Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi


There are cash prizes for the best three posters. First prize: Rs. 5000. Second prize: Rs. 3000. Third prize: Rs. 2000.


  • Posters should be of size 1m × 1m.
  • Symposium Flyer: The symposium is available to download for posting on noticeboards. [PDF] [PPT]
  • Travel Support: Students who intend to participate in the symposium from far away places may apply for travel support . A written request may be sent to the symposium secretariat and the same will be considered on a case by case basis. We may provide financial assistance for traveling by train (second class) and by bus.
  • Tutorial session: Student participants and new entrants in the field of Nano-biotechnology will be offered a two hour, pre-symposium, tutorial session by experts in the field, free of cost. The tutorial will be conducted on the very first day (1st June) from 9 AM to 11 AM. Register immediately and take the full benefit to learn first hand from experts!

Emergence of nanotechnology is definitely a medical boon for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases as it offers a less invasive alternative compared to the conventional therapeutic cocktails. Innovations at the intersection of medicine, engineering, biotechnology, and the physical and information technology are spurring new directions in research, education, and technology transfer. Basic research in nanosciences is rapidly producing commercially viable products. Governments and industries across the globe are staking their claims by investing billions of dollars, euros for research. This symposium focuses on nanotechnology’s interdisciplinary nature, highlighting cutting-edge R&D in nanomedicine, bioscaffolding, nanotechnology in efficient target specific drug delivery and release, nanotoxicology, nanobiointerface and nanomaterials. The presentations will explore commercial opportunities and offer networking opportunities to researchers from industry, government, academia, and other professions. We will discuss current factors fueling nanotechnology’s growth, start-up opportunities and potential bottlenecks to viable commercialization. We will also examine predictions for future societal, environmental, ethical, and privacy issues; the impact of nanotechnology on the future.

We, a group of scientist from Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi), Himachal Pradesh are organizing the first "National Symposium on Nanobiotechnology" on 1-2 nd June 2012 (NSNT-2012). We are privileged and pleased to invite all Scientists and Researchers to the conference. We are sure that this unique assembly will draw together many luminaries in nanobiotechnology from different experts in India. No doubt it will provide an excellent opportunity for the participants to involve themselves in extremely fruitful interpersonal exchange of ideas, perspectives and outlooks. The NSNT-2012 will provide a nonpareil platform for you to refresh your knowledge base and explore the most up to date information in the realm of Nanobiotechnology for its various challenging and demanding aspects, and we aim to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between scholars.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to visit nearby sites of beauty in Himachal Pradesh perched on the high hills like Kullu, Manali, Simla (India's most beautiful tourist places). We invite you to join us for a symphony of outstanding science and to take leisure to enjoy the unique beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

We look forward to welcoming you to at IIT mandi.


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Nano-drug delivery

There is unambiguous need for the discovery and development of innovative technologies to improve the delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents in the body. There is no single test that can accurately diagnose cancer like diseases. Nanotechnology is positively impacting a part of nearly every industry including healthcare. The “next generation” of therapies must be able to deliver drugs, therapeutic proteins to focal areas of disease or to tumors to maximize clinical benefit while limiting untoward side effects. The use of nanoscale technologies to design novel drug delivery systems and devices is a rapidly developing area of biomedical research that promises breakthrough advances in therapeutics and diagnostics. Still this is a major challenge to improve the therapeutic index by increasing drug efficacy, lowering drug cytotoxicity, drug solubility, drug stability and high loading capacity, which allow the development of potentially effective new chemical entities that have been stalled during the preclinical or clinical development because of suboptimal pharmacokinetic or biochemical properties. This session will bring together experts to design, develop and evaluate nanoconstructs for early detection, delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents, and address the most challenging issues of health science. The focus will be on the domains of nanomedicine in drug delivery and the latest nanotechnology-based approaches for cancer diagnosis.


