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Hyderabad: Atomic Energy for Peace: BARC Scientists Consensus

The peaceful use of atom (atomic energy) is going to increase in many folds in the coming years in the areas like- power, medicine, food, agriculture, sludge hygienisation and sterilization, said Prof. S.Kannan, Director, Radiochemistry & Isotope Group, Mumbai.

He delivered a key note address on ‘DAE at a glance’ in the inaugural ceremony of 102nd DAE BRNS-IANCAS National Workshop on ‘Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes’ at GITAM School of Science (SoS) on April 4, 2022.

He graced as a chief guest on this occasion and told that there are 22 nuclear power plants currently operating in the country with a total installed capacity of 6,780 MW and ten more are under construction.

In addition, there are research reactors operating at Trombay and Kalpakkam which are used for basic and applied research, radioisotope production, testing of materials etc. The radio-isotopes produced from these research and power reactors are used for radiation sterilisation of medical products, production of radiopharmaceuticals, nuclear medicine and cancer treatment.

The radio-isotopes are also used for production of improved varieties of seeds in agriculture, radiation processing of food items like spices, onions, potatoes, and mangoes. Radiation technologies developed in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have also been used for various industrial applications like radiography, gamma-ray densitometers, radiography cameras and food irradiators etc., he added.

Prof. Kannan answered the questions raised by the budding scientists. Before the talk, he has launched ‘Synergia’ (Science) club, which will foster social interactions with the students through recreational activities.

Dr. A.V.R.Reddy, Formerly Analytical Chemistry Division, BARC, Mumbai delivered an interactive session on ‘Radioactivity and Nuclear Decay’.

Dr. Siraj Ahmed Ansari from BARC told the objective of the five-day workshop and provided a glimpse on it.

Prof. N.Siva Prasad, Pro Vice-Chancellor in his presidential address recalled his contributions to radioisotopes. He appealed the students to make use of this workshop to learn about the subject.

DVVSR Varma, Resident Director explained about the infrastructure provided in GITAM, Hyderabad campus.

Prof. G.A.Rama Rao, Principal, SoS delivered welcome note and Dr. Naresh Kumar Katari proposed the vote of thanks.

About 26 participants across the country and about 80 science students have been participating in this five-day workshop.

 

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