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SIIC, IIT-Kanpur launches Mission Bharat O2 challenge to combat shortage of oxygen – Times of India

KANPUR: Rising to the grave well being disaster due to the second Covid wave leading to acute shortage of oxygen and life help gear within the nation, the Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre of IIT Kanpur has launched Mission Bharat O2, a forty five-day open challenge for manufacturing excessive-high quality indigenous, quickly scalable oxygen technology items to assist combat the emergency.

Last 12 months additionally, SIIC had supported its incubated corporations to develop indigenous merchandise like Swasa N-95 masks and Noccarc V310 ventilator.

The manufacturing challenge activity drive shall be led by Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Professor In-charge, Innovation & Incubation, IIT Kanpur, Srikant Sastri, President, TiE Delhi-NCR, and Rahul Patel, Head of Strategic Initiatives, SIIC, IIT Kanpur.


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Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, has appealed to entrepreneurs to apply for the challenge.

“IIT Kanpur carries a legacy of serving the nation in times of urgent need. When the first wave of Covid-19 hit India, SIIC incubated companies stepped up to deliver Swasa N-95 masks, which became a household name for protection and the Noccarc V310 ICU ventilator. Both products, developed locally, were testament to India’s capability to innovate at par with global standards. As the second wave hits India, IIT Kanpur and SIIC have decided to support more indigenous innovators, this time to address the oxygen crisis in the country. I urge all eligible entrepreneurs to participate in Mission Bharat O2.”

Prof. Bandyopadhyay mentioned, “SIIC and IIT Kanpur have a history of delivering quality products as per the country’s needs. We did it with the Noccarc ventilator; we will do it again with Mission Bharat O2. We urge young innovators to come up in large numbers to support the nation at this time.”

Oxygen concentrator is a medical machine with restricted scope for product innovation, and therefore SIIC plans to decentralise the manufacturing course of by participating high quality SMEs throughout states.

An supreme case situation can be to work with a set of producers in several areas with the goal manufacturing capability of 100 items per day initially and scale up regularly.

Srikant Sastri mentioned, “Entrepreneurs usually get carried away by a big idea without acknowledging whether the problem it solves is as big. With Mission Bharat O2, SIIC IIT Kanpur has taken a step toward solving a major crisis the country is grappling with today. We believe the team will make a mark with its combined entrepreneurial experience and vision to serve the nation.”

All eligible Indian SME producers can apply on-line on the website to take part. The initiative will assist ease the stress on hospitals and save lives.

Mission Bharat O2 makes a powerful case for leveraging native, indigenous expertise to innovate the manufacturing and provide chain for oxygen concentrators and vegetation.

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