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January 31 2006:
Yogesh Kumar from Class of 1968 has been appointed as the Director for Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bangalore. A product of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and IIT Madras, Kumar played a key role in development of LCA and Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) at HAL.

Yogesh obtained a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from PEC in 1968 and joined HAL as a management trainee in 1969. He obtained Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1981 with specialization in Thermal Engineering.

In 1995 Yogesh was transfered to Aircraft Design and Research Center of HAL at Bangalore. He was entrusted the responsibility for preparing India's most prestigious Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for its first flight. He was elevated to post of General Manager (LCA) in August 1998.

Yogesh was appointed as the Director (LCA) on Jan 16th 2006 and is also a board member of HAL. Prior to this he was Executive Director heading Aircraft Research and Design Center and Rotary Wing Research and Design Center. He has also led the team of Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) program and his inspiring leadership resulted in maiden flight of IJT in March 2003, barely 20 months from first metal cut. Between then and now 232 flights have been completed.
In recognition of his contributions in the filed of aircraft technologies, the Aeronautical Society of India conferred upon him the highest 'National Aeronautical Prize' for the year 2000.

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