Faculty-Alumni-Network (FAN) and IIT Bombay jointly organized
an International Workshop on Nanotechnology at IIT Bombay during
January 6-8, 2005. The workshop had 21 high quality presentations
from invited researchers from USA, Australia, Singapore and
by IITB faculty. Over 160 participants attended this workshop.
The oral presentations along with poster presentations at this
workshop highlighting the research activities by IIT Bombay
researchers were in the broad areas of Nanomaterials, Nanobiotechnology,
and Nanoelectronics. The purpose of the workshop was to mainly
identify specific areas where increased collaboration is possible
between the FAN members and the IITB faculty.
One of the major
highlights of the workshop was a session on "Mumbai Initiative
on Nanotechnology" chaired by Dr R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser
to the Govt of India with an inaugural address by him, followed by presentations
by the directors of BARC, TIFR and IIT Bombay. In his address Dr Chidambaram
highlighted the importance of Nanotechnology research for India, and how India
can make a mark in this emerging field. He also highlighted the various national
level initiatives for strengthening research in the area of Nanotechnology and
the steps proposed in this direction. He specifically mentioned the recent initiatives
by the Govt of India in setting up two Centres of Excellence for research in
Nanoelectronics, with one of the centres being located at IIT Bombay. He also
requested the FAN members to share their experiences with similar initiatives
they have been involved in other countries, to shape up the national level programmes.
At the end of the session, a "Charter for the Mumbai Nanotechnology Initiative" was
signed by the three directors who expressed their willingness for strengthening
their collaboration in the area of Nanotechnology.