Science has revolutionized the human existence. Nanotechnology, which deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules is one of the greatest wonders of the modern science. The efficient use of science and technology in the Punjab state, has been contributing towards its transformation into a global village.
The Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology was established on 3rd January, 2013 in contrast to the National mission on Nano science and Technology, which visions development and growth in the country with the outreach of Nano science and technology. It is an autonomous institute supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Adjacent to Indian Institute of Science and Education (IISER), The Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology (INST) has a campus at the Habitat Centre in Sector – 64, Phase 10, Mohali, Punjab which shall be moved to a permanent campus for the state of art laboratories in the next 3- 4 years under the responsiveness of the Punjab government. The institute has been operating efficiently under the proficient guidance of Professor Ashok K Ganguli, the first director of INST.
The Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology provides a platform to various biologists, chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers to canvass about the diverse and rapidly accelerating areas of Nanoscience and technology with precise emphasis on the areas of agricultural nanotechnology, sensors, medical nanotechnology, and microfluidics based technologies. INST even inculcates nanotechnology based solutions for energy and environment of Nano biotechnology.
Being managed by a proficient Board of Governors, academicians, researchers and administrators, The Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology is headed by Professor CNR Rao of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur, Bangalore. INST has been contributing evidently towards various National Societal Programmes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Smart cities, Swasth Bharat, Smart villages, Make in India, supporting the strategic sector and Clean and renewable energy through scientific and technological support in contrast to the requirements of these programmes.
The vision of The Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology is, “To emerge as a globally competitive India’s foremost research institution in Nano science and Technology and to contribute to the society through application of Nanoscience and nanotechnology in the field of agriculture, medicine, energy and environment.”
Needless to say, with the establishment of Indian Institute of Nanoscience and Technology the research activity in Nano Science and Technology has been enhanced. Advanced training programmes, courses and laboratory techniques has contributed in resource building and fostering interactions between the learners and the leading scientists of Nano Science and Technology from all over the globe. Transforming into a world class research institute, INST has been successful in sensitizing the public and media regarding the advantages, and the need to safeguard the science and technology to a large extent. The visionary research institute has provided a considerable shift in the Nanoscience and technology paradigm.