Kharagpur/Kolkata: Speedy commercialisation of nano-technology, the field of the future, is needed to help India play a greater role in the global market, President A.P.J Abdul Kalam said on 17 May.
“The main focus should be speedy commercialisation to fit into the global market. The time is now ripe since our economy is in the ascending phase and the manufacturing sector has established adequate capacity to promote rapid commercialisation of products,” Kalam said at a function at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
“Now, nano-technology is knocking at our doors. It is the field of the future that will replace micro electronics and many fields with tremendous application potential in the areas of medicine, electronics and material science.”
The scientist-turned-president pointed out that the country missed the micro-electronic revolution in the 1970s and had not set up good commercial production facilities for products like LCDs, allowing nations like Taiwan and South Korea to become world leaders in the manufacture of these items.
“We never produced an indigenous aircraft until very recently,” he said. “We should not repeat this again in areas like nano-technology.”
He suggested that the government should set apart sufficient funds on a non-lapsable basis for the commercialisation of nano-technology and industries should take the lead in such ventures.
The convergence of nano, bio and information technologies will lead to new generation aerospace devices and products, Kalam said.