Meet India’s ‘akshaya Patra’: The mystical goblet with never ending food (Energy)supply.

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Akshay Patra

In a groundbreaking achievement, Indian nuclear scientists have successfully commissioned a high-tech fast-breeder reactor on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai. Termed as the ‘akshaya patra’ of energy, this reactor promises sustainability by generating 70% more energy than traditional counterparts and reducing long-lived radioactive waste.

In a power-hungry nation like India, where the demand for electricity is ever-growing, this technological marvel holds immense significance. The indigenously designed and locally mastered fast-breeder reactor not only meets the energy needs of the country but positions India as a global leader in this domain after Russia.

The reactor, often referred to as the ‘akshaya patra’ of nuclear power, signifies an unending source of energy, drawing parallels with the mythical goblet that never runs out of food. Unlike conventional reactors, the fast-breeder reactor can produce more atomic fuel than it consumes, making it a beacon of efficiency and safety.

India’s commitment to diversifying its energy sources is evident in its use of Thorium, a valuable resource despite the nation’s challenges with Uranium. The integration of Thorium in the fast-breeder reactor further solidifies India’s position as a powerhouse in the global energy landscape.

The Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam, a result of 15 years of dedicated effort, is set to contribute significantly to India’s energy grid. With a capacity to supply an unlimited amount of electricity, the PFBR is poised to play a pivotal role in meeting the nation’s surging power demands.

However, the journey to harnessing the potential of fast-breeder reactors has not been without challenges. Known for their instability, these reactors demand precise handling. India’s experience with the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) has been crucial in paving the way for the PFBR, demonstrating the nation’s dedication to mastering this advanced technology.

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Akshay Patra NGO

Meanwhile, in a different domain, the Akshaya PatraFoundation has been silently revolutionisingeducation and nutrition. Established six years ago, the foundation has grown exponentially, evolving from feeding 1,500 children in Bengaluru in 2000 to becoming the largest NGO implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Now, it provides nutritious meals to 1.8 million children in 12 states and 2 union territories of India daily.

In 2023, Akshaya Patra continues its impactful work, extending its reach to Corporation school students in Greater Chennai. With a centralised kitchen project estimated at ₹5 crores, the foundation collaborates with the Greater Chennai Corporation to ensure school children receive nutritious meals, fostering their well-being and educational outcomes.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu, acknowledging the success of Akshaya Patra’s breakfast programme, expressed confidence in expanding the scheme to benefit over 12,000 Corporation school students. The Raj Bhavan pledges ongoing support for the education of underprivileged children in Tamil Nadu, recognising the foundation’s vital role in fulfilling nutritional requirements.

As India celebrates its nuclear milestone, the synergy between technological advancements and humanitarian efforts exemplifies the nation’s multifaceted progress. The ‘akshaya patra’ of energy and education, both contributing to the nation’s growth, underscore the transformative power of innovation and social responsibility in shaping India’s future.

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