Renowned scientist Sekhar Basu was on Friday appointed as chairman of Atomic Energy Commission.
Basu, who is presently director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and chief executive of the Nuclear Recycle Board (NRB), will replace RK Sinha who superannuates on October 23 and he will will have a tenure till September 19, 2016, an order issued by department of personnel and training said. Basu has also been appointed Secretary, department of atomic energy.
A Padma Shri recipient, Basu was instrumental in setting up reprocessing and waste management facilities at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalpakkam. He has been credited for commissioning land-based nuclear submarine propulsion Plant at Kalpakkam.
He is one of the architects of India’s 80 mega watt compact pressurised water reactor (PWR), which will power Arihant, the country’s nuclear-powered submarine.
After taking over as director of BARC in 2012, his main accomplishments were the setting up of the India Neutrino Observatory, Indian Pressurised Water Reactor, and the starting of new projects for societal activities. The Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant at Tarapur was built under his guidance.
He is a recipient of awards from Indian Nuclear Society and Department of Atomic Energy for his significant contributions to the Indian Atomic Energy Programme.