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Hyderabad: AMD organizes one day Seminar on Radiation and Environment

one day seminar on “Radiation and Environment” was organised under the aegis of the Indian Nuclear Society (INS) on 15th March, 2021 in the premises of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), AMD Complex, Begumpet, Hyderabad.

The seminar was gracedbyDr. Dinesh Srivastava, Chief Executive, Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad, Rear Admiral Sanjay Choubey, Chairman &Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL),Dr. D.K. Sinha, Director, AMD, Dr. R.K. Vatsa, Head, Public Awareness Division, Department of Atomic Energy, Shri N. Rambabu, Executive Director, ECIL, Shri M. S. Rao, General Manager, Uranium Corporation of India Limited, Tummalapalle Project, eminent Scientists and Professors from various Institutes of Hyderabad, Shri B. Saravanan, Dr. T.S. Sunil Kumar, Shri R. Mamallan, Additional Directors, AMD, senior scientists in AMD and media. Besides, a galaxy of INS Members and other senior scientists attended the seminar virtually.

In the introductory remarks Dr. D.K. Sinha, Director, AMD & Chairman, Indian Nuclear Society, Hyderabad Chapter, emphasised that prime agenda for organising this seminar is for spreading societal awareness on the benefits of nuclear science & technology to mankind and removing the myths on its environmental impact. DAE’s endeavour is to empower India through energy security, technology, wealth creation and providing better quality of life to the citizens and the ambitious programme of DAE is as per the vision Dr. Homi Jahangir Bhabha, Father of India’s Atomic Energy Programme.

Nuclear energy is a long term and eco-friendly source of electricity and apart from generation of cleaner electricity, nuclear technology generates a number of radioisotopes that have a wide range of applications in industry, health science, mineral exploration, groundwater hydrology, food preservation, medicine, agriculture, etc.

DAE’s R&D efforts for the societal benefits are for better crop varieties, techniques for crops protection, radiation based post-harvest technologies, techniques for radio-diagnosis and radiotherapy of diseases particularly cancer, technologies for safe drinking water, rural development, industrial growth and better environment.Various organisations under DAE like BARC, NFC, IGCAR, NPCIL, AMD and ECIL strives to ensure energy security of the country through nuclear power and carry out R&D on advanced technologies such as accelerators, lasers, supercomputers, advanced materials and instruments which contributes to the prosperity of the nation.

Dr. Sinha highlighted the activities of AMD, which carries out exploration for uranium, thorium, Rare Metals and Rare Earths in an environmentally benign manner in various parts of the country including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Theme specific lectures by eminent Scientists and Academicians, with vast domain knowledge were delivered in the seminar. Prof. P. Yadagiri Reddy, Osmania University, Hyderabad deliberated on radiation and its advantage/disadvantage to environment. Dr. Y.J. Bhaskar Rao, NGRI, Hyderabad highlighted the geochemistry of radio elements. Shri G.V.S. Hemantha Rao, NFC, Hyderabad discussed about the nuclear fuel fabrication and its environmental impact. Prof. A.C. Narayana, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad stressed upon the nature of the heavy metals in hydrosphere and their impact on the environment.

Prof. M.V.S.S. Giridhar, JNTU, Hyderabad deliberated on the artificial recharge of the rain water and the use of the radioactivity in water resource management. Prof. Kavita Nallappareddy, NIMS, Hyderabad highlighted the uses of the radioisotopes in medicine. Prof P.K.Thiruvikraman, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus deliberated on Nuclear Fusion.

The seminar concluded with a Panel Discussion on the proceedings by the dignitaries, academicians and scientists. It emerged from the discussions that nuclear energy is the long term source of green energy, which will be required in future to achieve the desired goal of low-carbon footprint and drive the future long-term industrial requirement of the nation.  The significant role that nuclear energy has played in driving sustainable development in all spheres of the society and economy is well understood by the scientists and academicians.

However, the need of the hour is to create awareness among general public on the wide ranging peaceful and beneficial applications of nuclear energy in the fields of electricity generation, medicine, industry, agriculture, space, water resources and food preservation.  This will not only help in removing the negativity centred around nuclear energy and the myths associated with radioactivity but also encourage the younger generation to accept the significant and positive role of nuclear energy in socio-economic development of the nation. Mass awareness of the societal benefits of nuclear energy will have a cascading effect on its acceptance, especially in rural India, which can catalyse the economic growth of the country in the coming decades.


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