IIEST, Shibpur

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

(Formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur)

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IIEST, BARC tie up for nuclear research

Times of India, October 7: IIEST-Shibpur and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, are eying a tie-up for several education programmes, including a nuclear science MTech degree.

BARC director Sekhar Basu and IIEST director Ajoy Kumar Ray on Wednesday discussed collaboration on a range of topics — from advanced research on radioisotopes to nuclear medicine, food preservation and water management. IIEST will receive a grant once the proposal is sanctioned. "There is hardly any N-research here, with a few exceptions. Apart from giving a boost to nuclear education here, we also plan a radiation treatment centre at Rajarhat," said Basu.

The radiation centre will come up as a referral unit of the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute at Rajarhat. "When the medical cyclotron comes up, in combination with our radiation centre and the 700-bed hospital, it could turn out to be Kolkata's biggest nuclear contribution to the eastern region," Basu said. Ray said: "We are working with BARC on a Ganga project, too. We are keen on the use of nuclear energy in societal applications."

Abhijit Majumdar, an assistant professor at IIEST, said that a fellowship scheme has been formulated for MTech students, who will be recruited by BARC after their course is over.

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