Ministry approves Rs195m for nano-technology project

Ministry of Science and Technology has approved a Rs 195.867 million project for research and fabrication of scientific devices by application of nanotechnology.
The project is aimed at strengthening and supporting all the existing nanotechnology projects being carried out in the country, official sources said here on Saturday. The project will also contribute to human resource development by imparting higher education in the area of nano-materials to meet the needs of this emerging sector.

Elaborating the significance of the project, the sources said the products developed after the completion of this project can cater to the needs of telecommunication industry, computer industry and defence production industry and also have considerable export potential.
An important aspect of this project will be the indigenous production of semi-conductor, the sources said and added the semi- conductor industry is indispensable for a sustainable process of industrialization and for saving foreign exchange as it supplies the basic components of telecommunication and electronics industry. The multi-faceted utility of the nanotechnology has been well recognized as Rs. 3.2 billion have been allocated for new-materials & nanotechnology in the Medium Term Development Framework (2005-2010).
Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) will execute the project within three years.
The Ministry and its attached organizations are spearheading government’s efforts to introduce and develop nanotechnology in the country. Government has recently constituted a National Commission for Nano-science and Nanotechnology (NCNST) which reflects the interest being taken in research and development of nano-materials, the sources added.

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