Government to set up Neutrino Observatory in the country: Dr.Jitendra Singh

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing the press conference on achievements of Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy, in New Delhi on February 16, 2018. The Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission, Dr. K. Sivan and the Chairman & Managing Director, NPCIL, Shri S.K. Sharma are also seen.

New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh today said in a written reply in Lok Sabha that Government has a proposal to set up Neutrino Observatory in the country.

India based Neutrino observatory (INO) will observe neutrinos produced in the atmosphere of the Earth. This observation will tell us more about the properties of neutrino particles, whose main source is the Sun and the Earth’s atmosphere. The neutrino detector will be a magnetized iron calorimeter, which will be the heaviest one made by any country. The site identified is in Bodi West Hills, in Theni district, Tamil Nadu.

As per the information provided by the Department of Science and Technology, State-wise number of observatories are as follows:

Karnataka – Six Astronomical observatories.
Uttarakhand- Four Observatories for study of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Studies.
Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) operates strategically located Magnetic Observatories across the country as follows:
Andhra Pradesh – One
Tamil Nadu – One
Assam – One
Meghalaya – One
Gujarat – One
Maharashtra – One
Rajasthan – One
Jammu & Kashmir – One
Uttar Pradesh – One
Andaman & Nicobar Island (UT) – One
Puducherry (UT) – One.