Russia offers scholarships in nuclear technology for Indian students, releases children’s book on nuclear energy


Russian Universities have come forward to offer five full scholarships for Indian students taking up post graduate programmes in nuclear technology, a top diplomat said here.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Indo-Russian cooperation in the field of atomic energy, Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai, Mikhail Gorbatov said, one hundred per cent scholarships to students would be available for pursuing Master’s degree in nuclear technology, based on a science olympiad test.

Students with under graduate degree in science, preferably in atomic physics with 50 per cent marks are eligible to take up the test, he said in a press release.

Meritorious students would be eligible for scholarship, which includes waiver of tuition fees and hostel accomodation.

The scholarships would be offered by the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Moscow, he said.

The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, representatives would visit various colleges and schools in the city to share information about the scholarships for students, the release added.

The anniversary was also marked in Delhi with the launch of the “Nuclear A-B-C” book for children designed to create awareness about the power of the atomic particle.

The “nuclear alphabet” in Hindi, English and Russian, published by the Russia`s State Atomic Enengy Corporation Rosatom, was released at the Festival of Science here being organised during February 6-9 in various schools both in India. As part of these events, experts have been invited to give presentations and have interactive sessions with children towards nurturing an interest in nuclear physics.

Addressing the gathering mostly composed of Delhi school students, and which included the Russian Ambassador Nikolai Kudashev, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University R. Rajaraman described the book as another instance of the rich history of Indo-Russian scientific cooperation dating back to the Soviet Union times.

“Even before the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) lifted their sanctions on India, Russia was helping with India’s civil nuclear energy programme via the ‘grandfathering’ mechanism,” Rajaraman said, noting that the first two 1,000 MW units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu are already operational, while work has started on construction of units 3 and 4.

“The units 3 and 4 at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant are slated to be ready by 2023-24,” he said.

The Russian Ambassador lauded the exercise to explain the “nucleus of the universe…its atomic structure” in simple language for the understanding of children.

“As we know, nuclear power can also have dangerous applications,” he said pointing to the military uses of a technology that also provides fuel for the clean generation of electricity.

“We, therefore, need to be faithful citizens in order to further Russia-India collaboration in matter that contains the mysterious code of the universe,” Kudashev added.

“There are many teachers here, and, of course, schoolchildren, who in the future will want to become NPP operators or build nuclear facilities. I would like to emphasize the importance of cooperation in science and education in Russia and India. Our countries have tremendous intellectual potential and remarkable educational traditions”, said Director for projects in India of ASE Group of Companies Vladimir Angelov. The CEO of Rosatom South Asia Andrey Shevlyakov also sees the cooperation in the civil nuclear energy as “one of the engines of bilateral relations”.