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The Geneva-headquartered European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) inked an agreement with India as the latest associate member state of the organisation. For India, Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy signed the agreement, while Fabio Gianotti, Director General, signed it on behalf of CERN.

Sekhar Basu
  • The signing of the agreement took place in Mumbai.
  • The deal appreciates India՚s significant contributions to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) , in the areas of design, development, and supply of hardware accelerator components. India also assisted in commissioning, software development, and deployment in the machine.
The Geneva-Headquartered CERN

About CERN

  • European research organization operating the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.
  • Established in 1954.
  • Based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco-Swiss border.
  • Has 22 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership.
  • Provides the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research
  • Numerous experiments with international collaborations are conducted at CERN.
  • Also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
  • Operates the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - world՚s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

Importance to India

  • New avenues for Indian scientists to work on cutting-edge research in particle physics and engineering.
  • Boost India՚s science credentials with access to high-end scientific technology.
  • Make Indian scientists eligible for staff appointments in CERN.
  • Open up avenues for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2017

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