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IIT Guwahati Leads Nanotech Breakthrough with ‘SWASTHA’ Project and Cutting-Edge Clean Room Facilities

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IIT Guwahati, on 9th February 2024, marked a significant milestone in the realm of nanotechnology with the inauguration of the pioneering “SWASTHA” project and the unveiling of state-of-the-art ISO 5 and 6 Clean Room Facilities.

IIT Guwahati Leads Nanotech Breakthrough with ‘SWASTHA’ Project

The inauguration ceremony, graced by Shri S. Krishnan, Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, underscored the institution’s commitment to cutting-edge research and technological innovation.

The ISO 5 and 6 Clean Room Facilities, the first of their kind in India’s North Eastern region, represent a monumental leap forward in the field of nanoelectronics and semiconductor technologies.

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These facilities are poised to revolutionize healthcare through the development of advanced nanoelectronic theranostic devices, enhancing the quality of life and opening new avenues for medical diagnosis and treatment.

Speaking at the event, Shri S. Krishnan hailed the establishment of the Clean Room Facilities and the launch of the SWASTHA project as a transformative moment for the North-Eastern region. He emphasized the significance of providing world-class facilities to nurture scientific talent and drive technological innovation, aligning with the goals of initiatives such as ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’.

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Supported by MeitY, the SWASTHA project aims to harness smart wearable advanced nanosensing technologies in healthcare application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). This ambitious endeavor seeks to deliver cutting-edge products and prototypes in micro/nano electronics and nanomaterials, with a primary focus on healthcare and energy applications. The project underscores the importance of collaboration, innovation, and scientific excellence in addressing contemporary healthcare challenges.

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Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, Officiating Director of IIT Guwahati, expressed pride in the institution’s achievements and acknowledged MeitY’s visionary support in establishing the Center of Excellence. He emphasized the pivotal role played by the faculty members and students in realizing this milestone, highlighting their dedication to advancing nanoelectronics research in the North-Eastern region.

The Center for Nanotechnology at IIT Guwahati, established in 2004, has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary research in nanoelectronics. Under the leadership of Prof. Akshai Kumar A S, the center aims to foster research excellence, develop state-of-the-art infrastructure, and collaborate with industry partners to drive innovation and technology transfer.

Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Senior Director at MeitY, commended the establishment of the Clean Room National Facility, certified with ISO 5 and 6 standards, as a significant milestone in the region’s technological landscape. He emphasized the facility’s role in democratizing access to high-end research facilities, empowering researchers and startups to realize their innovative ideas and contribute to India’s technological advancement.

The ISO 5 and 6 Clean Room Facilities at IIT Guwahati are equipped with cutting-edge equipment for micro/nano electronic fabrication, enabling the development of a wide range of devices such as OLEDs, photovoltaic devices, transistors, and sensors. These facilities are poised to accelerate research and development activities in nanoelectronics and nanomaterials, driving innovation and economic growth in the region.

Following the inauguration, Shri S. Krishnan toured the PARAM-KAMRUP supercomputer facilities, 5G Test-Bed facilities, and Research Park laboratories at IIT Guwahati. He lauded the institution’s efforts in supporting national initiatives and fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In conclusion, the inauguration of the SWASTHA project and the unveiling of ISO 5 and 6 Clean Room Facilities at IIT Guwahati mark a significant milestone in India’s journey towards technological self-reliance and innovation. These initiatives underscore the institution’s commitment to excellence in research and its role as a catalyst for socio-economic development in the region.

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