India becomes associate member of CERN
India becomes associate member of CERN

Government of India has finally approved the internal procedures confirming India as the associate member of CERN. On 21 November 2016, an agreement was signed between director general CERN, Fabiola Gianotti and chairman AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) and secretary of DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) Sekhar Basu.

Talking to the Hindu newspaper, Basu said, “As an associate member, India can participate in all experiments. We may have to pay additional charges for participating in the experiments. We can choose the experiments where India wants to participate.”

There are other benefits too of becoming an associate member. Whenever any CERN facility gets upgraded and goes through maintenance, Indian industry will have an opportunity to participate. “Indian industry will be entitled to bid for CERN contracts, which will allow it to work in areas of advanced technology. So the ‘Make in India; will get a boost,” said Basu.

As associate member, India will be required to pay Rs 40 crore as membership fee. India has been actively involved in CERN’s scientific activities for over 50 years. “Indian physicists, engineers and technicians have made substantial contribution to the construction of the LHC accelerator and to the ALICE and CMS experiments, as well as to accelerator R&D projects,” Gianotti said in a CERN press release.

India signed a cooperation agreement with CERN in 1991, setting priorities for scientific and technical cooperation. India and CERN have signed several other protocols since then. Besides India, Turkey, Pakistan and Ukraine are also Associate members.


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