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Scientist laments raw deal to nano technology

SERIOUS ISSUE: C.N.R. Rao (middle) talking to J. Gowrishankar of the CDFD at the foundation lecture in Hyderabad on Friday. At right is Seyed Hasnain, director of CDFD. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar

SERIOUS ISSUE: C.N.R. Rao (middle) talking to J. Gowrishankar of the CDFD at the foundation lecture in Hyderabad on Friday. At right is Seyed Hasnain, director of CDFD. Photo: P.V.Sivakumar  

Government does not seem to have realised its importance: C. N. R. Rao

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Nano technology has growing applications in various sectors of the industry, but unfortunately, the Government does not seem to have realised its importance, lamented eminent scientist, C. N. R. Rao, here on Friday. Delivering the eighth Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) Foundation Day lecture on `Nanoworld' at the IICT auditorium, here, he said the low priority accorded to Nano technology could be gauged from the fact that only $50 million (Rs. 250 crores) was allotted by the Government this year. Also there were not many people taking up research in the field. This was in sharp contrast to the importance given in the United States, which set apart $300 billion and China $300 million.

Dr. Rao, who regaled the gathering with his trademark witticism, dwelt at length on the utility value of Nano technology.

Use in various sectors

He said it could be used in the sectors of materials, manufacturing, chemicals, space and energy industries besides medicine and healthcare.

The world's foremost chemist advised young scientists to continue their efforts in improving their work, as "science is a limitless learning experience".

Earlier, in his welcome address and presentation on CDFD, Seyed E. Hasnain, Director, said among the projects on the anvil was the National DNA Training Academy. This proposal was pending with the Central Government.

Dr. Hasnain was hopeful that it could be launched soon with the status of a deemed university. Initially about 75 trainees from within the country and outside would be enrolled. He said among the employees of CDFD was a child prodigy aged 12 years who was working for his PhD.

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