India Nano 2018 gives boost nanotech research

India Nano 2018 gives a boost to nanotech research

5:31 AM, 11th December 2018
Bengaluru India Nano 2018
HD Kumaraswamy, chief minister of Karnataka and other delegates during the inauguration of the event. Photo: KJ George/Twitter

BENGALURU, INDIA: Nanotechnology is a topic which has garnered global interest in every field of science and is being considered to hold the answers to some of the most complex problems that has puzzled scientists till date. And in an attempt to give a platform to the brilliant minds of science and establish Bengaluru as the hub for cutting edge technologies, the Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka hosted the 10th Edition of Bengaluru India Nano 2018. The three-day event, held from 5 to 7 December was organized under the guidance of Vision Group of Nanotechnology and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and was chaired by eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee, Prof. CNR Rao.

“Nano science and technology has become extraordinarily important for mankind in the past 10 to 15 years. While people worked on nano science before, the importance of the subject was not realised until recently. It has immense application in medicine, various type industries and so on. We in India must participate in this new revolution,” said prof Rao, while addressing the gathering.

“Technology and science has been the focus of the investment in Karnataka and this event is a significant milestone for positioning the state as a global talent and research and development hub. It is technology platforms such as these that will spur the growth of new industries and further research into innovative technologies. Bringing together top researchers, industry personnel and scientists from around the world is crucial to the new economic landscape that is unfolding in Karnataka and speaks of the state’s impact on the world,” said HD Kumaraswamy, chief minister of Karnataka, during the inauguration of the event.

“Nano technology is the heart of emerging technology and innovation. Bengaluru India Nano has played a catalytic role in providing all the facilities in terms of state-of-the-art infrastructure and proactive policies to ensure the growth of this emerging industry in Karnataka in the coming years,” said K G George, minister for IT and BT Science & Technology.

The Decennial edition, themed 'Nano for a Better World', saw participation from 657 delegates from leading institutes across India and countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Poland and Singapore. The event had numerous sessions on the specific sessions on the emergence of Nanotechnology in the field of Health, Engineering & Technology by over 41 international and national speakers. Students from 61 leading institutes of India, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras, ICT, IISc, JNCASR, IISER, VIT also participated in various activities during the event.    

The event included a Multi-Track Conference, International Exhibition, Research-Industry Collaboration Hub (RICH), Nano SparX, Nano Excellence Awards, Poster – Walkway of Discovery, B2B partnering and pre-conference tutorials on topics such as nano fabrication technologies, scanning probe microscopy and nano medicine.

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