MILESTONES IN INDIAN ATOMIC ENERGY PROGRAMMEMarch. 12, 1944 : Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha writes to Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for starting Nuclear Research in IndiaDecember 19, 1945 :Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai is inaugurated.April 15, 1948 : Atomic Energy Act is passedAugust 10, 1948 : Atomic Energy Commission is constituted.July 29,1949 : Rare Minerals Survey Unit brought under Atomic Energy Commission and named as Raw Materials Division (RMD), with Headquarters at New Delhi. In 1958, this unit becomes Atomic Minerals Division (AMD), and later in 1974, shifts to Hyderabad. It is renamed as Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) on July 29, 1998.August 18, 1950 : Indian Rare Earths Limited (IRE), owned by the Government of India and Government of Travancore, Cochine, is set up for recovering minerals, processing of rare earths compounds and Thorium -Uranium concentrates. In 1963, IRE becomes a full-fledged government undertaking under DAEApril 1951: Uranium Deposit at Jaduguda is discovered by AMD. Drilling operations commence in December 1951.December 24, 1952 : Rare Earths Plant of IRE at Alwaye, Kerala, is dedicated to the nation and production of Rare Earths & Thorium Uranium concentrate commences.August 03, 1954 :Department of Atomic Energy is created.August 01, 1955 : Thorium Plant at Trombay goes into production.