The University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore on Tuesday donated cash and other essential equipment to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Covid-19.
During a meeting with Punjab Governor/Chancellor UET Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar and UET Faisalabad Campus Textile Engineering Department Chairman Dr Mohsin presented a cheque worth Rs 2,556,167/- from faculty, officers and staff as a donation towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Covid-19.
The VC also presented a cheque amounting Rs. 100,000/- to the same fund as his personal donation. During the meeting, he briefed the chancellor regarding ongoing projects which UET had recently completed to stop the spread of Covid-19 by producing hand sanitizes, liquid disinfectant soaps, herbal antiviral disinfectants, alcohol based sprays and recent project of preparing anti-microbial full body protective suits (PPEs) on a very cheap cost.
The UET Lahore VC also presented 3,500 Anti-microbial treated face masks and 160 full body anti-microbial treated PPEs to the governor as a donation from UET for frontline doctors and service providers. Governor Punjab appreciated the efforts of UET for its initiative. Dr Mansoor Sarwar also briefed the governor about the key properties of the protective suits which include air permeability, thickness, tensile strength, water repellent and tear strength etc. Dr Mohsin said these PPEs were assessed as per international standards and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
He said 14 types of operations were performed to complete the stitching of full protective suit. All the development and testing steps of the whole project were carried out at the state of the art lab facilities of UET textile department. Dr Mansoor Sarwar also appreciated the efforts of Dr Mohsin and his team members Shakeel and Imran Shahid who worked tirelessly on this project despite the lock-down and completed the project in record three days.
UET developed full body protective suit cost per piece is approximately Rs 386, which is extremely low as compared to market price that is five to nine times higher for similar full body protective suit that do not even have the additional vital anti-microbial properties. The price of the full body protective suit will further reduce as in the current development the price of all the material were more than double than normal situation.
Vice Chancellor Dr Mansoor Sarwar said that UET being the oldest engineering institute of Pakistan had always contributed to the country’s development and was willing to further support the government of Pakistan in developing cost and performance effective bio based anti-microbial full body protective suits for combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis situation.