NEW DELHI: Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Friday commended a team of scientists from IIT Delhi, who were involved in the development of a COVID real-time PCR diagnostic kit.
The Minister applauded the efforts of IIT-Delhi in developing the low-cost kit for the people of India.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited scientists, students and researchers to volunteer and come forward to combat COVID-19. In response, all premier institutions under HRD Ministry have stepped forward and done commendable work in combating COVID-19," Pokhriyal said.
While complimenting the scientists, Pokhriyal said the HRD Ministry is "proud of all its institutions, researchers, academicians, faculty members and students who are working tirelessly during the time of complete lockdown to come up with solutions to the issues arising out of the outbreak of Covid-19.
The probe-free assay for COVID-19 is first-of-its-kind to be approved by ICMR. The assay can be easily scaled up because it doesn't need fluorescent probes.
The team is aiming to deploy the tests kit on a large scare and at affordable prices with industrial partners as soon as possible.
The IIT-Delhi research team included Prashant Pradhan (PhD scholar), Ashutosh Pandey (PhD scholar), Praveen Tripathi (PhD scholar), Dr Akhilesh Mishra, Dr Parul Gupta, Dr Sonam Dhamija, Prof Vivekanandan Perumal, Prof Manoj B. Menon, Prof Bishwajit Kundu, Prof James Gomes.