July 25, 2006

Nanotechnology in India

Two interesting items on nanotechnology and India on the Foresight Institute blog. One is the announced plans by Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia to build a Nanotech City there -- although it does not seem to be focused primarily on nanotechnology in the usual sense, it is an interesting approach to a science-research oriented city.

The other item is a Google Trends ranking on origins of searches using the term "nanotechnology." The top ten cities worldwide are:

Top ten cities
1. Hyderabad, India
2. Chennai, India
3. New Delhi, India
4. Delhi, India
5. Mumbai, India
6. Tehran, Iran
7. Bangalore, India
8. Singapore, Singapore
9. Washington, DC, USA
10. Houston, TX, USA

The Foresight blog notes that it is an Asian sweep pretty much. True, but it is even more an Anglosphere sweep. Except for Tehran. Hmmm.

Posted by James C. Bennett at July 25, 2006 03:39 PM

There seem to be a lot of these kind of schemes kicking around in India these days. See, e.g., this post from the India Economy Blog.

Posted by: Lex at July 26, 2006 10:37 AM

I don't think that is the case. The US spends a fraction of a percent on basic research compared to the US.

Here are some interesting articles on nanotechnology and India, but not both.

Posted by: Twok at July 27, 2006 08:27 PM

Sure, state spending on research is minimal in India compared to the US. But because of the substantial number of Indian researchers in the US and elsewhere abroad, there's a sort of Indian-American research space being created that makes such figues not as relevat. Consider the fact that it's an Indian-American tech entrepreneur who's funding it, not primarily the government. This may be a pattern of which we will see more.

Posted by: Jim Bennett at July 27, 2006 09:33 PM
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