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Kalam wants 'Made in India' nano products

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) Giving a big push to nanotechnology in India, President APJ Abdul Kalam today urged scientists and industrialists to combine forces for bringing world-class 'Made in India' nano products in the global market in the next four years.

''We missed the revolution in micro electronics in the 70s.

We must grab the opportunities in nanotechnology now,'' said Dr Kalam while inaugurating the Indo-US Nanotechnology Conclave here.

The President's enthusiasm was understandable, after all he conceived India's National Nanotechnology Mission almost two years ago. It may be early days for nanotechnology in the country, but with the world market for nanotechnology products expected to reach 28 billion dollars in just two years from the present 7 billion dollar, India has to act fast was the message from Dr Kalam, himself a top scientist.

People-oriented and cost-effective nanotechnology products are one of the priority areas listed by him specifically for the country. Indian scientists have already invented nano products like carbon nano tube water filters by the Benares Hindu University, a typhoid detection kit by a defence laboratory in Gwalior and a drug delivery system by the Delhi University, he said.

''India should be able to bring world-class nanotechnology products in the global market within the next four years,'' Dr Kalam said at the two-day conclave attended by scientists and corporate leaders from India and the United States.

The President, however, cautioned the scientific community against repeating the mistake in the 70s when Taiwan and South Korea beat India to commercially produce LCD screens though the Raman Research Institute had made ''good progress'' in the area.

Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and Prof. CNR Rao, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government, were among those who attended the meeting.

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