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Patna, Dec. 7: An incubation centre to standardise products developed through nanotechnology will start at Aryabhatta Knowledge University next year.

The centre is a brainchild of the state government, which has decided to set up the facility to encourage innovations in different technical and scientific fields. The first centre will come up at the Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU). The first batch of MTech and PhD in nano science and technology will start at AKU by the last week of January.

The principal secretary of the planning and development department, Vijoy Prakash, told The Telegraph: “We have been talking about innovations and experiments and incubation centres are important for these works. The centres would help make the products being developed more commercially viable. The Aryabhatta Knowledge University will have an incubation centre for nanotechnology and the government is chalking out the details. There are also plans to open such centres in other institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna, and National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna.”

At present, the authorities at AKU are focused on starting the nano science and technology courses though.

K. Prasad, head of department, nano science and technology department, Aryabhatta Knowledge University, said the written test for the first batch will be held on December 10, followed by interviews in the first week of January.

“We hope the classes will start by the last week of January. Programmes in research and development and entrepreneurship development will also be a part of the MSc, MTech and PhD courses,” Prasad said.

On the incubation centre, he said: “The products developed through nanotechnology will be standardised at the centre. Then those would be patented with the government’s help or in private-public partnership mode.”

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