Saturday, December 20, 2008 7:43 PM
Namma Bengaluru is now Nano City
Government of Karnataka, on the occasion of 2nd Bangalore Nano, in the august presence of Shri. M. Hamid Ansari, H.E. Vice President of India, Shri. Rameshwar Thakur, H.E. Governor of Karnataka, Dr. V.S. Acharya, Honourable Home Minister, Government of Karnataka, Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India and Dr. Ajit Sapre, Group President (Research & Technology), Reliance Industries Ltd today made a solemn proclamation to declare Bangalore as the "Nanocity of India".
On the occasion, Government of Karnataka promised to take every possible measure to encourage the Research & Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, create opportunities for the commercialization of Nanoscience and facilitate development of small, medium and large scale Industry committed to Nanotechnology. In addition to budgetary support, Karnataka Government has allotted 14 acres of Government land for setting up India's first premier 'Nano-institute' - Institute of Nano Science and Technology - in Bangalore. This Centre would be set up under the guidance of JNCASR, with a Rs. 100 crore grant by Government of India from the budgetary provision of Rs. 1000 crore (USD 250 million) for Nano Science and Technology initiative. Further, Karnataka Government is also planning to develop a Nano Park and Incubation Center.
Shri. M. Hamid Ansari, H.E. Vice President of India, said, "It is now globally accepted that Nanotechnology is dramatically changing the face of industry and economy and will be a transformative force in the future of India and the world. The theme of 2nd Bangalore Nano, "Nanotechnology in India's future", is timely and relevant. Bangalore Nano has also encouraged budding entrepreneurs with business ideas by bringing them face to face with industry professionals and Venture Capitalists on a common platform to facilitate networking and business interactions. We need more such platforms in the country for various industry and research sectors."
Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India said, "In the area of Nanotechnology, India is in tune with the world. We would be the leader provided we tap the best young talent, particularly from rural India. Nanotechnology, with its own challenges, promises an exciting future for Karnataka and India."
Prof. C.N.R. Rao, conducted a special session "Nano for the Young", which was attended by over three hundred plus students, professors and young scientists from leading colleges like Mount Carmel, JNC, Acharya P S, MVJ Medical, Dayanand Sagar, GKVK to name a few. A Two CD multimedia presentation on Nanotechnology called "NanoWorld" was also released and distributed to all the participants.
Source:Dec 13, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE)