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The vision of Dr. M. N. Channabasappa, Director, Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), to transform SIT into a top-ranking engineering college anchored on sound engineering research has led the way to this Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology (Center of ART). Dr. Shambhu K. Shastry who is the chief architect of the project currently heads it.
The mission of the Center of ART is to pursue applied research, appropriate technology product development, and academic program development in the following areas of nano-technology:
  • Nano-electronics and nano-photonics.
  • Nano-materials, MEMS and NEMS.
  • Nano-bio sensors and nano-medicine.
  • Nano-technology education and marketing platforms.
The scope of this R & D + academic mission includes nano-technology based applications in RF/millimeter wave communications, urban sanitation, renewable energy, and rural infrastructure. All the science and engineering departments of SIT are involved in this inter-disciplinary effort.
Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT), Tumakuru, is one of the 130+ educational institutions operated by the Sri Siddaganga Educational Society headed by Revered His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji. It was established in the year 1963 and is now offering undergraduate engineering degree courses in 12 disciplines. In addition, it also runs post-graduates programmes in 14 disciplines, including MBA and MCA Courses. It has over 6000 students pursuing the above courses with faculty strength of about 330. SIT is an autonomous institute affiliated to Visveswaraya Technological University, Belagavi. The National Board of Accreditation (NBA), an autonomous body of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, accredits its undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
The Institute is spread over 50 acres with greenery all over, and has a sprawling play ground for indoor and outdoor games such as football, hockey, cricket, and basketball. It has 8 hostels that accommodate nearly 2000 students.
News and Events
  •  Paper and Presentation Competition on Nanotechnology will be held on 10th March 2018.
  • An outreach and continuing education (CE) program for high school students and teachers was conducted on 28 August 2016. 19 students and 3 teachers of Siddaganga Gurukula (High School) participated in this TEQIP-CoE sponsored activity. The students and teachers were exposed to the clean room facility and certain nanotechnology lab experiments under faculty supervision.
  • Board of Studies (BoS) meeting of the Department of Nanotechnology was conducted on 25 August 2016 at the Center of ART.
  • A five-day faculty development program was conducted at the Center during 14-19 July 2016. Dr. S. V. Dinesh (SIT), Dr. K. N. Seetharamu (PES University), Dr. Dinesh Rangappa (VIAT), Dr. Aruna (NAL), Dr. Muralidhar Ballal (SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital), and Shri Raghavendra (Triveni Turbines) led the learning-teaching sessions.
  • A national conference of TEQIP CoEs was held at SIT during April 21-23, 2016. India-wide, 26 of 27 TEQIP CoE institutions as well as TEQIP supported engineering colleges of Karnataka with their own CoEs participated in this conference and shared innivative ideas and processes pertaining to their CoEs.
  • Joint Board of Studies (BoS) and Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting of the Department of Nanotechnology was conducted on 28 April 2016 at the Center of ART
  • A 3-day workshop for VTU and other university faculty on "Incubating Relevant Engineering R&D Programs and Establishing Centers of Excellence in Engineering Colleges" was conducted at the Center of ART during 10-13 May 2015. 38 faculty members from 25 engineering colleges participated in this TEQIP-CoE sponsored workshop.
  • A one-day workshop on "Developing Collaborative R&D Activities" was conducted on 9 May 2015 by Dr. S. K. Shastry of Center of ART and Dr. Girish Kumar and Prof. Subrahmanya Bhat of SDMIT, Ujire, at SDMCET, Dharawada, for the SDMCET faculty members.
  • The first Board of Studies (BoS) meeting of the Department of Nanotechnology was conducted on 8 May 2015 at the Center of ART.
  • A technical paper presentation congress on recent developments in nanotechnology in India was held for PG students on 25 April 2015.
  • Center of ART's Collaborators' Workshop III was held at SDMIT, Ujire, during 17-19 April 2015. 26 collaborators participated.
  • A workshop on Nano-electronics and Nano-materials was conducted by Center's faculty for DRDO scientists and engineers at CABS, Benagaluru on Novemebr 22, 2014.
  • Center of ART's collaborators' Workshop II was held at SIT, Tumakuru, during 19-22 February 2014. 30 collaborators participated.
  • M. Tech. in Nanotechnology commenced from September 2014, with 14 students in the first batch.
  • A collaborators' workshop on collaborative research program development was held during October 02-04, 2013.
  • SIT has been awarded Rs. five crores grant by TEQIP for developing a Center of Excellence (CoE) in Nanotechnology. This will be carried out in the Center of ART. Please click here to read the Hindu news, here for the Deccan Herald news, and here for the Deccan Chronicles news.
  • New Opportunities
The sketch below depicts the current R & D themes being pursued at the Center of ART and the departments involved in them.
Nano-electronic materials, devices, and DSP: MOCVD; C-CVD for CNTs; Multi-junction, high efficiency solar cells for concentrator photovoltaics power; PVT systems; energy storage; GaN power electronics, RF, and lighting devices; quantum well and quantum dot devices; CNTs for sensors; integrated micro-systems; DSP to enable autonomous robots.
