Bangalore to get Rs 100 crore nano-tech institute

Bangalore would host a Rs 100 crore institute for nano science and technology on a 14-acre campus.

Speaking at the second 'Bangalore Nano 2008' conference, Prof C N R Rao, chairman of Scientific Advisory Council to the prime minister said, work on the institute would begin in a couple of months.

Officers said that the full-fledged institute would focus on research and training in the field of nanotechnology.

Karnataka's Home Minister V S Acharya, standing in for Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who is away in the US, said Bangalore is one of the three places selected for such institutes; the other two being Kolkata and Mohali.

After strides in IT and bio-tech, Karnataka has "warmly hugged nano science and technology," Acharya said.

On the occasion of the nano conference, the Karnataka Government made a proclamation to declare Bangalore as the "Nanocity of India".

The Bangalore Nano Declaration, released on the occasion, said in this pursuit, Government of Karnataka would take every
possible measure to encourage the Research & Development of 'nano science and technology', and create opportunities for the
commercialisation of nanoscience and facilitate development of small, medium and large scale industry committed to

Meanwhile, professor D Chakravorty, Emeritus professor and Indian National Science Academy Honorary Scientist, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, was presented with the Bangalore Nano National Award by the Vice-President M
Hamid Ansari, for his contribution in the field.