Atomic Energy Commission of India
|Formed||1 March 1948|
|Annual budget||₹ 214.70 billion (FY 2009)|
The Indian Atomic Energy Commission was set up on 10 August 1948 under the late Department of Scientific Research. A resolution passed by the Government of India later replaced the commission by "Atomic Energy Commission of India" on 1 March 1958 under the Department of Atomic Energy with more financial and executive powers.
The functions of the Atomic Energy Commission are: (i) to organize research in atomic science in the country (ii) to train atomic scientists in the country (iii) to promote nuclear research in commission's own laboratories in India (iv) to undertake prospecting of atomic minerals in India and to extract such minerals for use on industrial scale.
It has five research centres in India viz.
- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai
- Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam (Tamil Nadu)
- Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore
- Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
- Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), Hyderabad.
It also gives financial assistance to autonomous national institutes doing research in the field and has various other organisations under it.
List of Chairmen of Atomic Energy Commission of India
- Homi Bhabha (1948–1966)
- Vikram Sarabhai (1966–1971)
- H.N. Sethna (1972–1983)
- Raja Ramanna (1983–1987)
- M.R. Srinivasan (1987–1990)
- P.K. Iyengar (1990–1993)
- R. Chidambaram (1993–2000)
- Anil Kakodkar (2000–2009)
- Srikumar Banerjee (2009–2012)
- Ratan Kumar Sinha (2012–2015)
- Sekhar Basu (2015–2018)
- K.N. Vyas (2018-)