To popularise the concept of nanoscience and nanotechnology to teachers of colleges which in turn will benefit the students, the University of Madras organised a one-day programme at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Inaugurating the programme, G. Thiruvasagam, vice-chancellor of the university, said the term “nano” had become very popular nowadays among the scientific community. “Nanotechnology is the manipulation and creation of small devices which will have enormous potential in the days to come.”

Many industries had started using this technology in areas like electronics, opto-electronic, bio-medical, paints, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and energy applications. “But research on nanotechnology is mostly confined to universities and research institutions,” he said adding that even though colleges were engaged in research, work on the nano domain was still in its initial stages in colleges.

Centre director Prof. Sriman Narayan said the aim of the programme was to encourage the college teachers to enter into the nano domain and also to educate the undergraduate and postgraduate students in this enabling technology.

After the first workshop at the university, the centre would conduct similar programmes in colleges in Chennai and the neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, he said.

About 100 college teachers from government, aided and self-financing colleges attended the programme in addition to about 75 research scholars and PG students of the university departments.

Lectures on Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, preparation and characterization of nanomaterials, about carbon nanotubes and applications of nanomaterials were delivered by eminent professors from IIT-Madras and University of Madras.

As a feedback, teachers informed the organisers that the programme was very useful to teachers and they expected many such workshops.

Special Correspondent