BARC to set up technology display gallery at RSC

BARC to set up technology display gallery at RSC
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Notwithstanding the funds crunch it is facing, the Regional Science Centre (RSC) in Hanamkonda is in expansion mode, courtesy BARC.

Warangal: Notwithstanding the funds crunch it is facing, the Regional Science Centre (RSC) in Hanamkonda is in expansion mode, courtesy BARC.

The authorities of Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India's premier nuclear research facility, have come forward to put up a scientific technology display gallery at the Regional Science Centre.

The gallery will consist of models of nuclear reactors and explaining industrial, medical, and environmental, agriculture and health care applications of nuclear technology.

It is said that the BARC authorities initially wanted a matching grant from the State government for setting up the gallery, as the RSC officials expressed their helplessness to avail any such grants, BARC decided to set up the gallery with its own expenditure.

“Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has agreed in principle to set up the gallery here at the RSC. The process is going on. A team of officials from the BARC are expected visit the RSC soon to carry out a study before establishing the gallery,” the RSC project officer Dr Sirpa Srinivas told The Hans India.

The BARC is the mother of the research and development institutions, which carry out pioneering research on nuclear and accelerator technologies and industrial establishments like NFC and ECIL, and its gallery at the Regional Science Centre will definitely be a great value addition to the centre.

It helps the students in and around Warangal district to learn about nuclear technology and its applications in various fields like industry, medicine and others. Further it can create interest among students towards study of nuclear technology, Srinivas felt.

Meanwhile, the clearance of developmental proposals worth around Rs 3.5 crore submitted to the State government last year is still pending. It is planned to incorporate a ‘5D Theatre’ at the RSC with an expenditure of Rs 2 crore and to launch a mobile science lab for the benefit rural and tribal students.

Similarly, it is also proposed to set up a hybrid power plant with a combination of solar and wind power generation units to cater the power needs of the RSC. Fresh proposals are submitted this year with regard to above plans. The government is yet to clear them, informed Srinivas.

It may be noted that the funds allocation, which was Rs 60 lakhs per annum to the RSC during united AP, is reduced to Rs 6 lakhs per year now and the amount is not released fully. Last year only Rs 3 lakh released of the allocated Rs 6 lakhs.

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