Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) Scientist and engineer, Satish Kumar Sharma took over as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd here on Tuesday.
He took over from K.C. Purohit, who headed the nuclear power plant operator since June 2012, in the presence of Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Sekhar Basu who is also Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, other directors and employees of NPCIL.
Addressing the gathering, Sharma assured that safety in all aspects of nuclear power plants in India would remain his “highest priority”. He solicited the coopeation of all in the company to effectively achieve the challenges in implementing Indian nuclear power programme safely and reliably, and take the organization to newer heights in the coming years.
A Distinguished Scientist of DAE, Sharma completed his engineering from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal in 1980 and later graduated from the BARC Training School in 1981.
He started his career at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station 1 & 2, a harbinger of Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) Technology where he contributed immensely in different functional areas.
Later, Sharma served in several key positions in the Indian nuclear power stations, including as site director of Rawatbhata in Rajasthan before becoming Director (Operations) in 2015..
He also worked for improving the safety and reliability of nuclear power stations across the world in association with an international team of nuclear experts in World Association of Nuclear Operators, Tokyo Centre.