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BARC plans space for tech transfer within campus

M. Ramesh

Dr Anil Kakodkar

Chennai , Aug. 16

THE Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, proposes to create space within its campus for technology transfer activities.

Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, told Business Line recently that a new training centre was coming up in Anushakti Nagar, a Mumbai suburb, close to BARC. The building in which training activities are conducted today will be used for technology transfers.

"For us, technology transfer is a fringe activity," Dr Kakodkar said, adding that BARC's mandate was to develop nuclear technologies. But the Indian industry could use a number of spin-off technologies born there.

Typically, these technologies would need further working on, so that they are suited for adoption by the industry. However, the Indian nuclear establishment can ill-afford to spare manpower for bending the technologies for industry's use.

But since these technologies are of immense use to the industry, Dr Kakodkar said that the process of working the technologies for industry's use could be done by the industry itself. For this, BARC would make available the necessary infrastructure.

An industrialist could see a BARC-developed technology and say, "The product is good, but not in this form." Then, BARC could collaborate with the industrialist to bring it to the required form. On IPR, he said: "Whatever we developed is ours; anything beyond is joint."

BARC's Web site ( lists 19 items under the head `Recently Advertised Technologies'.

The `new' among them are: `miconisation of natural graphite powder', `particle aerodynamic size separator', `biphasic medical electroporator', and `fluoride detection kit for ground water'.

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