It has always been the goal to make CeNSE facilities available to industry and to work in collaboration with industry. For example, CeNSE has taken the unique initiative of establishing an Industry Affiliate Program, through which established Indian and Multinational companies such as Centum Electronics, Unilever, SanDisk, Bharat Electronics, and L&T work in partnership with CeNSE. Encouraged by the experience, CeNSE is now very keen to become, and be a part of, the acclaimed high-tech start-up ecosystem in the Bengaluru region. Indeed, several notable start-ups have been seeded by CeNSE faculty and alumni. It is our mission to develop a program through which high-tech entrepreneurs make CeNSE part of “their laboratory”.
Given the ambience and excitement created by the Make in India and Start Up India initiatives of the Government of India, and the great success of the INUP, it appears very timely - and a very “natural corollary” to the highly successful INUP - to include industry, especially startups, under the “INUP umbrella” as well.
The National Symposium on Nano Science and Technology 2017 (NSNST-2017) is therefore aimed at bringing industry, startups, national labs and academia together to spark fruitful collaboration, involving CeNSE, in the broad domain of nanoscience and technology. Accordingly, the three-day Symposium includes not only tutorials and lectures by outstanding experts from industry and academia, but also “Thematic Clusters” in which you – the participants – will meet in groups to “think up” brand new ideas and initiatives. These may lead to collaboration on projects of mutual interest, solutions to nagging problems in industry and, hopefully, to new startups and new products that meet society’s needs. That is why the India Electronics and Semiconductors Association (IESA) is co-sponsoring the Symposium.
To ensure that the Symposium is successful in its goals of establishing collaborations between the participants and CeNSE, and among the participants themselves, through the various “Cluster Meetings” to be held on July 3rd and 4th, we would like to ask the likely participants to attend a “Pre-Symposium” meeting. At this meeting, the different Clusters will be “seeded”, if not formed entirely. (This is because participants from outside Bengaluru may not be able to attend this Pre-Symposium meeting.) Efforts will be made to have Skype call-in so that Participants from outside Bengaluru can also express their interests and preferences. It is proposed to hold the pre-Symposium meeting well in advance, probably on weekend, to understand the research need in the themes proposed.
Benefits of attending NSNST-2017: Projects of mutual interest in purview of Make in India, and Startup India may be undertaken at CeNSE for successful execution. CeNSE offers training to industry participants in cleanroom and characterization facilities at nominal rates.
Fittingly, the Symposium will be inaugurated by a senior representative of the Govt. of Karnataka (to be announced soon on the NSNST website). The GoK has recently provided a grant to CeNSE to establish a Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in Nanotechnology. Given this very favourable background, we are confident that your participation in NSNST will add to the strength of the “Start-up wind” blowing in Bengaluru and carry it in the direction of nanotechnology.