What is National Atomic Timescale?

On January 4, 2021, PM Modi has dedicated the National Atomic Timescale to the nation. He also dedicated Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya to the nation and laid the inaugural stone for the National Environmental Standards Laboratory.

Key Points

  • PM Modi dedicated National Atomic Timescale at the inauguration event of the National Metrology Conclave 2021.
  • The National Atomic Timescale is a scale that brings about Indian Standard Time with an accuracy of 2.8 nanoseconds.
  • After dedicating the National Atomic Timescale to the nation, the standard time of India now matches with the International Standard Time with an accuracy of less than 3 nanoseconds.
  • Achieving this accuracy level of 2.3 nanoseconds in the Indian Standard time is a great achievement.
  • It will be very helpful for banks, railways, weather forecasting, the telecom sector, disaster management, and for organizations like ISRO that are working on the technology.
  • Bhartiya Nirdeshak Dravya that was dedicated along with the National Atomic Timescale will provide support in the calibration and testing of labs for the assurance of quality as per the International standards.

National Metrology Conclave 2021

National Metrology Conclave 2021, inaugurated by PM Modi, was organized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) with a theme of ‘Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation’. The conclave was organized on the 75th anniversary of CSIR-NPL that was founded on January 4, 1947.

CSIR-NPL is responsible for maintaining the standards of SI Units in the country and for calibrating the weight and measures standards.

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