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Health crisis - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Health crisis


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A Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis has got its green signal for its formation.

Key data’s:

  • Approved by: Setting up of a Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) was approved by the Department of Science & Technology.
  • Implementing agency: The CAWACH will be implemented by the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), a technology business incubator at IIT Bombay.
  • Purpose: It was approved to combat COVID-19 global pandemic and to take immediate actions and scale up responses to detect, treat and reduce transmission to save people’s lives.
  • Allotted fund: CAWACH will be set up at a cost of Rs 56 Cr to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges.
  • Focus on: Inorder to speedily address the multi-dimensional challenges of COVID-19, the CAWACH programme will focus on utilizing the youthful energy, intelligence and extraordinary innovative potential of our technology incubators and start-ups.
  • The inventions will be across respiratory aids, disinfection systems, protective gear and coatings, information and monitoring assists, diagnostics, and plethora of other relevant materials, devices and solutions.
  • The firms which will get research and development support is yet to be announced by the CAWACH.
  • The CAWACH’s mandate will be to extend timely support to potential start-ups by way of the requisite financial assistance and fund deployment targeting innovations that are deployable in the market within next 6 months.
  • CAWACH will identify upto 50 innovations and start-ups that are in the area of novel, low cost, safe and effective ventilators, respiratory aids, protective gears, novel solutions for sanitizers, disinfectants, diagnostics, therapeutics, informatics and any effective interventions to control COVID-19. 
  • Indian start-ups: Some Indian start-ups that have managed to combat COVID-19 so far – MyLab, Bione, AgVa, Haptik, KlinicApp.

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