IIT Kanpur Launches Mission Bharat O2 Challenge to Combat the Oxygen Crisis in India

IIT Kanpur has announced a Mission Bharat O2 Challenge for MSMEs to develop indigenous bedside oxygen concentrators and oxygen plants

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IIT Kanpur, in a bid to combat the oxygen crisis in India, has announced a Mission Bharat O2 Challenge for MSMEs. The 45-days open manufacturing challenge, which is being led by Prof Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, professor in-charge, innovation and incubation, IIT Kanpur and Srikant Sastri, director, FIRST IIT Kanpur and chairman, I3G advisory network, aims to build an efficient mechanism to support MSMEs of India to bring more than 20,000 oxygen generation units in the next 6 to 8 weeks.


Prof. Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT Kanpur, has requested eligible manufacturers to apply for the challenge. “IIT Kanpur carries a legacy of serving the nation in times of urgent need. When the first wave of COVID-19 hit India SIIC incubated companies stepped up to deliver world-class healthcare products. The products, developed locally, are a testament of India’s capability to innovate at par with global standards. As we reel under the impact of the second wave in India, IIT Kanpur and SIIC have decided to support more indigenous innovators, this time to address the oxygen crisis in the country. I urge all eligible manufacturers to participate in Mission Bharat O2,” he said.

The Support MSMEs will Receive from IIT Kanpur

Through this mission, the Indian Institute if Technology Kanpur aims at setting up rapidly scalable manufacturing units of indigenous oxygen concentrators and oxygen generation plants for a sustainable production network. The institute says this can be made possible only if indigenous supply chain giants, start-up ecosystem, and the manufacturing capabilities of MSMEs are combined. In return, IIT Kanpur will provide the following support:

  • Centralized supply chain management and quality sourcing support.
  • Fund support for scaling up, procurement, testing, and certification.
  • Ordering, distribution and logistics support.
  • Validated and approved product design and production support.

Those who wish to know more about the challenge, and then apply may visit the official website for further details.