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India becomes associate member of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research)

TNPSC Current Affairs January 18 2017


India and CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) signed as agreement on making India an Associate member state of the research Organisation on January 16,2017. CERN which operates the Largest nuclear and Particle physics laboratory in the world.

The Agreement was signed by Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Sekhar Basu and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and CERN Director General Dr Fabiola Gianotti at the Department of Atomic Energy office.

Union Government gave nod for India officially entering the Geneva based body in 2015, following CERN Council accepted the India as associate member.

India previously had the ‘observer’ status till September, 2016, but CERN Council adopted a resolution upgrading its position on November 2016.

The benefits of becoming associate member is industrial participation and education/ training which allow CERN to directly engage Indian industries and enhance Indian students participation in various experiments and research activities.      

What is CERN?

European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) which was founded in 1954 in a north-west of Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border. It is an European research organization which operates the world largest particle physics laboratory in the world. It is well known for its operation of the large Hadron Collider, which found the Higgs Bason.

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