Tezpur: Tezpur University (TU) joined the fight against coronavirus by developing face shields that can be used by medical staff as a protective device against COVID-19. The face shields can be worn by medical staff while approaching patients and subjects.
The face shields are jointly developed at Embedded Systems and Robotics Lab and Applied Photonics and Nanophotonics Lab at the University, which are supported under the funding of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and eYantra Project (IIT Bombay) and Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi respectively
The university has already dispatched first set of face shields to Tezpur Medical College, Gauhati Medical College and Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute.
The face shields are developed by a group of faculty members -Dr. Nayan M. Kakoty, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Dr. Durlav Sonowal, Assistant Professor of the same department, Dr. Rosy Sarmah, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Prof. Pabitra Nath of the Department of Physics with the active help of TU administration. Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology has helped in the making of sanitizers for disinfection of the shields.