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IIT-Bombay to start masters in n-engineering

Posted on: May 9, 2011

By Indian Express
Amidst concerns about India’s nuclear programme in the wake of the Fukushima crisis, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is launching a new masters programme with specialisation in nuclear engineering this year. Approved recently, the institute plans to take in only eight students for the course in the first year.

Professor S L Bapat who heads the IIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department, which will run the course, said the programme was under consideration ever since India decided to go in for nuclear power generation in a big way. “There is a huge need for trained personnel in the area of nuclear energy and reactor operation as it requires specific inputs and expertise. There are very few specialised courses in nuclear engineering. We have previously conducted some courses in this area. We, therefore, aim to provide skilled engineers and this is important as safety of nuclear power plants have assumed greater significance now,” said Bapat.

The programme will focus on nuclear reactor engineering and safety, thermal engineering, removal of heat generated by nuclear reactions and other critical aspects. While the student intake will be increased in the subsequent years. the curriculum will be updated as and when required. Some fellowships will also be offered by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

As conventional energy sources like coal and oil will become extinct in a few decades, one has to look for the alternative sources, he said. “Other sources like solar thermal plants can also supplement, but they cannot be a replacement for large capacity thermal power plants as major sources of electricity generation,” Bapat added.

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