India cannot afford to miss the Nanoscience bus: Scientist

Saturday, 3 December 2011 - 2:31pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
The fourth edition of Bangalore Nano will kick off on December 8 with the focus being, 'Nanoscience and technology at cutting edge'.

The fourth edition of Bangalore Nano will kick off on December 8 with the focus being, “Nanoscience and technology at cutting edge”. The two-day event, to be held at Lalit Ashok hotel in the city, will have some of the biggest names in nano-technology across the world engaged in discussions and presentations about the future of the technology.

The event is an initiative by the state government’s department of science and technology under the guidance of Vision Group on nano-technology and about 220 delegates, including 60 speakers, are expected to participate.

At a press conference on Friday, chairman of scientific advisory council, Prof CNR Rao, hailed the event as one-of-its-kind in the country.

“The other forums of nano-technology focus mainly on the science behind it, but this event brings in the industry as well,” he said.

The scientist said, “India cannot afford to miss the nano-technology bus, as in the next 15 years, this industry will be doing business in trillions”.

Rao said that there are already products in the chemical and cosmetic industry that use this technology. “But it is going be big in the health industry. It will be used in procedures like tissue engineering,” he added.

The professor also lamented India’s lack of progress in producing quality research and warned against the increasingly large role played by China in this aspect. “Twenty years ago, India contributed to about 2% of the all scientific publications and China was at 1%. Now, India stands at 2.5% and China at 14%. Last year, China produced 16,000-18,000 doctorate holders and India produced 7,500. We can’t compete against their quantities, but we should compete for quality,” he said.

Tutorials for students
While the event will take place on December 8 and 9, the event will be preceded by ‘pre conference tutorials’ on December 7. The tutorials will provide post graduate and research students an in-depth analysis of nano technology. The organisers have also announced the institution of a new award called the India Nanotech Innovation Award, which will recognise innovation that is likely to revolutionise the sector.


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