Publish Date: September 1, 2021

Rapid Antigen Testing Facility for COVID-19 Inaugurated at IIT Delhi

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A Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) facility for COVID-19 was inaugurated at IIT Delhi on August 31, 2021, by the Institute’s Director Prof V. Ramgopal Rao. The facility will be operated by JITM Skills, which will use the RAT kit developed by IIT Delhi. The test report will be available in 5-10 minutes. IIT Delhi beneficiaries will have to pay Rs. 50 for this test.

The RAT kit, which has been developed by Prof. Harpal Singh from the Center for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi, is found to have a Sensitivity- 90%, Specificity- 100%, and Accuracy- 98.99% as certified by the ICMR. These are among the best available values for any such test kits in the world.

There is already a RTPCR sample collection facility on the campus for COVID-19 test, which uses the testing kit based on the technology developed by IIT Delhi researchers.