Shri Ajit Kumar Mohanty, an eminent scientist has been appointed as the new director of India's main nuclear weapons lab, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Physicist Shri Ajit Kumar Mohanty, currently Director, Physics Group at BARC, is now appointed for a tenure of three years.
Mr Mohanty, 59, specializes in basic physics and has considerable experience in particle collisions. He has worked on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva and is trying to unravel the mysteries of dark matter through his research.
The physicist was also concurrently Director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata and was instrumental in setting up India's deepest underground laboratory at Jadugoda in the uranium mines that will help experiment and better understand the elusive dark matter.
Bhaba Atomic Research Centre is the country's premier nuclear research facility. It is a multi-disciplinary research centre with extensive infrastructure for advanced research and development covering the entire spectrum of nuclear science, engineering and related areas.
The post of BARC director had been lying vacant for the last six months.