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Prez launches integrated centre for crisis management at BARC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

today inaugurated an integrated centre for (ICCM) at the iconic here that will help the nation respond more effectively to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergencies.

The new facility will monitor radiological data from a network of 504 sensors across the country.

Addressing the gathering of atomic scientists at the nuclear research facility, Kovind, who also remotely inaugurated three other nuclear facilities of the department of atomic energy, said, "Scientists and the technological community are the real nation- builders, and I salute you."

Among the other facilities that were inaugurated today include a jointly developed by BARC and the at Kalpakkam, near Chennai, that can increase plutonium production in fast breeder reactors.

The third facility in will help develop high-power electron beam melting furnace for This technology is jointly developed by the scientists of BARC and the

Kovind also inaugurated an integrated developed by the in Odisha that will be used in neutron detectors.

That apart, the launched a multi-leaf collimator system developed by BARC that will enable gamma to be exposed only on cancer-affected organs.

"What is less known to the common people is the work that all of you do for using in the areas of healthcare, and agriculture, and environmental protection.

"Research in nuclear medicine is widely used both for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes. This system will enhance the effectiveness of treatment of tumours," he said.

The Department of also presented a high-yielding dwarf variety of Dubraj mutant rice (Trombay Chhattisgarh Dubraj Mutant-1) to the This is the 43rd high-yielding crop variety developed by BARC.

"We've some of the best scientific minds in this gathering and your minds must use the power and potential of science to solve the problems of the country and contribute towards realising economic growth along with social justice and equity," Kovind said.

He also called for increasing nuclear power generation by establishing a robust using the country's vast thorium deposits.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:50 IST