APRIL 27, 2020
Technology will include diagnostic kits, personal protective equipment, drugs and health equipment. Currently the 38 labs of the organisation have 41 dedicated technologies to deal with the pandemic.
They include a paper strip-based test to detect the virus, various kinds of hand sanitizers, a pre-fabricated makeshift hospital and a 3-D printed ventilator.
Under normal circumstances, being a publicly funded organisation, technologies developed by the CSIR are generally available to the industry on a non-exclusive licensing basis, that is any company can earn the right to manufacture and sell a product provided they pay a technology fee.
CSIR Director-General Shekhar Mande told that the deferment would not apply if a firm planned on exporting such equipment.