Fourteenth Raja Ramanna Memorial Lecture : “Realisation of international civil nuclear cooperation: a technical perspective” by Dr. R B Grover, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 1800hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012

 (as part of 33rd NIAS Annual Programme for Senior Executives)


  You are cordially invited to the


Fourteenth Raja Ramanna Memorial Lecture




“Realisation of international civil nuclear cooperation:

a technical perspective”




Dr. R B Grover

Emeritus Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute


on Wednesday9 January 2019 at 6.00 PM (Tea/Coffee at 5.30 PM)

Venue: JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru


Chairperson: Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, NIAS


Abstract: International trade in nuclear technology and uranium is governed by a web of legal nuclear instruments negotiated at multilateral forums and the guidelines of Nuclear Suppliers Group.  The treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons or the NPT is woven into all instruments and guidelines. India has not signed the NPT due to the discriminatory divide embedded in it and therefore, was not able to participate in international civil nuclear trade and cooperation from 1974, when it conducted a peaceful nuclear experiment, until 2008.  India’s domestic reserves of uranium are miniscule and cannot sustain a large nuclear power programme based on thermal reactors. The initiative to open international civil nuclear cooperation was launched in this backdrop and successfully achieved without compromising India’s strategic autonomy.  Core issues important to India were identified and every step taken was examined with respect to the core issues. Core issues included (i) declaring a facility, present or future, as civilian only when India has determined that it was not of relevance to the strategic programme, (ii) maintaining integrity and reliability of our strategic programme, (iii) continuing research and development  in pursuit of closed fuel cycle to meet nuclear power requirements, (iv) safeguards only by the International Atomic Energy Agency, (v) protecting our interests in the event of a unilateral cessation of cooperation. Taking note of India’s separation plan, safeguards agreement, export controls and non-proliferation commitments, Nuclear Suppliers Group modified its guidelines to facilitate international trade with India. The talk will cover all these issues from a technical perspective. 


About the Speaker: Ravi Grover is Emeritus Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and is a member of the Atomic Energy Commission. He studied mechanical engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering and received a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science.  He joined BARC Training School in 1970, and superannuated as Principal Adviser, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in February 2013. He worked on (i) fuel and core thermal hydraulic analysis for a research reactor, (ii) process safety analysis, plant dynamic analysis, process design of primary systems and equipment for a compact nuclear reactor, and (iii) studied growth of electricity requirements in India. He played significant role in conceptualizing and setting up HBNI and concurrent with other responsibilities, he led it for eleven years. He participated in negotiations with other countries and international agencies leading to opening of international civil nuclear trade.  His advocacy regarding designating the system designer as the Supplier facilitated the implementation of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010.  He was the sous-Sherpa of the Government of India for the Nuclear Security Summits held in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He and his team negotiated India’s entry into the ITER project in 2005, and has been leading India’s delegation to the ITER Council since the beginning.   He was conferred with a Padma Shri in 2014 and has received several awards including Lifetime Achievement Award – 2011 by the DAE. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, and the World Academy of Art and Science.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019