MoU with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
Mangalore University has signed an MoU with NPCIL for a collaborative research programme to establish specific database on transfer factors for isotopes of iodine, cesium, and strontium in air > grass > cow > milk > child pathway with special emphasis on intake of radioactivity by children through milk. The aims of this project are:
• To study the transfer of iodine, cesium, and strontium from (i) air to grass through dry and wet deposition, (ii) grass to cow and milk, and (iii) milk to child in Kaiga region, and
• To estimate the radiation dose to children due to inhalation and ingestion under normal as well as postulated conditions of accidental release of a radioactivity.
The information that would be obtained from this programme would enable more realistic values to be derived for use in general assessment calculations. The data generated from this study will prove valuable as early-warning indicators and will play a crucial role during the assessment of situations where restrictive guideline values might be exceeded due to an accidental or short-term excessive release of radioactivity. The outcome of the project would help in regular environmental monitoring programme of the Environmental Survey Laboratory (ESL) during normal situations by reducing the analyses of large number of samples.