Shreedhar Manek

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Based in Bangalore, Shreedhar is a Staff Writer for The Ken. He writes on technology, education, human resources and urban mobility. He has a BTech in Computer Science and an MS in Urban Sociology from IIIT Hyderabad.

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IIT Kanpur, others race Covid-19 clock to build ventilators for India

So DRDO seems to be working with Skanray to manufacture ventilators. I do not know any details of this design or what roles either of the parties are taking in the manufacturing. Skanray has been opaque with their plans and have shared little apart from ambitious targets. People that I spoke to were skeptical of Skanray pulling off making ICU-grade ventilators within the timeframe that they would be needed. That is the reason the barebones ventilators are being seen as having value. However, how DRDO's involvement changes things, we do not know yet.

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IIT Kanpur, others race Covid-19 clock to build ventilators for India

Hey Ankur, from the people that we spoke to, the government has been dealing with this with a war-footing. AMTZ, mentioned in the story, is essentially making it zero-cost for companies to produce ventilators. Having said that, the biggest concern for everyone was the friction due to lockdown. Procuring products not just from abroad but even the country has become a difficult task. So, as of now, coordination between the various government entities is a problem.

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