Harness thorium reserves for energy needs: Top scientist

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Varanasi, Dec 11 (UNI) A top scientist has suggested the optimum utilisation of the abundant thorium reserves in the country to meet India's growing energy requirements.

''India has limited uranium, but there is plentiful thorium available, which should be utilised for energy needs,'' Prof R Chidambaram, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, said, while exchanging views on 'Strategies For Innovation Leadership' at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) here last evening.

''In today's context, the scientists need to be zealously working towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactors. This would mitigate the rising energy requirements,'' he underlined.

The scientist, however, observed that any research could be termed successful, only when it benefits the common man.

''Our universities excel in research work, but lag in technology development. Whereas, it is just the reverse in case of companies.

This calls for greater coordination between educational institutions and the industry,'' he advised.

''In recent years, India has witnessed fast pace of technological, industrial and scientific developments...our country has attained a position, where no other nation can dictate terms to us.'' Prof Chidambaram noted that although India possessed the latest nuclear technology, the need of the hour was to achieve a similar status in other fields too.

''Besides, for becoming a 'global leader', attention should be paid towards all-round and rural development.'' UNI

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