Nano-materials: Compressed earth blocks (CEBs), bulk production of CNTs; nano-composites and wood substitutes; smart materials; nano-fluidics; MEMS and NEMS.
Nano-medicine: Drug delivery and tissue regeneration; biosensors; medical devices.
Academic Programs: The faculty members associated with the Center are pursuing the development of UG and PG programs in nano-technology. These involve developing inter-disciplinary UG/PG labs and courseware and M. Tech., BE, and Ph.D. programs. An M. Tech. program in Nanotechnology was initiated in September 2014 and a Department of Nanotechnology has been carved out to administer it. At present, four part-time PhD students and three full-time PhD students are pursuing their research work at the Center under the guidance of the Center's faculty members.
Training: The Center also develops and undertakes a) short-term training and certification programs for undergraduate science or engineering students and faculty, b) continuing education programs for science and engineering faculty and industry professionals, and c) topical workshops in the thematic areas of nano-technology.
Internships: Engineering students and industry personnel are offered summer internship opportunity to learn the operation of the Center of ART facility, get hands-on training in the various fabrication processes, undertake equipment maintenance, and contribute to the smooth functioning of the Center. This is also a path to contribute to the Center's R&D programs. Each internship carries a stipend and time-bound work assignments. Interested students should contact the Head of the Center.
Visiting Scholars: The Center hosts visiting scholars from collaborating organizations on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the area of research interest, a scholar may be awarded this privilege for three months to two years. Certain rules and guidelines apply. Interested scholars should contact the   Head of the Center.
Workshops and Continuing Education (CE) Programs: Periodically, the Center hosts week-long workshops and continuing education programs for the S and E faculty and industry professionals. Participants live on campus for the duration and participate in the daily learning and laboratory activities. Topics pertain to the R&D themes of the Center: nano-electronics, nano-materials, or nano-medicine. Anyone interested in organizing a workshop or CE program should contact the  Head of the Center.
Center of ART Visitor Tours: Visitors are welcome to our facility. Visitors in a hurry may take the short window tours to obtain an overview of the facility. In-depth tours with clean room gowning, entry into the clean rooms, and participation in lab demonstrations are offered to high school and PUC student groups. Each group is limited to 15 members. Since the Center of ART is an academic and research facility, all tour requests must be forwarded to Center's office so that they are scheduled without disturbing the ongoing activities. The entire facility is secured with biometric doors and no visitor can enter it without prior approval and arrangement.
The Center of ART, with about 1600-m2 area, is located on a dedicated 4th floor of the newly built TEQIP building. The view through the windows is that of the pleasing surrounding town of Tumkur and the inviting mountains off the Shri Siddaganga Matt. It is a serene area in the center of the campus that provides ample solitude and all the facilities for the creative minds.
The floor plan consists of clean rooms (class 100 andclass 10,000) for the R & D work as well as ample "non-clean" room area for faculty and student offices, classrooms, a reception area, and a cafeteria.
The nano-materials fabrication and processing equipment capabilities range from depositions (PVD, CVD, MOCVD) and high-temperature furnace processing (diffusion, oxidation, sintering) to nano range lithography printing and etching. Evolving state-of-the-art morphological, electrical, microwave, mechanical, and optical characterization tools complement these equipment capabilities.
Name, title, affiliation, and email Research Interest / Work Photo
Dr. Shambhu K Shastry
Professor and Head
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
MOCVD, Compound Semiconductors, CNTs, RF/Microwave and nano-electronics, optical nano-devices and nanotechnology.
Dr. Pareshnath Kundu
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
Industrial Micro-biology, Fermentation ,molecular Biology, Genetic EngineeringEnvironmental Science, Renewable Energy,Nano Medicine, nano-biotechnology.
Dr. Nirankar Mishra
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
Nano / micro scale device design and fabrication using photo and ebeam lithography, patterned nanowires, selective and specific biosensor design,electrochemistry, surface chemistry and nano scalematerials for energy, defense and health sector.
Dr. Prakash R Somani
Associate Professor
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
Organic Electronics, Carbon Nanomaterials, Energy Conversion and Storage Devices,Conducting Polymers Environmental Issues and Green Chemistry.
Dr. Vinay Venugopal
Associate Professor
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
Thin films, surface science, ion-solid interactions, nanoscience, nanotechnology, protective coatings, Compton effect, physics education.
Dr. Asis Sarkar
Facility and Lab Manager
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
Composite Compressed Earth Blocks, CVD synthesis of Graphene,Semiconductor process and equipment development.
T. Sreenidhi
Assistant Professor
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
91 9481805368
Research Page   Curriculum Vitae
GaN based nano-structured devices for microwave communication applications
Supporting Staff
Vinutha K. N.
Administrative Assistant
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
0816 2214054
Name, title, affiliation, and email Research Interest / Work
Dr. Shivakumaraiah
Department of Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination/ Organometallic Chemistry/Catalysis.
Dr. H P Patil
Department of Mathematics
Lubrications, mathematical modeling of nano-fluidic processes.
