Renowned nuclear scientist Srikumar Banerjee has been appointed as the first chancellor of the Central University of Kashmir. Recognised widely as an expert on material science and technology, Banerjee was among the scientists who worked on the 1974 as well as the 1998 Indian nuclear tests. A Padmashri awardee, Banerjee retired in April 2012 as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and as Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.
After obtaining B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering with first class Honours from IIT- Kharagpur he has taken professional training from BARC Training School join before joining BARC. He was awarded the PhD in metallurgical engineering by IIT- Kharagpur on the basis of his exemplary work carried out in the first few years of his career at BARC.
His comprehensive work on the physical metallurgy of zirconium alloys is widely quoted in scientific literature. His work has also provided a new dimension for developing a novel fabrication schedule for pressure tubes used in the Indian PHWRs.
He held some visiting positions overseas, such as the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, Max-Planck Institut fuer Metallforschung- Institut fuer Physik, Stuttgart and Forschungszeutrum Juelich, Germany (as Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow and Awardee), University of Cincinnati and the Ohio State University, USA (as Visiting Faculty).
He received many awards towards his contribution to research. Notable amongst them are National Metallurgists' Day Award (1981), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering. Sciences (1989), Indian Nuclear Society (INS) Award (2003).