Mangaluru, Jun 11: A centre for frontline research on radioecology and environmentgal radioactivity has been set up in the Mangalore University with financial support from the Department of Atomic Energy, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Director K N Vyas dedicated the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Radioactivity (CARER) at the university campus. The Centre, a national facility, gotfinancial support from Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS) of Department of Atomic Energy. Research would be carried out in collaboration with BRNS,
BARC, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor K Byrappa said that besides research, the Centre will facilitate testing of spices,
packaged water, pharmaceuticals and other food material meant for export as well as for public consumption in the country. “According
to International standards, food and beverage products need to be free of radiation for exports, and CARER will give a certificate
after testing them,” he said. He said that industries such as thermal power plants can use the
centre for testing their products for radioactivity. Mr Byrappa said that the Centre will also facilitate research by
physics, chemistry, geology, botany, bio-science, zoology and microbiology departments in the university. The research is carried
out in collaboration with Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, BARC, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, and Nuclear Power
Corporation of India Ltd. CARER has the capability to measure radionuclides in the nuclear fuel cycle and has collaboration with
National and International laboratories. CARER, accredited by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, has
capability to measure radionuclides of interest in the entire nuclear fuel cycle and has collaboration with national and
international laboratories. University Registrar T D Kemparaju said that the Centre has
undertaken consultancy projects of Rs 1.2 crore and it has users from nearly 30 different institutions of India and serve research
needs of various research groups of the country working on radioecology and environmental radioactivity.
Mr Vyas said that “even the BARC has no such instruments that can match this centre,” and asked the faculty and students to make use