OREANDA-NEWS. Nuclear professionals from across Asia will benefit from extended cooperation agreed on by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Sekhar Basu, Chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission last week.

IAEA-nominated experts in advanced nuclear energy, nuclear security, radiological safety, nuclear material characterisation and applications of radioisotopes and radiation technologies will be able to use the new training facilities of India’s Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), which are scheduled to open in New Delhi in the near future.

The vision for the Centre is to promote safe, secure and sustainable nuclear energy through global partnership, Mr Basu said. The IAEA will be able to use the facilities at GCNEP to train experts from the region and beyond in assisting building capacity.

Mr Basu underscored that India can also provide access to other research facilities to experts from other countries, facilitated through the IAEA. In the area of cancer care and control, he mentioned that India has donated Bhabhatron radiotherapy machines to several countries in Asia and Africa and would like to work closely with the IAEA to build the associated human resources in these beneficiary countries.

Mr Basu informed the IAEA Director General that India has established a national grid of more than 100 cancer care centres, staffed with top specialists. With IAEA support, India would be ready to extend this network and convert it into a regional or global network, so that cancer care providers from other countries could also access the expertise available.