May 02, 2020
CSIR has devised a five-pronged strategy in the fight against Covid-19. The five verticals to fight Covid-19 are Surveillance, Rapid and Cheap Diagnosis, Development of New Therapies (including Repurposing of Drugs and New Drugs), Hospital Assistive Devices and Supply Chain and Logistics. Among these verticals, CSIR-IITR is participating in the three verticals, namely prevention, diagnostics and therapeutics.
CSIR-IITR has set up a state-of-the-art facility for Covid-19 testing as per national norms. A team of about 24 personnel will be participating in this exercise and have been imparted training by the Department of Microbiology, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) on issues related to biosafety and handling of samples.
In a meeting held with Suresh Khanna, Minister of Medical Education, and Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Professor Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-IITR, apprised them of the Institute’s full preparedness for testing and assured support to the state to enhance the testing capacity for Covid-19.
Director-General of CSIR and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), as well as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, have given their approval for testing of Covid-19 at CSIR-IITR.