Tissue engineering using autologous, alloegenic or xenogeneric cells in combination with biocompatible materials (scaffolds) provides one of the more promising treatments for tissue loss or end stage organ failure. Cell transplantation faces many challenges however, including providing an adequate cell source, immunoprotection of the transplanted cells, creation of a vascular bed to support and maintain long term cell survival, and biocompatibility (both in vitro and in vivo) of the material substrate for the delivery of the cells. In order for the biomaterials to be successfully integrated in vivo for the creation of a new tissue, the ability of a substrate to support cellular attachment, promote the growth and differentiation of stroma and parenchymal cells, induce a minimal inflammatory response, and be biodegradable could be useful. Thus the development of three dimensional scaffolds that will allow the selective integration of different cell adhesive peptides to permit selective adhesion of various cells to specific areas of the materials would be advantageous. Such spatial organization to guide the development of tissues in an organized manner will the focus of this session.

Nano-bio interface

The emerging field of nanotechnology has held much promise for revolutionizing medicine and the treatment of diseases such as cancer. However, it is also a matter of debate that nanotechnology has not yet delivered on its promise due to many unforeseen challenges. One of the biggest limitations in exploiting nanotechnology has been the physical interface of nanomaterials with biology. The mainstream research in nanobiotechnology has till date focused mainly on exploiting the unique properties of nanomaterials for new applications. However, not enough effort has been devoted to study the interface, which has severely limited progress in nanobiotechnology. Non-specific adsorption of proteins and DNA onto nanomaterials has been blamed for protein denaturation, loss of biological function, and numerous side effects. Nonetheless, direct characterization of the nano-bio interface has not been well-developed and it has remained poorly understood. Thus detailed studies in this direction would be advantageous for future bio applications of nanotechnology. This session aims to bring experts in this area to design experiments towards better understanding of the nano-bio interface.

Poster Session

There will be a poster session for students on June 1, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
There will be a prize for the best poster.

Keynote Speaker

Dr W. Selvamurthy

Distinguished Scientist &
Chief Controller, R&D (Life Sciences & Human Resources)
Defence Research & Development Organization
Ministry of Defence, New Delhi-110005

Invited Speakers

Dr. Y. K. Gupta, M.D., FAMS, FNASc, FIPS, FIAN, FST

Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology,
President, Society of Toxicology,India &
Former President,Indian Pharmacological society,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),
New Delhi-110029, India

Dr. Rajesh Malhotra, MS

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),

New Delhi-110029, India

Dr. Rama Mukherjee

Managing Director of ARA Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
Drug, diagnostic, and healthcare R&D Company

Research Area: Research in understanding molecular pathology and in developing products for the treatment of human diseases. Her research and development focus has been in the field of leprosy, tuberculosis and cancer where there is unmet need. She has shown leadership quality in leading multidisciplinary group and delivered results.

Dr. R. K. Kotnala; Scientist G.

Head, Magnetic Materials & Standards
National Physical Laboratory
Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi-110012

Research Area: Solar Cell, Nanomagnetism, Spintronics, Multiferroics and work on preventing energy meters tampering. He has also pioneered work on ethical issues of Nanotechnology/Nanoscience.

Dr. Alok Ray

Professor and Head,
Center for Biomedical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110 016

Dr. Sanjay Kumar

Senior Principal Scientist [Scientist "IV(V)"], Biotechnology Division
CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, HP-176 061

Research Area: Bioprospecting Genes/ Enzymes, Plant Adaptation including Climate Change Biology, Metabolic Engineering of Secondary Metabolites

Dr. Bhavuk Garg

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),
New Delhi-110029, India

Dr. Sangeeta Kale

Professor of Applied Physics,
Defence Institute of Advanced Technology
Pune - 411025

Dr. Neeraj Kumar

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology (Formulations), NIPER

Research Area: Biomaterials. Design of polymeric Carriers for delivery of therapeutically active substances to disease target. Modification of the polymeric carriers for different end use applications. Improving biocompatibilities of the medical devices for the prevention of restenosis

Dr. Sanyog Jain

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutics, NIPER, SAS Nagar

Research area: Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Systems. Targeted drug delivery using nanocolloidal drug carriers e.g. vesicular carriers (liposomes, niosomes etc.) and particulate carriers (polymeric and lipid nanoparticles).

Dr. Aasheesh Srivastava

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, IISER Bhopal.

Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, IISER Pune.

