After the adult ventilator and paediatric ventilator, the PSG College of Technology and Pricol Medical Systems Limited combo have come out with yet another technology in the form of a ‘Health and Physical Fitness Monitor.’

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the technology that took almost two years for the stakeholders to develop, was formally transferred to the company for commercialisation here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the event got up to transfer the technology, G.J. Samathanam, Advisor and Head – Technology Development and Transfer, Department of Science and Technology (DST), pointed out that even though the funding for such projects was provided by the DST, what mattered most was the intellectual inputs from academia and industry that had gone into it to perfect it as a people-friendly system.

“It is an appreciable fact that the prototype that is a result of the efforts of the academic and industry experts, including the students, is to be converted into a product that will be useful to the people. The final product should also bear the name of DST for the common man to know the role of the Government in such efforts,” Mr. Samathanam said.

Pointing out the great potential that scientific and technology intervention had in health and judiciary of the nation, he stressed the importance of delivering targets on a par with global standards to get the country going on the path of real development.

R. Rudramoorthy, Principal of PSG College of Technology, said the college had gained a name for itself by providing industrially relevant education and nurturing industrially relevant human resources. “With 10,000 students, 600 faculty, and 500 research scholars, we are shifting focus from the above to being an industrially relevant research institution”.

Since the DST was interested in the college taking up more and larger projects, it was vital to set up inter-disciplinary centres and also fine tune the existing centres of excellence to enable this, he said.

Mr. Rudramoorthy formally handed over the technology documents to Jose Varghese, Business Head, Pricol Medical Systems Limited, in the presence of E.S.R. Gopal, Emeritus Scientist, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

P.V. Mohan Ram, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Principal Investigator of the project, said the project was executed at a total cost of Rs. 58 lakh with 10 per cent contribution from Pricol Medical Systems. The prototype cost Rs. 23,000.

The monitor is expected to be launched commercially in 2014 after clinical validation.

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