The country is getting set for a Nanotechnology Regulatory Board to regulate industrial nanotech products used in everyday life.
“Indian industries are coming out with various nanotechnology products such as water filters, biomedical products, several chemicals, cosmetics and paints. We are therefore in the process of forming guidelines to regulate the products for the safety and benefit of the society,” said professor C.N.R Rao, chairman of the Nano Mission Council.
Rao, who was at the International Conference on Nanoscience and technology at IIT-Bombay on Thursday, said the Board will probably be formed next month.
It was in May 2007 that the mission on nanoscience and technology — Nano Mission — under the Department of Science and Technology was launched with a five-year allocation of Rs 1,000 crore. “The steep increase in the allocation speaks volumes on the importance given by the government to nanoscience and technology,” said Praveen Asthana, Nano Mission director.
Apart from starting MSc and Mtech programmes in some institutions, the Mission also aims to create an interdisciplinary culture for nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
Srikumar Banerjee, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission said in western India, facilities such as Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, IIT-B, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the University of Mumbai are working together on research and development in nanotechnology.
Over 615 delegates including 70 from abroad are participating in the three-day conference that is hosting deliberations on technology of medicine among other things.