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Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is a premier multidisciplinary research and development centre under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) engaged in research with the objective of generating knowledge and techniques for nuclear power production, the advancement of nuclear science, use of radioisotopes in industry, health and agriculture, research in frontier areas of science and technology.

About BARC

Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha conceived the nuclear program in India. Dr. Bhabha established the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) for carrying out nuclear science research in 1945. To intensify the effort to exploit nuclear energy for the benefit of the nation, Dr. Bhabha established the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) in January 1954 for a multidisciplinary research program essential for the ambitious nuclear program of India. After the sad demise of Bhabha in 1966, AEET was renamed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

Dr. Bhabha established the BARC Training School to cater to the manpower needs of the expanding atomic energy research and development program. Dr. Bhabha emphasized on self-reliance in all the fields of nuclear science and engineering. BARC is the mother of the R&D institutions such as Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) Kalpakkam, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), etc., which carry out pioneering research on nuclear and accelerator technologies and industrial establishments such as Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), etc., spearheading nuclear power production, materials technology, electronics and instrumentation.

Research and Development

Higher Education Programmes

Higher education programmes for DAE employees and students/researchers are conducted by Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai.

  • Ph.D. Programmes
  • Integrated Ph.D. Programmes
  • Post Graduate Diploma
  • M.Tech. Programmes
  • M.Sc. (Engineering)
  • Diploma in Radiological Physics (DRP)
  • Diploma in Radiation Medicine (DRM)
  • Diploma in Medical Radio Isotope Techniques (DMRIT)

Training Programmes

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre offers creative and rewarding career opportunities to young qualified men and women who like challenges in frontline areas of nuclear science and technology and are keen to be a part of the expanding Indian nuclear power programme. Ample prospects are available for pursuing innovative research in physics, chemistry, geology, geophysics, engineering and biosciences at BARC and other DAE units.

Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post Graduates (OCES) 

The Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post Graduates (OCES) is the flagship program of the BARC Training Schools for engineering graduates and science postgraduates. The training program aims to ensure that the Trainee Scientific Officers (TSOs) are provided with the necessary facilities and opportunities to acquire knowledge and develop skills in R&D pertaining to nuclear science and technology. The course comprises of foundation, core, advanced and elective courses, mini-projects etc. in several disciplines. The course work consisting of classroom lectures, practical training and project work, is organized into three trimesters and is completed in one year commencing on 1st August every year. Evaluation on a continuous basis is carried out by way of examinations and assignments. The OCES program is recognized for the award of Post Graduate Diploma and as course work for the award of M.Tech./M.Phil./Ph.D. degree of the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), an aided institution of the Department of Atomic Energy and a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

A TSO who scores a minimum of 50% aggregate marks on completion of the OCES program is declared to have passed the course successfully. Successful TSOs will be posted as Scientific Officer ‘C’ in one of the DAE units. Posting of a successful OCES TSO to a DAE unit is done on the basis of the requirements of DAE and the TSOs merit, at the end of the OCES program. A small number of successful TSOs may also be posted in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme (DGFS)

To attract young professionals who would like to start their careers only after acquiring an advanced degree, DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme (DGFS) was initiated for inducting engineers at M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. level in collaboration with eight IITs viz. Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras,  Roorkee, BHU-Varanasi and also NIT-Rourkela and ICT-Mumbai. The scheme also strengthens the research-education linkage with premier institutes of the country in areas of interest to DAE. The M.Tech. project work is carried out under the supervision of two guides, one from IIT and the other from DAE. The topics for M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. projects are proposed by the DAE guides keeping in view the requirements of DAE and the M.Tech./M.Chem.Engg. specialization of the concerned DGFS Fellow. Absorption after completion of M.Tech. into DAE Units.

Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA) Programme

Research Associates selected under the prestigious Dr. K.S. Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA) Programme is given an opportunity to work on R&D programmes of national importance relevant to the DAE mandate and offers prospects of regular absorption in DAE units. The selected candidates would be appointed as KSKRA for an initial period of one year, which is extendable by one more year based on performance during the first year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For Engineers: Ph.D. degree in Engineering / Master's degree in Engineering (M.Tech./M.E./M.S.) with a minimum of 2 years of R&D experience
  • For Scientists: Ph.D. degree in Science

Administrative Training Institute (ATI)

Training and continued professional development of officials working in BARC, DAE is also done through the Administrative Training Institute (ATI). These in-house human resource development programmes help the department in empowering scientific and research personnel.

Advanced Knowledge and Rural Technology Implementation (AKRUTI) 

Under DAE-Societal Initiated Advanced Knowledge and Rural Technology Implementation (AKRUTI) programme, the technology deployment exclusively in the rural/semi-urban sector is offered on a chargeable basis in the form of a technology package called AKRUTI Tech Plus consisting of technologies and technical consultancy service at an affordable price.

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Source: Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai



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