Eminent scientist Shekhar Basu was appointed as Atomic Energy Secretary and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission on Friday. He will have tenure till he attains the age of 64 years. RK Sinha will be replaced by Basu, who is presently Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and chief executive of the Nuclear Recycle Board (NRB). Basu is a recipient of Padma Shri award.
Basu has been credited for commissioning land-based Nuclear Submarine Propulsion Plant at Kalpakkam. He is one of the architects of India’s 80 mega watt compact Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR), which will power Arihant, the country’s nuclear-powered submarine.The Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant at Tarapur was built under his guidance. He has received several prestigious awards from Indian Nuclear Society and Department of Atomic Energy for his significant contributions to the Indian Atomic Energy Programme.
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