COVID-19 has seen students innovate with hand sanitizers, PPEs, intubation boxes, remote diagnosis, trackers and more.
When I came across the fact that students of Mahindra Ecole Centrale College of Engineering, Hyderabad developed a live district-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases in India (that is now shut as cases are rising), I decided to check out what else students were doing and was pleasantly surprised.
Anant National University, Ahmedabad is actively participating in India’s fight against Covid19 by creating and implementing solutions through built environment and design. The team from AnantU has designed visors, corrugated cardboard beds and separators for the Covid19 recovery facilities. They have set up 720 beds to date and have the capacity to produce over 500 beds per day and have already set up recovery centres in Kerala and Mumbai and will soon do so in Gujarat. “We used materials that can be easily sourced, assembled and are strong enough to last. These are long lasting, reuseable and recycleable. The side tables were made with a design so that the users and doctors get two surfaces to work with for keeping medicines and equipment,” says Dhaval Monani, Director of Affordable Housing. Advaita Jairam, a 2nd year B.Des student adds, “their initiative of converting vacant areas into recovery centres at zero cost is especially significant, because good design is design that is meaningful, and this is the very definition of that.”
Read the full story that first appeared in The New Indian Express dated July 5, 2020 here: