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Indian Government Funds Projects at IIT Kharagpur & IIT Delhi

The project at IIT Kharagpur focus on creating an MBE cluster tool to create an epitaxial based nano-semiconductor infrastructure and the development of high frequency devices.

India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is financing “The National e-Governance Plan” (NeGP) which is targeted towards e-delivery. 

Fourteen mission mode projects have already gone live and are delivering services electronically. The schemes should hopefully generate over 1 lakh in rural micro enterprises.         

The NeGP was approved by the Cabinet in May 2006 with a vision to provide public services to the common man in his locality at affordable costs.  The NeGP is a multi-stakeholder program which primarily focuses on making critical public services available and promoting rural entrepreneurship. 

This initiative of the Government of India aims to provide a host of services to the citizens, businesses, employees and the Civil Society in a convenient, efficient and transparent manner. Identification of services and service levels and shift from translation to transformation are at the core of NeGP, which is not about procurement of hardware and software but changing the way services are delivered to and accessed by the common man; these include 27 Mission Mode Projects (MNPs). Eight of these components constitute NeGP. Of these, the Government of India has already approved 24 MNPsen. 

Of the 1100 services targeted under NeGP, over 600 can be accessed across the length and breadth of the country. These services have been enabled by the Line Departments under the various Mission Mode Projects of NeGP as well as by State Governments that have chosen to leverage the digital service delivery infrastructure created under NeGP. 

One of the projects includes the “Nanotechnology Initiative Program” which has been concentrating on institutional capacity building and infrastructure for Research & Development and Human Resource Development. 

Under this program two major nanoelectronics centers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have been set up. A nanometrology laboratory at National Physical Laboratory, Delhi is currently being set up.

Two major projects have been initiated recently at IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi.  The project at IIT Kharagpur will be in creating a Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) cluster too. This will focus on creating an epitaxial based nano-semiconductor infrastructure and the development of high frequency devices.  The project at IIT Delhi will be creating a facility for non-silicon based technologies for nano fabrication in the area of Nanomagnetics, Nanophotonics, Nanophotovoltaics, Nanoelectronics, Nanomechanics, Biosensors, and Mesoscale Devices.
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