FOR those with a futuristic vision, fields like nuclear engineering offer a perfect playing field. Nuclear engineering is a branch that involves designing, constructing and operating nuclear reactors besides breaking down of atomic nuclei and other sub-atomic physics.
Nuclear engineers are mostly absorbed in research and development organisations, nuclear reactors and power plants which make weapons and war equipment. Nuclear engineers have an important role in the field of medicine as they also develop advanced nuclear imaging technology, which is useful for diagnosing and treating diseases.
In India, Nuclear Engineering & Technology is taught at different university departments and research institutes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are also several research programmes in nuclear engineering at doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
A good knowledge of radiation sciences is desirable for students interested in pursuing nuclear engineering. For admission to a bachelorís degree in nuclear engineering, all you need is a 10+2 in science with the core subjects being physics, chemistry, and mathematics. A clear understanding of the rudiments of physics and mathematics is essential.
Some institutes that offer courses in nuclear engineering in India are, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, IIT, Madras, IIT, Kanpur, Delhi College of Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, SRM University, Punjab University, Sastra University and others.