Innovation: BTU’s affiliated engineering college makes oxygen concentrator
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Bikaner, The whole world is facing huge medical challenges today due to coronavirus. In such a situation, India is not untouched by this. The second wave of coronavirus in India has created a huge problem for the people here due to acute oxygen shortage and excessive demand, Bikaner Technical University has brought relief news with its innovations to solve this problem. Assistant Public Relations Officer Vikram Rathore said that the team of Raj Engineering College Jodhpur affiliated to Bikaner Technical University has done the work of making a prototype of homemade oxygen concentrator at a very low price. This concentrator can provide more than twice as much oxygen as the contractors available from reputed companies in the market. It produces 12 to 14 liters of oxygen per minute. This allows two patients to be combined together. In today’s situation where corona epidemic patients need the most oxygen on time and vice versa availability is the lowest, this innovation will prove to be a boon for corona patients at such a time. Water purifier equipment readily available in the market and built at a cost of just Rs 10,000 to 12000, this oxygen concentrator will serve as a lifeline for the corona patients fighting for the war of death. The team of Registrar Pankaj Sankhala, Mahendra Sankhala and Harsh Vardhan Sharma, under the direction of Dr. Rajuram Chaudhary, Chairman of Raj Group of Institutions, jointly prepared this Homemade Oxygen Concentrator from Jugaad through hard efforts of 8 days. This machine can produce oxygen at speeds of up to 10-12 liters per minute and it can be easily operated compared to the concentrators of different companies in the market. As soon as possible, his team is changing the design of the machine to create a new model in which oxygen can be made available to at least 2 patients, thereby reducing the current price per person. This project was being worked on for the past many times, using the native jugaad; this innovation was implemented by the construction team. With its successful use, an alternative has been made to manufacture oxygen concentrators that are accessible to the common man through engineering. It has been sent the innovation for approval of the State Government, after its approval, the production of it will be started.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Ambarish Sharan Vidyarthi congratulated the team for this public utility innovation of the associated engineering college of Bikaner Technical University and described it as an important step towards self-reliant India campaign. New concepts of social engineering have developed through innovations in engineering, which have become the foundation of our human society. Realizing the problem of human society and developing solutions is the true engineering. It can be further developed and used at a greater level with patents and industrial production. The University will provide full support to promote such inventions.
Director Academic Dr. Yadunath Singh said that innovation is most important in the progress of a country and innovation only develops entrepreneurship of the student. Everyone will benefit from the creation of this homemade oxygen concentrator, facing challenges through creative ability and innovation based on science and technology. The combination of knowledge, skill and sense of self has been done by the affiliated engineering college of Bikaner Technical University and the efforts here are commendable which will provide new life for our innumerable Corona afflicted siblings.
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