S.C. Chetal took over as Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) at Kalpakkam on Saturday. The IGCAR is the architect of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) programme and it has designed and developed the 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) under construction at Kalpakkam.
Before taking over as IGCAR Director, Mr. Chetal was its Director, Reactor Engineering Group. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from New Delhi in 1970 and joined the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Training School at Trombay that year.
After completing the one-year course at the BARC Training School, he joined the IGCAR in 1971 and had been engaging himself in Fast Reactor engineering. He contributed to the design and development of the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Kalpakkam.
Mr. Chetal played an important role in the research and development, design, engineering, materials and manufacturing technology of the PFBR.