The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest
Posted: December 9, 2006
India moves towards military nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) The Indian Express reports today that the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India will be making use of the Agharkar Research Institute's (ARI) expertise in nanotechnology for the defence establishment. The work, which is to begin soon, will see the ARI providing nanoparticles to the defence establishment.
This was stated by Prof Hari Gopal, senior scientist, DST on the concluding function of the diamond jubilee of ARI.
At ARI to inaugurate its Rs 3-crore new microbiological laboratory, Hari Gopal said that the government has approved filling up of 20 posts at the ARI.
Dr VS Rao, director, ARI said that the new lab will start functioning from next year and will help bring all the works of microbiology that are now scattered, under one roof.
The institute will also add up new staff to increase its efficiency in different fields of molecular biology, stem cell research, pharmacology, nanotechnology.
The Indian Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has undertaken certain initiatives for making the country self-sufficient in a number of strategic materials, e.g. technology for fullerenes and carbon nanotubes which have potential applications in stealth, smart materials and nanoelectronics have been initialized.