Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to sets up a rapid Response Centre for COVID-19. The Union science and technology ministry on Yesterday i.e 3rd April 2020 approved setting up an exclusive body named Centre for Augmenting War with COVID-19 Health Crisis(CAWACH) to evaluate and support innovations and start-ups that address COVID-19 challenges.
The SINE or Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which is a technology business incubator at IIT Bombay has been identified as implementing agency of the CAWACH.
Science and Technology ministry in a statement said ''The CAWACH’s mandate will be to extend timely support to potential start-ups by way of requisite financial assistance and fund deployment, targeting innovations that are deployable in the market within next six months"
Underlining the importance of this effort, Secretary department of science and technology(DTS) of the ministry, Ashutosh Sharma, said the programme was focused on leveraging intelligence and extraordinary innovative potential of technology incubator and start-ups and empowering them to speedily address the multidimensional challenges of COVID-19.
the ministry said"The CAWACH will provide access to pan India networks for testing, trial and market deployment of these products and solutions in the identified areas of priority COVID-19 solutions. This will help to address various challenges faced by the country due to severe impact of COVID-19,”
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