Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) visited ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai
Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) visited ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

8th December 2014, Mumbai

Shri  R. Rajagopal (IAS), Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) visited ICAR-Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai and inaugurated a training programme on “Basics of Nanotechnology & its Application” being organized from 8 – 12 December, 2014.


Shri Rajagopal emphasized that ICAR-CIRCOT should take the industry funded projects to solve their problems as the Institute has good facilities which can be capitalized and farmer friendly technologies need to be developed. He also launched the ICAR-CIRCOT’s new website and released a book on “Basics of Nanotechnology and its Application”. He visited the major laboratories like spinning, electrospinning, microscopy, XRD, fabric handle evaluation lab, plasma lab, nanocellulose pilot plant and other facilities of the Institute.

Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT briefed about the major achievements of the institute in the field of nanotechnology, nanofinishing of textiles & nanocellulose based composites during the past decade and its probable impact in Agriculture and other industries.

Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, Senior Scientist and Course Director highlighted the research activities being carried out in the Institute, expertise and state-of-the-art facilities established; and mentioned that this is the seventh training programme in the field of Nanotechnology.

The objectives of this training programme are to acquaint participants with basics of nanotechnology, to impart hands-on training in preparation and characterization of nanomaterials and demonstrate their application in textiles, composites and agriculture. During this programme participants will acquire first hand experience on experimentation, including synthesis, characterization of nanoparticles and their applications, toxicology and safety standards to be followed in nanotechnology.

Twelve delegates from Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra participated in the training programme.

(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai)