Nanoscience & Bioeconomy to contribute immensely to India’s march toward 5 trillion dollar economy: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Minister addresses the faculty and students of India's first Nano Science institute, the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) at Mohali, Chandigarh, emphasizes the huge futuristic role of the institute

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New Delhi: Addressing the faculty and students of the India’s very first exclusive Nano Science institute, the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) at Mohali, near Chandigarh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh said this 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 and has a huge futuristic role.
Dr Singh said that Nanoscience along with Bioeconomy will contribute immensely to India’s march toward a 5 trillion dollar economy.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the institute aims to carry out research in the diverse and rapidly growing areas of nanoscience and technology with specific emphasis on the following areas: Agricultural Nanotechnology, Nanomedicine, Energy and Environmental Science, Quantum Materials and Device Physics,Nano Electronics, Microfluidics Based Technologies, Nanobiotechnology.
The Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) is an autonomous research institution of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under the Society Registration Act, 1960, under the umbrella of national mission on Nano Science and Technology (NANO MISSION)”, which aims to promote growth and outreach of nanoscience and technology.
Dr Singh said, the vision of INST is to emerge as a globally competitive India’s foremost research institution in Nano Science and technology and contribute to society through applications of nanoscience & and nanotechnology in agriculture, medicine, energy, and environment.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, INST has contributed significantly to promoting science and inculcating the practice of developing technology in India amongst the nation’s young generation through its unique and unparalleled outreach program. He informed that the faculty of INST has directly interacted with more than 15,000 students in about 300 schools across the country and spread awareness about taking science as a career perspective. INST’s roadshow has demonstrated the importance of science in day-to-day life to more than 50,000 students and the general public. INST has reached out to more than 1000 students from marginalized sections of society from 24 schools/colleges across the country towards scientific aptitude training, the Minister added.
Dr Jitendra Singh underlined that the core Mission of INST is cutting-edge research in nanoscience and nanotechnology with an interdisciplinary flavour in the domains of energy, environment, agriculture, health care, quantum materials, etc., to solve global and local challenges.
Minister also enumerated some of the core objectives of the INST as-to advance knowledge and educate young minds in nanoscience and technology that will best serve the nation, to impart advanced training courses and laboratory techniques of nanotechnology at the highest level, to encourage innovative and challenging technology/product-based scientific projects.
Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, is an autonomous institution of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. It was established under the umbrella of NANO MISSION, initiated by DST to emphasize nano research in India, and it started its activities on 3rdJanuary 2013. This is the first Indian nano-research institute in the country, which began its activities on 3rd January 2013 at Transit Campus, Sector 64, Phase X, Mohali, Punjab. The new campus of INST has now been set up on 35 acres of land in the Knowledge City at Sector-81 Mohali, Punjab.