India to set up Nanoscience Institute in Chandigarh

It would focus on the product or device oriented development to speed up technology commercialisation

New Delhi: The Government of India has set aside Rs 100 crore to set up the country’s first-ever Institute of Nano Science and Technology at Mohali in Punjab.

A similar Institute at a cost of Rs.100 crore has also been cleared for Bengaluru. In addition, the Centre through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has pumped in Rs.80 crore to strengthen the nanotechnology infrastructure across the country.

For setting up the Centres for Nanotechnology (CN), Karnataka has got  Rs.25 crore each for the facility at Indian Institute of Science(IISc) and the JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research). Similar facilities are also underway at Kolkata and Pune.

The CN would focus on the product or device oriented development but not on basic research to speed up technology commercialisation.

The country is ranked fifth globally in nanotechnology R&D with a similar ranking in terms of peer review submissions. Bengaluru has been a pivotal point of action in nanotechnology after Mumbai’s Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

For the Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Bengaluru with a Nano Park, the state government has already allocated the land.

The government of India is looking at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology as specialized centre of excellence to promote the growth of R&D in the areas of nanomaterials, nanometrology, nano-bio pharma, nano-medicine and nano R&D relevant for food and agriculture.

The key objective is to transfer intellectual capital in a bid to maximize the application potential in nanotechnology. Therefore a critical component of the Institute of Nano Science and Technology is human resource development.

In 2007, government of India spearheaded the Nano Mission only to develop products which have the potential to benefit the country. The technical programmes of the Nano Mission are carried out by the: Nano Science Advisory Group (NSAG) and the Nano Applications and Technology Advisory Group (NATAG).

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