Technological development not reaching masses in a big way: Dr Basu

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:40 AM IST
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Graduation ceremony of 17th batch of BARC Training School at RRCAT

Indore : Graduation ceremony of the 17th batch of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Training School was organised at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, here on Saturday.

Chief guest of the programme was chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and secretary to Government of India’s department of atomic energy (DAE, Mumbai), Dr Sekhar Basu and special invitee was founder director of RRCAT, Dr DD Bhawalkar.

The guests were welcomed by chairman of Homi Bhabha National Institute, SC Joshi and the programme was presided over by director of RRCAT, Dr PA Naik.

Dr Basu in his address highlighted the use and ongoing expansion of atomic energy in the fields like production of electricity, waste water management system and treatment of cancer.

He said that the “Primary objective of DAE is to expand under various groups and increase uranium exploration and mining in India. We are aiming to increase mining around 10 folds from the present scenario in next 15 years and the programmes should be directed towards benefitting the masses.”

“Nuclear Energy is a field with a lot of potential and we can only harness electricity from solar and hydroelectric power to some extent and thus, nuclear power should be explored further,” he argued.

The expansion of nuclear energy can be supported by increasing the exploration rate of uranium, which has already been started at Rohil in Rajasthan, apart from Kanchankai and Kodaka basin in Karnataka.

Discussing about the areas that need improvement, the DAE secretary said that “Technological development is not reaching the masses in a big way, as scientists are good in developing, but for commercialisation a new oragnisation, which will act as an interface between masses and scientists, will be formed soon.”

Speaking about nuclear power scenario at international level, Dr Basu said that India has received a waiver in Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG), which will benefit at global level and facilitate foreign direct investment.

Explaining further uses of nuclear power Dr Basu added that “Waste water management is a new method, which will be started in Ahmedabad by the end of 2017. Under the project municipal waste water will be dried and the remaining sludge will be irradiated by killing pathogens to transform the remains into manure for organic farming.”

Following his talk, Dr Basu gave away certificates to four trainee scientific officers, while Dr Bhawalkar presented degree to three MTech and two PhD scholars.

Mementos were also presented to the guests by Dr Naik and Satish Joshi. Vote of thanks was proposed by Arup Banerjee.

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