AK Mohanty appointed as the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission

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AK Mohanty appointed as the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission

Ajit Kumar Mohanty has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

An Overview of the News

  • Mohanty is a renowned physicist and is currently serving as the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC).

  • He will be responsible for overseeing India's nuclear program and exploring the use of nuclear energy for non-military purposes.

  • Mohanty will replace KN Vyas.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mohanty till the age of 66 years i.e. up to 10.10.2025 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • Mohanty was appointed as BARC director in March 2019.

Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC):

  • It is a nuclear research centre located in Trombay, Mumbai.

  • It was established in 1954 by a renowned physicist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, who served as the founding director of the institute.

  • BARC primarily focuses on nuclear energy research including design and development of nuclear reactors, fuel cycle technologies and radiation processing.

  • The organisation also conducts basic and applied research in areas such as physics, chemistry and biology.

  • BARC operates several nuclear facilities, including the Dhruv, Cirrus and Poornima-II reactors.

  • The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) controls BARC, and the DAE reports directly to the Prime Minister's Office.

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