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India’s Own Neutrino Project Okayed, to Follow CERN Study in Particle Physics

India has decided to set up a Neutrino project for experiments in particle physics on the lines of the Geneva-based CERN, which shot to limelight two years ago with the reported discovery of God Particle or Higgs Boson.

The Large Hadron Collider is preparing for running at higher energy in 2015 (Image: Maximilen Brice/CERN)

The Large Hadron Collider is preparing for running at higher energy in 2015 (Image: Maximilen Brice/CERN)

The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared the project that will be set up at Pottipuram in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs. 1,500 crore.

Speaking at the 102nd Science Congress, Naba K Mandal, Project Director of the India-based Neutrino Observatory and Inter Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics, told the media that the project would be set up underground.

“We have to put the detector underground…deep underground, where other particles get absorbed and we can measure the Neutrino,” Mandal said. “Now with the formal approval for the project, we really want to open the space for the international community to come and participate in the experiments or even propose new experiments.”

The project being funded by the Department of Science and Technology and Atomic Energy, with the help of the Tamil Nadu government.

The underground project, will have two caverns — the main cavern that will house the current detector will be 130 metres long, 26 metres wide and 30 metres high and two smaller caverns for setting up experiments for neutrino double detector and dark matters, Mondal said.

The complex will be approachable only after 2-km long tunnel and another Inter Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics will be set up 110 km away from the observatory in Madurai.

The complex and the centre will be improved to become an international hub fro high-end research in particle physics, anti-matter or dark matter, besides pursuing the Higgs Boson research. Mondal also said current India’s participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project of CERN will continue.


  1. @ Shalin : Please understand the fact that these kind of experiments cannot be done in toilets.
    It shouldn’t be a gov’t duty to build toilets for it citizens free of cost. Rather Govt should plan for Country’s overall development (this being one such initiative). In this process more jobs will be created and people can earn and build their own toilets.
    And for those Douchebags who are lazy to work, better they poop with shame.

  2. Kalyan Janakiraman

    This is a great initiative and one that must be pursued. This will be a catalyst to raise the quality of thought and confidence in the country over and above being able to contribute to the science. I appreciate the Indian science community accepting this challenge.

  3. is it worth when 30% Indian people don’t have Toilet ?????

  4. Really depressing to see our Indian planners so devoid of faith in their own scientific background. In Sankhya Maharashi Kapilla describes the mmolaprakrity as a particle with the smallest inertia as mass at 10 E minus 51 kgs and the the Vritti as the neutrino as 9.5 E – 35 kgs and the photon as the Vikharo at 6.36 E minus 34 kgs. Though that has been there for 33000 years and 10000 years after the floods we will support Cern hunting higgs and pay them to find the Vritti as neutrinos . Shame on us for we do not honour ancient intellectual like Kapillamuni h created Sankhya but pay lip service and with out a ense of shame do a Bhavathy Bikshandehi at western shores. For the sake of Dharma turn your eyes inward to your origins that is axiomatic or Vedanta.

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