Department of Science and Technology (DST) has set up a COVID-19 Task Force for mapping of technologies from Research and Development labs, academic institutions, start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
The capacity mapping group consists of representatives from DST, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), ICMR, MeitY, CSIR, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Ministry of MSME, Startup India and AICTE.
The Task Force is to identify the most promising startups that are close to scale up, who may need financial or other help or connects or projected demand to rapidly scale up.
It also aims at funding nearly market-ready solutions in the area of diagnostics, testing, health care delivery solutions and equipment supplies. Some of these solutions include masks, sanitizers, affordable kits for screening, ventilators and oxygenators.
Source : Economic Times