BYRNIHAT, Oct 1 - A team of eight scientists from Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS), Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, kicked off a six-day workshop at University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) here today with the aim to impart nuclear science education to academicians.
The workshop has been organised by USTM and is sponsored by Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy, BARC. More than 50 academicians from institutions across North East are participating in the workshop.
Addressing the inaugural session, Dr AC Kataki, Director, Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, said that one of the purposes of the workshop is to sensitise the people about various uses of radio-isotopes, nuclear energy and oncology in common life. He said that almost 80 per cent patients at the Institute are treated with radio-isotope therapy and nuclear medicines. “There is acute shortage of human resources to work in the field. Students should come up to study courses in this area”, he added.
In his address as Chief Guest, Dr BC Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Cotton University said that use of radioactive isotope is very important in research and development. Its potential for destruction is enormous and its use for economic development unlimited.
Speaking on the occasion, M Hoque, USTM Chancellor said that the workshop will provide an excellent platform for the participants to receive hands on training from the eminent scientists which will help them update their knowledge and understanding of the latest developments in the field of Radiochemistry and Radioisotopes.
Dr PK Pujari, Associate Director, Radiochemistry & Isotope group, BARC and Vice President of IANCAS said that teaching a teacher acts like force-multiplier since a teacher will teach many other students and thus knowledge can be spread widely.
Sujoy Bhattacharya, Director, Reactor Project Group, BARC said that India generates only three per cent of its power from nuclear reactors, which will increase to six per cent by 2030.
The workshop will cover different aspects of nuclear Physics and Chemistry with emphasis on radioisotopes and its applications in Health Care, Industry, Agriculture, Food and Research.