Prof. Amitava Patra

Director INST

Period: 11 March, 2020 - Present

Message From The Director

Dear All,

I feel privileged to get an opportunity for being part of the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali (Punjab), an autonomous institution of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, which has been established under the umbrella of NANO MISSION, initiated by DST to boost research and development in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in India. INST started its activities on 3rd January 2013.
It gives me immense pleasure to know that the faculty have made significant scientific contributions as reflected by the quality as well as number of research publications from INST over the last 06 years. I am happy to know that at the academic front also, the institute is progressing well. The talent and the energy which our students possess need to be nurtured, shaped and channelled in the right direction. Our combined efforts would bring out not only the best in their careers, but the best in their lives. In this way we hope to support not only individuals but also the entire society from which we all benefit.
In a short span of six years, the institute has created some major facilities to meet current research requirement. It is needless to mention here that some of the notable and promising activities/accomplishments at INST were done under the guidance of Founding Director Prof. Ashok K. Ganguli and Acting Director, Prof. Hirendra Nath Ghosh.
I am highly contended that INST has worked as a team and brought this institute on the forefront of research map of Nano Science and Technology at a fast pace during its initial years. This is a great achievement and a matter of pride for INST. We have a very good support system with officers and administrative staff members, which have been relentlessly helping the Institute in its pursuits of excellence in Science. I am quite confident that the institute with its continued efforts will be a leading research institute in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology recognized globally, where efforts in research will ultimately translate to society.
I would like to conclude by the saying of Nelson Mandela, “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” so keep up the good work.
I wish my INST family all the very best.

Prof. Amitava Patra
Director, INST

Previous Directors

Message From The Director

Dear Faculty, Officers, Staff and Students,

To step into the shoes of our worthy Founding Director, Prof. Ashok K. Ganguli, an eminent scientist, is going to be a challenging task for me. Fortunately we have a highly motivational environment in the institute and always remain energised to carry out outstanding research in the field of nano science and nano technology solving many a challenging problems, which require interdisciplinary efforts with an ultimate aim to deliver technologies/products. We have to continue to be determined lot as hitherto. Excellence and efficiency shall continue to be hall-mark of this institute. Together as a team, we would ensure that the tasks mandated in our vision and mission documents shall be carried forward with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is the responsibility of all of us to make this young institution a globally competitive India's foremost research institute.

Assuring all of you of my fullest cooperation and support all the time. Let us ensure institute’s rising to newer heights in all its scientific endeavours.

Best wishes and good luck !
Hirendra N. Ghosh

Prof. Ashok K Ganguli

Designation: Founding Director


Period: 03 January, 2013 - 02 January, 2018

Message From The Director

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Institute of Nano Science and Technology which is the first institute set up by the Government of India dedicated solely to nanoscience and technology. You are among the first few batches of PhD students and so will always be remembered in years to come as the initial young researchers of our institute. I am sure all of you will be very proud to enter this new institution and will have the privilege to carry the responsibility together with the scientists and administrators to give shape to the ideas with which this institute has been launched. We have tried our best to develop the infrastructure within a record time and with limited funds, so as to give you a proper research environment from the day you join the institute. As you will learn in due course of time, this institute has a strong interdisciplinary environment motivated towards carrying out outstanding research solving challenging problems which require interdisciplinary efforts and also deliver technologies/products to benefit the society. I urge you all to think ‘big’, think out of the box and we will help you convert your dreams into reality. Remember you are outstanding students and as Swami Vivekananda has said “Never be weak. You must be strong; you have infinite strength within you; Arise Awake and stop not till the Goal is reached”.

I wish you the very best and hope your desire to be an outstanding scientist is fulfilled by the enabling environment of our institute.

Good Luck