Research nuclear reactor: BARC campus in Visakhapatnam to have a nuclear reactor for research
2011 By Syed Akbar Visakhapatnam, Feb 22: Andhra Pradesh will finally get a nuclear reactor, though aresearch one. The country’s second research nuclear reactor will be set up inVisakhapatnam within the proposed campus of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in the portcity. There has been strong opposition from environmental groups to setting up of a nuclearreactor in the State. Though the Centre government has currently put on hold the proposalon a nuclear reactor, the BARC campus in Visakhapatnam will set up a research nuclearreactor. The research nuclear reactor will help young scientists and students of nuclearphysics and chemistry for a hands-on training. “There has been a proposal for a nuclear reactor in Andhra Pradesh. But it was met with astrong opposition. BARC will have its research nuclear reactor on its Visakhapatnamcampus, which is fast coming up,” Dr V Venugopal, director of radiochemistry and IsotopeGroup, BARC. He was addressing a group of 150 nuclear scientists and students of nuclear sciences atthe inaugural of the 10th biennial symposium on nuclear and radiochemistry (Nucar – 2011)at GITAM deemed University here on Tuesday. Incidentally, the meeting coincides with thecentenary year of the discovery of nucleus by Ernest Rutherford in 1911. Rutherford isregarded as the father of nuclear physics. Emphasing the need for more nuclear energy to meet the acute electricity shortage in thecountry, he said India had a flourishing and largely indigenous nuclear power program toproduce 20,000 MW nuclear energy in the next nine years, and 40,000 MW by 2032. Dr Venugopal said the Central government would set up a global center for nuclear energypartnership in New Delhi to strengthen the country’s cooperation with the internationalcommunity in the areas of advanced nuclear energy systems. Work on the proposed IndiaNeutrino Observatory in Madurai will begin soon and once it is completed scientists willtake up study to find out the origin of matter. It is a Rs 1,000 crore project. Prof P Rama Rao, chairman of the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department ofAtomic Energy, said his board had been continuously supporting research works in variousuniversities and research institutions. He said Indian universities, particularly deemeduniversities, had been performing well thanks to the autonomy they enjoy. Referring tothe nuclear programme, he said scientists in India were capable of handling challenges. Earlier, the organizing committee of NUCAR-2011 honoured two eminent nuclear scientists.Dr RH Iyer, former head of radiochemistry division, Barc, received Dr MV Ramaniah LifeTime Achievement Award, while Dr SV Narasimhan, power chemistry scientist from Barc, gotDr KS Venkateswarlu award.