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Govt to establish three Nano Tech Institutes

Posted by egovindia on November 3, 2007

Govt to establish three Nano Tech Institutes


The Institute in Bangalore, to be located near Tumkur road will be jointly set up by JNCASR and the IISc

Saturday, November 03, 2007


 CMN Bureau

BANGALORE, INDIA: The Government of India would establish three Institutes of Nano Science Technoloy in Bangalore, Kolkata and Mohali for the research and development in the field of Nanotechnology.

The Government has allocated Rs 100 crore each for each of these three centers, according to T Ramasami, secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.

The Institute in Bangalore, will be located near Tumkur road and will be jointly set up by Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and the Indian Institute of Science. The Karnataka government has pledged its support to the project. It has already allotted 15 acres of land for establishing the Institute.

The setting up of these institutes is part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Nano Mission, which was launched early this year. The department would invest Rs. 1,000 crore for five years on the mission.

“Through the mission we are trying to focus on research and introduce Nanotechnology as a course in various educational institutions,” said Ramasami.

Some of the investment would also go to the existing Nano groups in the country, added Ramasami.

While this is the first time that India would have centers for Nanotechnology, 50-60 groups are already working on the technology in the country.

Ramasami said that 15 of the nanotechnology groups are doing well and the target by the department is to raise the figure to 50-60 units.

“For this we should have 150 groups working on Nanotechnology in the country. If you have 150 groups working on a single technology, then that’s a critical mass.” The increase in number would elevate the quality of the technology in India, said Ramasami.


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