Dr. Narinder Singh

Assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Ropar

Research area: Nano-particles and calix[4] arene and tripodal frameworks for chemo-sensor development

Dr. Subhash Verma

Department of Veterinary Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur, HP-176062



Prof. T. A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi


Prof. Kenneth Gonsalves, Distinguished Professor, IIT Mandi
Dr. R. C. Sawhney, Registrar, IIT Mandi

Organizing Committee

Dr. Subrata Ghosh, IIT Mandi
Dr. Prem Felix Siril, IIT Mandi
Dr. Chayan Nandi, IIT Mandi
Dr. Niraj Sinha, IIT Mandi

Tentative Schedule

Day 1 (1st June)

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Tutorial Session (Anirudha, Niraj and Sanyog)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Inauguration of the Symposium
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM Bio-Scaffold Session
(Session Chair: Dr. Neeraj Kumar, Dr. Rahul Vaish)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Dr. Rajesh Malhotra, AIIMS
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Dr. Ken Gonsalves, IIT Mandi
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Dr. Neeraj Kumar, NIPER
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Tea Break
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Dr. Rahul Vaish, IIT Mandi
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Dr. Rajeev Kumar, IIT Mandi
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM Talk on Nanotoxicology by Dr. Farhan Jalees Ahmed, Jamia Milia
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Tea and Snacks Break
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Nano-drug Delivery Session
(Session Chair: Dr. Prem Felix Siril)
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Dr. Sanyog Jain, NIPER
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Dr. D.C. Sharma, CSK HPKV Palampur
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Dr. Sangeeta Kale, DIAT
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Poster Evaluation 1
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Pre-Banquet Talk by Dr. R.K. Kotnala, NPL
8:00 PM onwards Banquet Dinner

Day 2 (2nd June)

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Nano-Drug Delivery Session
(Session Chair: Dr. Sanyog Jain, Dr. S.G. Ansari)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Dr. Sanjay Kumar, IHBT
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Dr. Subhash Verma, CSK HPKV Palampur
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Dr. Prem Felix Siril, IIT Mandi
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Tea Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Nano-Bio Interface Session
(Session Chair: Dr. Aasheesh Srivastava, Dr. Niraj Sinha)
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Dr. S.G. Ansari, Jamia Milia
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi, IISER Pune
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Dr. Chayan Nandi, IIT Mandi
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Dr. Subrata Ghosh, IIT Mandi
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Poster Evaluation II
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Nano-Bio Interface Session
(Session Chair: Dr. Chayan Nandi, Dr. Subrata Ghosh)
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Dr. Narinder Singh, IIT Ropar
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Dr. Aasheesh Srivastava, IISER Bhopal
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Dr. Pratima Solanki, NPL
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Dr. Niraj Sinha, IIT Mandi
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Dr. Venkata Krishnan, IIT Mandi
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tea Break, Panel Discussion and Prize Distribution


Following are the registration fees:

Students: Rs. 500
Other participants from academia: Rs. 1000
Participants from industries: Rs. 2000

Click here to download the registration form.

Click here to download the Abstract Submission Template.

Date Event
7 May 2012 Last Date of Abstract Submission
10 May 2012 Intimation of Acceptance of Abstract
11 May 2012 Registration Form Submission, Fee Payment
1-2 June 2012 Symposium Dates

About IIT Mandi

Nestled in the Sivalik Range of the Himalayas, away from the bustle of the metropolis, a new abode of learning, IIT Mandi, has germinated.


The focus of IIT Mandi is on spearhead cutting edge research and development of technologies needed by the world in the years to come. Research groups will work together in creating and harnessing the newest technologies needed to serve the people of the region and the country, and to tackle problems of global importance. In order to achieve excellence and high impact locally and globally, IIT Mandi is focusing on strongly foster inter-disciplinary R&D. With a view to innovating sustainable technologies for widespread use, IIT Mandi encourages strong Humanities and Social Sciences participation in technology R&D.

Thrust Areas

  • Nanobiotechnology (Nano drug delivery, Bio-scaffolding, Nano-bio interface)
  • Information and communication for sustainable development.
  • Green energy technologies.
  • Integrated mountain development.
  • Agricultural and food processing technologies.


