No abnormal radiation in the campus: DU

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New Delhi, May 2: Delhi University Vice Chancellor on Saturday, May 1, dismissed claim by a faculty member that huge quantity of radioactive material were buried in the campus, media reports said.

"An Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) team that visited the campus on Saturday did not find any abnormal radiation around that area. The team would also visit the remaining departments in the next few days. The amount of radioactive material suggested to have been dumped is large enough to run energy plants. The media should refrain from such exaggerated reporting as it leads to panic," Pental told a press conference.

Pental said that no rules were flouted while conducting researches, adding that any weaknesses found will be removed.

"The radiation sources used for research in the Physics Department are several lakh times weaker than Cobalt-60. We have to do research and have to do it properly. If there are any weaknesses, these will be removed," he said.

Asked about the show-cause notice issued by the AERB, he said that the university will faxed its reports on Monday, May 3.

"We have got the report from all departments concerned on the matter. It will be faxed to the Board on Monday," he said. adding that the university will set up a committee into the matter on Monday, May 3.

"The terms of reference for the committee will be framed soon and it will be constituted on Monday. Besides other things, the committee will also find out what all was auctioned by the Chemistry Department in 2007 and 2010."

On his responsibility in the incident, he said that he was doing all that he could as the head of the university.

"Being the head of the university I sign hundreds of files every day. I cannot be held directly responsible for every matter. I have already owned moral responsibility for the matter," he said.

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