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Nano and Biotechnology: A New Arena for Australia–Indian Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inaugurated the world’s most advanced nano-biotechnology research center. Nanotechnology is a part of science and technology about the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

In a joint effort to boost education and research in the field of nano-biotechnology in India, TERI and Deakin University, Australia recently launched the world’s most advanced nano-biotech center in Gurugram.

Inaugurated by the Indian and Australian prime ministers, the research facility, which is also a green campus, is capable of accommodating 50 Ph.D. students at a time and aims to solve big issues like food scarcity and environmental degradation through the advanced use of nanotechnology in agriculture, food production, and bio-medicine.

Nanotechnology also has great value in the field of nuclear sciences because of its extra-ordinary features to increase the atomic force. It was discovered in mid-nineties that uranium if processed at nano level can empower the five times more powerful nuclear bomb.

Nanotechnology enlightens the nano-particle of carbon. Nano tubes of carbon are used to build ultra sharp tips for cutting the rigid surfaces. The technology of the new carbon tubes is named as AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy).

Turnbull congratulated Modi for the International Solar Alliance. He also added that Australia is helping India in its water management policy while sharing the views of experts in the field of renewable energy. He stated,

We are working working with India for a quality RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership).

RCEP is a a proposed free trade agreement between 10 member-states of ASEAN and 6 other countries (China, South Korea, Australia, India, New Zealand and Japan).

Jointly addressing the media along with Turnbull, Modi said that the center was a classic example of bilateral cooperation in the cutting-edge science and technology.

Deakin to establish an office in India in 1994 is proud to continue to strengthen educational relationship each year, providing opportunities to students around the world and helping to improve lifestyle both in India and Australia.

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