TERI launches nanobiotechnology networking platforms with Deakin University, Department of Biotechnology

TERI, Deakin University, and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Environment, Govt of India, launched two joint nanobiotechnology networking initiatives – Nanobiotech@DBT and DTD-RNA (DBT-TDNBC-Deakin – Research Network Across continents for learning and innovation), at TERI Gram, Gurugram, Haryana, on September 3, 2019.

The two initiatives aim to create nanotechnology innovation hubs and networking between research institutes, universities, and industries, apart from offering joint facilities and infrastructure for collaborative research. The DTD-RNA will cover the areas of Synthesis of nanomaterials, Food preservation using novel nanofibres, Cost effective natural biodegradable polymer based nanocomposites, Natural food colours, Mycorrhiza, Seed coating technology of microbes and nanofertilisers, and Reclamation technologies.

Launching the Nanobiotech@DBT website, Dr Suchita Ninawe, Adviser, DBT, said, "Our aim is to connect lab to industries to end users". On the occasion, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, "Networking and outreach programmes will enable the transfer of knowledge and technology for what will happen in the world."

Professor Iain Martin, President and Vice Chancellor, Deakin University, was also present for the launch. He said, "DTD-RNA was envisioned to nurture innovation in nanobiotechnology. Several labs will be created as country hubs weaving a network of research institutions across continents." Dr Alok Adholeya, Senior Director, Sustainable Agriculture, TERI, added, "The network and institutional structure will re-emphasise TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre's (TDNBC) willingness to promote a research network in a highly specialised and next-generation science platform".