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No compromise on India's strategic nuke programme, says Kakodkar
July 25, 2008 20:49 IST
"Nuclear energy with its several million-fold higher calorific value and negligible greenhouse gas emissions has the potential to make a paradigm change for the better. It goes without saying that there can be no compromise on India's strategic programme which is in the process," the nuclear scientist said at the 54th convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Stating that India is among the world leaders in nuclear technology, Kakodkar, who is also secretary to the department of atomic energy, said the country needed some additional uranium to start with, over and above what is already available.
Kakodkar said India had been self-reliant in its capabilities to pursue an autonomous path which was best suited for the country, but for the embargo which currently exists.
The nuclear scientist said India would pursue a three-stage domestic development programme which can lead to unleashing vast energy potential present in the country's thorium resources on high priority.
During the convocation, IIT Kharagpur conferred degrees to successful students and scholars in various technical and engineering fields.
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