William Selvamurthy

President in Amity University, Chief Controller R&D at DRDO

DR.William Selvamurthy is President of Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation and Director General for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation.

Dr. W Selvamurthy joined DRDO in 1973 and during the 36 years of service in DRDO he has had a meritorious career and became Director of two DRDO institutes i.e. Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) in 1992 and held this position for over 10 years. He has personally made significant research contributions for the benefit of the soldiers in the fields related to:

  • Physiological acclimatisation at high altitude.
  • Application of yoga for the Armed forces. 
  • Discovered a drug to save war casualties subjected to severe hemorrhage.
  • Psychological stress and its management.
  • Life support systems for soldiers in extreme operational environments.

What I Offer For Good Health?

YOGA For Everyone

Stress Management Through Yoga

Yoga Enables and Empowers individuals to:

  1. Modify their Perceptions of the Stressors,
  2. Optimise their Responses to them,and
  3. Efficiently release the pent up Stresses.

Child's Pose(Balasana)

Head To Knee Forward Bend

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Easy Pose (Sukhasana)


Recent News

One Giant Bite for India

Gaganyaan, the country’s first manned mission, will also see the launch of Indian space food. Dated:14 Feb, 2020

It is the job of the food to maintain the psychological balance and remove the astronaut's stress

DRDO displayed a 30-course space food menu it has crafted for space travellers when India’s first manned mission, Gaganyaan, blasts off in December 2021 for a seven-day sojourn 400 km above sea level, making the country only the fourth in the world after Russia, the US and China to send a manned mission to space, it came as a revelation.

The astronaut will then reconstitute the food with liquid and eat it. “We have also created a self-heating pouch as we are used to warm food.” In space, this organisation is lost as there is no gravity. And because there is no physical activity to burn calories, “the microgravity isometric yogic exercises will take care of muculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular issues and mental stress and resilience”. According to Selvamurthy, the astronaut will be trained in yoga and meditation before take-off and perform at least 30 minutes of yoga each day in space to keep his bearings going. In microgravity, since there is always the fear of blood rushing in to the brain, he claims such exercises will help enormously.


Published 15 books and 200 research papers which are widely cited.
Leader of the First Indo-Soviet Scientific Expedition to the Arctic for physiological experiments (1990–91).
Elected Fellow of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists (1990).
Elected Fellow of International Medical Science Academy (2006).
Elected Fellow of National Academy of Medical Scientists (2008).
Held many important positions in various scientific bodies:
1) President – Federation of Indian Physiological Societies.
2)Vice President – Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists.
3)Advisor- Executive Board of International Society of Biometeorology (ISB).
4)Consulting Editor – International Journal of Biometeorology IJPP, IJPAS, IJMR.
5)Expert Member of WHO, a UNO body.
6)International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) Representative in World Health Organisation.
7)Chairman/Expert Member of various National Scientific Committees of DST, ICMR, CSIR, DOD etc.


Soaring High, A Biography of Dr. V.K. Aatre

Dr. Vasudev K. Aatre reached the highest position in the Defence Research and Development Organisation

Hailing from a family of great traditions and values, he was brought up in an atmosphere conducive to his holistic development. He had a brilliant academic record and a meritorious career in India and abroad. A man of powerful expressions and oratory skills, he was able to convince the political leadership, bureaucrats and scientific community to achieve the high goals he had set for himself and the DRDO during his tenure as head of DRDO. 

W Selvamurthy

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