The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi has developed a COVID-19 test kit which has become a success. The researchers at IIT-Delhi’s Kusuma School of Biological Sciences (KSBS) invented the kit. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has already given approval to the new invented kit claiming it to be 100% successful.
V Perumal, a Professor at IIT-Delhi said, “We started working on it by the end of January and got it ready in three months. We wanted to contribute to affordable low-cost diagnostics that could be used in large numbers.”
Claiming it to be a swab testing kit, he said that “testing will be cheaper than all existing devices,” and that the device will be affordable for commercial production. On Thursday, the ICMR had approved a detection assay for COVID-19.
A statement from IIT-Delhi read, “The assay has been validated at the ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100 per cent. This makes IIT-Delhi the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay.”
This is the first time ICMR has given approval to any coronavirus testing kit. This is no doubt an important success. The kits will be useful for specific and affordable high throughput testing. India has been purchasing kits for rapid testing from other countries which cost huge for India. The team is now aiming for a large-scale deployment of the kit at affordable prices with suitable industrial patterns as soon as possible.