Thiruvanthapuram, Dec 6: Nanotechnology is a very relevant area of science for India has been providing promising answers to a large number of problems in health, engineering, new materials, environment and medicine, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy said today.
He was speaking at the inauguration of an interactive meeting of scientists and delegates on the second day of the three-day Indo-German conference on Laser Applications and Nanoscience here today.
Lasers and nano materials are proving to be of immense significance in the healthcare sector, he said. “Various types of lasers are extensively and successfully used in medical diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical therapy,” he said.
He said the scientific contacts established individually and institutionally between the two countries will benefit both countries and the society as a whole.
The conference which concludes on December 7, is organised by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) in collaboration with the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Sciences, under the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), the Goethe Zentrum and The Humboldt Club, Thiruvananthapuram.
Prof V N Rajasekharan Pillai, the Executive Vice President of KSCSTE and the Ex-officio Principal Secretary Department of Science and Technology, Kerala, said talks are on with German research institutions on the possibility of collaborative projects in three key areas – biodiversity and climate change; Ayurveda and traditional knowledge in Kerala; and Nano Materials and Nano Medicine.
He said research in Kerala has seen a paradigm shift in the last three years, and the state has extended its long list of scientific and R&D institutions. This includes the State Innovation Council and SRIBS, which is a capacity building initiative for science students and teachers.
The Chief Minister was presented with the first copy of a special edition of the Asian Journal of Physics by the editor-in-chief of the journal Dr V K Rastogi.
Dr. Monika Sharma, Senior Program officer, DFG, India, delivered the welcome address and
Prof. K. P. Rajappan Nair, proposed thanks.
Prof (Dr. Joseph Francis, President of the Humbolt Club of Kerala and Shri Syed Ibrahim, Director, Goethe-Zentrum, were among those present at the function.