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India, US Extended Nuclear Energy Partnership “GCNEP” by 10 more years

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India,-US-extend-nuclear-energy-partnership-by-10-more-yearsOn November 24, 2020, India and the United States of America (USA) extended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning cooperation with the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) India, for 10 more years. This MoU, inked on November 7, 2010 in New Delhi also marked the 10 years of partnership on nuclear energy cooperation.

  • The extension of this MoU recognized cooperation on initiatives aimed at accelerating nuclear safety and security, research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and technology under GCNEP.

Note – Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership is World’s first nuclear energy partnership centre.

Key Points:

–It will also strengthen the dialogue on nuclear and other radioactive material security between both nations by collaborating on advanced projects or future technology at par with international standards.

–The extension also recognizes India’s commitment in 2010 to establish the GCNEP with a vision to promote safe, secure, and sustainable nuclear energy for the service of mankind through global partnership.

–There will be inclusion of relevant agencies for sharing a full spectrum of perspectives in nuclear and radioactive material security.

About GCNEP:

In September 2010, Government of India (GoI) approved the establishment of Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) at village Jasaur Kheri & Kheri Jasaur, near Bahadurgarh, District Jhajjar, Haryana. It is the sixth R&D unit under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).  The Phase-I construction of the Centre is complete.

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