First Nanoscience Park in Homagama:
Nano technology to address industrial sector needs
The Government will establish two public - private companies with BOI
status, under the modified proposal for the Nano-Technology Institute
with a NanoScience Park.
The private sector will hold up to 50 per cent of shares and with
equal representation in the boards of directors where the Government
shares of the two companies will be vested with the National Science
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana who was the
chief guest and speaker at the Techno Engineering and Technology
Conference 2007 held at the BMICH yesterday said the first company NANCO
would address the long term needs by establishing the Nanoscience Centre
and the Industrial Estate (Nanoscience Park) at Homagama.
The land has been already obtained for this. The other company
SLINTEC would address the immediate needs of industries, such as
textiles, rubber, telecommunications, healthcare and energy to be
located in Biyagama loaned by one of the private sector partners.
Cabinet approval was obtained for this last week and the Government
expects more foreign donors and private investor support.
Minister Vitharana said according to the amended project proposal the
National Nano Technology Board as a single apex body will promote and
regulate nano technology in the country with the President as Chairman
and the Minister of Science and Technology as Vice Chairman and with
private sector and scientific representation.
The Rs. 5 billion Government funded project is an investment of five
Minister Vitharana said Sri Lanka has fallen behind in introducing
nano technology, which can bring high economic benefits to the country.
"When some scientists briefed President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the
advantages of this technology two years ago he immediately set up an
action committees to study these proposals and also obtained cabinet
approval for it. The releasing of finances and the idea behind setting
up the laboratory is a result of follow up action taken by the President
since then," he said.
Already over 70 countries including India are usefully implementing
Nano technology and it is the responsibility of the Government to
introduce it to the country, the technology could be introduced to local
raw material so that value addition could be done in the country to
bring more foreign exchange to Sri Lanka.
"Sri Lanka exports mineral to manufacture chips which are used for
computers, cell phones, medical equipment and other products. With nano
technology Sri Lanka can manufacture these chips in the country,"
Minister Vitharana said.
He thanked the three Sri Lankan scientists attached to leading
universities and institutions for coming to Sri Lanka to assist in the
introduction of this technology free.