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Russia to establish nuclear university

world Updated: Dec 26, 2007 01:44 IST

Russia will set up a national nuclear university as part of a project to build the state nuclear power corporation, Rosatom, Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko has said.

"The national nuclear university will be based at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute," Kiriyenko said on Monday, after a conference with the management of the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre in Sarov, in the Volga area.

The plan to set up a new educational institution was first voiced by First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov and has already been coordinated with the Russian Education Ministry.

Kiriyenko, who pledged to complete structural changes in the Russian nuclear sector by March 1, 2008, said a development programme for the university would be developed in the first quarter of 2008.

"We still have to finish restructuring the nuclear sector, we will spend another two months on that, and I believe all the organisational reforms in the sector will be accomplished by March 1, 2008," he said.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed a bill into law on the formation of the state nuclear power corporation Rosatom and appointed Kiriyenko to head the corporation.

The corporation will be formed on the basis of the Russian Federal Nuclear Power Agency to incorporate all civilian and military nuclear facilities and enterprises.