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* Sri Lanka's first nanotechnology research center and nanoscience park opens
Mon, Oct 21, 2013, 07:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared opened the country 's first Nanotechnology Research Center and Nanoscience park in Homagama.

Sri Lanka's first nanotechnology park is set up in a 50 acre land in Pitipana, Homagama in Colombo district. The park is established with the government and private sector participation.

Addressing the occasion, the President said the era which restricted the knowledge to the schools and universities, has ended and the opportunities are now available to fully utilize the knowledge of science and technology for national development.

The President pointed out that opening of the doors of nanotechnology for the future generation in an important measure undertaken by the government.

Remarking that it is of high importance to create an environment to arouse the interest in children of nanotechnology and other higher technology fields, President Rajapaksa said it is important to open avenues for new creations based on the needs. Introducing the technology stream to the schools is a significant juncture in the field of education, he noted.

Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) together with the Ministry of Technology and Research laid the foundation in June 2012 for the commencement of construction of the park which is named as Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE).

The establishment of Nanotechnology Park is aimed at creating opportunities for all businesses to develop new products through a collaborative innovation process, taking them from research through development towards commercialization.

The foundation for this framework is the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence (NCE), which marks the first phase of the development of the Park.

The Ministry of Technology and Research of Sri Lanka made initiatives to launch the nanoscience project together with industrial sector in early 2008.

The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Ltd. was established in April 2008 as a private Company under the Companies Act. It has been engaged in developing applications for nanotechnology through research and development since August 2009 with private sector partners.

(Photos by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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