Dr Lalit Varshney from BRNS, BARC holds interactive session at KU

SRINAGAR- In order to encourage and promote extramural research and development activities in nuclear and allied sciences, engineering and technology in the Valley an interactive session with Dr. Lalit Varshney, Head, Radiation Technology Development Division, Member Secretary, RTAC, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai was held here at University of Kashmir.

Besides Vice Chancellor KU Prof Talat Ahmad, Dean Academic Affairs Prof AM Shah, Dean Research Prof Khursheed Andrabi the interactive session was  attended by heads of various departments of KU representing Faculty of Physical and Material Sciences, Faculty of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology during which several measures and schemes initiated by BRNS for the promotion of research and financial assistance to Universities and to other autonomous bodies like IITs ,NITS,IISCs and Deemed universities were discussed.

In his presentation Dr Lalit Varshney said “The only role of Universities and institutions of higher education is not only to provide education to the youth but they also have a responsibility to do something for the upliftment and development of their area and people and it is here where cutting edge technology in research can help in shaping the socio-economic landscape of the region.”

Dr Varshney said India is poised to realise, over the next few decades, the full potential of nuclear power to substantially contribute to meet the country's growing energy requirements.

He said “The academia and students have an important role in informed debates on policy-making on the sustainability of our future growth. BARC has embarked on a public awareness program to reach out to academic and research and &development institutes.”

While introducing the heads of the department who were present during the interactive session about the opportunities offered by BRNS under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in areas of research for development in the nuclear sciences Dr Varshney said “This area has a huge scope in the valley in food processing, horticulture and agriculture. We can increase the shelf life of the horticultural and agricultural products by exposing the seeds to light doses of radiation under controlled conditions.”

Dr Varshney added that the field promises employment generation as sterilized medical supplies, semiconductors and accelerators have witnessed huge sales over the last few years in various parts of the world and the country.

 “BRNS continuously thrives to encourage, enthuse and support scientists and engineers in pursuing excellence in Research & Development programs of interest and relevance to DAE,” said Dr Varshney.

While briefing the session about the various activities of BRNS Dr Varshney said that BRNS awards fellowships to pursue doctoral programs, identifies and funds  R & D programs and projects, awards research grants to young scientists, organize symposia on topics of relevance and interest to DAE as well as in frontier areas of science and technology, extends financial support to symposia and conferences organized by professional bodies and other agencies, establishes chairs in universities and other institutions of higher learning, creates infrastructure facilities for advanced research and Identifies/creates and supports centres of excellence.

 He added that BRNS extends financial support to individual research projects, coordinated research projects and projects under MoU between Universities besides providing funds for symposiums, seminars and conferences falling within the domain of DAE.

Earlier welcoming Dr Varshney Vice Chancellor KU Prof Talat Ahmad said that there are several areas where the University and BRNS can have collaboration in various areas of research and developmental projects.

He said the University has mooted a proposal for establishment of Centres of Glaciology and Atmospheric Sciences at the University and plans to establish J&K Higher Educational Research Portal for optimal use of resources available in different institutions of higher learning and Sophisticated Instrumentation Facility Centre with state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of teachers and students of the entire state.


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