ble RURM during the occasion and Hon'ble Raksha Mantri presented R&D Innovation Awards to thirty-two (32) outstanding scientists from Member Organisations for their significant contributions in various R&D projects. A total of 9 (Nine) technical papers were presented by Member Organisations highlighting R&D efforts and achievements of their organisations.

In addition to the above, some of the Member Organisations invited all others for visiting the facilities and expertise and arranged seminars highlighting the specific technologies and facilities available with the Member Organisations to create greater awareness and for sharing and optimum utilisation.

Proposals are being discussed for inter-organisational projects sharing expertise, technologies, facilities and also risks.

Institution of S.O.D.E.T Award for Technology Development & Innovation with effect from 2004-2005 to encourage talent in Member Organisations.

The following Centers of Excellence have been identified for further strengthening and sharing among members:
    Composite Material Manufacturing facilities at HAL
    Mass Manufacturing facilities at BEL
    Flow Forming facilities at BDL
    Flexible Manufacturing Systems at Ordnance Factory, Trichi & BEML, Mysore.

2005 - 2006

A 2 day workshop on "Contract Management & Development of Negotiation Skills: was held at HAL Management Academy during September 2004. Secretary (Defence production), Ministry of Defence inaugurated the workshop.

S.O.D.E.T instituted Awards for "Technology Development & Innovation" with effect from 2004-2005 to encourage Talent in Member Organisations.

A 1 day workshop on "Cost Reduction" was organised at Bangalore on 31st August 2005. The Secretary (Defence Production), Ministry of Defence inaugurated the workshop.

A 2 day Seminar on "R&D Project Management" was held on 20th Sep 2005 and 21st Sep 2005 at BDL Hyderabad with the active support of M/S. BDL and M/S. MIDHANI. Success stories as well as problems faced by the Member organisations in the execution on R&D projects were shared besides Structural inputs given by the eminent faculty.

A 2 day Seminar on "Process Excellence through Six Sigma" was held on 7th Feb 2006 and 8th Feb 2006 at Bharat Electronics Quality Institute, Bangalore with the active support of BEL. About 26 senior executive attended the seminar.

A 2 day Seminar on "Corporate Strategic Planning" was held on 2nd June 2006 and 3rd June 2006 at Hotel Oberoi Grand Calcutta.

A 2-day Seminar on "Workshop on Export Manufacturing, policies and offset" held on 17th Nov 2006 and 18th Nov 2006 at Windsor Sheraton & Towers Bangalore.

2007 - 2008

A 1-day Seminar on "Micro Electro Mechanical System" held on 25th May 2007, at Bharat Electronics Ltd Bangalore.

International Seminal on "Defence R&D and Technology Management held on 29th Feb 2008 and 30th Feb 2008 at New Delhi.

A 1-day Seminar on "Nano-Technology" held on 25th Aug 2008, at Hotel Katriya De Royal, Hyderabad.

2009 - 2010

A 2-day Seminar on "Work Culture Building for Organisational Excellence" held on 24th July 2009 and 25th July 2009, at Hotel The LaLit Ashok, Bangalore.

A 2-day National Seminar on "Quality Assurance for Defence Industries" held on 16th July 2010 and 17th July 2010 at Hotel Mahduban, Dehradun.

A 2-day National Seminar on "DPP, Offset & MOU/Contract Drafting" held on 29th Sep 2010 and 30th Sep 2010 at Hotel The LaLit Ashok, Bangalore.

A 2-day National Seminar on "Aluminium Alloys and Titanium Alloys" held on 26th Nov 2010 and 27th Nov 2010 at Hotel Grand Bay, Vizag.

