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25 schools of atomic energy across India
Published on 16 Oct. 2009 10:54 PM IST
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In an effort to assist India's growing need of human resources for expanding nuclear power industry, about 25 schools of atomic energy are being planned in the next two years to produce at least 500 engineers. Gandhinagar-based Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University has tied up with P M Dimensions, an engineering consulting company for M Tech course in nuclear engineering. The Gujarat Government university is the first varsity to tie-up with P M Dimensions, a private entity which has taken the initiative to set up around 25 schools across India. The course in nuclear engineering began on October 12, P M Dimensions Director Makarand Rajadhyaksha said at the second Indo-French nuclear business meet here yesterday. Rajadhyaksha said his company would introduce a world- class uniform curriculum and at the same time reduce the cost of engineering training for the price-sensitive Indian market and ensure that talent gets attracted to nuclear industry, reported ZeeNews. "We have already roped in 25 experienced nuclear industry professionals working earlier with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to develop and deliver comprehensive training to organisations across nuclear value chain," he said. For the last 50 years, human resource training for nuclear science and industry has been confined to government institutes and companies like BARC and NPCIL. Talking about major challenges that India faces for nuclear workforce development, Rajadhyaksha said one of them was non-uniform curricula and delivery mechanisms across training institutions. "We are trying to evolve a uniform curriculum." Other challenges include costly nuclear education and expensive laboratory equipment, he said. "We have initiated an academic network for education in nuclear engineering by pooling together experienced faculty that can be shared amongst institutions and building a centralised laboratory that could be used on time-share basis," Rajadhyaksha said. "We are also looking for active participation from nuclear industry players." Prof R R Puri, Head of BARC's HRD Division and Dean of Homi Bhabha Nuclear Institute (HBNI), a Deemed University, said training of engineering graduates was very important especially to impart the implicit and tacit knowledge which is not available in books. So far 7,600 students have graduated from BARC's training school and employed in different units of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), he said. HBNI is a new initiative by DAE which is conducting M Tech, M Phil, PhD, PG diploma and integrated five-year MSc courses, Puri said. Rajadhyaksha said the schools would come up in states which have nuclear power plants.

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