Bangalore: A specialised institute for
nanotechnology research will be set by the central government
in the city, the Chairman of the Karnataka Vision Group on
Nanotechnology C N R Rao said today.
"We have already got the land for the new institute, for
which the Union Science and Technology Department has given
its approval," Rao, who is also Chairman of the Scientific
Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, said.
A similar research institute will be operational in
Chandigarh from next month, he said, briefing the media ahead
of the two-day `Bangalore Nano 2011` conference being held
here from December 8.
Though there are a number of colleges that offer degree
courses in nanotechnology and biotechnology, they are "not
equipped" to teach, Rao said.
The fourth edition of Bangalore Nano, with the focal
theme, "Nanoscience and Technology at the Cutting Edge", will
see participation by about 500 delegates, he said.
Sixty internationally acclaimed speakers -- such as E W
Meijer of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the
Netherlands, Timothy Fisher of the USA, Anthony K Cheetham of
the University of Cambridge in the UK, IBM Almaden Research
Centre Director Stuart S P Parkin, Robert Stokes of Nanoink
Inc USA and others -- will deliver lectures on nano science at
the event, he said.