Nuclear energy is green: Dr Sinha

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 11:00:23


Staff Reporter,

“Various agencies have categorised nuclear energy as ‘conventional’. Scientists should come forward and convince scientifically the policy-makers that nuclear energy is ‘green’,” said Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha, Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

Dr Sinha was speaking as the chief guest at National Technology Day celebration organised by CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) on Friday in NEERI Auditorium here. Dr J S Pandey, Chief Scientist and Science Secretary, CSIR-NEERI, and Prakash Kumbhare, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NEERI also shared the dais on this occasion.

While delivering a lecture on ‘To Pokhran and Beyond -- Journey of the Indian Nuclear Programme’, Dr Sinha said that the mandate of Department of Atomic Energy was multi-fold including energy security, healthcare, medicine, industry, agriculture, food preservation, etc. He outlined India’s nuclear programme right from its evolution. He informed the gathering that from 1974 to 1998, India achieved self-reliance in nuclear technology, and continuously progressed in nuclear energy after the Pokhran test. India is the only country in the world, other than the US, to acquire nuclear weapons capability entirely on its own, he added.

In his welcome address, Dr J S Pandey said that there was a need to invest more on technology development. He informed the gathering about the initiatives taken by NEERI to take technologies to the society. Shaswati conducted the proceedings and Prakash Kumbhare proposed a vote of thanks.