Srinagar: Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology, Tuesday inaugurated a five-day International Conference on Nanotechnology for Better Living at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar on Tuesday.
This is the 7th Edition of the Conference and is being held under the aegis of Materials Research Society of India in association with Anna University, SKUAST-K, NIT Mizoram, SSM College of Engineering, IIT Madras, SKIMS, M G University Kerela, and in collaboration with Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), IIT Delhi. The Conference will be held in hybrid mode and around 300 participants from around the country will take part in it.
Addressing the participants at the event, Dr Singh said that India has taken a giant leap forward in the field of science under the able guidance of Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi. He said that India always had superlative scientific temperament but there was lack of desire to implement it in the past but the gap has now been filled.
Commenting on the progress made by India in the recent years, Dr Singh said that the present dispensation has removed scientific taboos and opened up the field to private players and start-ups. He said that the atomic energy field was shut behind a veil of secrecy and it was only PM Modi who gave the permission to expand India’s nuclear programme.
Dr Singh said that in the past, science and technology could not flourish because of lack of resources but it is happening now and India is emerging as a leading global player since privatisation has been made possible by PM Modi.
The Minister also emphasised the need to groom young and emerging scientists and tap scientific potential and temperament at an early age. He made a mention of an 11-year-old Indian-American girl who has been honoured as “America’s top young scientist” for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water using carbon nano-tubes”.
Dr Singh said that in recent years, nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems have been applied to intranasal drug delivery to overcome various limitations that occur during mucosal administration, and advances have been made to the stage where effective drug delivery is possible. He added that the use of non-toxic antiviral nanoparticles has been developed for clinical applications to prevent and treat Covid-19.
Congratulating NIT Srinagar for holding the Conference, Dr Singh said that the event will provide a vibrant platform to present and discuss path breaking research ideas in nanotechnologies and shall be an interface between academia and industries.
Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman All India Council for Technical Education, who was Guest of Honour on the occasion said that nanotechnology was known to Indians for thousands of years. He said that nano science has utility in many braches of science and the quantum of research being done on the subject has increased manifold in the recent past.
On the occasion, Director NIT Srinagar, Prof Rakesh Sehgal expressed gratitude to Dr. Jitendra Singh for accepting the invitation of the institution on short notice.
He also briefed about history of NIT Srinagar and programs that the institution is offering in different academic fields. Prof Sehgal also urged the honorable minister to assist and facilitate NIT Srinagar in establishing centre of excellence on Advance Material for Multi-functional Applications to achieve Make in India vision of PM Modi.
Registrar NIT Prof. Kaiser Bukhari said the international conference will be a platform for young researchers of the Institute and other participants from across the globe. He also presented a vote of thanks to Dr. Jitendra Singh for accepting the NIT’s request.
Convener of Conference and HOD Physics, Dr. M. A. Shah delivered his lecture on Glimpses of 7th Edition of Biennial International Conference on Nanotechnology for Better Living, highlighting its journey and importance for the region. He said scientists and engineers are finding a wide variety of ways to deliberately make materials at the nanoscale to take advantage of their enhanced properties.