How COVID-19 is driving innovation in India

The novel coronavirus has forced millions of Indians to stay indoors and has infected more than 6,400 people and claimed over 100 lives. An unprecedented side-effect of the pandemic has, however, been how it has driven innovation in the country.

Let us take a look:


The Defense Research and Development Organisation, along with the students of IIT Roorkee, developed faceshields to meet the shortage of masks and protect health care workers from getting infected. They are made from 3-D printing.

(Image courtesy: DRDO)



A new biosuit was developed by DRDO which has a seem sealing glue to safeguard health care workers.

This glue is also used as a sealent in submarines to make them waterproof.


Disinfection chamber

The Personal Sanitisation Chamber (PSE) has been developed by DRDO as a full body disinfection chamber.

The chambers can be used to monitor incoming and outgoing officials at hospitals, official buildings and other critical points of transit.



Several start-up companies are making drones in the country which facilitate delivery of medicines as well as help police in patrolling and ensur3 that the social distancing guidelines are being followed.



Zafi robots made by a company called Propellor technologies in Tamil Nadu were donated to attend patients in quarantine.


Low cost ventilators

The students of IIT Roorkee have developed Prana-Vayu a low cost ventilator, in association with AIIMS-Rishikesh which can be manufactured at just Rs 25,000.