Two-day international workshop on green nanotechnology gets under way

The first international workshop on green nanotechnology held in the country got under way here on Monday with a commitment from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) and participants to advance ongoing research and development efforts and evolve green nanotechnology-based biomedicine to treat diseases in the near future.

The two-day workshop has been organised by the VTU, with technical support from University of Missouri (UoM), Columbia, U.S., on its Jnana Sangama campus.

Chancellor of the University of Missouri Brady Deaton, who inaugurated the event, underscored the need for global efforts to meet the future requirements of energy, food, and improved healthcare and nutritionGlobal population is projected to be 8 billion in 2035 and 9 billion by 2050 from the present 7 billion.

‘Collaboration needed’

Prof. Deaton said that nanotechnology had the potential to find solutions to these global challenges. However, the situation called for collaborative efforts between academics, R&D and private sector to harness nanotechnology for the benefit of the global community.

Prof. Deaton said the UoM provided opportunities to pursue research and hinted at drawing Indian students for some of its projects. CEO & MD of Shasun Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Abhaya Kumar hinted at setting up a platform for students wherein they would undergo training to support manufacture of next-generation medicine, even as he stressed on re-inventing traditional systems of medicine such as ayurveda to manufacture green nanotechnology-based products.

Later, Kattesh V. Katti, presently serving as Director, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform at UoM, delivered an hourlong lecture.

Innovation is key

Vice-Chancellor of VTU H. Maheshappa, who presided over the inaugural function, observed that the success of nanotechnology depended on continued innovation and culmination of research efforts in engineering, natural sciences, medicine and allied disciplines.

He said the aim of the workshop was to bring together eminent scientists, researchers, faculty members and postgraduate students from various disciplines from across the world.

He also underscored the need to commence a postgraduate programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Dr. Maheshappa expected that the deliberations at the workshop would focus on research in the thrust areas of nanotechnology.

Nearly 600 delegates are attending the event.