On May 1, 2020, The Defence Ministry announced that the Pune-based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed a microwave steriliser ‘Atulya’ that can disintegrate the novel Coronavirus within 30 seconds by differential heating in the range of 56 degrees to 60 degrees celsius temperatures.Key Points:
i.About Atulya: The steriliser was tested for human/operator safety and has been found to be safe depending upon the size and shape of various objects.
ii.Atulya is a cost-effective solution that can be operated in portable or fixed installations and weighs around 3 kilograms (Kg). It can be used for sterilisation of non-metallic objects only.
iii.About DIAT: The DIAT is a deemed university under the ministry’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
iv.Other products of DRDO: The DRDO has developed several products including ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, large area sanitisation solutions and Covid-19 sample collection kiosks to fight against Coronavirus.
v.The DRDO has also stepped forward to provide medical oxygen plants to hospitals in far-flung areas to generate their own oxygen supply.
vi.The armed forces have also come up with a raft of innovations to combat the pandemic from modifying quadcopters to spray disinfectants over large areas to ultraviolet light sanitisers, assisted respiratory systems and 3-D printed masks.
vii.The different wings of the defence ministry including the armed forces, the DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board have designed and developed a wide range of products to control the spread of pandemic.
Headquarters– DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi.
Motto– Strength’s Origin is in Science.
Minister of Defense– Shri Rajnath Singh.(Ghaziabad, UP)
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.