CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and world’s biggest particle physics lab, will allow India to become an associate member. India will join other associate members Serbia, Cyprus, Turkey and Pakistan. Associate membership is a stepping stone to membership, which is currently held by 22 nations. CERN was founded in 1953 by 12 member states –Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia — and now includes 22 Member states.
India is currently an observer state, the same status held at CERN by the United States, Japan and Russia. The reboot last year of the Large Hadron Collider brought the lab new levels of attention and scrutiny.