The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) has announced a collaboration with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government. As part of the collaboration, IIT Delhi will help the Delhi Government prepare for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute has already provided strategic recommendations to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for the improvement of oxygen infrastructure and supply chain management in the capital.
What the IIT Delhi and Delhi Government Collaboration is Aimed At
Ankur Garg, Commissioner (Trade and Taxation), Government of Delhi, commented on the IIT Delhi collaboration saying, “GNCTD is already preparing for the third wave of COVID-19, and the collaboration with IIT Delhi will further add value to the strategic planning process”. Some of the objectives of the partnership are as follows:
- To analyse strategic issues of the Oxygen infrastructure in Delhi and prepare a blueprint for the same.
- To improve the current IT Portal and Dashboard created for Oxygen management by Delhi Government and integrate technological solutions to improve the same.
- To plan to augment and create medical oxygen storage, production and distribution in Delhi.
A joint team comprising of experts from IIT Delhi, officials from the Delhi government, including its health and IT department, scrutinised the issues that hindered the way of management of oxygen infrastructure within Delhi and formulated practical solutions to resolve them to strengthen the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The joint team has submitted its report to the Delhi High Court on 28 May 2021.
Professor Sanjay Dhir, department of management studies, IIT Delhi, who is representing the institute in this effort said, “Our objective was to make sure that we provide specific and practically implementable solutions to the Delhi government” while reiterating that the partnership aims at ensuring no lives are lost due to oxygen-related infrastructure issues in the capital.