The Atomic Energy Commission
is a governing body functioning under the Department of Atomic Energy
, Government of India
. The DAE is under the direct charge of the Prime Minister
The Indian Atomic Energy Commission was first set up in August 1948 in the then Department of Scientific Research, which was created a few months earlier in June 1948. The Department of Atomic Energy
was set up on August 3, 1954 under the direct charge of the Prime Minister
through a Presidential Order
. Subsequently, in accordance with a Government Resolution dated March 1, 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was established in the Department of Atomic Energy. The then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
also laid a copy of this Resolution on the table of the Lok Sabha
on March 24, 1958.Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha
was the first chairman of the commission.
According to the Resolution constituting the AEC, the Secretary
to the Government of India
in the Department of Atomic Energy is ex-officio Chairman
of the Commission. The other Members of the AEC are appointed for each calendar year on the recommendation of the Chairman, AEC with the approval of the Prime Minister.