Dr. K P Shivananda
Department of Civil Engineering
Concrete composites and nano-composites as wood substitutes
Dr. S V Dinesh
Professor and Head
Department of Civil Engineering
Geo-technical engineering, Fracture of concrete, Dynamic soil properties.
Dr. J K Dattatreya
Department of Civil Engineering
Use of nano admixtures in concrete, Use of CNT in concrete, improvement in performance due to changes in nano-structure
Dr. U S Mallikarjun
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Smart materials and shape memory alloys
Dr. R Srikantaswamy
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
Bio-medical signal Processing and signal processing in nano-technology
Dr. K V Suresh
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
Super resolution image processing for nano-technology
Dr. R Kumaraswamy
Professor and Head
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
Speech signal processing pattern recognition for nano-technology
Dr. K V Srinivasa Rao
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Heat transfer, solidification, CNTs, CNFs, and CNT based nano-fluidic devices
Dr. B Satish Babu
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Computer networks and protocol engineering
Dr. N R Sunitha
Professor and Head
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Information security and light weight authentication protocols for securely identifying nano-devices
Dr. K. C. Narasimhamurthy
Professor and Head
Department of Telecommunication Engineering
Design and fabrication of carbon nanotube based transistors
Dr. V Udaykumar
Professor and Head
Department of Chemistry
Catalysis-Supported metal-complexes as catalysts for various organic transformations
B N Shashikala
Associate Professor
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
GaN-based high power devices
Shobha S Goudar
Associate Professor
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
OMVPE equipment and process, multi-junction solar cells
K Uma
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Catalyst preparation for nano-materials, CNT synthesis, and thin film lithium ion batteries for energy storage
Suman Pawar
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Catalyst preparation for nano-materials, CNT synthesis, and thin film lithium ion batteries for energy storage
D R Prasanna
Assistant Professor
Department of Biotechnology
Computer aided drug design and micro array technology, target speicific drug delivery systems using nano-medicine and implementation of nano-principles on micro-array chips
Subrahmanya Bhat
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
SDMIT, Ujire
Grid Connectivity, Fuel Cells, Energy Storage
Currently SIT is pursuing and developing collaborations with a number of national and international academic institutes and industry organizations engaged in R & D in nano-technology and related areas. Organizations interested in collaborative work may contact the Head of the Center.
Present Collaborators:
As SIT completed its Golden Jubilee in 2013, towards transforming SIT's Tumkur campus into an outstanding engineering teaching and research institute, new academic and research programs are being initiated, institute-alumni interactions are being expanded, external collaborations are being accelerated, and new facilities and research centers are being incubated. Among SIT's such bold initiatives, construction of the state-of-art, 1600-m2 integrated facility with Class 100 and up clean rooms and support areas for establishing the Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology is now complete.
Applications are invited for the following faculty, staff, and PhD research student positions. Recent Masters or PhD graduates and experienced faculty with interest or expertise in the science, technology, and engineering of nanotechnology (nano-electronics, nano-materials, and nano-medicine) are urged to apply. Staff position of interest pertains to laboratory maintenance.
  • PhD Research Student - Center's application deadline is April 15 of every year.
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • Professor or Associate Professor in Nano-materials
  • Professor or Associate Professor in Nano-medicine
  • Laboratory Technician
Faculty with Nano-materials research thrust
Applications are invited for one or two Associate Professor or Professor positions with research thrust in
      (i) nanomaterials and
      (ii) developing and understanding new materials processes towards structural, electronic, optical,     magnetic,or catalytic applications.
Candidates should possess demonstrated capability for teaching the fundamental engineering subjects pertaining to the traditional disciplines of Mechanical, Civil, or Chemical Engineering as well as experience in application-oriented materials research. Ideally, a healthy combination of academic and industry experiences is desirable. Outstanding ability to bring research funds, to develop collaborative R&D with industries, and to develop effective research and teaching programs in nanomaterials is highly sought. The senior position will in addition require a good track record of high quality research and original publications or patents, a national or international standing in the academic or industry research community, and a reputation for impeccable integrity.
Qualified candidates must possess earned Ph.D. in Mechanical, Civil, or Chemical Engineering, with expertise in any relevant sub-discipline of these three disciplines. Candidates with experience in solar renewable energy, composites and other advanced structural materials, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, chemical synthesis, chemical vapor deposition, MEMS/NEMS, molecular modeling, or systems design are especially encouraged to apply. At the senior level, the successful candidate is expected to establish an interdisciplinary R&D program of international caliber in nano-materials and contribute to the mission of the Center of ART at SIT.
Application materials should include comprehensive curriculum vitae, citation list of last five years publications, 2-page statement of research interests, and complete contact details of four professional references. These in doc or pdf and in one compressed file should be emailed to the Chair of the Search Committee. No telephone enquiry or application from personnel agencies will be entertained. Application reviews will commence immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.
Qualified persons especially from SC/ST categories are encouraged to apply. Special considerations will be given by SIT towards supporting SC/ST participation in and contribution to the CoE.
Dr. Shambhu K. Shastry
Search Committee Chair,
Center of Applied Research and nano-Technology
Siddaganga Institute of Technology
B. H. Road, Tumkur 572 103, Karnataka, India