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India's first Nano Park to be ready in Bangalore by 2011

By SiliconIndia  |   Monday, 06 December 2010, 00:26 Hrs
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Bangalore: A few unavoidable circumstances had resulted in delay of the construction of the Nano Park although a 15 acre plot had also been identified by the State Government in 2007 in North Bangalore. As informed by noted scientist Prof CNR Rao, India's first Nano Park will be ready by 2011 so as to boost nano science and research technology. When questioned about the estimated cost for construction, he limited his explanations.

"There have been some delays earlier. But, the Nano Park will come up by 2011. The park will host several industries related to nano science and technology. The park will provide opportunities for cutting-edge research work in these exciting fields," said Rao.

Rao is also the Chairperson of Vision Group on Science, Technology and Nanotechnology of Government of Karnataka. He made the announcement while talking about the third edition of Bangalore Nano- 2010 which is India's premier Nanotechnology event. To be held on Dec 8th, the event carries a central theme which is 'Frontiers of nanotechnology: Impact on India'.

"Nano science and technology is an exciting area. Nanotechnology-related research works have gone up hugely across the world in recent times. However, in India, very few people are engaged in the field. We need to bring in more young people in the area of nano science and research," said Rao. The Principal Secretary of Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology, Ashok Kumar C. Manoli commented that they are making all-out effort o make Bangalore the nano tech hub of India, just like as they had done in IT and BT. The event is an attempt to bridge the gap between research work and industry in the field of nanotechnology. "Nanotechnology has now started leaving the confines of laboratories and conquering new applications. The fast growing field of nanotechnology presents great potential for various sectors in the areas of healthcare, environment, energy, agriculture, engineering and consumer goods," added Manoli.

With programmes like 'Nano for the Young' and 'Inspirational Lectures Programme,' the event is trying to attract young talents to step into the sphere of nanotechnology. An inspirational lecture programme will follow an Expert panel discussion about opportunities in Nano related research works for young scientists.

The 'Research Industry Collaboration Hub' will also have a programme featured in the event wherein eight startup companies would pitch in for investments or research tie-ups with various companies. This programme is expected to attract the maximum youth.

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