November 29 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi opened the photo exhibition titled “The peaceful atom. Generating Peace for Future”, organized by Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" and the mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in India, within the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed this February between Rossotrudnichestvo and Rosatom.
The exhibition in the Indian capital has become the fourth joint thematic event in India: similar exhibitions and seminars were also held in October and November of this year at the RCSC in Chennai and Trivandrum, as well as at the M.A.M. College of Engineering and Technology in Tiruchchirapali (Trichy), Tamil Nadu.
Major Dalbir Singh, National Secretary, All India Congress Committee attended the function at the RCSC in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. Among the guests there also were Chargé d'Affaires of Kyrgyzstan Mr Eugene Kablukov, diplomats of the Russian Embassy of Russia and CIS countries, well-known scientists from various research centers of the Indian capital, representatives of the scientific elite, students and graduates of leading universities of Delhi, Russian compatriots, etc.
Addressing the guests, Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in India (Science) Mr Andrei Shelukhin underlined the importance of informing the general public about the modern technologies used at the Kudankulam NPP, general environmental and nuclear safety systems, confirming that the output of the NPP Kudankulam full capacity of 1,000 MW is scheduled for January 2014.
Among the speakers who shared their professional views to the point there were Prof. Lohiya, Professor of Physics at Delhi University, who worked in a team of world famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, honourable Prof. R.Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics School of Physical Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof. R.K.Shivpuri, Distinguished Professor & Senior Advisor, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Mentor of the High Energy Physics group at Delhi University, Mr Mohit Abraham, Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, Supreme Court Bar Association, Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association.
Very informative remarks were also made by Dr Srikanta K Panigrahi, Member of the Prime Minister's National Strategic Knowledge Mission on Climate, Director General of Carbon Minus Company. “India is having 5,780 MW of nuclear power today, out of which Kudankulam with Russian cooperation alone contributes 1000 MW and rest 4300 MW power plants are under construction. There are plans for many more nuclear plants, but realistic targets have been put at 14,600 MW by 2020-21 and 27,500 MW by 2032 to meet the energy security challenges of India. Therefore, India is seen as a major nuclear market. With historic Indo-Russian cooperation we expect many more joint projects in the field of nuclear energy”, he said.
Materials of the photo exhibition are devoted to the nuclear power plant Kudankulam and stages of its construction, international experience of Rosatom, the environmental safety of Rosatom projects and the other fields of implementing peaceful atom technologies.
The RCSC event attracted a lot of attention of local media. Reporters from eight different Delhi newspapers, magazines and TV channels came to highlight the exhibition.