New Nanoscience Technology institute
The establishment of a Nanoscience Technology institute has been approved by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister of Science and Technology Tissa Vitharana with Rs.50 million being allocated for the project. President of the Institute of Chemistry, Mevan Pieris said the minister has recognized the importance of advancing science in Sri Lanka which has also led to the first ever multidisciplinary international conference on 'Chemistry, Technology and Innovation for Greater Safety and Economic Growth' to be held in Colombo this month. The event titled 'Chemtech 2007' has been organized by the Institute of Chemistry at the BMICH from June 21 – 23. Twenty renowned world class scientists are expected to delivery plenary presentations. In addition, more than 50 oral and research papers will be presented.
Pieris said this was an ideal opportunity to gather new knowledge and create opportunity for interactive and collaborative research. He hopes Chemtech will stimulate the thinking process of scientists in Sri Lanka in order to propel them to levels of international scientists.
He said the Institute of Chemistry has made its mark in the educational sphere by focusing on two main courses of study. One is to train individuals for laboratory work and the other is a degree level course of study conducted on a part time basis. Over the past 27 years, there have been 435 graduates who are 'all well employed.' Pieris said the Institute was an alternative avenue for those who are unable to get into universities. In fact, some students are pursuing university degrees while at the same time, following Institute courses. For 2007, the Institute has declared that it is determinedly oriented on research and development.