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Fifth edition of Bangalore Nano inaugurated

G.U. Kulkarni, Professor, Chemistry & Physics of Materials Unit and DST Unit on Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, receiving the 5th Bangalore Nano National Award from C.N.R. Rao, chief mentor, Bangalore Nano, and K. Kasturirangan, member, Planning Commission, during 5th Bangalore Nano on Thursday.—Photo : K . Bhagya Prakash
G.U. Kulkarni, Professor, Chemistry & Physics of Materials Unit and DST Unit on Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, receiving the 5th Bangalore Nano National Award from C.N.R. Rao, chief mentor, Bangalore Nano, and K. Kasturirangan, member, Planning Commission, during 5th Bangalore Nano on Thursday.—Photo : K . Bhagya Prakash

The Union government has proposed to increase the funding for science and technology from 0.9 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 2 per cent of the GDP in the 12{+t}{+h}five year plan if the private and public industries contribute half of the fund, said K. Kasturirangan, Member (Science) of Planning Commission of India.

Speaking at the inauguration of the fifth edition of Bangalore Nano here on Thursday, Mr. Kasturirangan, who is also the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, said that the Union government was in talks with public and private industries to contribute funds equivalent to one per cent of the GDP.

“The government is willing to sanction up to one per cent provided there is a matching contribution from the private and public sectors and this can be in terms of research inputs. Chairman of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister C.N.R. Rao is playing a key role in bringing both the public and private industry into an arrangement with the government for this,” he said.

He said that special importance was being given for the growth of Nano Technology in the 12{+t}{+h}Five Year Plan by granting funds to aid research and education. “India contributes 3 per cent of scientific output in global research. Our country’s position in global science research has risen to 16th from ninth. We are aiming to reach the sixth position,” he said.

Prof. Rao, who is also the chairman of Karnataka’s Vision Group on Science and Technology and Nanotechnology, said that India needed people who have a passion to do things.

“What India requires is a bunch of nuts, crazy fellows who are really crazy about doing something... who are really mad. There is a shortage of mad people (people with passion) here. There are too many normal people in Bangalore,” he said.

Speaking about the developments in the area of Nano Science and Technology, Prof. Rao referred to “Nano Nose,” a diagnostic tool developed in Israel to detect breast cancer.

Pointing out that people with breast cancer breathe out “unique molecules” that can be detected by “Nano Nose”, Prof. Rao said that this tool was in the final stages of trial in Israel.

Referring to research in nanotechnology in the U.S., Prof. Rao said that scientists there were working on targeting specific cancer cells using nano particles to burn the cells. Earlier, Bangalore Nano National award was presented to G.U. Kulkarni, Professor, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit and DST Unit on Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, for his contribution in the field of nanotechnology.

I.S.N. Prasad, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and Science and Technology, Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, U.K., and A.K. Sood from the Departmentof Physics, Indian Instituteof Science, Bangalore, spoke.


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