  • To create and impart knowledge through team effort and individually for the benefit of society.
  • To produce professionals capable of creating knowledge and conceiving, designing and developing products and processes for the benefit of our society, through team effort and individually.
  • To impart the ability to analyze problems of the society and devise globally recognized innovative approaches and solutions.
  • To inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship.
  • To work intensely with industry in pursuit of the above goals.
  • To train teachers capable of inspiring the next generation of engineers and researchers.
  • To be an efficient and decentralized organization with overriding respect for ability and merit.

Mandi and its Climate

Mandi is a small scenic beautiful town at the center of Himachal Pradesh. A few hours before the Himalayan resorts Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, once considered ‘the end of the habitable world’. The town has both mythological and historical significance and boasts of a unique temple architecture. It is also referred to as Chhota Kashi as there are many ancient temples in the city and on the banks of river Beas. The river Beas flows through the town and hills, which makes this town more scenic.

The weather at Mandi in June is expected to be pleasant.

How to Reach

From Delhi:

After landing in Delhi, go to ISBT (interstate bus terminus), Kashmiri gate. In ISBT, buses to Mandi will be available on platform 6-8. You can catch the buses going to Manali or Mandi. The distance between Delhi and Mandi is ~475 km. This distance can be covered in approximately 12 hrs (it depends on traffic on the roads and other conditions) by bus. If somebody plans to come by car/jeep or other personal vehicle, the journey time may be less than 12 hrs. There are different varieties of bus facilities from Delhi - ordinary, deluxe and AC buses. For details, one can visit (this is website of himachal road transport corporation). Other state buses and private buses are also available to Mandi.

The alternative to reach Mandi from Delhi is to travel by train up to Kiratpur Sahib by Delhi-Una Himachal express (4553). From Kiratpur, there is no option other than traveling by road. The bus frequency from Kiratpur may be good, but the details are not known to us. All the buses going from Delhi and Chandigarh to Mandi have to pass through Kiratpur.

From Chandigarh:

From Chandigarh also, one can get buses to Mandi and Manali. The frequency from Chandigarh may be good because buses from Delhi pass through Chandigarh and some buses start from Chandigarh itself. The other choice from Chandigarh to Mandi is to travel by taxi. The distance between Chandigarh and Mandi is 200 kms. This distance can be covered in approximately 6 hrs by bus. By taxi, it may take around 5 hrs.

From Punjab:

People who can reach Chandigarh, can get buses heading towards Manali which will pass through Mandi. You can also get buses for Manali from Ludhiana (via Kiratpursahib) and Jalandhar (via Anandpursahib). For details you can check (

From Harayana:

If you can reach Ambala (~275 Km from Mandi) via train or bus, there are many semi-deluxe, deluxe and ordinary buses available for Mandi ( Other options will be either through Delhi or Chandigarh whichever is convenient for you to reach.

By Air:

The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, at a distance of about 75 km from Mandi town. This small domestic airport cannot house large aircrafts and consequently only small aircrafts fly to Kullu. Flights to Kullu are restricted only from Delhi. There are no international Flights to Kullu or from other major cities of the country. Anyone interested in coming to Mandi by air needs to first take a flight to Delhi. Delhi is well connected to different parts of the country as well as the important cities of the world. From Delhi, the travelers need to take any of the connecting Flights to Kullu which is a journey of about 90 minutes. Two of the airways operating Flights to Kullu are Indian Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines. The latter has more frequent Flights to Kullu. In fact, Kingfisher Airlines operates daily Flights to Kullu. Flights to Kullu are prone to getting delayed or cancelled in the monsoons on account of bad weather conditions.


The accommodation for the honored and guest speakers will be available in good hotels in Mandi.

Accommodation for student participants is available in institute hostels free of cost. Remote located student participants may apply for the TA waver for sleeper class train fair.

Accommodation for the other participants will be made available in institute guest house or hotels in Mandi on payment basis.

Tourist Attractions

  1. Kullu
  2. Manali
  3. Rivalsar
  4. Prashar
  5. Rohtang Pass

Contact Us

For any queries please send an email to

Contact Person

Dr. Chayan Nandi
Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
PWD Rest House
Near Bus Stand
Mandi - 175 001, Himachal Pradesh