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Bengaluru, NFAPost: The 12th edition of the three-day Bengaluru-India Nano Summit is being held for the first time in virtual mode from March 7 to 9, 2022.

As many as 10 countries, including Japan, Canada, Israel, Germany and Netherlands will be participating in the summit being organised on the theme, “Nano Technology for Stable Growth.”

Briefing journalists on the meet in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Higher Education, IT/BT and Science and Technology Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will be inaugurating it while Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship as well as Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekar will preside over the function.

A unique feature of this year’s Bengaluru-India Nano Summit, in which 5 leading IT industries will be taking a leading part, is the tutorial model programme for students for 1-hour duration on March 9. C N Ashwath Narayan said the total trade turnover of the Nano Sector was $75 million at
present and is expected to touch $300 million by 2028.

The minister said the combined efforts of Nano Science, Bio-Technology and Health Sciences were mainly responsible for saving lives of large number of people during the havoc caused by the Corona pandemic all over the world.

As many as 25 full-scale symposia with over 75 domain experts are being held. There will be 40 exhibition stalls and over 4,000 delegates will be participating. Nano Medicine, Nano Photonics, Nano Textiles and Hydrogen are the main subjects of the symposia and the summit will be focusing on Start-Ups, Major, Medium and Small industrial enterprises as well as venture capital.

The Karnataka government will be conferring Nano Excellence Award and CNR Rao Awards to five young achievers presently doing their Ph.D. in Nano Science, the minister said.

An added attraction of this year’s summit is the “Nano for Young” and Nano Quiz programmes for the students in which 650 students from 23 States and 5 Union Territories have already registered, said C N Ashwath Narayan.

The minister explained that Nano Science and Technology were key factors in the future and the State Government is giving priority. As many as 1,500 colleges in the State have been granted Rs 200 crore from the Government’s Science and Technology Vision Group to encourage research besides scholarships of Rs 1,000 each to talented students interested in science, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Karnataka Government Vision Group on Nanotechnology Chairman Prof. Navakanta Bhat said the theme for this year’s event is Nanotech for Sustainable Future and the event aims to enable innovations focusing on sustainable future for decades to come.

“This can be achieved by youngsters. Hence, we have many exciting sessions for youngsters- Nano for the Young and National Nanotech Quiz. Nanotech Quiz which was held for the first time witnessed phenomenal response with participation from 23 states and 5 union territories,” said Karnataka Government Vision Group on Nanotechnology Chairman Prof. Navakanta Bhat.

Speaking on the occasion, Bengaluru India Nano 2022 Conference Executive Committee Chairman Prof. Ajay Sood said the Conference Sessions will focus on application of Nanotechnology across various sectors like Medicine, Manufacturing, Electronics, Hydrogen Economy, Food & Agriculture, Textile, etc.

“The Plenary Speakers are Prof. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, USA; Prof. Xiaodong Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Prof. Peidong Yang, University of California, USA and Prof. S. Swaminathan, SASTRA Deemed University, India. This year the Tutorials which are the sessions that not only inform but educate, will focus on Nano Fabrication, Bottom-Up Synthesis, Characterization Tools, and Nano Biology,” said Bengaluru India Nano 2022 Conference Executive Committee Chairman Prof. Ajay Sood.

Additional Chief Secretary of Science and Technology Department EV Ramana Reddy, Nano Technology Vision Group Chairman Prof Navakant Bhat, Summit Chairman Prof Ajay Kumar Sood, Science and Technology Department Director Basavaraj and Jagadish Patankar were among those present.

Speaking on the occasion, Karnataka Department Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T; Department of Commerce & Industries Additional Chief Secretary E V Ramana Reddy said after IT, Biotech and Deeptech, the state government believes that Nanotech is the future technology.

“That is why Government of Karnataka started this event in 2007, and we are proud to host now the 12th edition this year. This event is acting as a global platform for convergence of Research, Academia, and Industry to explore the emerging opportunities in this sunrise Industry,” said Karnataka Department Electronics, IT, Bt and S&T; Department of Commerce & Industries Additional Chief Secretary E V Ramana Reddy.

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