Seminar on – Applications of Radioisotopes & Radiation Technology in Healthcare, Environment and Industries jointly organized by Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) and SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat (Haryana) on November 19-20, 2015
Date: November 21, 2015
India has occupied an advantageous position in the International Scenario on Application of Nuclear Energy alongwith other developed nations like USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Japan & China. We are also one amongst the founding member nations of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, since 1957. The efforts of the visionary of Nuclear Energy Programme Dr. Homi Bhabha have put this nation in such a prestigious status. Our scientists and technologists of DAE have contributed through mission oriented R&D projects several globally competitive technologies not only in the energy sector but also in several societal relevant problems solving on health, agriculture, environment, industry etc.
GCNEP which has a mission to conduct research, design and development of nuclear system that are intrinsically safe, secure, proliferation resistance, sustainable and promote application of Radioisotopes & Radiation Technology (I&RT) for Societal benefits. The Centre (GCNEP) at Bahadurgarh is coming up in the neighborhood of SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana. School on Application of Radioisotopes & Radiation Technology (SARRT) is an integral part of the GCNEP. Isotope & Radiation Technology (I&RT) group has large number of applications for industries, healthcare, environment and agriculture which are important for all inclusive growth of our country. GCNEP, a unit of DAE for the first time organized a seminar as inter-institutional academic activity in collaboration with SRM University, Delhi-NCR to share knowledge on applications of I&RT with young researchers, faculty and local industrialist. The seminar was intended to disseminate the information to the participants on the related subjects.
The experts from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) delivered lectures to the participants on food safety & preservation, environmental application related to sewage sludge hygienisation and textile effluent treatment, cancer diagnosis & treatment, radiotracer techniques in industries, radiopharmaceuticals, new varieties of seeds etc. A special lecture was arranged by Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS), a unit of DAE for supporting various research projects on radioisotopes and radiation technology applications. This would enable researchers to dispel myth about I&RT and open new avenues of research in the area of I&RT with academic institutions like SRM University Delhi-NCR. Industries could look forward to utilize I&RT based techniques and might like to open irradiation facilities for food preservation, sterilization of medical products, effluent treatment etc. With this new initiative, SARRT / GCNEP looks forward to march together for all inclusive growth for sustainable environment by providing I&RT based healthcare and better agriculture for societal benefits.
An exhibition showcasing the applications in the form of poster, models & samples was also organized for the benefit of the participants. About 100 young Ph.D. Scholars, PG students of Technology, young faculty have been informed on the potentials of the technologies already available with GCNEP, DAE and how to groom young technologists as entrepreneurs was given thrust during these two days.
The seminar was inaugurated by Eminent nuclear scientist Dr. K.L. Ramakumar, Director RC&IG, BARC and Chairman, Advisory Council, GCNEP. He appealed to the younger generation that this country should have surplus energy for its citizens in which Nuclear Energy has great potential to make the planet earth sustainable. DAE has several technologies already transferred to the society and are in the process of commercializing to make it available for inclusive growth at an affordable cost. Prof. S. Rajarajan, Vice Chancellor, SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat who presided over the function congratulated GCNEP for bringing out the fruits of R&D for societal applications as well as identifying academic institutions like SRM University Delhi-NCR for collaboration. He also highlighted how the application precision of Radioisotope for understanding complicated photosynthesis process and on the estimation of age of first unicellular organism formed before 1500 million years in Africa. Dr. Lalit Varshney, Head, I&RT, BARC shared the importance of this initiative of the group and the advantages associated with the adoption of I&RT technologies for the technology. Several eminent speakers from BARC & the other institutions delivered their lectures. Other senior functionaries like Dr. G.J. Samathanam, Director of Research, Dr. V. Samuel, Director C4D, Dr. Manish Bhalla, Registrar and others of SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat participated