With an aim to inspire young scientific brains and develop material structures using Nanotechnology, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh launched a five-day International hybrid conference on “Nanotechnology for Better Life” (NBL-21) at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar.
The 7th edition of the conference is underway in hybrid mode and over 300 participants from around the country are a part of the conference. The conference is being held under the aegis of Materials Research Society of India along with Anna University, SKUAST-K, NIT Mizoram, SSM College of Engineering, IIT Madras, SKIMS, M G University Kerala, and Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), IIT Delhi.
Addressing the participants at the event, the Union Minister emphasised the need to groom young and emerging scientists to tap scientific potential and temperament at adolescent age and groom them to contribute during the next 25 years before Independent India turns 100.
Dr. Singh gave the example of an 11-year-old Indian-American girl, who has been honored as “America’s top young scientist” for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water using carbon nanotubes”.
Nanotechnology reinforcing drug delivery ecosystem
Commenting on the progress made by India in the domain of Nanotechnology, Dr Singh said Nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems have been applied to intranasal drug ( a route of administration in which drugs are insufflated through the nose) delivery to overcome various limitations that occur during mucosal administration, along with other advances have been made to the stage where effective drug delivery is possible.
He added that the use of non-toxic antiviral nanoparticles has been developed for clinical applications to prevent and combat Covid-19.
Imperativeness of NBL-21
The 7th edition of the biennial International Conference on Nanotechnology for Better Living (NBL-21) aims to provide a vibrant platform to present and discuss path-breaking research ideas in nanotechnologies. The event is an interface between academia and industries, thereby promoting academic and research collaborations.
The event is a synergetic fusion of biological, chemical, physical, natural, agricultural, engineering, and medical sciences. Furthermore, the partner states (J&K and Tamil Nadu) will be taking more initiatives in science and technology for the benefit of the students, scholars, and faculty.
Some of the key pinnacles of NBL 21 are:
1. Lectures by Scientists of top-ranking universities and from renowned speakers
2. Speakers from over 10 countries and participation from 28 states of India
3. Young scientists from more than 75 universities and institutes
4. Association and collaboration of 11 institutions
6. NBL special session on Women in Science and Technology
7. NBL special session for School/UG/PG Students
8. NBL young researcher awards for best work
9. NBL women’s researcher awards in Nanotechnology
10. NBL best teachers award in Basic and Engineering Science