Department of physics of Panjab University (PU) is set to participate in the prestigious Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project being set up near Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
A PU spokesman said the department of science and technology (DST), Government of India, had sanctioned a grant of Rs 1.5 crore for this purpose.
The PU physics department has been closely contributing to the experimental part of the Higgs Boson research.
The INO project was a multi-institutional effort aimed at building a world-class underground laboratory with a rock cover of approximately 1,200 metre for non-accelerator-based high energy and nuclear physics research in India, said the spokesman.
“The project is likely to come up at an estimated cost of around Rs 1,600 crore, which is supported by the central government. More than 50 scientists from the PU and about 14 other institutes and universities in India have come together to form a National Neutrino Collaboration Group (NNCG),” added the spokesman.
The PU physics research team includes Prof JB Singh; assistant professor Vipin Bhatnagar; assistant professor Ashok Kumar; and assistant professor JS Shahi. During the implementation of the project, engineers, technicians and research scholars would also be involved.
The sanctioned grant would enable the group members, engineers and research scholars to participate in all aspects of this world class neutrino experiments being set up in the country.