(The Gist of PIB) Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis [APRIL-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis
Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis
Department of Science and Technology, Government of India in a rapid response
to combat COVID-19 global pandemic approved setting up of a Centre for
Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH).
It aims to scout, evaluate and support the innovations and start-ups that
address COVID-19 challenges.
The Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), a technology business
incubator at IIT Bombay supported by DST has been identified as the Implementing
Agency of the CAWACH.
The CAWACH’s mandate will be to extend timely support to potential startups by
way of the requisite financial assistance and fund deployment targeting
innovations that are deployable in the market within the next 6 months.
CAWACH will identify up to 50 innovations and startups that are in the area of
a novel, low cost, safe and effective ventilators, respiratory aids, protective
gear, novel solutions for sanitizers, disinfectants, diagnostics, therapeutics,
informatics, and any effective interventions to control COVID-19.
It will provide access to pan India networks for testing, trial and market
deployment of these products and solutions in the identified areas of priority
COVID-19 solutions. This will help to address various challenges faced by the
country due to the severe impact of COVID-19.
CAWACH program of DST is focused on leveraging the youthful energy,
intelligence and extraordinary innovative potential of our technology incubators
and startups and empowering them for scale-up to speedily address the
multi-dimensional challenges of COVID-19 across respiratory aids, disinfection
systems, protective gear and coatings, information and monitoring assists,
diagnostics, and the plethora of other relevant materials, devices, and