Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) has signed a tri-partite contract with FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), Germany, and Bose Institute on Monday to supply electronic equipment (600 convertors worth nine million) over the coming four years. This is the biggest contract ECIL is handling regarding supply of electronic items to foreign countries. The converters, specially designed by ECIL for FAIR, produce stable magnetic fields in super conducting magnets, and are extremely stable with current rating as high as 600A and power rating up to 150 kW. They have been developed as per international standards, and apart from manufacturing and supplying them, ECIL has to handle their installation as well. ECIL shall also look after commissioning them in Germany.


Oliver Kester (head of FAIR All Accelerator Boards), T K Ghouri (on behalf of  Bose Institute) and P Sudhakar (Chairman and MD, ECIL) inked the pact. K Vijayraghavan, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology made his presence felt via video-conference.

FAIR is an international science center coming up at Darmstadt, Germany for studying the building blocks of matter and the evolution of the universe. This is a highly sophisticated accelerator complex which will provide high-energy, precisely-tailored ion beams.

FAIR is being built through international collaboration and India is one of the partners. Other contributing nations include Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain & Sweden. India is contributing around 36 million to this programme. It provides a unique opportunity for Indian scientists, engineers and industry to work in this unique, high technology project.

Bose Institute, Kolkata, has been designated as the Indian shareholder in the FAIR and the nodal Indian institute for management of FAIR programme from India.