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INUP (Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program) is a joint program run by CeNSE, IISc and IIT Bombay for accelerating research and development in nanoelectronics in India. The program, funded by the Department of Information Technology (DeitY), the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Govt. of India, was launched in 2008 and is now in its second five-year phase. The program provides hands-on-training to qualified and motivated researchers in the academia at the two state-of-the-art facilities, where they may subsequently carry out research projects selected on a competitive basis. Experienced technologists and domain experts assist them, making it possible for aspirants in even remote corners of India to be engaged in very current R&D.

The goals of INUP are:

  • To promote research in the field of Nanoelectronics
  • To provide hands-on-training in Nanoelectronics research to academic investigators from around India
  • To provide access to sophisticated facilities for carrying out research projects of current interest
  • To provide a platform for researchers to benefit from complementary expertise
  • To motivate academics to establish/enhance research programs in their home institutions

Levels of training offered under INUP:

1. The Familiarization Workshop

During the “Familiarization Workshop”, participants learn about the basics of nanoscience and technology and about the essential research methods and practice in Nanofabrication and Characterization.

2. Hands–on Training Workshop

INUP Participants in the Clean Room at CeNSE During “Hands on Training”, participants undergo training in the clean room. They learn about the methods and practices of Nanofabrication by using equipment in the clean room to make and test basic micro/nano devices.

3. Execution of Projects

The very philosophy INUP is to enable researchers from all across the country to carry out their research work without avoidable delays and worries about securing funding for expensive equipment and supplies. After receiving hands-on training, researchers are encouraged to submit their proposals electronically for any of the following three types of interactions. Short-term proposals are for maximum of 3 months and medium-term interactions may extend from 3 to 24 months. The third type of interaction, lasting from 2 to 5 years, requires collaboration with the faculty of IISc on projects jointly proposed and externally funded. In addition to the above, there is a possibility for requesting one-time services. Proposals are reviewed promptly by domain experts, who work closely with researchers to refine proposals where required. Academic researchers without project funding may access the facilities free of cost. The program also offers similar opportunities to researchers from the industry, on a cost-sharing basis.

More details regarding the program can be found at : http://www.inup.cense.iisc.ac.in/.

Neighbouring Countries Workshop (3rd February 2016)

Over the past few years, India’s role in promoting and assisting development in the neighbouring countries has increased substantially. In this regard, Centre for Nano science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science had conducted the 1st Special Training Course in Nanofabrication Technologies for neighbouring countries. Twenty six scientists from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Maldives participated in the Course that was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. The objective of this special course was to train scientists on both the theoretical and practical aspects of nano-fabrication technologies, “starting from the cleaning of wafers to the packaging of devices".

The training program was held into parts:

  1. Basics of Nano Science and Technology: Lectures by faculty members provided an overview of various aspects of nano science and technology.
  2. Practical Hands-on Training: 
           Participants were provided with practical training in the National Nano Fabrication Facility (NNfC) and the Micro and Nano Characterisation Facility (MNCF) at CeNSE. The participants aimed hands-on training via the following two distinct modules.
    1. Fabrication of a MEMS cantilever.
    2. Fabrication of a silicon solar cell, together with practical training in the MNCF.