(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.

Crucial findings:

  • 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 solutions.


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