BU to set up Nanotechnology Centre

BU to set up Nanotechnology Centre

At present the BU offers courses through the Department of Nanotechnology, which was established in 2006.fsetting up of the second centre for research at BU.

AFTER setting up the DRDO-BU Centre for Life Sciences, the Bharathiar University is now planning to establish a Centre for Nanotechnology in its premises.

A team comprising Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Prof. C Swaminathan and Sivathanu Pillai, CEO of Brahmos, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), met Deputy Chief Minister M.K Stalin in this regard on Friday.

At present the BU offers courses through the Department of Nanotechnology, which was established in 2006. However, the proposed centre will be dedicated purely to research.

According to the VC, it will be a full-fledged research centre with state of the art equipment and infrastructure. Research on nanotechnology is the NEED of the hour, so the centre will be set up in cooperation with the Cen-tral Government, DRDO and state government, he said. BU sources expect the state government will give its nod soon for the proposal.

Research on nano materials for physical application, like sensors or drug delivery, would be one of the focus areas of the Centre, said a professor, who added if the proposal is okayed, it would lead to the setting up of the second centre for research at BU.

Another proposal is to set up a Defence Centre for joint and strategic logistics to provide support across the national security enterprises.

“The aim is to develop joint logistic education capabilities and to support analytical and research efforts among, the armed forces and other paramilitary forces,” the VC said.

Over 20 courses are being planned as part of the program, for which preliminary discussion has been held with officers from Defence Staff College in Wellington, Air Force Administrative College and INS Agrani in Coimbatore and Air Force station at Sulur.

Some of the proposed courses were defence acquisition management, defence leadership, sensors and data fusion, forensic archaeology and anthropology, guided weapon systems and information management and security.

The VC also said the varsity had developed bolometer for night vision cameras and anthropometric database for recruiting personnel for Air Force and other para military forces.