ENERGY SECURITY is a must for India to maintain its growth rate and this requires inter-disciplinary efforts from scientists for better utilisation of nuclear and solar energy – the only energy sources to be available in near future, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Director Dr Srikumar Banerjee said here on Tuesday.
The eminent scientist was delivering the inaugural address of the 51st DAE solid state physics symposium being hosted by the Barkatullah University (BU).
Dr Banerjee said that all other energy sources would be wiped off from the earth in another 50 years and it is of utmost importance that utilisation of nuclear energy grows.
He, however, stressed that solar energy would be the biggest source of energy in future and integrated efforts were needed for its best use.
As for the role of solid-state physicists, he said that development of solar cells at commercially competitive rates would be a major challenge.
This was a long and arduous task and interdisciplinary cooperation would be important, he added. Dr Banerjee also stressed on the importance of energy conversion and renewed use of thermoelectric material in this respect.
As for young researchers – the focal point at the five-day DAE symposium – Dr Banerjee said that they should concentrate on original research and seek to share information and develop partnerships for future work at events like the symposium.
He said that the symposium was being held for the past 51 years and a lot of work towards this partnership building had been done, but there was more scope.
Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) Director Dr V C Sahni said a unique facility had been set up at Indore and said the DAE symposium was a good platform for young researchers to share information on advanced research.
BU Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi, who presided over the function, expressed concern over the lack of interest in research on basic subjects. Lack of infrastructure and good teachers in universities were also responsible for this and efforts should be made to change the situation, he said.
The welcome address was delivered by convener of the symposium Dr S K Gupta of BARC while the vote of thanks was proposed by local convener Prof S P Sanyal of the Department of Physics and Electronics of the BU. About 500 experts – 350 of them young researchers – are participating in the technical event.