8 COVID-19 related IIT-KGP projects approved

Kolkata, Apr 20 () The Council of Indian Institutesof Technology, the governing body of all the IITs, hasapproved eight COVID-19 related projects submitted by the IITKharagpur and the first phase of the projects is expected tostart immediately after the lockdown is relaxed.

Researchers would be working on several projects suchas designing and developing bodysuit for COVID-19 patients,personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers,rapid diagnostic kit, and portable shredder integrated withsterilizer, the statement said.

Other projects approved by the IIT Council includedreal-time PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) machine, suit withforced purified and cooled air circulation for medicalprofessionals, bootstrapping ambu-bag as automatedventilator, telemedicine for fighting a viral pandemic, largescale production of recombinant proteins for vaccine andtesting.

"IIT Kharagpur has set up research funding for R&Dwork related to COVID-19. The Institute submitted a list ofprojects to the IIT Council of which 8 projects have beenselected. An amount of Rs 50 Lakh has been allotted for phaseI of 8 projects towards development of prototypes," astatement issued by the IIT-KGP said on Monday.Advertisement

For most of these projects, the prototypes areexpected to be ready within 3-4 weeks, while a couple of themwould take about 6 months to deliver the results, it said.

IIT-KGP Director Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari said,"While we built some quick technologies to cater to theimmediate needs of the essential service providers at thecampus, we were simultaneously preparing project proposals andevaluating them keeping in mind the immediate need of thecountry, cost and product delivery period.

"IIT Kharagpur has a proven track record towardsdevelopment of indigenous health and hygiene technologieswhich are affordable, high-quality at par with globallyaccepted standards, and commercially viable, he said.

"Our researchers are committed to deliver theprototypes within a constrained timeline considering thehealthcare needs in the current situation, Tewari said. SUSNN NN

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