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India set to join Russia-based nuclear research body

Armed with the NSG waiver, India is set to join an elite nuclear research centre in Russia set up by the former Soviet bloc countries.

world Updated: Sep 16, 2009 16:21 IST

Armed with the NSG waiver, India is set to join an elite nuclear research centre in Russia set up by the former Soviet bloc countries.

"We will become a member of the Dubna Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR)," Chairman of the Prime Minister's Science Advisory Council Prof. CNR Rao said in Moscow.

Rao, who is here to co-chair the Joint Council of the Indo-Russian Integrated Long-term Programme (ILTP) for science and technology cooperation, said the two Indian delegations have already visited Dubna, a science city situated 120 km from the Russian capital.

"The Department of Atomic Energy is carrying out the necessary negotiations," he added.

JINR was established through the Convention signed on March 26, 1956 in Moscow by representatives of 11 founding states of the former Soviet bloc to unite their scientific and material potential in order to study fundamental properties of matter.

Today it is a world-known centre where the fundamental research (theoretical and experimental) is successfully integrated with the new technology work-out and application of the latest techniques and university education.