Kolkata: West Bengal is going to have the first synchrotron centre in India after France, Germany, US and Japan.

"We have received information from the Planning Commission that the Department of Atomic Energy has approved the project which will come up here," director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) M K Sanyal said.

The synchrotron project would produce bright light ranging from infra-red, visible and x-ray which find applications in drug discovery and research, medical imaging and semiconductor materials analysis among others.

Sanyal told reporters that the government would give money for purchase of land for which the institute was in touch with the state government.

He said that the institute would require 200 acre for the project and land would be purchased privately.

"The West Bengal government is very supportive about the project as the Centre will spearhead the state in the forefront of fundamental research in nuclear physics," he said.

SINP on Wednesday signed an agreement with Geneva-based CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) for conducting experiments on isotope separator technology.

Sanyal said that talks were in an advanced stage for India getting membership of CERN.