Mumbai: Nuclear scientist and technocrat Kailash Chandra Purohit took over as the new chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) Monday, an official said.
The 58-year-old took over from officiating NPCIL CMD S.A. Bharadwaj following the retirement of S.K. Jain as the CMD last month.
An electrical engineer from Kanpur, Purohit graduated from the 1973 batch of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre here.
He started his career at the nuclear plants in Rawatbhata in his home state Rajasthan and obtained regulatory licences for them.
Over the years, he secured wide-ranging experience in construction, commissioning, operation, renovation and modernisation of various nuclear plants in the country.
Purohit is familiar with indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors and the latest large-size light water reactors, being set up with international collaboration in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
A former governor of World Association of Nuclear Operators, Moscow, Purohit served as Kudankulam project director before becoming NPCIL director, projects.