NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Atomic Energy: Kangri for energy security?" by M. Sai Baba, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 0930 hrs
NIAS Wednesday Discussion
Topic: Atomic Energy: Kangri for energy security?
Speaker: M. Sai Baba
Principal Scientist, Energy and Environment Research Programme, NIAS
Chairperson: Raman Srikanth
Head, Energy and Environment Research Programme, NIAS
Date: 23rd May, 2018
Time: 9.30 am
Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS
All are cordially invited
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Abstract: For rapidly growing country like ours, making available sufficient energy to the people is of paramount importance. With the global warming and the CO2 emissions threating the survival of the planet, all the efforts are focused on finding alternate sources of energy. While renewables would play an important role in the energy mix, nuclear power would be an alternate source of energy, capable of large scale multiplication. The indigenous capability that has been attained in this difficult technology and a strong R&D base that has been established in our country would be of tremendous advantage to India. Atomic energy would play an important role in ensuring the long-term energy security for India. The talk would highlight the strategy of the three-stage program and touch upon other facets of technologies that are indigenously developed by the Department of Atomic Energy. Atomic energy could be the “Kangri” that should be employed for long term energy security for this country.
The traditional kangri, fire-pot, used in Kashmir, keeps people warm during the severe winter months when temperature dips to below freezing levels. It is a portable and moving heater that Kashmiris keep in their pheran, a long woollen cloak reaching down to the knees worn by people during the frosty winters.
About the Speaker: Dr. M. Sai Baba, Outstanding Scientist and formerly Director of Resources Management Group, IGCAR, Kalpakkam and Senior Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute. He has also served as Coordinating Dean and Dean (Student Affairs) of HBNI at IGCAR. He has made significant contributions for implementation of several high impact activities of relevance to IGCAR and the Department of Atomic Energy. He has carried out postdoctoral work at Texas A&M University, USA and at Research Centre, Julich, Germany. He has worked as Guest Scientist at Nuclear Research Centre, Julich, Germany. He has co-authored several publications and contributed to chapters in books besides editing six books. Five of his students have obtained PhD under his guidance and three more are currently pursuing their PhD. He was recently has been conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Dr MGR University, Education and Research Institute, Chennai. He continues to be a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management. Some of hi areas of research interest are: Science communication, energy and environment, human resource development and information access in the digital era.
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