I have finished Plus Two and would like to do higher studies in Nanotechnology. Kindly let me know about the courses in the discipline and the study facilities.

SHILENDRA S.

PATTAMBI

Nanotechnology is the application of science, engineering and technology to develop novel materials in the nano range, often in molecular size. The emerging multidisciplinary technology has a high potential to influence every aspect of life. It is an enabling technology, which generates new capabilities, products and markets. The major applications of nanotechnology are in medical science, information technology, chemicals, advanced materials and textiles. Nanotechnology has resulted in the discovery of industrial materials.

It has major applications in the manufacturing sector, especially in the polymer, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Study facilities

A few universities or institutes offer four-year B.Tech. and five-year integrated M.Tech. courses in Nanotechnology for students who have passed Plus Two with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Since B.Tech. courses in the discipline are rare, choose Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science and Engineering for the undergraduate course and further go for the M.Tech. course in Nanotechnology.

Noorul Islam University, Kumaracoil, Thuckalay, in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu offers B.Tech. and M.Tech. courses in Nanotechnology (www.niceindia.com)

Bharath University, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai, conducts a B.Tech. programme. Visit www.bharathuniv.ac.in for details.

The Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Noida and Jaipur, offers an integrated M.Tech. programme in Nanotechnology. Those who have passed Plus Two with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with 60 per cent marks are eligible for admission (www.amity.edu).

Sastra University, Thanjavur, offers a five-year integrated M.Tech. course in Medical Nanotechnology (www.sastra.edu)

M.Tech.

Those who have a B.Tech. or M.Sc. degree in specified branches or disciplines may join the M.Tech. course in Nanotechnology.

The National Institute of Technology, Calicut, conducts the M.Tech. programme. The programme is designed for students with a background in Mechanical, Production and Chemical Engineering. The course content includes fundamental and applied subjects such as Physics of Materials, Thermodynamics of Nanomaterials and Systems, Micro Scale and Nano Scale Heat Transfer, Nano-sized Structures, Experimental Techniques in Nanotechnology and Micro Electromechanical Systems and a variety of elective subjects from computational nanotechnology to composite materials.

Those with an engineering degree in a relevant discipline with at least 60 per cent marks in aggregate, along with a score in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, are eligible for admission (www.nitc.ac.in).

The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, conducts an M.Tech. programme in Nanotechnology (www.iitr.ac.in).

The Department of physics of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, offers an M.Tech. course in Nanotechnology. The entry qualification is an M.Sc. degree in Physics or Chemistry (with mathematics up to at least the degree level), Electronics Science, Material Science or Electronic Instrumentation with at least 55 per cent marks in aggregate or a degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Computer Science and Engineering or Instrumentation with not less than 60 per cent marks.

The Amity Institute of Nanotechnology offers an M.Tech. course in Nanotechnology. It offers an M.Sc. course in Industrial Nanoscience. Entry qualification is a B.Tech. or B.Sc. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology or Electronics. This institution comes under Amity University in the private sector (www.amity.edu).

Some other universities and institutes that offer postgraduate programmes in Nanotechnology or related disciplines are:

Anna University, Chennai (www.annauniv.ac.in): M.Tech.

Periyar Maniamma University, Thanjavur (www.pmu.edu): M.Tech

Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi (www.du.ac.in): M.Tech. in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Amrita Centre for Nanoscience and Molecular Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi (www.amrita.edu): M.Tech. Nanotechnology, Nanoscience and Technology and Molecular Medicine.

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore (www.vit.ac.in): M.Tech.

Kalasalingam University, Virudunagar, Tamil Nadu, (www.kalaslingam.ac.in): M.Tech.

Hindustan University, Chennai (www.hindustanuniv.ac.in): M.Tech.

Karunya University, Coimbatore (www.karunya.edu): M.Tech.

The list is only indicative, and more universities and institutions shall introduce this course in due course. Ensure the quality of education and infrastructure and placement assistance before admission.

Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have research facilities in Nanotechnology.

Gopakumar Karakonam