`India becoming a pioneer in nano technology'

COIMBATORE, MARCH 24. India is likely to become a leader in nano technology within the next five to ten years, the Chief Controller (Research and Development), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), A. Sivathanu Pillai, said here recently.

Addressing students at the Kumaraguru College of Technology, Mr. Pillai said that a team was drawing up a master plan for the development of nano technology. A few months ago, 32 institutions had come together to coordinate their activities and ensure that there was no duplication of research work. Development had already commenced in some of the DRDO laboratories.

Experts in bioinformatics, information technology and nano technology were coming together to create small, intelligent devices that could act on their own.

Nano technology could provide "carbon nano tube structures" that could activate neurons and restore brain activity in children suffering from paralysis because of the death of one set of neurons.

Patients with disorders such as Parkinson's disease might regain their health by using an implanted biochip controlled by a wireless pace maker. Being able to trigger the chip and stimulate the neurons was an important development. Within three to five years, India was likely to make nano devices, including biochips.

He said that nano technology would have a significant impact on health, electronics, new materials and textiles. Dress material might sport sensors that could gauge the temperature of the environment and suitably alter the physical properties of the clothing material in order to keep the wearer comfortable whatever the external conditions.

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