Monday, July 10, 2006
Express News Service
Kolkata, July 10: The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics at Bidhannagar will have a visitor in Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh who would be in the city on Tuesday. After his engagement with the institute is over he will visit Raj Bhavan. The area around the institute has been cordoned off for security reasons.
“The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research tomorrow,” said Supriyo Gangopadhay, security officer at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. Gangopadhay said: “The stone-laying ceremony of IISER will be held within the premises of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. It has been possible to organise the event due to the active involvement of SINPÕs director, Bikash Sinha, in this project.”
“Around 250 acres of land in Kalyani have been purchased for constructing the campus of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research. The institute is temporarily housed at Rajarhat,” Gangopadhay told Newsline.
Prior to this visit the Prime Minister had visited Kolkata in November 2005 for the same purpose. However, he had to return to Delhi immediately after the capital was hit by serial bomb blasts.
The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics was founded in 1949. It grew out of the Palit Research Laboratory of the University of Calcutta and was accorded autonomy in 1951.
Research in areas of physical electronics and biophysical science is carried out at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. At present the institute boasts of about 125 faculty members, 20 post-doctoral fellows and 80 graduate students.
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