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Bhabha Atomic Research Centre: Milestones

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre: Milestones

January 07, 2011 : Honourable Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated power reactor spent fuel reprocessing plant (PREFRE II) at BARC, Tarapur and dedicated it to the Nation. Production started in July 2011
December 31, 2010 : CIRUS decommissioned and permanently shutdown on 31.12.2010
June 9, 2010 : Plans for establishing Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) announced. Establishment of GCNEP was declared on  27 June 2011
November, 2009 : Nuclear Recycle Board (NRB) formed
April 7, 2008 : Low power critical facility at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) attained first criticality
September 2007 : Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) developed a 32 metre diameter Indian Deep Space Antenna System – IDSN 32 for providing steering, tracking and science data reception support for ISRO’s Moon Mission – Chandrayaan – I
1 August, 2007 : India and USA signed agreement on cooperation for peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy
April 26, 2007 : India exported the first consignment of 720 kg Alfonso and Keasr mangoes to the US after being irradiated at BARC’s KRUSHAK plant at Lasalgaon, Nashik.
December, 2006 : Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Honourable President of India dedicated Bhabhatron –II to the cancer patients at the Indian Red Cross Society Cancer (IRCS) Hospital, Nellore
August 4, 2006 : APSARA the first nuclear research reactor in the whole of Asia completed 50 years.
March 2006 : Bhabhatron – I, the first indigenous Teletherapy unit was installed at ACTREC, TMC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
December 5, 2005 : India was admitted to the International Thermo-nuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) venture. Other parties in this venture are China, European Union, Japan, South Korea and United States. India signs agreement on November 21, 2006 to join ITER project.
November 15, 2005 : New Supercomputing facilities building of Computer Centre, BARC was inaugurated at Trombay.
June 3, 2005 : Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) with a Deemed to be University status has been established.
July 10, 2004 : Crystal and Mat Laboratories was inaugurated at Trombay.
October 31, 2002 : Waste Immobilisation Plant and Uranium-Thorium Separation Plant(both at Trombay), and the Radiation Processing Plant Krushak at Lasalgaon, district Nasik, Maharashtra, are dedicated to the Nation.
September, 2002 : Medical cyclotron facility of BARC was commissioned at Parel, Mumbai (TMC campus)
May 1, 2000 : BARC Safety Council was formed
April 21, 2000 : Folded Tandem Ion Accelerator (FOTIA) delivered first beam on target.
January 1, 2000 : BRIT's plant for radiation processing of spices was commissioned at Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
August 10, 1998   : The 500 KeV industrial electron accelerator developed indigenously by the BARC was commissioned for its first phase of operation.
May 11 & 13, 1998 : Five underground nuclear tests were conducted at Pokhran Range,Rajasthan.
November 09, 1990 : Research Reactor PURNIMA-III, a Uranium-233 fuelled reactor, attained criticality
March 1, 1989 : Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT) commenced operations.
December 30, 1988 : 12MV Pelletron Accelerator was inaugurated.
August 08, 1985   : Research Reactor DHRUVA (100 MWt) attained criticality. It attained full power on January 17, 1988.
March 05, 1985   : Waste Immobilisation Plant (WIP) at Tarapur was commissioned.
May 10, 1984 : Research Reactor PURNIMA-II, Uranium-233 fuelled homogenous reactor, attained criticality.
March 08, 1984   : Plutonium- Uranium mixed Carbide Fuel for fast breeder test reactor was fabricated in BARC.
November 18, 1979 : Plutonium-Uranium mixed oxide fuel was fabricated at Trombay
June 16, 1977 : Variable Energy Cyclotron becomes operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) Kolkata.
1974 : Radiation sterilisation plant (ISOMED) commenced at Trombay
May 18, 1972 : Research Reactor PURNIMA-I attained criticality.
February18, 1971 : Plutonium fuel for Research Reactor PURNIMA-I was fabricated at Trombay
September 06, 1970 : Uranium-233 was Separated from irradiated thorium
June 1, 1967 : Formation of Power Projects Engineering Division, Mumbai, which was subsequently converted to Nuclear Power Board on August 17, 1984. It became as Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited on September 17,1987.
January 22, 1967 : Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay (AEET) was renamed as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
January 22, 1965 : Plutonium Plant was inaugurated.
January 14, 1961 : Research Reactor ZERLINAattained criticality. It was decommissioned in 1983
July 10, 1960 : CIRUS – the 40 MWt research reactor attained criticality.
February 19, 1960 : First lot of 10 Fuel Elements for CIRUS reactor was fabricated at Trombay
January 30, 1959 : Uranium Metal Plant at Trombay started production
August 19, 1957 : Atomic Energy Establishment Training School started functioning.
January 20, 1957 : Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) was inaugurated
August 04, 1956 : APSARA - first research reactor in Asia, attained criticality at Trombay, Mumbai.
August 01, 1955 : Thorium Plant at Trombay goes into production.
August 03, 1954 : Department of Atomic Energy was created.
August 18, 1950 : Indian Rare Earths Limited was set up for recovering minerals, processing of rare earths compounds and Thorium - Uranium concentrates.
August 10, 1948 : The Atomic Energy Commission was constituted.
April 15, 1948 : Atomic Energy Act was passed
December 19, 1945 : Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) , Mumbai was inaugurated.
March 12, 1944 : Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha writes to Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for starting Nuclear Research in India.