Desperate times call for desperate measures and that’s what the nation is experiencing right now. As the COVID-19 mount with every passing day, different industries are stepping forward to contribute in whatever capacity possible. From industrialists pouring in huge donations to Bollywood celebrities, everyone is doing their bit to bring the effects of this global pandemic to a bare minimum.
In the series of these events, the latest news comes from the Indian automotive industry in a rather innovative and welcoming gesture, MG Motor India has announced to offer a grant of Rs 10 lakh to whoever comes up with an affordable ventilator design in order to support the existing healthcare system in the country.
The last date to submit applications is April 15. The quest for the affordable and quick-to-produce ventilator is aimed to provide support to the patients affected by Coronavirus. A panel of medical experts would be evaluating the entries and the best-chosen one would receive the sum of Rs 10 lakh from MG Motor India.
The SAIC owned automotive brand would also provide production support for the supposed prototype at the company’s Halol manufacturing facility to ensure rapid market distribution.
MG has called in for the entries under the umbrella of the MG Developer Program and Grant on its website. The requirement is urgent and critical and hence, the last date of submitting applications is 15 April.
Speaking about the initiative, President and Managing Director, MG Motor India, Rajeev Chaba, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a dire need of ventilators to take care of the growing number of patients. There is an extreme shortage of ventilators in the country and those available are very expensive for mass adoption. As a responsible corporate citizen, MG Motor India is committed to fighting this pandemic,” he said.
Chaba added that incentivising medical innovation through a financial grant to the most viable prototype is the most effective channel to do our bit for the community.
The nation is under lockdown since March 23, and the numbers of COVID-19 affected cases have risen upwards of the 80,000-mark.