February 21, 2024

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Nanotech Propels India’s Innovation Journey

In Mohali lies a beacon of scientific advancement – the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), India’s pioneering Nano-Science Institute. Embracing a monumental role in shaping India’s technological landscape, this institution is proof of India’s commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation.

INST commenced its transformative journey on January 3, 2013, and from its humble beginnings has now blossomed into a state-of-the-art campus sprawling over 35 acres in the Knowledge City at Sector-81, Mohali, Punjab.

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Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Science & Technology, emphasised the pivotal role of INST in spearheading research, generating groundbreaking products, and steering technology in the realm of Nanoscience and Technology.

Addressing faculty and students, he underscored the institute’s profound futuristic role, stating that its mission aligns seamlessly with India’s ambitious pursuit of a 5 Trillion Dollar Economy.

“INST is the first Nano-Science Institute in the country set up to undertake research and generate products/devices and technology in the area of Nanoscience and Technology for the benefit of the country,” revealed Dr ISingh.

At its core, INST aims to delve into diverse areas of Nanoscience and Technology, with focused endeavours in Agricultural Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Energy, Environmental Science, Quantum Materials, Nano Electronics, Microfluidics Based Technologies, and Nanobiotechnology.

As an autonomous research institution under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, INST operates under the esteemed National Mission on Nano Science and Technology (NANO MISSION), committed to propelling the growth and outreach of this transformative field.

The vision for INST extends far beyond its academic pursuits; it aspires to emerge as India’s premier research institution in Nano Science and Technology, contributing significantly to society across various domains, including agriculture, medicine, energy, and environment.

Moreover, INST does not confine its impact within the institution’s walls; it actively engages with the broader community, reaching out to schools and colleges, nurturing scientific aptitude among young minds, and showcasing the practical applications of science in daily life.

Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasised INST’s core mission – pioneering cutting-edge research with interdisciplinary dimensions, tackling global and local challenges in domains ranging from energy to healthcare. He encapsulated the institution’s ethos in its motto: “Knowledge of Nanoscience for the Nation.”

The institute’s objectives encapsulate a multifaceted approach, from advancing knowledge and nurturing young talent in nanoscience and technology to offering advanced training courses and fostering innovation through technology-based scientific projects. Moreover, INST is actively bridging the gap between laboratory research and industry applications, fostering collaborations, and advocating for the benefits and safety measures of Nano Science and Technology to the public and media.

The Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) is a testament to India’s commitment to scientific advancement and innovation. With a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a vision that transcends traditional boundaries, INST continues to pave the way for a future where Nano Science and Technology revolutionise industries, uplift communities, and propel India onto the global technological forefront.

India’s commitment to nano-technology extends far beyond national boundaries, embodying a dedication to fostering advancements in this transformative field. Embracing a spirit of collaboration and knowledge exchange, India endeavours to extend its expertise in nano-science and technology, contributing to global scientific progress and fostering international partnerships for the greater good of humanity.

OpenGov Asia reported that the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) and the African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) jointly organised an international training programme, focused on exploring the application of nanotechnology in promoting plant growth and crop protection for sustainable agriculture.

According to an IIT-Kanpur statement, the programme served as a forum for experts from diverse fields to discuss and deliberate on solutions to meet the urgent global challenge of achieving food security and promoting sustainability in agriculture.


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