India Needs to Improve on Nano Tech, Says Defence Minister Aide
09th December 2015 07:01 AM
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VISAKHAPATNAM: “India is weak in Nano and Sensor Technology which has to be properly improved and built,” said Dr VK Aatre, former DG of DRDO, DG ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Ministry. He inaugurated a seminar at YVS Murthy Auditorium here Tuesday on Smart Sensors and Systems (S2S-N15), organised by the department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering, and Institute of Smart Structures and Systems, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Addressing the students, Dr Aatre said that there were people who said that Nano technology creates many problems but nothing comes without risk and we cannot do without technology. “Science can be used and abused,” he added. “Nano and Sensor technology now plays a major role in medical field and a dominant role in health monitoring systems,” said Dr Aatre. Predicting the next generation technology, he said that there would come a day when everyone would wear a wrist watch which could regulate our health and human impulsions. He said that science had improved in such a way that you cannot distinguish between a human and a robot.
He suggested the younger generation to know about the history of science, become the next generation scientists using technology for the good of society, especially global warming, an issue to be solved, and Nano technology which affects the way of living, health and use of gadgets. Later a souvenir was released by Dr Aatre.
AU vice-chancellor GSN Raju, DRDO’s former DG V Bhujanga Rao, IISC Prof S Mohan, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant GM (Automation) K Sairam Kumar, Instrument Technology HoD Prof DV Rama Koti Reddy, AUCE Principal Prof Ch V Rama Chandra Murthy and seminar convener Daisy Rani spoke.
‘Nano technology holds great promise’
December 9, 2015 05:43 IST
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Micro and nano technologies are like a double-edged sword, which not only hold the greatest promise but also potential danger at the same time. Budding scientists have to be alive to the emerging challenges as also to the technological innovations taking place across the world, opined V.K. Aatre, former Director-General of DRDO.
“The innovations taking place in the field of nano technology will have a tremendous impact on human life and one cannot wish them away. The day may not be far off when all of us will carry wrist watches (bands) to continuously monitor our own health. It could take two or three decades but I am confident that it will happen sooner than later,” Dr Aatre told The Hindu on the sidelines of a seminar on ‘Smart sensors and systems (S2S – N15)’ organised jointly by the Department of Instrument Technology, Andhra University College of Engineering, and the Institute of Smart Structures and Systems, IISc, Bengaluru, here on Tuesday.
Silicon lockets, developed by IIT-Bombay using nano technology less than a decade ago, are already in use to continuously monitor the heart activity (ECG) of the wearer. These silicon lockets are lighter and convenient than the Holter monitors, which were in use for long.
“Does man have the wisdom to use science for the benefit of mankind?” One cannot wish away technology but has to use it in a judicious way to avail of its benefits. Saying that it was unfortunate that India was very weak in sensor and actuator technologies, Dr. Aatre called upon students to come up with innovative ideas in these areas.