Publish Date: February 7, 2023, 2:07 pm

Covid test for Rs 50 launched by Centre for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi

“A rapid diagnostic kit is now being launched by the institute costing Rs 50 (~70 cents) for Covid 19. Prof Harpal Singh and his team from CBME have developed this technology. The technology has been patented by IIT Delhi,” 

At the launch Friday, Dhotre congratulated the institute for developing affordable technology. “I am confident that this technology will revolutionise the Covid test availability in the country. I am glad to know that the kit has been developed entirely using the internal resources at IIT Delhi,” he said.

He also complimented researchers Harpal Singh and Dinesh Kumar and thanked IIT Delhi for “helping the nation in becoming Atmanirbhar in fighting the pandemic using indigenously developed technologies and made in India products”.

“The identification is based on the monoclonal antibodies specific for the coronavirus antigen. The results obtained are qualitative based and can be inferred visually with naked eye. A SARS-CoV-2 positive specimen produces a distinct color band in the test region… Absence of this colored band in the test region suggests a negative result,” said Singh.

He said the test was “found to be suitable for early Ct values (Ct values between 14 to 32) with a Sensitivity- 90%, Specificity- 100% and Accuracy- 98.99%, and certified by the ICMR.”

“These are the one of the best available values for any such test kits,” said Singh.

Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Block-III, Room No. 398, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016