Nano Technology

Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at atomic or molecular level. It is rapidly progressing multidisciplinary subject, which is the result of interdisciplinary cooperation between physics, chemistry, biotechnology, material sciences and engineering towards studying assemblies of atoms and molecules. More than in other domains, the nanotechnology requires the integration of many scientific, engineering and technical disciplines and competences. Applications of nanotechnology will penetrate nearly all sectors and spheres of life (communication, health, labor, mobility, housing, relaxation, energy, food) and will be accompanied by changes in the social, economic, ethical and ecological spheres. The size dependent properties of Nano-materials and the ability to measure manipulate and organize material on the nano_scale may have significant implications on existing disciplines.

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Currently, total global investments in Nanotechnology are about € 5 billion, out of which € 2 billion comes from private sources. The Lux Research, a firm that specializes in analyzing emerging technologies, estimates that by 2015 more than USD 2.5 trillion worth of nanotechnology‐enabled goods will be produced, an increase from USD 147 billion in 2007. This growth is being driven by a diverse range of players. Large publicly traded chemical, personal products, and food companies, such as DuPont, L’Oreal and Unilever respectively. The corresponding industries will require about 2 million workers in nanotechnology, and about three times as many jobs in supporting activities. These estimates were based on a broad industry survey and analysis in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia, and continue to hold in 2005.

Indian government has invested Rs. 1000 crores in order to promote, encourage and establish Nanotechnology education, research and industries. National Foundation of Indian Engineers has under taken the study on status of nanotechnology in Indian industry and academic/R &D Labs in 2008 and identified various industries, academic institutions and R & D labs that are engaged in the nanotechnology activities. There is a great scope for Nanotechnology in agriculture, drug delivery, healthcare including water purification system, bio defense, electronics, biotechnology, energy sector including battery, solar cells, metallurgy and materials, chemicals, communication, fertilizers, pesticides, cosmetics and food technology.

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In this regard, being Bangalore projected as hub for Nanotechnology, there is great need in the state to establish M. Tech., course in Nano-science and Technology, which is highly multidisciplinary course. This course is to train the students from the selected science and engineering background and develop them as highly skilled manpower in Nano-science and Technology to lead and serve the needs of the country’s R &D centers, industries and academics. For this purpose rigorous educational and research training will be provided to students. In addition, collaborations with R & D centers and Industry all over the country would be made to facilitate the students with R & D and Industry exposure.
After this course students will be able to find better placements in Academic/Research and industries in their own areas with specialization in Nano-science and technology.

Course Outline
Degree: M. Tech., in Nanotechnology
Duration: Two Years (4 Semesters, last semester is for project work)
No. Seats: 25 seats
Start: 2012-13

Eligibility Criteria: B.E./B.Tech. or Equivalent in Biotechnology, Bio-medical, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Electronics & Communication, Mechanical Engineering , Metallurgy, Medical Electronics, Polymer Science, Silk Technology, Telecommunications and Textiles.

Contact person:
Dr. Dinesh Rangappa,
Special Officer, Center for Nanotechnology,
Center for Post Graduate studies,
Visvesvaraya Technological University
Bangalore Regional Centre,
#31, 3 rd Floor,ATCT Builiding, Albert Victor Road,
Chamarajpet 1st Main, Bengaluru -560018.
Email: dinesh.rangappa@vtu.ac.in
dineshrangappa@gmail.com