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Bharathiar University ties up with Arkansas varsity to set up nano-facility centre

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FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University (left), exchanging a Memorandum of Understanding with Vijay K. Varadan, Director, Institute for Nano-, Micro and Neuro Electronics, Sensors and Systems, University of Arkansas (right), in Coimbatore on Sunday. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathiar University (left), exchanging a Memorandum of Understanding with Vijay K. Varadan, Director, Institute for Nano-, Micro and Neuro Electronics, Sensors and Systems, University of Arkansas (right), in Coimbatore on Sunday. PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

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The agreement will also facilitate exchange of knowledge, technology and faculty The agreement will also facilitate exchange of knowledge, technology and faculty

COIMBATORE: Bharathiar University inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Sunday with the Institute for Nano-, Micro and Neuro Electronics, Sensors and Systems, University of Arkansas, for establishing a nano-facility centre on the university premises, besides exchange of knowledge, technology, expertise and faculty.

The five-year agreement signed here by Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam and Director of the Institute Vijay K. Varadan is aimed at borrowing the cost-effective technologies from the University of Arkansas that have been successful in developing various techniques , especially the preventive medicine for Parkinson's disease, advance indication of heart attacks and a chip that will help the visually challenged read from a book.

The nano-facility centre will start offering graduate, postgraduate, M. Phil and Ph. D courses from the coming academic year.

The agreement will facilitate "exchange of faculty, students, researchers and tutorials, sponsorship of international workshops, symposia, seminars of mutual interest and co-operation in jointly assisted technology-related research and infrastructure activities".

The derived technologies will be put to practical use by students and scholars in the local milieu, said Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam.

Dr. Varadan made a presentation on the role of nano-technology and wireless sensors in monitoring and control of cardiovascular and neurological diseases.

He explained how the production of polymer-based wireless nano-sensors and systems that he was producing under the Defence and Research Development Organisation would help students of Bharathiar University take up research and become entrepreneurs.

The MoU would not only be for transfer of technology for technology sake, but also for developing "a technology of our own." We will also have regular on-going programmes with Arkansas University," said Prof. Thiruvasagam.

Local industries' help

"Dr. Varadan has suggested certain ways to improve our tie-up, which we will do with the help of the Industry Consultancy Cell we have set up in the university. We will seek the help of the local industries to sponsor students to visit the University of Arkansas for better research and training."

Incubator

"The tie-up the university has with the DRDO has made us show interest in various exchange programmes. We will have an incubator in Bharathiar University for the manufacturing facilities and one at the University of Arkansas for research and development facilities. This is because the manufacturing cost is very cheap in India," said Dr. Varadan.

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