Shoe Sanitization Facility developed at NIT Jalandhar to fight COVID-19 outbreak
In an effort to help people of the Nation in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lalit Kumar Awasthi, Director, National Institute of Technology Jalandhar (NITJ) appealed to all faculty, staff and students of the Institute to contribute to the country in the time of need. Under his able leadership, Shoe Sanitization Facility has been developed.
It is learnt from several studies that shoe sole acted as major source of corona virus transmission in Italy during COVID-19 outbreak. In an effort to maintain hygiene and reduce the risk of possible virus contamination from shoe sole, a team consisting of Prof. R. K. Garg, Department of Industrial & Production Engineering, Prof Anish Sachdeva, Department of Industrial & Production Engineering and Dr Shailendra Bajpai, Department of Chemical Engineering created a shoe sanitization facility that can disinfect shoe sole of a visitor entering into the campus in less than 30 seconds. A solution of 1 % Sodium hypochlorite was used to disinfect the shoe sole. This facility will significantly reduce the possible risk of COVID 19 transmission from shoes of visitors entering into the campus.