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Department of Nanotechnology

Srinivas Institute of Technology, a pioneer in the field of engineering education, had started B.E. in Nano Technology in the academic year 2013-2014, affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum. At present, it is the only institute in Karnataka, which is offering a bachelor’s degree in Nano Technology, with the aim to provide exciting career opportunities. This degree will equip students to be a part of the new industrial revolution, a variety of scientific professions and to play a leading role in the future, as nanotechnology is poised to grow, mature and reveal its full potential.

To become a pioneer and a world class centre of excellence in academics and research in nano science and technology for the advancement of mankind and the nation.

To strive in attaining excellence consistently by adopting contemporary methods of teaching and learning to develop skills and to inculcate a research culture in the budding engineers, who can cater to the comfort and well being of society at large.

  1. To make our students competent in the field of nanotechnology and its allied areas.
  2. To inculcate the capability to work as entrepreneurs and techno managers with strong ethics and communication skills.
  3. To equip the students to pursue higher education and research in reputed institutes at national and international level.
  4. To develop a working knowledge of nanotechnology product and processes.

Department of Nano Technology has specifically defined few objectives of this programme which make students realize the fact that the knowledge and techniques learnt in this course has direct implication for the betterment of society and its sustainability.

  1. Acquire knowledge on the fundamentals of nanotechnology for sound and solid base which enables them to understand the emerging and advancedengineering concepts in engineering sciences and life sciences.
  2. Acquire knowledge in domain of nanotechnology enabling their applications in industry and research.
  3. Empower the students to acquire technological know how by connecting disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of nanotechnology.
  4. Able to apply the knowledge of ethical and management principles required to work in a team as well as to lead a team.

Programme Outcomes describe graduate attributes i.e. what students are expected to know or will be able to do when they graduate from a programme.

  1. Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and Engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  2. Identify, formulate, research literature, and analyze engineering problems to arrive at substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural, and engineering sciences.
  3. Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components, processes to meet the specifications with consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  4. Use research-based knowledge including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
  5. Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.
  6. Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.
  7. Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
  8. Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.
  9. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
  10. Communicate effectively with the engineering community and with society at large. Be able to comprehend and write effective reports documentation. Make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team. Manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.
  12. Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and lifelong learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Students will develop the capacity to:

  • Understand the basic scientific concepts underpinning nano science.
  • Understand the properties of materials and biomaterials at the atomic/molecular level and the scaling laws governing these properties
  • Understand current frontier developments in nano technology nationally and internationally
  • Recognise and develop novel and innovative ideas
  • Work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
  • Appreciate the emerging role of nano technology in society, the regulatory framework within which it operates and the ethical issues it raises
  • Work cooperatively and productively within a team

The primary goals are

  1. Prepare students for a career in nano technology by providing them with a sound grounding in multidisciplinary areas of nano scale science and engineering.
  2. Increase students’ understanding of materials and their properties at the atomic and nano meter scales, including an understanding of the intimate relationship between the scale and the properties of materials.
  3. Prepare graduates who, while skilled in nano scale science and engineering, will be qualified for jobs in traditional science-based industries and government laboratories and, as nano technologies mature, well positioned for jobs in this applied area. This program will be anticipating trends and providing students with integrated, cross-disciplinary scientific knowledge and professional skills.
  4. Educate a new generation of engineers who can participate in, and indeed seed, new high-technology companies that will be the key to maintaining jobs, wealth and educational infrastructures as nano technology results in a new industrial revolution.
  5. Enable students to develop a range of professional, scientific and computational skills that will enhance employment opportunities in a wide range of industrial and governmental institutions.
  6. Prepare students for the workplace through developing their ability to have effective communication skills, modern science and engineering skills, and contribute constructively to multidisciplinary teams.
  7. Form strong multidisciplinary educational links through joint team projects that cross the traditional areas of science and engineering.

Upon successful graduation students will

  • have a sound grounding and expert knowledge in multidisciplinary areas of nano science.
  • have a sound grounding in and expert knowledge of the basic sciences relevant to employment or further study in the traditional sciences.
  • be prepared to work in a high tech work force or pursue a research higher degree in nano technology.
  • analyse and critically evaluate ideas/information/data and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems by, for example, creating hypotheses, testing theories and predictions, designing and carrying out experiments and analysing reported data.
  • design and carry out experiments using both classical and novel science techniques and protocols.
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form through debates, posters, reports and oral presentations.
  • appreciate that there are the relationships and connections across the sciences and non-science disciplines are core to nanotechnology and understand such relationships and connections.
  • work and learn independently and appreciate the need for life-long learning.
  • interact effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals.

Applications of nano materials

  • The most frequent applications of nano technology include:
  • Chemicals and materials, especially optimizing their properties – new highly efficient catalysts, extremely thin layers, antireflective coating, abrasion-resistant materials, surfaces with great friction reduction, water resistant surfaces, photocatalytic active surfaces.
  • Construction – lighter and more stable construction materials, functional surfaces (e.g. anticorrosive resistance, self-cleaning properties).
  • Energy – photovoltaics, improving fuel use, new energy storage options, energy-efficient lighting with extremely high or low luminescence, nano crystals for laser applications.
  • The environment – environment-friendly industrial production, improved energy efficiency, water filtration, cleaning waste water and gases, removing pollutants from underground and surface water, filtration and disposal of toxic gases.
  • Healthcare – regenerative medicine using functionalized nanoparticles, nano fibers and carriers of active elements, nano fiber polymer scaffolding for tissue engineering and orthopedic applications, tissue regeneration, preparation of artificial organs, 3D tissue structures after reconstructive surgery, controlled dosage and localization of medicine, antimicrobial substances with nano particles, easier and more reliable diagnostics, new contrast substances.
  • Nano biotechnology – biochips, biosensors.

NANO’, the biggest ever seen!!!. The popularity of nano technology is because of its potentiality in replacing the existing limitations of the “macro” scaled materials. Altering the atoms does change the properties of the material and this can be used in overcoming the drawbacks of the materials.