State to come out with a sector-specific policy for nanotech says IT/BT and S&T Minister
Bengaluru, March 7: Nano Urea, the fertilizer based on nanotechnology has been tested in all the universities and is found to be successful, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai, stated on Monday.
Speaking while inaugurating the 12th edition of the “Bengaluru India Nano” themed on “NanoTech for Sustainable Future”, a flagship 3-day event of the state government, he said that the ambition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make available Nano Urea for farmers will become a reality in the near future.
Nanotechnology will help the management of energy in an efficient manner at the tiniest level (nano-level). The efficient energy management at the smallest level is also expected to bring about sustainability, he opined.
Saying, the city of Bengaluru with 180 R & D institutes (Including Public & Private) has a very congenial ecosystem to incubate the growth of nanotechnology, he added, the synergy between R & D institutes, educational institutions, and Students will help to translate lab findings to marketable products.
Dr.C.N.Ashwatha Narayana, Minister for Electronics, IT/BT, and S&T, said, the government of Karnataka, which has come out with many sector-specific policies will also carve out a nanotechnology policy.
Nanotechnology has encompassed all the vital areas such as water, health, energy, agriculture and is set to become a 300 Billion Dollar economy in nanotechnology in the next 5 years, he told.
Bharat Ratna awardee Scientist Prof.C.N.R.Rao, who has been a mentor for taking forward nanotechnology in the state, and Honorary Chairperson, State Visionary Group for nanotechnology presided over through virtual participation. His message on the occasion was read out by Prof. G.U.Kulakarni of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). Smt. Indumati Rao, Wife of Dr.C.N.R.Rao was also attended virtually.
Prof. Navakanta Bhat, Chairman, State Vision Group for Nano-Technology told that the applications of nanotechnology enabling the manufacturing of products at nano ranges will bring in disruptive changes in the coming years.
As part of the event, S.Swaminathan of Sastra Deemed University was conferred with Dr.C.N.R.Rao sponsored award for achievement in the field of nanotechnology. Addressing the occasion, Swaminathan said, nanotechnology has pervaded all branches of science and technology.