81890142_2300370963587322_8980216573675438080_o--1-Director Tewari says central institutes like IITs have major role in guiding MSMEs to help with COVID-19 response

Hindustan Times (May 9, 2020)

IITs, NITs should guide MSMEs to manufacture anti-Covid gear: IIT Kharagpur Director

Tewari advocated creating mobile apps for the MSMEs, hit hard by the novel coronavirus triggered lockdown, to provide them with training by the institutes.

IIT Kharagpur Director V K Tewari has said central institutes like the IITs and NITs have a major role to help the micro, medium and small enterprises (MSME) by guiding them to manufacture personal protective equipment, parts of diagnostic kits and other products required in the Covid-19 era.

Tewari advocated creating mobile apps for the MSMEs, hit hard by the novel coronavirus triggered lockdown, to provide them with training by the institutes.

"For instance, if we provide them (MSME units) with designs of gloves, masks meeting certain guidelines, they can come up with products in 3-4 months. Similarly, these enterprises can be roped in for making parts of diagnostic kits and PCR machines...after required training," he said. (Read More)