Nanotechnology is hot in India than any other country as indicated by the data from Google Trends™, a new tool from Google Labs. With Google Trends, you can compare the world's interest in your favorite topics based on aggregated data from millions of searches on Google. Over the past three years, India has ranked number one in search volume on topics related to nanotechnology revealing the massive public interest in India in this new technology.
This public interest has apparently been fueled by the strong support from the Government of India in generating awareness in nanotechnology. The Department of Science & Technology (DST) launched a national program titled 'Nanoscience & Technology Initiative (NSTI)' focusing at overall research and development in nanoscience and technology so that India can become a significant international player in the area and contribute to the development of new technologies.
President Dr. APJ Kalam has also been promoting nanotechnology throughout the nation. At the Indo-US Nanotechnology Conclave, held recently in New Delhi, he said that nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization will be important to transform India into a developed nation by 2020. Dr Kalam said, "Nanotechnology is knocking at our doors". It is the field of the future. India has to utilize this opportunity as it has tremendous application potential in the areas of medicine, electronics and material science. Eminent scientist Prof. CNR Rao noted "India cannot afford to miss the revolution in nanotechnology and must make investments in the area carefully. We cannot do that again in the area of nanotechnology which may become big in the next five-six years"
NanoIndian.com, the first Indian nanotechnology research news portal has also recorded similar trends in its web traffic. NanoIndian's co-founder Dr. Joseph Kakkassery commented, "During the past year, we have witnessed steady increase in number of unique visitors from India and have received many requests for information on nanotechnology careers and business opportunities in India." Massive interest in nanotechnology among public is a clear sign that India is moving forward to becoming the 'Nanotechnology Knowledge Hub' by combining its core competence in the areas of biotechnology and information technology.