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‘Nanotechnology yet to take off’

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FOR GROWTH: Rudra Pratap, Head, CranesSci MEMS Lab, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (centre), receiving the first copy of the souvenir from Anne Mary Fernandez, Vice-Chancellor in-charge on the occasion of the seminar on Nano science and technology at Karunya University in the city on Saturday. Registrar Joseph Thomas (right) is in the picture.
FOR GROWTH: Rudra Pratap, Head, CranesSci MEMS Lab, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (centre), receiving the first copy of the souvenir from Anne Mary Fernandez, Vice-Chancellor in-charge on the occasion of the seminar on Nano science and technology at Karunya University in the city on Saturday. Registrar Joseph Thomas (right) is in the picture.

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Importance of interdisciplinary research stressed

COIMBATORE: Some 20 institutions in the country are participating in the forward growth of nanotechnology by involving in research. “Nano science is not new to India, but it is being taken forward with a renewed vigour. But we have to realise that the growth in nanotechnology is not as it is in nano science. Nanotechnology is well begun but yet to take off,” Rudra Pratap, Head, CranesSci MEMS Lab, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, said here on Saturday.

Inaugurating a one-day seminar on Nano science and Technology at the Karunya University, he said developed countries had revenue flowing from the government to the research institutions, which in turn came out with products for the industries thus making the revenue flow back to the Government enabling it to further fund projects for future developments.

“Unlike this, developing countries stagnate at the research level. They do not link themselves with the industry. This missing link needs right bridging for the complete development of nanotechnology in the Indian scenario. The link between the industry and research is necessary,” Dr. Pratap said.

In spite of some Government initiatives and $ 3 billion that the industry had for using in the field of nano electronics, the link still missed, he lamented. Technical personnel at the IISc, Bangalore, was working towards bridging the link, he said.

He underlined the importance of interdisciplinary research for development in nanotechnology. India needed a paradigm shift in nanotechnology research. The current thrust of nanotechnology was on material synthesis, characterisation and unit process development. Nano devices were still in their infancy stages; but showed clear promise for the future as fertile grounds for innovations. Integration of nano systems in real world applications was the biggest engineering challenge, he said.

Dr. Pratap also added that research in India should focus on the common prevalent problems like diabetes and cancer. He motivated students to participate in research that had a wide application range. Anne Mary Fernandez, Vice-Chancellor in-charge, and Joseph Thomas, Registrar, spoke.

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