India to set up Global Centre for N-Energy Partnership: PM
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 21:27
Washington: Demonstrating India's responsible behaviour, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced setting up of a 'Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership' for conducting research and development of design systems that are secure, proliferation resistant and sustainable.

As soon as Singh made the announcement at the Nuclear Security Summit, US President Barack Obama intervened to welcome it, saying "this will be one more tool to establish best practises" in the quest for nuclear safety.

Addressing the Summit convened by Obama here, Singh said the Centre will consist of four Schools dealing with Advanced Nuclear Energy System Studies, Nuclear Security, Radiation Safety and application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in areas of healthcare, agriculture and food.

The Centre is visualised to be a state-of-the-art facility based on international participation from IAEA and other interested foreign partners.

It will conduct research and development of design systems that are intrinsically safe, secure, proliferation resistant and sustainable, the Prime Minister told leaders from 47 countries.

Singh invited participation in the venture by other countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency to make the Centre's work a success.

India is continually upgrading technology to develop nuclear systems that are intrinsically safe, secure and proliferation resistant. It recently developed an Advanced Heavy Water Reactor based on Low Enriched Uranium and thorium with new safety and proliferation-resistant features.

As a founder member of the IAEA, India has consistently supported the central role of the UN nuclear watchdog in facilitating national efforts to strengthen nuclear security and in fostering effective international cooperation.

India has so far conducted nine Regional Training Courses on Nuclear Security in cooperation with the IAEA. The objective of the School of Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems Studies would be to pursue design studies and analysis of advanced nuclear energy systems with features to achieve intrinsically enhanced safety, security, proliferation resistance and sustainability.

The programme modules will encompass reactor systems and applications, fuel cycle studies, accelerator driven systems, risk assessment studies, emergency planning and management and sustainability parameters assessment.


First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 21:27

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