2011 - 2012

A 2-day National workshop held during 27 Jan 2011 - 28 Jan 2011 on "Composites Technology For Applications In Defence" at Goa Marriott Resort, Panjim, Goa

A 2-day National workshop held during 8 June 2012 - 9 June 2012 on "Heads of Member Organization Meet" at Angsana Resort, Bangalore

A 2-day National workshop held during 22 June 2011 - 23 June 2011 on "Standards for Quality & Empowerment" at New Delhi

A 2-day Workshop held during 20 Jan 2012 - 21 Jan 2012 on "Brand Identity and Image" at Mysore

A 2-day Workshop held during 09 March 2012 - 10 March 2012 on "Financial Tools for Decision Making & Project Financing" at Pondicherry

2013 - 2014

A 1-day Workshop held on 09 March 2013 "Special Casting Processes - Ferrous and Non-Ferrous" at Hotel ITC Windsor, Bangalore

Meet on "Interactive Meeting of HR Practices" at MDL, Mumbai

Meet on R&D Strategies at GSL, Goa. held on 26 April 2013.

A 1-day Workshop on "Advances in Non-Destructive Examinations" at Ramada Resort, Cochin held on 24 May 2013

One and half day Workshop on "EMI/EMC and it's Relevance for Defence Systems" at Hotel ITC Windsor, Bangalore held on 20 September 2013
SODET Award for the year 2011-12 & 2012-13 held on 25th Feb. 2014 at Mumbai

2014 - 2015

A 1-day Workshop on "Concurrent Engineering & DFM" at Bangalore held on 06 June 2014 at Hotel Movenpick,Bangalore

A 1 Day Workshop on "Risk Management for Defence Industries" on 08 August 2014 at ITC Windsor, Bangalore

A 1 Day Workshop on "Best Practices in Quality and Bench Marking in Defence Industries" on 05 September 2014 at Hotel Ramada,Mumbai

A 1 Day Workshop on "Procurement Best Practices in DPSU's" at Hotel LaLit Ashok, Bangalore on 31 October 2014

A 1 Day Workshop on "Project Management and Sharing of experiences on Contract Management", at Angsana Oasis & Spa Resort, Bangalore on 21 November 2014

SODET Award Selection Committee Meet on 15 November 2014 at BEML KGF

2015 - 2016

NODAL OFFICER'S MEET at Bangalore on 13 March 2015

5 days workshop on "Project management" Held at BEL officers Club,Bangalore during 01 June 2015 - 05 June 2015

Industrial Visits to BEL & HAL, Bangalore for SODET members during 9th & 10th July 2015

39th Governing Council Meeting at HAL Board Room on 21 July 2015

2nd Batch Project Management Programme held at BEL Club Bengalore during 21th & 25th September 2015

ISO 9001:2015 Awareness Training Programme held at CQAE Office Bengalore on 28 September 2015

"IT Best Practices in Defence Industries" at Hotel Movenpick & Spa, Bengalore during 27th November 2015

40th Governing Council Meeting and 14th Annual General Body Meeting at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilder Limited, Mumbai during 11th December 2015

Modelling and Simulation for Defence Industries at BEL Officers Club, Bengalore during 11th January 2016

1 Day Workshop "Reliability Engineering" at BEL Officers Club, Bengalore during 19th February 2016

ISO 9001: 2015 certification programme for the lead auditors of member organizations during 21st & 22nd April 2016

Five-day PMP Certification Programme (Special request by DGQA) 02nd to 06th May 2016

Two-Day Residential Capacity Enhancement Workshop ON "TOT Contracts - Law Management for Executives of DPSUs" at Silent Shores Resort, Mysore- 570 018(Karnataka) during 20th & 21st May 2016

Industrial Visit to BEML units at KGF and Mysore during 09th & 10th June 2016

Nodal Officers Meet held at BEL Officers Club,Bangalore during 25th June 2016

Five-day PMP at GRSE, Kolkata during 27th june & 02nd July 2016

2016 - 2017

One-day Workshop on "Big Data & Data Analytics" at Le Meridean, Hotel, Bangalore during 08th July 2016

One-day HR Conference on 15th July 2016

Three-day Workshop on Quality & Reliability for ALISDA during 16th to 18th August 2016

ISO 27001 Certification Programme (With DIQA) during 03rd to 07th October 2016

Nodal Officers Meet at BEL Officers Club, Bangalore. during 27th December 2016

Industrial Visit to OFB, Ambajhari, Nagpur during 06th January 2017

ISO14001 Lead Auditor Course (2015 Version) at Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad during 30th & 31st January 2017