IIT Ropar & ANSYS to install negative pressure chambers for covid-19 patients in Punjab
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
CSR Agreement signed to enable isolation of COVID-19 Patients in Rupnagar District
IIT Ropar in association with Ansys Software Private Limited, Indian subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc. have joined forces to install low-cost negative pressure cabins in the government medical centers in the Rupnagar district of Punjab. Ansys has donated funds to IIT Ropar under CSR agreement towards installation of these cabins.
IIT Ropar, with simulation technology support from Ansys to its R&D efforts,has developed low cost negative pressure chambers for isolating COVID-19 patients under the guidance of Dr. Dhiraj K. Mahajan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These negative pressure rooms are specifically designed isolation rooms in hospitals and medical centers which ensure that the released air borne contaminants do not stay suspended (or leak outside)and is instead scavenged through the ventilation system. It comprises of a sealed plastic canopy, a removable door around the bed of the patient and an appropriately designed ventilation system to maintain the negative pressure as well as for efficient removal of the air borne contaminants with filtration.
Speaking about the agreement Prof. Sarit K. Das, Director, IIT Ropar said, “I’m proud of the young faculty members of IIT Ropar who have turned the present Corona crisis to an opportunity to be ATMANIRBHAR as outlined by our Honourable Prime Minister. The negative pressure gradient room for Covid19 patients is such a development where our faculty and students worked with the industry and I’m happy that Ansys has supported this CSR initiative. I thank Ansys software for this and congratulate our faculty and students for putting into practice the mission of IIT Ropar – contribution to knowledge, contribution to society and contribution to the Nation.”
Speaking about the agreement, Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President – India and South Asia Pacific, Ansys, said, “Ansysis pleased to contribute towards the installation in Punjabof these much-needed Negative Pressure Chambers. We are firm believers that education, technology, and the government are the three principal forces that can create much needed positive impacts in the world. The COVID-19 situation has to be controlled soon and technology can pave the way for us. This installation in Punjab is a perfect example of how the industry and the academia have come together to aid the government in its time of need. These negative pressure cabins will go a long way in making India self-reliantto fight COVID-19.”
These NPRs became a reality due to the support from Ansys through its multiphysics engineering simulation software for product design, testing and operations. As a part of its CSR initiative, Ansys is now supporting IIT Ropar via its donation of CSR funds for installing low-cost negative pressure cabins by IIT Ropar in government medical centers in the Rupnagar district, Punjab. IIT Ropar will be in charge for fabricating and installation of these NPRs in Rupnagar, Punjab.