BENGALURU: In a bid to boost the scientific temper amongst the students and recraft the image of the city, that he referred to as the 'Knowledge of India', Mr M.R. Seetharam, minister for Planning, Statistics, Science and Technology announced at the 9th edition of Bengaluru India Nano that the state government has planned to establish 25 Science Centres along with 3D planetariums across the state.
“We are establishing the first 3D planetarium with state-of-the-art projection systems in Mangaluru at an estimated cost of Rs. 35.69 crores. This planetarium will be open to the public by January 2018. Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium has been upgraded with a modern projection system at a cost of Rs. 12.00 crores,” he added.
Citing the example of Israel where scientists made a breakthrough in nano science by developing 'nano nose' which can be used to diagnose breast cancer, Bharat Ratna awardee Professor CNR Rao hailed the contribution of nano-technology in the field of medicine. “Any new thing grows from a seed to a tree then it becomes a forest then it becomes a continent. NanoScience is like that,” Prof CNR Rao said.
The two-day Conference where Prof. Ashok K. Ganguli, Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali, Punjab was accorded with the Prof. C.N.R. Rao award, will address the latest trends in Nanotechnology focusing on Nano-sensors, Nano in Energy Sector, Nano Manufacturing & Scalability and Nano-Medicine.
While explaining to the gathering about the importance of nano technology in the world of neuroscience, Prof. Paul S. Weiss, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, California Nano Systems Institute, University of California, mentioned, “With the help of neurotransmitter it can be found how different cells talk to each other.”
Attending her first event after being becoming Chief Secretary, K Ratnaprabha, assured the scholars and researchers that the government would extend all support to them in R&D sector.
The conference has registered 10 international delegates representing their area of expertise alongside 500 students.