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The second edition of Bangalore Nano organised by Dept. of IT, BT and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and MM Activ , was organised on 11th – 13th December, 2008. After the notable success of Bangalore Nano 2007, the first major event of its kind in India, the 2nd edition of Bangalore Nano  offered a clear vision of the Nanotechnology Research, Applications and Potential through an International Conference, Exhibition, Children's program – "Nano for the Young", RICH and YESSS programs.

The Event was attended by over 400 delegates consisting of Industry Captains from across sectors, Heads of R & D Organizations & Scientists, leading Investors, Young technocrats and  Multinational Companies.

The technical sessions at the 2nd Bangalore Nano began with the opening address by Professor C N R Rao, Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister of India, followed by highlight lectures and scientific presentations by Prof. Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University and Prof. Dipankar Chakravorty - Indian Association for The Cultivation of Science. Bangalore Nano 2008 is jointly organised by The Department of IT, BT and Science & Technology, Govt. of Karnataka and JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research) and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications at the Grand Ashok Hotel, Bangalore.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor C N R Rao, said, “Nano Technology has tremendous potential and I see lot of young people taking a keen interest in this field. In India, in spite of the economic slowdown, science & technology has done well and has shown steady growth. In the past year or so many positive developments have taken place in the NanoTech field. Even though science is not very attractive monetarily, many youngsters have shown great interest in R&D.
The future seems very exciting with large scale applications waiting to happen in NanoTech.”

Presenting a highlight lecture on the future and challenges in engineering at the nanoscale
Prof. Pulickel M. Ajayan, said, “The status of India has gone up in recent times. There are good investments coming-in and many youngsters are being motivated towards science & nanotech. The major challenge facing the Nano industry is nanoengineering. One of the best examples is the Carbon Nano tube. The various approaches that have been taken to develop applications using carbon nano tubes are a blend of the traditional top-down approach and the bottom-up approach, but there are several bottle necks in that approach.”

Prof. Dipankar Chakravorty spoke on his recent findings on composites containing nanocore shell, nanowires and nanosheet structures.

The various topics that were addressed in the 2nd Bangalore Nano 2008 are - Nano Biotechnology Health & Pharma industry & manufacturing, Nano food & agriculture, Chemicals & Nano materials, ICT & Electronics Energy, Environment & Greentech. A panel discussion was held on Nano Vision & Nano Mission.

A special program for children "Nano for the Young” was organized on December 12, 2008, and more than 500 students from engineering & medical colleges across the Bangalore were addressed by Prof. C.N.R. Rao along with leading Sceintists – Prof.A.K.Sood, IISc & Prof. K.N. Ganesh, IISER,  at a special session on Nanotechnology The Panel of experts shared with them the key aspects of Nanotechnology an d the excitement that lies in Nano research. A 30 minute video on Nanotechnology designed and developed by JNCASR was also screened on this occasion.

The 2nd Bangalore Nano 2008 features a Poster Session, where-in young Scientists and Researchers are given the opportunity to share their Innovations and Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology with the Industry, Research Institutes and Venture Capitalists. About 75 posters from IITs, NITs, Michigan Technological University, CSIR, NCBS, IISc, JNCASR, AIIMS, etc. were presented during the event.

YESSS & RICH were a highlight of the 2nd edition of Bangalore Nano 2008. The YESS & RICH programs were done in association with Indian Venture Capital Association (IVCA).

Shri. M. Hamid Ansari, H.E. Vice President of India, presented the 2nd Bangalore Nano National Award to Prof. Dipankar Chakravorty, recognizing his awe-inspiring achievements in the field of Nanotechnology during the formal Inaugural function. Also present were
Shri. Rameshwar Thakur
, H.E. Governor of Karnataka, Dr. V.S. Acharya, Honorable Home Minister, Government of Karnataka and Prof. C.N.R. Rao, Chairman, Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India. The 1st Bangalore Nano National Award was conferred to Prof. C.N.R. Rao in 2007.

Reliance Industries Limited was the lead sponsor of the event while Agilent Technologies was the Diamond Sponsor. Exhibitors included Toshniwal Brothers, Future Techno Design, Nanoshel, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and NT-MDT  from Russia. Karnataka Science And Technology Academy, Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd, Karnataka Biotechnology And Information Technology Services and Karnataka Remote Sensing Application Centre also participated in the event.



BANGALORE - The Nano Hub of India 
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Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
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