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Mumbai, May 19, 2010
Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha took over as Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Director, BARC at a simple function held at Trombay here today.
He was until now the Director, Reactor & Development Group & Design, Manufacturing & Automation Group at BARC.
Dr Sinha graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Patna University in 1972, standing first in the university. After completing the one-year course at BARC Training School, he joined the Reactor Engineering Division of BARC in 1973.
A press release from BARC said Dr Sinha had been guiding the programmes for new advanced reactors under design and development at BARC to utilise thorium.
These include the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), which produces most of its power from thorium, and has several innovative passive safety systems.
The reactor has been designed to be robust against equipment malfunction, human errors and even insider’s malevolent acts.
Dr. Sinha has, thus, guided the development of technologies that should enable, in a large scale deployment scenario, the siting of advanced nuclear power plants close to population centres.
Most of the technological innovations in the design of AHWR have been validated under his guidance, in large experimental facilities, the release said.
The outgoing Director, Dr. Banerjee had joined BARC in 1967 after graduating in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. He received Ph.D from IIT, Kharagpur while working in BARC. He is from the 11th batch of BARC Training School.
Presently, Dr.Banerjee is Chairman, Atoic Energy Commission, and has nearly 40 years' research experience. He is one of the leading experts in materials science and technology in the country and has made outstanding contributions to many materials related areas, basic as well as application oriented. Dr.Banerjee is a recipient of many national and international awards and honours, including the coveted Padma Shri (2005).