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Pune university exploring ways to generate medical oxygen like IIT-Bombay on campus.

Pune University has been looking for solutions to produce medical oxygen on its campus and provied to hospitals.

Pune University wants to follow in the footsteps of IIT-Bombay, which has kickstarted to convert an existing nitrogen-producing unit to generate medical oxygen.

Over the last few days, SPPU has been looking for solutions to produce medical oxygen on its campus and provide them for COVID to hospitals.

Vice-Chancellor Dr. Nitin Karmalkar said that earlier there were talks to bring an oxygen plant that was lying defunct in another state, but the plant is now being shifted to another district in Maharashtra.

Dr. Karmalkar said that while he is speaking to various stakeholders, including industries for solutions, he is keenly following the development at IIT B.

At IIT-B, a pilot project has been initiated with Tata Consultancy Engineers and Spantech Engineers, where an existing pressure swing absorption (PSA) nitrogen unit has been converted to a PSA oxygen unit using a simple technological hack.

Meanwhile, SPPU authorities recently announced that it will now start conducting RT PCR tests for COVID on campus at its newly created laboratory. Students, volunteers and faculty with experience of working in biosafety laboratory or molecular diagnostics have been asked to come forward and help out.

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