Radiation Physics Educational Opportunities
Earlier, only BARC was running a Diploma Course in order to cater the demand of trained personals needed for radiation safety and for calculation of doses for medical purpose. As the number of students trained from there were limited, other institutions and universities also took plunge to fill the gap of required trained personnel. Now we have around seven institution / universities which are offering the courses on radiation Physics or Medical Physics.
On one hand the radiations have found wide use in industries, medical diagnostics and on the other side its harmful effects has to be dealt carefully. There is an urgent need to address the issues related to safe and secure use of radiations. This could be done with the development of a man force for monitoring safe and sensible use of radiations. Besides this more researchers should be attracted to work in this area as it has promising applications for the future. Seeing the tremendous requirement of men power for the safety purpose and research in the field, scope of radiation physics as career is promising and is not explored much.
The pioneering work of human resource development in the field is done by the BARC, Mumbai. They started one year post M.Sc. Diploma in radiological Physics. After completing the Diploma first few rank – holders are likely to be absorbed in BARC / DAE as Scientific Officers in the grade of Scientific Officer ( C ) if found suitable by the Selection Committee and other candidates qualify for employment as medical Physicists or radiological safety officers in medical and industrial institutions, handling radioisotopes and ionizing radiations. One Year Diploma in Medical Radioisotopes Technique ( DMRIT ) after B.Sc and a 2 Year Diploma in Radiation Medicine ( DRM ) after MBBS are also offered at BARC.
These diplomas are now awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute, a Deemed University. During the training BARC is also providing stipend for the trainees. On the similar line to BARC, Osmania University in collaboration with MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre ( MNJIO & RCC ) and Indo – American Cancer Centre ( IACC ), both at Hyderabad, started Diploma in Radiological Physics ( Dip.R.P ), this course is running at Department of Physics, Osmania University.
Another Diploma in Radiation Medicine ( D.R.M ) Course is offered by INMS, a DRDO Lab at Delhi and the degree is awarded by Delhi University. Besides these Diploma Courses, Degree Courses are also offered by several universities. Details of the Universities with courses offered, duration and minimum Qualifications are listed below :
|Starting of sale / availability from IMS & BHU website : www.imsbhu.nic.in / www.bhu.ac.in||Tuesday, 20th December, 2011|
|Last date of sale of forms by post||Monday, 16th January, 2012|
|Last date of receipt of completed application form||Tuesday, 24th January, 2012|
|Dispatch of Admit Card||Friday, 10th February, 2012|
|Date of Entrance Examination||Sunday, 4th March, 2012|
|Display of Key on Website||Wednesday, 7th March, 2012|
|Last date to entertain any complaint regarding Key||Wednesday, 21st March, 2012|
|Date of Result on website / IMS Notice Board||Saturday, 31st March, 2012|
|Date of First Counselling||23rd & 24th April, 2012|
|Date of Second Counselling||14th May, 2012|
|Date of Third Counselling||23rd May, 2012|
|Date of Fourth Counselling||30th May, 2012|
Besides the basic minimum requirement of Masters degree or diploma to work as radiation Physicist or Medical Physicist, Ph.D. in the field can also be perused. In addition to this the medical physicists are required to maintain their clinical experience along with continuing medical education in their field of practice. The field is a growing field with need of constant upgradation.
In this era of information Technology and the hype and fanfare of popular career options, many promising career options remain unexplored and unnoticed. One of them is career in radiation physics / medical Physicist. Trained personnel for radiation safety in the medical, industrial, research and agricultural institutions are needed and in future the demand will increase with more nuclear power plants in the anvil and nuclear medical diagnostics progressing leap and bound.
But due to scarce availability of such courses the trained manpower in this field are difficult to find and the simple economics of demand and supply predicts good scope of getting employment in this area. Besides this availability of more people with proper training in the field will be a boon to radiological physics and for the safe use of radiations.
It is rightly said “Professionals of radiological physics have the obligation of playing a role in saving lives and building the future. Some contribute by being a crucial part of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. So candidates who are intelligent and hardworking should come forward to shoulder the responsibility”.