Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu): Nuclear scientists of India and Britain have initiated their first set of collaborative projects involving Indian Atomic Energy Department and scientists from various universities of the UK here on Monday.

The collaboration has zeroed in on research projects on zirconium, thermal hydraulic, joining techniques, and new material for fast reactor–oxide dispersion stainless steel, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Dr Srikumar Banerjee said today after a day-long meeting.

The AEC chief said that 20-member UK delegation comprised four diplomats from the British High Commission in India and 16 scientists from the University of Manchester, the Imperial College, Cambridge University and Fusion Research Institute and was led by Head Research Councils’ Energy Programme Jason Green.

"We also discussed about the future collaborative projects", he said adding since there was a "gap" in the nuke programme in the UK, this collaboration with India
will be beneficial for them as also for Indian scientists.

In February, an industry delegation from the UK, including representatives from Rolls-Royce Group Plc, Serco Group Plc and WS Atkins had visited India to explore
possibilities for participation in India's ambitious plans to expand its civil nuclear sector.

The delegation was led by Barbara Judge, a former chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, and Keith Parker, the nuclear association's chief executive officer.