Director, IGCAR – S. R. Paranjpe

Shri S. R. Paranjpe ( ______ – 23 March 2013)

Shri Paranjpe is one of the founders of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam erstwhile Reactor Research Centre. He was fondly called the father of India Fast Reactor Programme. He was instrumental sin setting up the Fast Breeder Test Reactor as well as several associated facilities which made IGCAR a centre of excellence in the field of sodium cooled fast reactors. He also initiated the design of the 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is currently under construction at Kalpakkam.

He served as Director of IGCAR.

Director, IGCAR – N. Srinivasan

Shri N. Srinivasan (11 May 1930 – 18 May 2014)

Shri N. Srinivasan established comprehensive facilities and initiated programmes towards development of fast reactors and associated fuel cycle, as the first Project Director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam (erstwhile Reactor Research Centre). He was instrumental is setting up the Fast Breeder Test Reactor as well as other associated facilities.

Director, IGCAR – Baldev Raj

Dr. Baldev Raj ( 9 April 1947 – 6 January 2018)

Prof. Baldev Raj was born on 9th April 1947. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering from the Government Engineering College, Raipur under the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University (currently National Institute of Technology, Raipur). After completing his B.E., Prof. Raj moved to Bengaluru to join Indian Institute of Science to complete his PhD and then moved to Chennai to obtain a Doctor of Science degree from Sathyabhama Deemed University. His long academic journey saw him specializing in various area including Non-destructive Science & Technology, Materials Performance, Technology Management and Nano Science & Technology.

A man of vast experience and varied interests Prof. Raj pursued basic sciences and their applications with a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems. His interests covered a vast array of subjects ranging from material science and cultural heritage.

During his long illustrious career Prof. Raj held various cardinal posts:

Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam during 01.05.2004 – 30.04.2011
Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru since 2014.

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Director, IGCAR – Placid Rodriguez

Dr. Placid Rodriguez  (October 5, 1940 – October 31, 2008) was born in Quilon, Kerala on October 5, 1940. He obtained B.Sc. from Kerala University, B.E. (Metallurgy) from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, M.S. from University of Tennesse, USA and Ph.D from IISc and MBA from Indian Gandhi National Open University.

He joined the Department of Atomic Energy in 1960 and worked in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay till 1974. In 1974, he has moved to Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam (then Reactor Research Centre) as a senior metallurgist and established world class research laboratories for metallurgical research. He was the Director of IGCAR, Kalpakkam from 01 December 1992 till 31 October 2000. Dr. Rodriguez is internationally known for his R&D contribution in Mechanical Metallurgy, Welding Metallurgy and Nuclear Materials. He has guided and nurtured several young colleagues in the multidisciplinary fields of Science and Engineering for the advancement of fast breeder reactor technology in India.

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Director, IGCAR – Arun Kumar Bhaduri

Dr. Arun Kumar Bhaduri is currently serving as Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu (India) since July 1, 2016.

Dr. Arun Kumar Bhaduri obtained his B.Tech (Honours) in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1992 both in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s Training School at Trombay in 1983, and was awarded Homi Bhabha Medal for being Overall Topper of its 27th Batch. In 1984, he joined Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research at Kalpakkam, where he is presently Distinguished Scientist & Director, and also Senior Professor of Homi Bhabha National Institute. He received Humboldt Research Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany in 1994 and carried out 2-year post-doctoral research in University of Stuttgart, Germany.

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Chairman, AEC – Homi J. Bhabha

Homi Jehangir Bhabha (30 October 1909 – 24 January 1966) was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). He was also the founding director of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) which is now named the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), in 1966, in his honor.

He was Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) during 1948-1966.

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Director, BARC – B. Bhattacharjee

Shri B. Bhattacharjee took over as Director, on April 3, 2001. Earlier, he was Project Director, Rare Materials Project, Mysore, and Director, Chemical Engineering and Technology Group, BARC. He was a key person in the building of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited, Jaduguda, Bihar, which supplies the entire uranium needed for India’s nuclear electricity programme. Later, Bhattacharjee switched over to multidisciplinary R & D activities at BARC, Mumbai, for the development of High Speed Rotor (HSR) needed for producing enriched uranium and other strategic materials. The successful commissioning of HSR technology in India has put the country among a select band and enabled production of some materials of “strategic importance”. Bhattacharjee played a key role in two other projects: desalination plant coupled to a nuclear electricity station and the Special Materials Project. BARC has already supplied 15 desalination plants to different States. A massive desalination plant, adjacent to the Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam (NDDP), was also constructed under his guidance.