‘Supply chain, skilled manpower, financial health of industry – challenges for 10 PHWRs’: Sekhar Basu
Dr. Sekhar Basu is an Indian nuclear scientist, who has handled the Nuclear Submarine Programme for the country; and presently, he is at the helm of India’s atomic affairs as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
While the global nuclear industry seems entering an era of nuclear decommissioning, India is gearing for a mini-renaissance.
Indian nuclear experts see the tripartite agreement between India, Russia and Bangladesh to cooperate for the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear power Plant as a start in the right direction and contend that it would strengthen India’s case for entry into Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) as well.
Dr Anil Kakodkar, former chairperson of Atomic Energy Commission of India and Secretary to the Government of India, opines that the issue of Civil Nuclear Liability in the country is well settled with the setting up of the insurance pool.
Dr. Abid Imtiaz, Head of Nuclear Safety Section at Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) is conducting a research on “Factors that can Influence Culture for Safety, Organizational Culture and Human Performance at Nuclear and Other Facilities in Bangladesh”.
Bangladesh recently entered the elite club of countries that have tamed the power of the atom to generated nuclear energy to boost its economic growth.
Even as China’s opposition has scuttled India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), 2017 did end for Indian Nuclear Programme with a bang as the country became the 42nd member of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a global export control regime.
The France’s energy giant EDF hopes to finalise deal with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) by early 2018 and is aiming to include a degree of localisation in the setting up of the largest nuclear power plant in the world at Jaitapur, Maharashtra.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on November, 30 led Bangladesh towards a future powered by nuclear energy as she formally launched the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).
Farmers in India have joined hands with scientists to improve soil fertility and increase agricultural production with the help of nuclear techniques.