BARC Training School, NFC Hyderabad (formerly known as NFC-HWB Training School/GURUKUL)

BARC Training school, NFC, Hyderabad formerly known as (NFC-HWB Training School) is an extension of the prestigious BARC Training school, Mumbai which has been playing a vital role in providing trained engineers and scientists required by the various units of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for the past 45 years. Indeed, the BARC School has produced many great visionaries who are steering the activities of frontier fields of technologies in our country and abroad. As the department is growing in its multitude of activities, it became necessary to extend the BARC training school with specialized training courses required for Industry & Minerals sector of DAE. Accordingly, the project of establishing a separate training school called BARC Training school, NFC at Hyderabad, was envisaged. The training school with the first batch of Trainee Scientific Officers, was inaugurated by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, AEC and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India on 3.9.2001, and took first class-room lecture at the Training School.

Graduate engineers of Mechanical Engg, Chemical Engg, Electrical Engg, and Instrumentation / Electronics Engg with certain minimum requirements, can join the BARC Training School. Admission to this school is through a process of preliminary screening based on GATE score and/or All India Entrance Test, followed by a final oral interview which is conducted at BARC. Only those candidates who are selected through interview, can join the school as Trainee Scientific Officer to undergo a rigorous one year orientation course at TS. The orientation course comprises of class room lectures, practicals and project work. The syllabi /curricula have been devised in four modules namely Nuclear Engg. Module, Core, Engg. Module, Core Electives Module and Project work with adequate educational visits to various plants/sites of the Dept. in order to give a systematic exposure. A contrasting feature of the curricula of this school is that besides the subjects of nuclear Engg, a good number of management subjects like Project Management & Resource analysis, Construction Management, Commissioning Management, Operations Management, Maintenance Management, Safety & Environmental Engg., Quality Management etc., are also included as special topics in order to impart the required management skills to the trainee officers. Faculty members are drawn from various units of DAE like BARC, NPCIL, IGCAR, NFC, HWB, and other institutions like IIT's and Universities. During the one year training period, the trainees are required to stay in the hostel accommodation provided in the school premises. Guest Lectures by eminent speakers within the Department are also arranged periodically to enrich the Trainee Officers about the activities of the Department. The Trainee Scientific Officers after successful completion of course work are entitled for a Post Graduate Diploma by Homi Bhabha National Institute(HBNI), a deemed University, which can be further extended for obtaining M.Tech Degree on completion of a project approved by DAE. The Trainee Scientific Officers after successful completion of the training for one year are endowed with a deep sense of responsibility, knowledge and dedication and are appointed as Scientific Officers in gazetted rank, in any of the plants of NFC, HWB, AMD, BRIT of BARC and NRG of BARC, of DAE.

A programme committee constituted by Chairman AEC, with senior executives from NFC, HWB and BARC as members, formulates the guidelines, syllabi /curriculum for different disciplines, and supervises the overall functioning of the school. The school is manned by a small & dedicated group of officers and staff drawn from NFC and HWB.