September 1952 born Nuclear scientist Sekhar Basu is likely to be named the new DRDO chief replacing Avinash Chander, government sources said Wednesday.
Basu, who heads the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, is the man behind the nuclear system that is driving the Arihant-class submarines of the Indian Navy. A notification was issued by the government Monday terminating the services of Chander, who has headed the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) since June 2013.
Some of his awards and accomplishments include ,Padma Shri, INAE Fellow, Indian Society for Non Destructive Testing Fellow, DAE Group Achievement Award,Indian Nuclear Society Award,
DAE Special Achievement Award.
Basu started his career by joining BARC in their Reactor Engineering Division in 1975, where his initial assignments were in designing fuel for boiling water reactors. In 1988, Basu was transferred to Kalpakkam as the project Director with the responsibility to build India’s first compact Pressurised Water Reactor powered by enriched uranium, which he is reported to have accomplished in 2006.He continued his work there to commission India’s first shore based nuclear submarine propulsion plant.In 2000, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Recycle Board and is reported to have played a vital role in the establishment of nuclear recycle plants in Kalpakkam, Tarapur and Trombay.
He is also credited with the establishment of the India-based Neutrino Observatory in Theni, Tamil Nadu.