Bangalore, March 2 2020: The government of Karnataka plans to make the state a hub for nanotechnology and for starters is to set up a Nano park with central help.
This was announced at the 11th edition of Bengaluru India Nano, with the theme ‘New Dimensions in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Industry 4.0’ which was inaugurated today by
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in the presence of Prof. C N R Rao, FRS, National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, Honorary President, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Chairman Vision Group on Science and Technology and Nanotechnology, Government of Karnataka and Chief Mentor of Bengaluru India Nano.
Also present: Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for IT, BT and S&T, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Government of Karnataka, Prof. Roger Howe, Stanford University, USA Shri. Rizwan Arshad, Hon. MLA, Shivajinagar, Dr. E V Ramana Reddy, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka and Chairman Karnataka Scientific and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS),Prof. Ajay Sood, FRS, Chair Professor, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Dr. H Honne Gowda, Special Secretary (Technical), Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka and Managing Director, Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS).
Delivering the inaugural address,B S Yediyurappa, said, “Our aim is to make Karnataka a hub for nanotechnology. The Government of Karnataka is keen to provide the necessary priority through development of strong institutional base, infrastructure support and skilled manpower to create the right ecosystem for nanotechnology growth in the State. The Government is proposing to develop a nano park in the State in collaboration with the Government of India. Establishment of common instrumentation facilities to provide greater emphasis for growth of this emerging field will also be considered. Action will be taken for up-skilling and re-skilling the manpower required for this sunrise industry. I call upon scientists and engineers to come up with innovative nano technology based solutions for food security, energy security, water purification, healthcare, waste management and to combat environmental hazards, which are expected to increase many folds in the near future due to urbanization, population growth and change in lifestyle.”
The Chief Minister also presented the prestigious Prof. C.N.R Rao Bengaluru INDIA NANO Science Award 2020 to Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru for his outstanding contribution to nanotechnology.
Prof. C N R Rao, said, “Nanotechnology has been making giant strides in the field of healthcare but I feel that there is still a lot of potential that can be tapped. I urge our young scientists to conduct more research in the field of healthcare and come out with some great solutions. Bengaluru India Nano acts as a global platform for convergence of research, academia and industry to explore emerging opportunities and for deliberation. Some of the key focus areas of Bengaluru India Nano 2020 will be on Nano in Energy for E-mobility, Nano in Agriculture, Nano for Clean Water and Environment and Nano in Manufacturing. Around 30 world class speakers from leading industries and organizations, both from India and abroad will address this event.”
Bengaluru INDIA NANO is mentored by India’s foremost scientist Prof. C N R Rao.
Among the prominent awards conferred at Bengaluru India Nano 2020 was Bengaluru India Nano Innovation Award which was presented to Dr. Sandip Patil, Founder Director, E-Spin Nanotech, Kanpur.The event has seen participation of over 850 Delegates who will hear 40+ Global experts spread across 15 sessions who will emphasize on impact of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on Health, Wealth and the Lives of Mankind in its multiple manifestations. 35 Exhibitors are showcasing unique nano products and technologies at Exhibition which include a large pavilion of members of DST Nano Mission and significant industry participation.