Union Ministry Invites Applications From Startups, Companies For Developing New Tech To Tackle COVID-19 Wave | News

May 21, 2021 0 Comments



The Department of Science and Technology has started a new initiative under which such innovations will be encouraged that will promise solutions to COVID-19 pandemic

Highlights
  • The initiative aims to raise supply of devices like Oxygen Concentrators
  • Startups can bring new technologies and products in the market: Centre
  • Some startups already have good technologies but need mentoring: Centre

New Delhi: The Department of Science and Technology has invited applications from startups and companies for developing new technologies and innovative products to tackle the second wave of COVID-19. “As a rapid response to support startup-driven solutions for tackling the current challenging, second wave of COVID 2.0 in the country, Indian startups and companies have been invited to apply for developing new technologies and innovative products that can enable our country to fight the crisis,” read an official release by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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NIDHI4COVID2.0, a new initiative under which the companies can apply, will fund eligible startups and companies registered in India offering promising solutions in the thrust areas of oxygen innovation, portable solution, relevant medical accessories, diagnostic, informatics, or any other solution that addresses/mitigate various challenges faced by country/society due to the severe impact of COVID-19.

The initiative is a special drive of the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI) for supporting indigenous solutions and innovative products to combat the crisis that the country is currently facing due to the pandemic.

Development and manufacturing (import substitution) of the products parts currently being imported for the devices like Oxygen Concentrators and so on would also be considered for Seed Support through DST supported network of Technology Business Incubators (TBIs). Promising startups will be provided with financial and mentoring support for scaling up their products/technologies to the next level and speeding up their processes, helping them reach the product deployment stage as fast as possible.

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This initiative has been built based on NSTEDB’s past experience of implementing Centre for Augmenting WAR with Covid-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) and also through special calls through National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations – Seed Support System (NIDHI – SSS) from Technology Business Incubators (TBI) to support startups in 2020.

Supporting development of devices like Oxygen Concentrators also brings with it huge opportunities in the development and manufacturing of several critical components that are being imported such as specialized valves, zeolite materials, oil-less and noiseless miniaturized compressors, gas sensors, etc. which have wider applications in several sectors, said Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

In the current situation, startups can play a major role in bringing new technologies and products in the market, thus making our country stronger at various fronts against the ongoing war on COVID. Some of the startups already have promising technologies but need mentoring, financial, and marketing support to go to the next level. Thus, DST’s attempt through this new initiative is to scout and support deserving startups with much-needed support to scale up their technologies, helping them reach the product deployment stage as fast as possible.

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World

16,61,31,300Cases

6,01,97,371Active

10,24,91,352Recovered

34,42,577Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 16,61,31,300 and 34,42,577 have died; 6,01,97,371 are active cases and 10,24,91,352 have recovered as on May 22, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

2,62,89,290 2,57,299Cases

29,23,4001,04,525Active

2,30,70,365 3,57,630Recovered

2,95,525 4,194Deaths

In India, there are 2,62,89,290 confirmed cases including 2,95,525 deaths. The number of active cases is 29,23,400 and 2,30,70,365 have recovered as on May 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

55,27,092 29,644

3,69,673 16,112

50,70,801 44,493

86,618 1,263

Karnataka

23,67,742 32,218

5,14,259 20,716

18,29,276 52,581

24,207 353

Kerala

22,93,632 29,673

3,06,719 11,501

19,79,919 41,032

6,994 142

Tamil Nadu

17,70,988 36,184

2,74,629 11,239

14,76,761 24,478

19,598 467

Uttar Pradesh

16,59,212 7,682

1,06,276 10,158

15,34,176 17,668

18,760 172

Andhra Pradesh

15,42,079 20,937

2,09,156 22

13,23,019 20,811

9,904 104

Delhi

14,12,959 3,009

35,683 4,531

13,54,445 7,288

22,831 252

West Bengal

12,29,805 19,847

1,32,181 671

10,83,570 19,017

14,054 159

Chhattisgarh

9,41,366 4,943

76,446 5,020

8,52,529 9,867

12,391 96

Rajasthan

9,03,418 6,225

1,31,806 12,168

7,64,137 18,264

7,475 129

Gujarat

7,80,471 4,251

84,421 4,597

6,86,581 8,783

9,469 65

Madhya Pradesh

7,57,119 4,384

67,625 5,100

6,82,100 9,405

7,394 79

Haryana

7,28,607 5,643

54,397 7,955

6,66,893 13,486

7,317 112

Bihar

6,81,199 5,154

49,312 5,095

6,27,548 10,151

4,339 98

Odisha

6,68,422 12,523

98,610 1,615

5,67,382 10,881

2,430 27

Telangana

5,47,727 3,464

44,395 1,362

5,00,247 4,801

3,085 25

Punjab

5,28,676 5,253

63,470 3,571

4,52,318 8,652

12,888 172

Assam

3,59,640 6,066

54,163 998

3,02,889 4,987

2,588 81

Jharkhand

3,27,035 2,151

24,499 2,012

2,97,776 4,117

4,760 46

Uttarakhand

3,07,566 3,626

63,373 5,270

2,38,593 8,780

5,600 116

Jammu And Kashmir

2,63,905 3,848

49,893 661

2,10,547 4,466

3,465 43

Himachal Pradesh

1,75,384 2,662

31,519 1,929

1,41,213 4,534

2,652 57

Goa

1,43,192 1,625

19,328 1,480

1,21,562 3,075

2,302 30

Puducherry

93,167 1,702

17,936 341

73,936 2,017

1,295 26

Chandigarh

57,737 406

5,675 398

51,382 790

680 14

Tripura

45,223 864

7,337 530

37,429 332

457 2

Manipur

42,565 656

6,298 606

35,606 1,247

661 15

Meghalaya

27,755 828

6,861 384

20,480 419

414 25

Arunachal Pradesh

23,553 394

2,916 185

20,545 206

92 3

Nagaland

19,593 309

4,588 69

14,747 227

258 13

Ladakh

17,146 121

1,599 10

15,374 110

173 1

Sikkim

12,521 317

3,175 53

9,126 261

220 3

Mizoram

10,024 284

2,473 170

7,521 114

30

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

9,880 30

607 65

9,269 95

4

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

6,789 31

274 13

6,417 16

98 2

Lakshadweep

6,101 345

1,828 164

4,251 179

22 2





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