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DRDO to set up Rs 500 crore nano foundry in Bangalore or Hyderabad Print E-mail
Written by James   
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Bangalore: The Defence Research and Development Organisation plans to set up a foundry to be located either in Bangalore or in Hyderabad for the development of nano based products.The foundry will be set up in a couple of years at an estimated cost of 500 crores.

Speaking on the inaugural day of Bangalore Nano 2010, Dr W. Selvamurthy,chief controller, R&D, DRDO, said that the project will be designed as a national facility which will include the partnering of IITs and other academic institutions of India and the foundry will be used by both the industry and the academic institutions for research.

DRDO has already invested Rs 200 crore in the initial development of nano technology applications with about 20 defence labs working on nano technologies to create lighter and versatile missiles, efficient weapons, vehicles and propulsion systems for the Armed Forces.

Nano-materials are also being used to develop paints that can camouflage men and materials.Bio-sensors that could revolutionise medical diagnostics and ensure the safety of the soldiers during war are being developed by the Defence Bio-engineering and Electromedical lab at Bangalore. People with considerable experience in nano technology have been hired for the nano projects.

Selvamurthy said that the world market for nanotechnology products was projected to grow from the current $ 300 billion to $ 35,000 billion in the next 30 years. DRDO plans commercialise its nano and other technologies by opening a dialogue with industries.The pharmaceutical company, Cipla,has signed up with DRDO to use its nanotech-based drug delivery system for its inhaler. The Nano particle drug was originally developed for soldiers posted at high altitudes.

Dr W. Selvamurthy, Chief Controller, R&D, DRDO, said, “Nano technology has several applications from agriculture to Defence. So far, academic institutions are working as islands of excellence and they need to work like a continent of excellence. A research in one specialization need not be limited to applications in that specialization. That can contribute a lot in totally different sectors. For example the breakthroughs in various labs under DRDO are not only enhancing the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces, But also contributing to the businesses and public outside the purview of the defence. DRDO has invested Rs. 200 crores exclusively for the nano technology applications. These applications will enhance strength and capabilities of missiles. These outcomes are also highly useful to churn out products in healthcare, medicine, sensors, and energy harvesting.”

Dr. Selvamurthy added, “One of the Labs of DRDO is exclusively working on safety of nanotechnology for individual and environment. Nanocomposite coatings developed by Ahmednagar lab will find uses in several anti corrosive industrial applications. Defence Bioengineering and Electromedical lab of DRDO at Bangalore is developing several biosensors that ensure safety of the soldier in the warfare and those applications can revolutionise medical diagnostics. Very soon, CIPLA is going to take up the production of nano particle drugs that can be directly deposited into lungs, which was originally developed for the soldiers at high altitudes.”

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