CKMNT was launched on 1st April 2009 at Hyderabad by the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) as one of its project centres. The centre has been set up to foster the exchange and dissemination of advanced technological knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the nanoresearchers, industry, policy makers, financial institutions and venture capitalists. CKMNT has been partially funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India in a project mode and would help in fulfilling the objectives of the Nano Mission of DST.
The objectives of CKMNT are as follows:
Create and maintain a comprehensive one-stop nanoscience and nanotechnology database, with nanoresearchers from universities/academic institutions, national labs, government agencies and industries as the primary target beneficiaries.
Hosting an exhaustive website that will play a key role in publicizing various activities of the Nano Mission and promote nano S & T in India.
Create awareness regarding the potential of nano S & T among the Indian industries and industrial associations like FICCI, Assocham, ACMA, CII etc., and thereby catalyze commercialization of nanotechnology in the country.
Create an exclusive Indian patents database related to nanotechnology to aid the growth of nano S & T in Indian industry.
Generate value-added state-of-the-art nanotechnology reports, reviews etc. to cover all aspects of business as well as science and technology.
Provide updated information to DST and other Govt. of India agencies pertaining to the status of nanotechnology in India/abroad in the form of reports on specific topics of interest.