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Sathyabama University will spend Rs. 25 crore on the facility

It will join hands with University of Arkansas and Ramachandra University

The centre will come up in a year and boast an advanced research laboratory

CHENNAI: A Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence will be set up at Sathyabama University in collaboration with the University of Arkansas and Ramachandra University, according to A. Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Controller (Research and Development), Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), and CEO and Managing Director, BrahMos Aerospace, New Delhi.

Delivering the special convocation address at Sathyabama University here on Tuesday, he said the centre, part of the global nanomedicine initiative, would come up in a year and would boast an advanced research laboratory. Vijay K. Varadan, professor, University of Arkansas, and Viswanathan Anand, world chess champion, were presented with Honorary Doctorate degrees.

Explaining the importance of nanotechnology in providing affordable healthcare services and drinking water, Dr. Pillai said nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology would be the three emerging areas. India shared its core competence with other nations and absorbed the cutting-edge new technologies through joint ventures in research and development. A case in point was BrahMos, a supersonic cruise missile system, that the DRDO had developed with Russia.

Dr. Pillai wanted universities and the educational system to create two cadres of personnel: a global cadre of skilled youth with specific knowledge of special skills and a global cadre with higher education.

Presenting the citation and the plaque of honour to Mr. Anand and Prof. Varadan, Sathyabama University Chancellor Jeppiar said the university proposed to spend Rs.25 crore on the establishment of the nanotechnology centre. Prof. Varadan lauded the pioneering efforts of the university in nanotechnology for the benefit of the weaker sections. Mr.Anand said the honour bestowed on him would help to motivate students.