Security of Kudankulam plant intact: Former nuclear programme head

ChandigrahDr Anil Kakodkar

Speaking at the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar on Saturday, former Atomic Energy Commission chairman

Dr Anil Kakodkar said there was no security lapse at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant during the recent bomb blast a few kilometres from the site. He said the blast was completely unrelated to the plant, and that the security of the plant was intact. Kakodkar was the chief guest at the convocation ceremony.

"Going by the statistics, nuclear energy has caused the least number of casualties. Even the Fukushima disaster in Japan had no casualty. But due to that incident, the global nuclear community is even more cautious than ever," said Kakodkar, while talking on the sidelines of the event.

Kakodkar, who is the current Chair Professor, Department of Atomic Energy Homi Bhabha, also expressed his reservations about the Nuclear Liability Act, saying that it was proving to be deterrent to the nuclear sector as very few manufacturers or suppliers were willing to come forward due to the stringent laws. Talking about the future energy prospects for India, he said that nuclear and solar energy were the two primary energy sources which would cater to the power needs twenty years from now. "Several sites, including Punjab and Haryana, are being looked at for the upcoming nuclear plants in the country," he said.

Renowned nuclear scientist and director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, V S Ramamurthy, who was also present at the convocation, commended the institute for leading in performance and quality of research among the new IITs. "Leadership does matter. The leaders of this institute are focussing on both engineering and research right from the beginning. Plus, there's no baggage as it is a newer institute," he said.

Meanwhile, around a hundred BTech students and a PhD student from the graduating batch of 2013 were conferred their degrees here. Suraj Gulati, a BTech student, from Chandigarh, was awarded both the 'President of India Gold Medal' for obtaining the highest CGPA and the 'Director Gold Medal' for the best all-round performance.

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