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Sekhar Basu took over as Chairman of AEC and Secretary of DAE

Oct 26, 2015 09:14 IST

Renowned Indian nuclear scientist Shekhar Basu on 23 October 2015 took over the posts of Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in Mumbai.

Basu was appointed as the chairman of AEC on 10 October 2015. He succeeds Ratan Kumar Sinha who headed the AEC for nearly 3.5 years.

Basu started his career in 1975 by joining Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in its Reactor Engineering Division. His initial assignments were design fuel for boiling water reactors. In 1988, he was transferred to  Kalpakkam as the project Director with the responsibility to build India's first compact Pressurised Water Reactor powered by enriched uranium.

He has also headed many important positions in the nuclear energy field in India such as the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Project Director of Nuclear Submarine Programme (BARC) and so on.

Shekhar Basu was born on 20 September 1952 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He completed his schooling at the Government High School, Ballygunje, Kolkata district. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), University of Mumbai. Thereafter, he joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre training school and completed one year training programme in nuclear science and engineering.

He was also honoured by the prestigious Padma Shri in 2014 for his contributions to the fields of science and technology.

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