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India became a full seventh partner of ITER in December 2005. The Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), located in Ghandhinagar, western India, forms the Indian Domestic Agency, empowered to design, build and deliver those contributions to ITER which have been agreed in the procurement sharing. The ITER activities of IPR have been named ITER-India, and its formal organizational structure was constituted on July 5th, 2006.
IPR is an autonomous physics research institute, carrying out research in basic and applied plasma physics. Although the institute harbours a large number of basic experimental devices for research in plasma physics, the main thrust of the research is high temperature tokamak experiments. The institute is currently in the process of building the Steady State Superconducting Tokamak (SST-1).
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