IISc plans incubation centres for micro, nanotechnology

To foster micro and nano technologies, the IISc’s Centre for Nano Science & Engineering (CNSe) plans to set up incubation centres within its campus.

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is the nodal agency co-ordinated by CNSe.

According to IISc professor and CNSe head, Rudra Pratap, the plan is to build an ecosystem by establishing incubation centres both inside and outside the campus. “We plan to assist 20 new companies and raise the number gradually. The proposal has been sent to MCIT, which is working out details of support to the IISc,” he said.

Experts will interact with startups to provide knowledge and expertise. They will be given access to IISc’s nano fabrication facility, the largest in the country, spread over 14,000 square feet.

The focus will be on development of sensors and sensor technology. The CNSe will concentrate on building prototypes of sensors for a variety of tasks from sensing an approaching vehicle to monitoring noise levels in the City, enabling people to lead a quality life. 

Once the prototypes are ready, it will be productised in three to five years’ time. The long-term plan is to have sensors in bio-medical, health and energy fields.

Scientists say that if 300 companies are developed over 10 years, a very solid ecosystem for nano sciences and technology would have been developed. According to Pratap, the endeavour is be to be among the top ecosystems globally.

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