Govt to provide assistance to promote nanotechnology

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) The government today assured all possible help to give a fillip to the emerging science of nanotechnology.

''India should effectively use its skilled pool of human resources to exploit opportunities in the field of nanotechnology, biofuels and water purification,'' Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Secretary Arun Ramanathan said while addressing a seminar on 'Chemical Industry for Global Inclusive Growth', organised by industry chamber CII here today.

Underlining the positive steps taken by the government in this direction, he said it is important to concentrate on nanotechnology as this field of science can govern the demand of many commodities in a fruitful way especially considering the demographic pressure.

''To address energy and clean water needs, industry and various institutions should work in tandem. They should work with research and development centres and educational institutions for inclusive growth,'' Seale and Associates Managing Director Shiv Krishnan.

Citing the example of the US where private equity funds are investing in new sources of energy, he highlighted the need to focus more on renewable sources of energy and diversify into the application of nanotechnology.

''We should focus on renewable energy, clean water, biofuel and nanotechnology and make efforts to benefit people at the bottom of the pyramid,'' Cabot India Ltd Managing Director and CII National Committee on Chemicals Chairman Alok Gupta said.

The Secretary also cautioned against the adverse impact of nanoparticles in the process of development of this discipline.

''We should carry out risk analysis of nanoparticles,'' he said.

He also asked all the concerned authorities in this field to pay attention to the issues of governance of nanotechnology.


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