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Quell myths about nuclear energy, says expert

It is essential to provide a proper perspective to people in general and the students in particular about nuclear power and energy. We need to provide proper insights on how myths are prevailing among the general public,” said former Group Director, Health physics, Safety, Environmental and Bio-Medical Group, IGCAR Dr D V Gopinath.

Delivering a key note address at the two-day national conference on ‘Nuclear Energy In India- A Boon,’ organised by St Philomena’s college, Department of Chemistry in association with Indian Nuclear Society, Mysuru Chapter on Tuesday Dr D V Gopinath said, “When we consider nuclear energy there are various good factors. And yet when we analyse the risk factor there are some factors that worry people. But there is a huge misconception on radio activity and radiation among the general public. But if we look at contemporary world and consider the power generation in India, coal has been a major source for electricity generation and around 59 % of power is generated through coal, but when we consider the adverse aspects of coal generation there is a huge risk factor involved for workers working in the coal mining area and there are regular coal accidents.”

“A survey suggests that there is nearly 300 billion tons of coal in India which would not last longer. Even when we consider the second most important source of electrical generation which is the hydro electrical power generation, we witness that dam bursts frequently. Also hydro power generation results in deforestation. But when we consider the nuclear power, in a nuclear power plant, if we burn 1gm of uranium it gives us enormous amount of energy that three tonnes of coal gives. And if we properly control the radiation, it is the best source for power generation and the risk level too IS less,” he added.

Delivering the inaugural address Project Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mysuru K C Guha said, “India has done a lot of work in the nuclear field but only three percent of power is generated through nuclear energy. We have to do a lot of work in this field and think out of box, have an innovative idea and actively participate to make it as major source of energy in power generation.”

The two national conferences will throw light on various topics including basics of nuclear power, comparison of other sources of energy with nuclear energy, environmental status of nuclear installation sites, nuclear analytical techniques and forensic science, nuclear medicine and application, nuclear waste management, job opportunities in Department of Atomic energy by eminent academicians and professionals from atomic research centre.

Administrator Dr N S Marie Joseph, Rector Leslie Moras, Principal Professor M Krishnegowda, President INS-Mysuru Chapter M R Srikanthan and others were present.  

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