In a bid to dispel the public’s fears about nuclear power, the Nehru Science Centre (NSC) in partnership with the Department of Atomic Energy has set up an interactive Hall of Nuclear Power, which was inaugurated on Sunday by Union minister Kumari Selja.
“In an attempt to have an interactive student-oriented education program about nuclear power, we have set up an exhibition hall in an area spread out in 7500 sq ft at Rs two crore,” chairman and managing director of the nuclear power corporation S K Jain said. The exhibition describes peaceful uses of nuclear power and the overall nuclear power scenario in India with interactive models and 3-D visual films. It also offers a state-of-the-art virtual tour of a nuclear power plant featuring touch screen computer kiosks, video terminals, interactive exhibits and informative panels, Jain added.
The gallery has been set up by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an organisation engaged in popularisation of science through its 26 science centres spread all over the country.
It covers almost all the aspects of nuclear energy, including production, fuel processing, transportation, safety, security, nuclear waste and its management besides the role of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
This is the first time that the NCSM has set up a Hall of Nuclear power, Director General G S Rautela said.