R N Bagdalkar has taken charge as the new Director (Human Resources) at Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL). He was working as Executive Director of BEL’s Hyderabad Unit before the elevation.
Bagdalkar joined BEL-Bangalore in March 1984 after completing BE in Electronics and Communications from HKE Society’s Engineering College (now known as PDA College of Engineering), Gulbarga, in May 1983. He was posted to BEL-EMD Hyderabad in May 1985 as part of the core team. He completed PG Diploma in Computer Systems in 1987 from the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.
At Hyderabad Unit, he worked for 27 years, in D and E, Testing, System Integration and installation and Commissioning of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems. After working on various EW systems, he went on to head the state-of-the-art Intelligence Electronic Warfare Project for the Indian Navy.
As Head of D and E at Hyderabad Unit, he led his team to successfully complete various projects for Navy, Army and Export. He also initiated a number of in-house technology development modules which will be basic building blocks for futuristic EW systems. He has also built a strong software team; today, the complete software requirement of BEL-Hyderabad is met in-house.
He was elevated as General Manager (Technology Planning)/BEL-Corporate Office on July 1, 2012. He worked as General Manager (Technology Planning)/BEL-Corporate Office for a short period before taking over as General Manager, BEL-Hyderabad in November 2012. He was promoted as Executive Director on August 11, 2016.
During the year 2013-14, under his leadership, BEL-Hyderabad achieved a turnover of Rs 550 crores, which translated to a per employee turnover of Rs. 1 crore. During the last two years, the performance of BEL-Hyderabad has been consistent and the order book has been on the growth path. The Unit has received Business Performance Awards for 2013-14 and 2014-15.