BANGALORE: Nano technology is the buzzword in science circles of late. Amidst the State government’s efforts to make Bangalore a hub for nano research, the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has received a major research grant of $3.25 million towards material research.
The angel investment has come from Sheikh Saud, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This amount will be spread over a period of six years for carrying out materials research at the JNCASR. The donation will see the establishment of a state-of-the-art building which will be named Sheikh Saqr Laboratory and will be a part of the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS).
Speaking to Express, A N Jayachandra, Senior Administrative Officer, JNCASR, said, “The laboratory will be completed in one-and-a-half years. We want this to be state-of-the-art lab. The money will be used to buy all necessary equipment. The laboratory will also support research by young people in addition to senior scientists.”
The Sheikh Saqr Laboratory will be headed by noted scientist and head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Prof C N R Rao, the director of the ICMS.