Department of Science & Technology was established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organising, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. DST is the nodal agency for implementing the Nano Mission. Capacity-building in this upcoming area of research will be of utmost importance for the Nano Mission so that India emerges as a global knowledge-hub in this field. For this, research on fundamental aspects of Nano Science and training of large number of manpower will receive prime attention. Equally importantly, the Nano Mission will strive for development of products and processes for national development, especially in areas of national relevance like safe drinking water, materials development, sensors development, drug delivery, etc. For this, it will forge linkages between educational and research institutions and industry and promote Public Private Partnerships. Nano Technology is a knowledge-intensive and "enabling technology" which is expected to influence a wide range of products and processes with far-reaching implications for national economy and development.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma
Secretary to the Government of India
Department of Science and Technology
Prof Sharma is the Secretary of Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Institute Chair Professor & C. V. Seshadri Chair Professor at the prestigious institute. He is also Coordinator, DST Unit on Nanoscience & Center for Environmental Science and Engineering at the institute. He did his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pensylvania State University. He completed his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987.
His research interests are in Soft nanofabrication, Mechanics, patterns and instabilities, Self-organized meso-patterning, Functional and nano-materials, Multiscale MEMS/NEMS & microfluidic systems. Soft interfaces, Carbon micro/nanostructures & composites: Interfacial and colloidal interactions -- areas in which he has published over 200 peer reviewed papers. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Infosys Prize, Distinguished Alumnus Award of IITK, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation, J. C. Bose Fellowship and the Bhatnagar Prize, TWAS Science Prize of the Academy of Science for the Developing World (Triste). He is a Fellow of all the Indian Academies of science and engineering and of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials.