The two-day ‘Indo-Canadian Symposium on Nano-Science and Technology,’ jointly organised by the National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore and McMaster University, Canada, will be inaugurated by Prof. Robert Pelton, Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies and Scientific Director, SENTINEL, McMaster University at Prof. CNR Rao Rostrum, Diamond Jubilee Sports Complex, NIE here on Feb. 20 at 9.30 am.

The primary objective of this International symposium is to provide a platform for the participants from academia, research organisations and industry, who are actively involved in research on Nano-science and Technology, to present results from their ongoing work. This Symposium provides opportunities for the delegates to directly exchange new ideas and applications of Nano-science and Technology to foster business or research initiatives and to find global partners for future collaboration through their poster presentations, abstracts or full papers.

S.R.Subba Rao, Hon. President, NIE, will preside.

The proceedings of the Symposium will be released by Prof. G. U. Kulkarni, Dean - Academic, Chemistry & Physics of Materials Unit on Nano-science at JNCASR, Bangalore.

Prof. John S. Preston, Professor, Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, will be the guest of honour.

The Symposium features plenary talks by leading academic experts in Nano-science and Technology from McMaster University, JNCASR, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and other premier organisations. This is followed by oral presentations by research scholars working in the frontier areas like functional nanocomposites, nano-photonics and nano-electronics, advanced nano materials, synthesis of nanomaterials, nano-fluids, nano-materials for renewable energy applications and commercialisation of nanotechnology.

The Symposium has been organised in association with Ministry of Human Resources Development-World Bank’s Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP) and Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

The Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, Government of Karnataka, has sponsored 35 faculty members of science colleges, science teachers of engineering colleges and faculty members of medical and pharmacy colleges for the Symposium. The mega event, which is of inter-disciplinary nature, is being organised by the Centre for Nanotechnology at NIE headed by Dr. G. L. Shekar, Principal, NIE.

It may be recalled here that NIE has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with McMaster University, Canada, to jointly work in areas of Nano-science, Energy and Water. In this regard, a few faculty members from NIE paid a visit to McMaster University and some of the well-known academicians from McMaster University have visited NIE.

One of the research students of NIE is pursuing Master’s at McMaster University and working on bio-active paper sensors developed by the SENTINEL Solutions under Prof. Robert Pelton. In fact, NIE has taken the responsibility of conducting a pilot study to test the water quality in nearby villages using these bioactive paper sensors.

As part of the academic cooperation, the first Indo-Canadian international Symposium on Nanoscience and Technology is being organised by the Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) at NIE. The valedictory programme will be held on Feb. 21at 5.30 pm.

Prof. Peter Mascher, Professor and William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics, Associate Dean (Research and External Relations), Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University, will deliver the valedictory address.

Prof. Rajasekara Murthy, Emeritus Scientist, National Water Research Institute, Canada, will be the guest of honour. H.N.Ramathirtha, Past President and Director, NIE, will preside over the function.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore