ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai organized an ICAR-Sponsored 10-day short course on “Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials for Agricultural Applications” during September 19-28, 2016. A total of 20 participants from different Agricultural Universities and ICAR institutions from 11 states viz., Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Tripura participated in this programme.
The Short Course was inaugurated by Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. During the course, 21 lectures were delivered covering the basics of nanotechnology, characterization techniques, applications in integrated pest management, fertilizers, filtration, sensors, textiles and composites in addition to safety, toxicology & standards relevant to nanotechnology. Also, 13 hands-on practical were arranged in various fields of nanotechnology. The participants were sensitized about the requirement of skill & entrepreneurship development and business incubation in nanotechnology and also encouraged to work in a collaborative mode for better sharing of resources and expertise.
The trainees having diversified fields of expertise ranging from Microbiology, Entomology, Horticulture, Nanotechnology, Aquaculture, Animal nutrition, Biotechnology, Fish processing processing technology to Physics, Chemistry and Engineering rated this short course as Excellent.
During valedictory function, Dr. Patil insisted the participants to go beyond the boundaries of research to transfer of technology for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, Sr. Scientist was the Course Director and Er. A.K. Bharimalla, Sr. Scientist was the Course Coordinator.