India to emerge as global hub in nano research: S

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Bangalore, Nov 3 (UNI) Union Science and Technology Secretary T Ramasamy today said that India will emerge as the hub for advanced research in nano materials due to advantages like availability of superior brain power and cost effective environment for research.

Speaking to newspersons at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) where he held talks with scientists and state government officials to finalise the setting up of country's first 'Nano Centre' in the city, he said that many of the advanced countries were looking at India to take up Research and Development of nano materials as the country offered them most conducive atmosphere to take up such advanced studies.

"We have the people who are capable of taking up high-end research and they come at a very reasonable cost compared to the developed countries. This will work to our advantage and the Country will emerge as the major destiny for nano research. The Union government want to spur such technological partnerships for mutual benefit," he said.

He said the major Institutes taking up scientific research had made the country proud and JNCAR was an example. The Institute, which was in the forefront in the research of nano materials, had provided the value for investment and was on par with world standards coming out with an average of 8.8 scientific papers per scientist.

"One must agree that output per scientist has been very good in premier research organisation in our country. There are about 50 to 60 groups engaged in nano research in the country and about 15-16 of them are doing very good work. We want this number to go up to at least 75 groups in the near future. The government is ready to provide necessary help. Funding of projects on development of nanotechnology will not be a problem," he added.

He said research pattern indicated that India can reach new heights in nano research in the fields of materials and biology.

"These are the two main paths before and are the trend world over.

Timely initiatives by the Centre and contributions of scientists like Prof CNR Rao will help country achieve better results," he said.

He said leading nations in nano research were losing ground to emerging countries. The US which was the leader in nano research had now been overtaken by Asia with major strides made by the countries like Japan, China, Korea and India.

However, more investment need to be infused into scientific research in the country and the scientist-population ratio should improve. The US invested 325 billion dollars in scientific research and development per annum, while Japan spent 150 billion dollars.

India had to do better as it was presently spending only Seven billion dollars. Similarly the scientist-people ratio stood at 157:one million in India, while it was 6500:1m in Finland and 4500:1m in the US, he added.

UNI

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