The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), since its inception, has been pursuing basic research as well as technology development with equal rigour. Over the years, a robust institutional framework has been put in place. Today, apart from industrial units, DAE runs 4 major research centres and 7 grant-in-aid institutions.
A new scheme called DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) with the twin objectives of human resource development and collaborative research through the medium of M.Tech. Students were launched by the BRNS in the year 2002.