For the first time in the country, the government is going to establish a nuclear science training centre called the "Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology" to train manpower. The proposed centre would be established in cooperation with the Russian authorities on the basis of a Russia designed research reactor, said sources in the Ministry of Science and Technology. After establishing the proposed centre, students and officials of organisations concerned would be trained in nuclear science, the sources added.
Deputy secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Md Moinul Islam Titas, told The Independent that the Russian government had proposed the setting up of a nuclear training centre and the government agreed.
“But it will take time to set up the centre, as the matter under discussion of both the authorities -- Bangladesh and Russian,” he said, adding that the process of setting up the centre would start next year.
“We need a full fledged nuclear science and technological centre to create experts on it as the country is constructing a nuclear power plant,” he said.
Sources said the authorities concerned would hold a seminar with the stakeholders on the issue next year.
The sources also said some public universities, including Dhaka University and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have Nuclear Science faculties.
According to the sources, both sides have discussed the proposed nuclear centre at the meeting of the Inter-governmental commission on trade commerce, economic and scientific cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia, that began in the city yesterday.
At the meeting, both sides acknowledged the importance of human resource preparation for the Bangladesh nuclear industry
for peaceful civil purposes and also peaceful use of atomic energy in agriculture, industry, medicine and environment, the sources added.
Both sides have expressed readiness to make efforts to ensure commissioning of the Rooppur NPP first unit in 2023 and of the second unit in 2024, the sources claimed.
The government is constructing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district to generate 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity. It will be the country's first nuclear power plant, and the first of the two units are expected to go into operation in 2023.
The construction project is being implemented by Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, ROSATOM.