It’s a new progressive road for Indian scientists, as the country has gained membership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, the world’s biggest nuclear research facility.
India was officially declared an Associate member of CERN on Monday after the government completed its internal approval procedures, as required under the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016.
On November 21, Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director General, signed an Agreement to provide Associate membership to India. On Monday, when India provided its final approval, the country officially became an Associate member of CERN.
“Becoming Associate member of CERN will enhance participation of young scientists and engineers in various CERN projects and bring back knowledge for deployment in the domestic programs. It will also provide opportunities to Indian industries to participate directly in CERN Projects,” Dr. Basu had said after signing the Agreement last year.
It is important to note that India has been actively contributing to research activities being conducted at CERN for more than 50 years. “Indian physicists, engineers and technicians have made substantial contributions to the construction of the LHC accelerator and to the ALICE and CMS experiments, as well as to accelerator R&D projects,” said Dr. Gianotti in a CERN release.