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Nuclear-Powered India: NSG-Clearance: Indo-US Deal

Pawan Sikka (Author)

The Nehru - Bhabha equation led to the undertaking of atomic energy related programmes in India, as early as in 1948. The vision of Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha focused on the crucial role to be played by the use of nuclear energy for eradicating hunger and poverty. The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India is continuing the implementation of necessary R&D projects as well as manufacturing activities to meet the national policy for credible minimum nuclear tolerance and peaceful purposes.

Indian conducted two peaceful underground nuclear experiments, in 1974 and in 1998, respectively at Pokhran, Rajasthan.

The superpowers in the world have recognized India's strength, i.e. capacities and capabilities built over the sixty years in the field of development of nuclear energy. An Indo-US cooperation pact was initiated on 18th July 2005. And, the Nuclear materials Suppliers Group (NSG) accorded its waiver to India on 6th September 2008. This ended 34 years of India's isolation with the nuclear mainstream and of technology denial regime. India has now been admitted into a hexagon of 21st Century nuclear power. The Indo-US Nuclear Cooperation Pact executed on 10th October 2008 has become on enabling mechanisms for India to interact with global nuclear world.

Recent happenings in the field of nuclear energy development in India, w.r.t. the global impact, has been covered here for the use of science policy planners, researchers, techno entrepreneurs, management personnels etc. A new world of opportunities has been opened for India. It is upto us to go out and make best use of the opportunities. The commercialization of nuclear technologies will open by the private sector new vistas for the very survival of the mankind. India has now entered the nuclear mainstream towards becoming a nuclear powered nation. A growing India will have greater appetite for energy.

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About the author

Pawan Sikka

Dr. Pawan Sikka is a solid state physicist, science –policy analyst, academicians and science - administrator. He is former Advisor/ Scientist - G, Ministry/department of Science and technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi. He has held various senior positions there during 1974-2004. He was Director (International relations) for science and technology, 1989-1994. As a Principal scientific officer of the DST in 1985-89, he was associated with the then apex Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. He holds Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in Physics. Under the British Council ODA Scholarship, he was a Visiting fellow to the university of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. for Science policy Studies in the academic year 1984-85. He has contributed a number of technical papers, on the Physics of amorphous semi-conducting glasses, as well as on the science  - policy related issues concerning the post-independence development of science and technology in India, in national and international journals. He is a life member of the: Oxford and Cambridge Society f India, New Delhi; association of British scholars, British Council, New Delhi; Materials research Society of India, Hyderabad; and Semi-Conductor Society of India, New Delhi. He is widely traveled in India and abroad. He has delivered special lectures on science policy related studies, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU) New Delhi. His another book, Rajiv Gandhi - His Vision of India of the 21st Century: science, technology and national development, is widely read by scholars and academics the world over.

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Title Nuclear-Powered India: NSG-Clearance: Indo-US Deal
Author Pawan Sikka
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176580526
length xl+660p., Tables; Plates; Figures; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.