“Nuclear energy will be the most important form of energy”
MADURAI: It was Homi Bhabha who laid the blueprint for science and technological developments being implemented by The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to help the country catapult ahead of others, said C.S. Sundar, Director, Material Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).
Delivering the special address during the three-day Bhabha Centenary Celebrations at The American College here on Monday, he showered encomiums on Bhaba and his contributions to fundamental research.
Nuclear energy would be the most important form of energy that will be used by people across the globe in future. IGCAR was working on executing the second phase of nuclear programme. It was challenging to develop a prototype reactor.
Prof. G. Rajasekaran, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai, went nostalgic about his college days. An alumnus of The American College, he was also a topper among the first batch of Training School of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Mumbai, in 1957 which is now known as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Training School.
Recollecting the first lecture of Bhabha, he said that he believed in creating high scientific standards juxtaposed with the social needs. Prof. Rajasekharan emphasised on the opportunity of a greater scientific improvement for India in the form of neutrino physics.
W.S. Aruldoss Kanthiah, Director (Operations), Heavy Water Board, DAE, said that Homi Bhabha was a multifaceted personality with love for the environment.
Dr. Kanthiah talked about Bhabha’s passion for Carnatic music and said that M.S. Subbulakshmi, Madurai Mani Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer were some of his favourite singers.
T. Joseph Chinnaraj Jaikumar, Principal, The American College, said that the institute was privileged to hold conferences, seminars and photo exhibitions to mark the centenary of India’s famous scientist and institution builder. He also spoke about the commitment of the college to science education ever since its inception.
P. Gunasekaran, Chairman, School of Biological and Life Sciences, and S. Jeyapragasam, former professor and Head, Department of Gandhian Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, among others, offered felicitations.