India’s Nuclear Programme: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that India’s Nuclear Programme is for improving quality of life and not for causing harm to human life.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that India has covered a long journey since the inception of the Atomic Energy program by Dr. Homi Bhabha based on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. He said that time has come to renew the noble pledge of Dr. Bhabha as “Sankalp Se Siddhi”.
Dr. Jitendra Singh was chairing the meeting of the reconstituted Joint Hindi Salahkar Samiti of the Department of Atomic Energy and Department Space at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Nuclear energy has played role in many sectors
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that applications of nuclear energy and radiation have played a significant role in the field of electricity production, agriculture, medicine, health, food preservation, improved seeds varieties, water purification technologies, urban waste management technologies, industrial application of radioisotopes and radiation technologies, particularly in the petroleum industry. He, however, lamented that most of the societal applications of nuclear energy are not much known to the people.
The Minister also informed that Gamma Irradiation Technology is used for inhibition of sprouting in bulbs and tubes, insect disinfestation of cereals, pulses, and grains, and microbial decontamination (hygienization) of dry spices, etc., for preservation/shelf life extension by applying pre-determined radiation doses. He said, even during the COVID pandemic, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) came out with novel innovations like COVID BEEP, India’s first indigenous, cost-effective, wireless physiological parameters monitoring system for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Tata Centre Mumbai, which is running a number of Cancer Hospitals across the country works under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy. He also informed that the Department of Atomic Energy and Tata Memorial Centre, with assistance from Tata Trust, is setting up additional units In Bihar, Assam, and Uttarakhand.
Dr. Jitendra Singh called upon the members of the Committee and Department of Rajbhasha to take steps to popularise the achievements of Space and Nuclear Technology among the common through proper translation in Hindi and Vernacular languages through professional translators. He also laid stress on the proper translation of Science textbooks and literature in Hindi and regional languages.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Department of Rajbhasha which is a part of the Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, is working a sea change is being witnessed that most of the official works in Central Ministries and Departments are being done in Hindi. The Minister underlined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi always pitched for using vernacular languages in promoting science communication in a “big way” to develop a “love of science” in the youth and underlined that language should not be a barrier but a facilitator.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Space Technology is being applied in diverse fields and sectors to bring “ease of living” to the common man. ISRO scientists briefed the committee meeting about the widespread application of Space Technology in fields like Agriculture, Soils, Water Resources, Land Use/Land Cover, Rural Development, Earth and Climate Studies, Geosciences, Urban & Infrastructure, Disaster Management Support, Forestry and Ecology and Using Geospatial Technology as a tool for enabling Decision Support Systems. The Minister said that in the recent past Drone Technology is being used to bring a new revolution in the field of agriculture.
Dr. Jitendra Singh was informed by members of the Advisory Committee that some of the MBBS syllabi will be taught in Hindi at Gandhi Medical College Bhopal from May this year and efforts are on to translate the entire curricula through medical and scientific professional experts.