Technology Transfer Current Affairs - 2020

Agappe Chitra Magna launched by SCTIMST to detect COVID-19

On May 20, 2020, the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology operating under Department of Science and Technology has launched magnetic nano particle based RNA extraction kit called “Agappe Chitra Magna”.


The Agappe Chitra Magna kit was validated by the National Institute of Virology. The kit was developed by the SCTIMST and was transferred to Agappe Diagnostics and hence the name Agappe Chitra Magna kit.

The approval of the kit was provided by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).

About the kit

The kit uses an innovative technology of magnetic nano particles to isolate RNA. The nanoparticles are used to capture RNA from the sample of the patient. The kit enhanced detection of positive cases. This is because the magnetic nanoparticles binds to the viral RNA and when exposed to magnetic field gives concentrated RNA.


The kit is highly affordable. The price of the kit is Rs 300 and is expected to come down to Rs 150. This will help to address the needs of India. The Government of India has estimated that the country will need around 8 lakhs kits per month for the next six months. The Agappe Diagnostics has manufacturing capacity of 3 lakh kits per month.

GoI launches Suraksha Store Initiative

The Department of Consumer Affairs operating under Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution launched Suraksha Store Initiative. It aims at health and safety of the citizens during lockdown.


The Department of Consumer Affairs has joined hands with a Tech Start Up Safejob and Seekify to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Kirana store level. The main objective of the initiative is to educate the owners of Kirana store owners all over the country about COVID-19, protocols required to be followed and also about COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The protocols that are to be used in the initiative to educate the store persons were decided by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). It also included norms of social distancing and hygiene in all retail outlets. Also, the initiative aims at using Arogya Setu application to find a store that is operated under the initiative. The stores that are to operate under the initiative will be called as “Suraksha Store”.

About the launch

Under the initiative, so far 5 lakh stores have been registered. Over 7 lakh retailers have enrolled for training and 70,000 employees have already completed their training.

The store is the best example of how India is using technology to solve high impact problems with simple solutions.