Nanotechnology Programme has been concentrating mainly on following to make India a front runner in the field of Nanotechnology.
- Infrastructure for Research and Development / Institutional capacity building
- Human Resource Development in the Area of Nano-Electronics
- Development of Nano devices/sub-system/system for various applications
A major initiative has been taken to create the Nanoelectronics Centres at various places in India to provide access to professional expertise, training and development, supporting collaborations.
Centres of Excellence in Nanoelectronics
Centre for Excellence in Nanoelectronics (CEN) has been established in multiple domains at IISc, IIT-B, IITM, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati and IIT Delhi with the state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities of international standards providing a catalyst for ambitious research initiatives in area of Nanoelectronics to accelerate research and development activities in new areas of nanoelectronics, nano-materials and nano-structures and integrated sensor system, and to generate a critical mass of highly trained manpower to propel these areas.
In addition to this, other state of art facilities created by MeitY includes Nano Fabrication Prototyping Facilities for SMEs and Start-ups in the area of MEMS & NEMS at IIT Bombay, Nano-metrology at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi and Development of MBE Cluster Tools for the epitaxial growth at IIT Kharagpur.
Indian Nanoelectronics User Programme -Idea to Innovation (INUP-i2i) at IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Guwahati
Indian Nanoelectronics User Programme (INUP), a flagship programme of MeitY initiated in 2008 at IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore, after the successful completion of Phase I (2008-2014) and Phase II (2014-2019), has now been initiated with the new name as “Indian Nanoelectronics Users’ Programme - Idea to Innovation (INUP-i2i)” in 2021at the CENs of IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Guwahati to take the ‘open national nanocenters’ concept to the next stage, while retaining the key aspects of training at different levels introduced in INUP. The important highlights of the projects include: educating the researchers from all over the country in fundamentals of nanoelectronics, hands-on-training in nanoelectronics, mentorship in short term and mid term R&D projects in the area, mentorship of the collaborating institutes and start-ups. In addition, industrial training is also being provided under the project. Grand challenges/Hackathons are being conducted to get the societal problems form R&D in nanoelectronics