Shimla (March 31): A week-long workshop on microscopic techniques in nano-science, jointly organized by Department of Physics of Himachal Pradesh University and Electron Microscopy Society of India got underway at the campus here today.
Inaugurating the workshop, Himachal Pradesh University Vice-Chancellor Sunil Kumar Gupta said that nano-science has generated tremendous scopes and many hopes in design of advanced functional materials. He said that nano-sized materials display physico-chemical properties and if it is exploited for the welfare of the mankind it can have far-reaching results in solving typical problems.
He said that the University under a separate department, University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC), has created major facilities in X-ray diffractometer and scanning electron microscopy, which would help the faculty, research scholars and students in solving research problems for which they were earlier forced to visit Chandigarh or Delhi.
He emphasized the need of more infrastructures in terms of tools and techniques in every laboratory of the University. In his key-note address RP Tandon, president, Electron Microscopy Society of India (ESI) highlighted the activities of the society and said that with the emergence of electron microscopy and its ability to enable scientists, engineers and young research scholars will be able to study the basis of atomic and sub-atomic fields.
Professor PK Ahluwalia, senior faculty member of the department, said that the workshop will certainly provide a platform where young researchers will get an opportunity to interact with experts in the area.