The ministry of human resource development has selected eight projects by the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) related to the research and development work on Covid-19.
Last week, the institute had submitted a list of projects, of which eight have been selected.
Detailing the projects that have been approved by the ministry, IIT-Kgp director V K Tewari said that the development of the smartphone-integrated paper strip kit for rapid low-cost diagnostics of Covid-19 infection is in the pipeline.
He added that other projects include designing and development of an indigenous real-time PCR Machine, large scale production of recombinant proteins for vaccine and testing of Covid-19, bootstrapping the ambu bag as an automated ventilator, designing and development of a bodysuit for Coronavirus patients to prevent the spread of the infection, telemedicine for fighting the viral pandemic, producing hazmat suits with forced purified and cooled air circulation for medical professionals and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and portable shredder integrated with sterilizer.
Tewari added, “It is our responsibility to improve the quality of life for people in the society. While we built some quick technologies to cater to the immediate needs of the essential service providers at the campus, we were simultaneously preparing project proposals and evaluating them, keeping in mind the immediate need of the country, cost and product delivery period.”
An amount of Rs 50 Lakh has been allotted for Phase I of the eight projects towards the development of prototypes, according to officials.
For most of these projects, the prototypes are expected to be ready within four weeks while a couple of them would take about six months to deliver the results.
The first phase is expected to start immediately after the lockdown is relaxed and the research staffers are able to reach the laboratories. Meanwhile, software-related work would progress as usual.
“IIT Kharagpur has a proven track record of developing indigenous health and hygiene technologies that are affordable, high-quality at par with globally accepted standards and commercially viable. Our researchers are committed to delivering the prototypes within a constrained timeline, considering the healthcare needs of the current situation,” said Tewari.
Source: Times of India