About Us Formation

December 19, 1945 : Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) started for

Basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science


April 15, 1948 : Atomic Energy Act adopted

For the development, control and use of atomic energy for the welfare of the people of India and for other peaceful purposes


August 10, 1948 : Atomic Energy Commission constituted.

Achieve self sufficiency in all aspects of utilization of atomic energy and provide electrical energy through series of atomic power plants.


August 03, 1954 : Department of Atomic Energy formed.

For laying down the roadmaps of implementation of the programs according to the guidelines of the AEC and the Government.


January 20, 1957 : Atomic Energy Establishment, presently BARC, started

Facilitation of Research and Development required to sustain one of the major peaceful applications of nuclear energy viz. power generation and management of complete fuel cycle.


August 19, 1957 : BARC Training School started

Provide specialized training on nuclear science and engineering to selected graduates for supporting the nuclear power program.


March 12, 1969 : RRC, presently IGCAR, starts at Kalpakkam,

Establishment of the technology of Sodium Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) and associated fuel cycle


November 15, 1983 : Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) constituted.

To ensure that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to health and the environment.


September 17, 1987 : Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) formed

For implementing the nuclear power program for generation of electricity in pursuance of the policies and targets of the Government.


The department of Atomic Energy was primarily formed with the intention to exploit the natural resources of Uranium and Thorium in the country and supplementing the energy resources. Consequential benefit of research in nuclear science and technology was to be passed on to the society and the industry.