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Radiation Accident a ‘Wake-Up Call’ For India's Scientific Community

Science  07 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5979, pp. 679
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5979.679-a

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The improper disposal of a derelict gamma-ray research device at the University of Delhi has resulted in the death of a scrap-metal worker—and drawn scrutiny of how India's academic institutions handle radioactive materials. India's nuclear watchdog, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) in Mumbai, has labeled the incident as a "serious violation" and slapped India's premier university with an indefinite moratorium on radiation-related activities. On 30 April, India education minister Kapil Sibal ordered universities to beef up guidelines for the handling and use of hazardous materials.