Atomic Energy Commission of India
|Formed||August 3, 1948|
|Preceding Agency||Department of Scientific Research|
|Annual budget||IN Rs. 214.70 billion (FY 2009)|
|Agency executive||R. K. Sinha, Chairman|
The Atomic Energy Commission (Hindi: भारत सरकार परमाणु ऊर्जा विभाग) is a governing body functioning under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India. The DAE is under the direct charge of the Prime Minister.
The Atomic Energy Commission was set up in August 1948 to look after atomic energy activities in the country. The functions of the Atomic Energy Commission are: (i) to organise research in atomic scientists in the country; (ii) to train, atomic scientists in the country; (iii) to promote nuclear research in commission's own laboratories as well as in India; (iv) to undertake prospecting of atomic minerals in India and to extract such minerals for use on industrial scale.
It has five research centres viz.
- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai
- Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam (Tamil Nadu)
- Centre for Advanced Technology (CAT), Indore
- Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
- Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), Hyderabad.
It also gives financial assistance to autonomous national institutes doing research in the field and has various other organisations under it.
List of Chairmen:
- Homi Bhabha (1948-1966)
- Vikram Sarabhai (1966-1971)
- H.N. Sethna (1972-1983)
- Raja Ramanna (1983-1987)
- M.R. Srinivasan (1987-1990)
- P.K. Iyengar (1990-1993)
- Dr. R. Chidambaram (1993-2000)
- Dr. Anil Kakodkar (2000- 2009)
- Dr. Srikumar Banerjee (2009-2012)
- Dr. Ratan Kumar Sinha (2012-2013)