Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) was established under the PNRA Ordinance III in January 2001 for the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection in Pakistan. Prior to its establishment, a regulatory body was functioning under the umbrella of PAEC.
PNRA considers its employees as the most valuable asset and firmly believes that enhancing their skills and knowledge is an investment for the future of the organization therefore, an effective training program for its employees has always been one of the main planks of its long term policy.
Most of the officers recruited over the last few years in PNRA were graduates from engineering universities and faculty of sciences which included graduates from Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Science (PIEAS), Islamabad as well. They possess basic knowledge in engineering disciplines and sciences but their technical knowledge on regulatory needs require improvements and continuous updates.
GoP plans to expand the nuclear power program of the country from the current 427 MWe to 8800 MWe by 2030 and accordingly the regulatory responsibilities of PNRA are expected to expand significantly. In order to meet the demands of more professionals, arising due to the envisaged GoP program of constructing more nuclear power plants, the existing strength of about 110 technical professionals within PNRA will have to be increased to around 415 by 2015.
Consequently, School for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (Brochure) was established in the Corporate Wing of PNRA, with the objective to train the newly recruited officers in nuclear & radiation safety.
PROFESSIONAL COURSES OFFERED IN THE SCHOOL
Following professional courses will be offered at the PNRA School for Nuclear and Radiation Safety to enhance the overall competency of its regulatory staff:
(a) Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Courses
(b) Short Training Courses in specific areas
(c) Refresher Training Courses
(d) Specialized Training Courses
SAFETY RESEARCH PROGRAM
Success of nuclear power worldwide is largely dependent on an effective research program to ensure the safe operation of Nuclear Power Plants. Such research has led to improved designs and safer and more reliable plant operations. Similarly, safety research carried out by regulatory organizations has contributed to improved safety and has laid the foundation for activities such as risk-informed regulation, plant life extension, improved plant performance (e.g. power uprates) and new plant designs.
PNRA School for Nuclear and Radiation Safety is in a process of setting up laboratories to provide viable research capability within PNRA. In these laboratories the technical staff will carry out analytical and experimental work related to their field of expertise. They will also receive hands on training on various radiation equipment/ components used in nuclear installation and radiation facilities.