12-Mar-2015: Aligarh Muslim University's Department of Physics in collaboration with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) today organized a seminar and exhibition to celebrate sixty years of Government of India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
To commemorate Diamond Jubilee of DAE's functioning, a seminar on 'Nuclear Technology: Architect of Energy Independent and Happy India' took place followed by an ‚??Exhibition on BARC Technologies‚?? in AMU Department of Physics.
The Station Director of Narora Atomic Power Station, Mr D S Chauhary who attended the seminar as the chief guest said that energy is the essential for progress of any country. "We are unable to utilize the researches carried out in our universities for technological advancement of the country while in developed countries, universities produce high quality researches to directly benefit development projects," said Mr Chaudhary.
He also said that presently we have 21 power reactors supported by indigenous technology. He pointed that the first reactor was developed with the help of Russia. He informed that the electricity generated by Narora Atomic Power Station costs Rs 2.48 per unit. He urged AMU students to visit the Narora Power Station.
Mr Chaudhary said that poverty alleviation can only be done with the help of Technological Development. He also pointed out that we in India are often asked by the International community on why a developing country like India is venturing on nuclear technology when there is so much of poverty to fight. "However, I have always replied that poverty can be fought by becoming an energy independent nation and to do this our universities will help us," said Mr Chaudhary. I urge the university students, scholars and teachers to follow examples of west where countries are exploiting their nuclear power to meet energy requirements.
He also urged the students of AMU's Department of Physics to use their talents with DAE. If you have talent and you are willing to work hard, there are opportunities available for graduates and post graduates with the DAE. I would like you all to visit our power stations and see how this energy is utilized for the betterment of mankind.
Addressing a gathering of students, scholars, researchers, scientists and AMU faculty members, the Head of Media Relations BARC, Mr R K Singh said that AMU has been a BARC‚??s partner in the sixty-year long journey. "AMU has been continuously supplying students to work in our research facilities and this has helped us fulfill the dream of Dr Homie Jahangir Bhahba," said Mr Singh. Pointing out that the diamond jubilee celebration is a prestigious moment, Mr Singh said, "however, the achievements of our research facilities and atomic stations are more important than the number of years of functioning."
He further said, "We have broken records in these 60 years." Mr Singh pointed out that our Rajasthan Atomic Power Station in the district of Chittorgarh; Rawatbhata is the second longest operating atomic power station in the world. It is second only to a US reactor.
Mr Singh also said that since India is an energy hungry nation, the need of energy can be fulfilled with these atomic stations. We are proud that AMU has partnered us since independence in bringing energy to India. The latest in our tie with AMU is in our 'Mega Science Project' in which AMU students and scientists who have attended this university are participating and providing us with research.
Meanwhile, the Dean, faculty of Engineering and Technology, Professor Muhibullah said that he is optimistic for the success of this seminar and more participation of AMU with DAE. Talking about the importance of nuclear programmes, Prof Muhibullah said that more than 40 percent of our villages need proper electricity and it is not possible without a continuous progress in nuclear programmes. He said that renewable energy is the best option to control environmental pollution. He said that magnetic hydro Generation is also a good option to produce more energy for a better and happy life.
He added: While making us self sufficient, nuclear energy will bring progress in industrial development and quality of life. Other technologies can go along with nuclear energy but it is high time that more funds should be provided for highest efficiency in nuclear programmes.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Department of Physics, Prof Rahimullah Khan said that the Department of Atomic Energy, BARC, Mumbai completed six decades of remarkable performance to fulfill the dreams of Dr Homi Jehangir Bhahba, founding father of atomic energy programme in India, who was also a close associate of our ex dynamic, Head of the Department, Professor P S Gill.
The convener of the seminar, Prof M Afzal Ansari delivered the vote of thanks. On this occasion, an exhibition on BARC Technologies was also organized.
Related PicturesMr. D.S. Chaudhary, Station Director Narora Atomic Power Station addressing at the seminar held at Department of Physics