Prof Dr V Siddhartha

Prof Dr V Siddhartha

GC Member (Academics)

Experience: Prof. Dr. Siddhartha during 2007-09 served on invitation of the Secretary General of the United Nations as a member of the Experts Group in New York of the Committee on UN Security Council Resolution 1540. Upon returning, Siddhartha served in 2009-10 with the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India as Scientific Consultant (Advanced Technologies). An Emeritus Scientist in DRDO, he retired in 2004 after working directly with four Scientific Advisors to the Raksha Mantri over nearly twenty years. Dr. Siddhartha has been twice Consultant to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, on export control and S&T issues in international security, and on the Indian WMD Act, 2005. Dr Siddhartha has also served with the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. He served for some time as Secretary of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Dr. Siddhartha holds a PhD from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, and a B.Tech in mechanical engineering from IIT, Madras. He has served with different arms of the nation’s S&T system including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as well as the Department of Science and Technolgy (DST). Dr Siddhartha is a founder-member of the Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He is a member of the Aeronautical Society of India, and of the United Service Institution of India, as also of several technology associations and bodies. He was Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK. He has served on the Editorial Board of the journal Current Science of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Dr V Siddhartha is a Governing Council Member of the National Maritime Foundation since 2021.

All Publications

  1. Lexicons of Science Diplomacy‘ Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), 27 February, 2021, URL:
  2. Lexicons of Science Diplomacy’, A discussion-presentation made virtually to PGs in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations Manipal University 27 February 2021.
  3. Après ASAT: Options In Context’ An Invited Presentation made at a course on ‘Space and Foreign Policy’, between June 10 -13, 2019 at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.
  4. The Missile Technology Control Regime’, An invited presentation made to the course conducted over 19 – 23 March 2018 on ‘Space’ in India’s Foreign Policy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru.
  5. When in a Space Hole, Stop filling it’, A presentation at a Seminar on Global Space Issues and Indian Perspective organised by the India Chapter of the International Foundation for Aviation, Aerospace and Development New Delhi, March 02, 2016
  6. Mach 7 to Yama: Hypersonics and Strategic Stability’, A presentation made to participants in the The Second Annual Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship Programme at the Foreign Services Institute New Delhi.
  1. V Siddhartha, “The Governance of Outer Space: Repurposing the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations”, February 8, 2021, URL:
  2. V Siddhartha, “A New Lexicon of Science Diplomacy”, Forum for Indian Science Diplomacy, March 15, 2019, URL:
  3. V Siddhartha, “Technology in the Military: The Triple-Trap, Dual-Use and Single Reform”, 2013, URL: