The National Association for Applications of Radioisotopes and Radiation in Industry (NAARRI) was founded in 1976, reflecting the need for a forum for interaction among the industrial users of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology. Since then, the Association has acted as an effective interface between the Department of Atomic Energy and users of this technology. Over the years, the association has grown from strength to strength and today it has around 1400 life members including 50 Institutional Life members from all over the country. Its activities, over the last 40 years, earned for it, a unique place in the Asia-Pacific region as a leading organization devoted to the promotion of applications of radioisotopes and radiation.
NAARRI has been in the forefront in promoting applications of radioisotopes and radiation in many ways. It had been organizing training courses for industrial isotope radiography, Management induction programme designed to suit specific industrial sectors, Programs aimed at radiation safety objectives and regular workshops ,seminars, National & international conferences on subjects of topical interest. NAARRI has also undertaken a programme of creating awareness among the General Public, University students and Faculty members to disseminate information on current and potential applications of radioisotopes and radiation and also to dispel the unfounded fear and apprehension from the minds of the people about radiation. Several such awareness Programs were successfully organized in different parts of the country.
So far, NAARRI have organized over 50 such Programs nationwide from Gujarat on the west to Manipur on the North East and Kerala in the South to Amritsar in the North. NAARRI proposes to organize several such programs in the coming years, so that the benefit of the peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy reaches even the remotest places of the country.
NAARRI has been, publishing, on regular basis, thematic bulletins on applications of radioisotopes and radiation in Industry, Agriculture and healthcare etc. NAARRI, has recently published a book on “Safety security and regulation in handling of radiation sources”.
NAARRI has instituted Shri .R G Deshpande Memorial NAARRI award, NAARRI Entrepreneur award, and several other awards to honor distinguished scientists, Entrepreneurs/Technocrats for their significant contributions to the growth of isotope and radiation applications.
NAARRI started organizing regular Annual conferences from the year 1995 and also organized six international Conferences during the year 1984, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2010 and 2015. A large number of scientists and technologists from all over India and also from different parts of the world participated in these conferences. NICSTAR-2015 provided an ideal forum for radiation processing industry for fruitful interaction and presented a comprehensive up-date on the latest development in the field of radiation processing.