Dhaka, October 1, 2013: To provide information on atomic energy to the people of Bangladesh, a Nuclear Energy Information Centre has been opened at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre at Bijoy Sarani in the city today, October 1. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Technology formally inaugurated the Information Centre.
The opening of the nuclear energy information centre in Dhaka is the outcome of the Memorandum, signed on June 4, 2012 between the Russia’s State Nuclear Power Corporation “Rosatom” and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Bangladesh.
HE Alexander Nikolaev, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Valeri Limarenko, President NIAEP, sister concern of Rosatom spoke on the occasion among others.
Fragment of a video film ‘Journey to the World of Nuclear Energy’ and a video game ‘Put together a nuclear reactor’ were demonstrated for the guests attending the inaugural ceremony.
The concept of the information centre was developed by Sergei Novikov, Director, Communications of Rosatom. The centre has a modern high-tech cinema hall with panoramic 3D projection, computer graphics and animation, stereo sound, interactive consoles and personal monitor facilities.
The main educational programme ‘Journey to the World of Nuclear Energy’ will be presented at the information centre in Bengali, Russian and English languages. Six other educational programmes on astronomy, natural science and regional geography will be available for the visitors.
The information centre is equipped with mock-ups and exhibits to demonstrate the features of safety systems used in Russian nuclear power plants and natural elements of radiation.
The information centre will regularly undertake various educational activities to provide basic knowledge on nuclear energy, information about application of Russian nuclear technologies in the field of agriculture and medicine, available specialities in the nuclear sector and scope of obtaining Russian nuclear education.
Since 2008 nuclear energy information centres are being established in the regions of presence of nuclear enterprises. At the moment 17 nuclear energy information centres are successfully operating in Russia. Development of the nuclear energy information centre network abroad is underway in the countries, using Russian technologies for construction of enterprises in the nuclear sector. In 2012 the first foreign information centres was opened in Hanoi, Vietnam and Mersin, Turkey. Opening of another information centre at Istanbul in Turkey is planned for during the current year. Opening of information centre in Minsk, Belarus is due in 2014.
Presentation on Russian Nuclear Technology Education
Later, a seminar on Russian Nuclear Technology Education was held at the Conference Hall of the Bangabandhu Novotheatre. The leading technical universities of Russia, such as National Nuclear Research University MEPhI, Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University and Far Eastern Federal University participated in the seminar.
Representatives of the Russian Institutes spoke on their experience, educational programme, their science and research base and the projects in the seminar made presentations on their respective institutions and scope of higher education for Bangladeshi students.
In 2012, Rosatom and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding under which Bangladeshi specialists will get the opportunity for training in the specialised institutes of higher education in Russian Federation. In October of the current year the first batch of 5 Bangladeshi Post Graduate students will go to Russia for higher study at Tomsk Polytechnic University.
Moreover, under a joint programme of technical cooperation between the State Corporation Rosatom and IAEA training of Bangladeshi specialists in the field of engineering design, construction and exploitation of nuclear power plants is in the process of realisation. Within the framework of the programme representatives of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission visited Novovoronezh NPP in Russia in April, 2013.
Caption-1: Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Technology formally inaugurates the Nuclear Energy Information Centre at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre in the city. HE Alexander Nikolaev, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Valeri Limarenko, President NIAEP, sister concern of Rosatom were present among others at the ceremony.
Caption-2: A student tries a video game on Nuclear Energy at the Information Centre at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre. Yeafesh Osman, Hon’ble State Minister for Science and Technology, while HE Alexander Nikolaev, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Valeri Limarenko, President NIAEP, sister concern of Rosatom and others look on.
Caption-3: Representatives of various Russian Nuclear Energy Institutes at a seminar on Russian Nuclear Technology Education held today at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre in the city.