ACTIVITIES AT IGCAR


Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research [IGCAR], an establishment of the Department of Atomic Energy was set up at Kalpakkam 80 km south of Chennai, in 1971 for "... conducting broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering, directed towards the development of sodium cooled Fast Breeder Reactor [FBR] technology, in India". This forms a part of the second stage of the Indian Atomic Energy programme for the effective utilization of Uranium and leading to the exploitation of the large energy potential in Thorium in the third stage. Fast Breeder Reactors are expected to play a critical role in meeting the energy security of our country in the next century.

        In order to meet the objective of the Centre, the activities are being shared between the following Groups:

        All the administrative activities of the Centre are managed by both the Accounts and Administration

        In meeting the objectives, a modest beginning was made by constructing a sodium cooled Fast Breeder Test Reactor [FBTR].


THE MAJOR CURRENT ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRE

MAJOR FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE CENTRE

STAFF STRENGTH

        The Centre has a staff strength of 2816 including 1274  Engineers and Scientists.

BUDGET

        An annual outlay of the Centre is around 670 million rupees towards the R & D activities and plan schemes.

        The Centre is being steered by the able and dynamic leadership Dr. P.R. Vasudeva Rao.

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