By Daljit Kaur, Registrar, ATDC
One of the main mode of spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is through droplets in the air. It has also been found to be contagious through asymptomatic patients. These two worrisome findings led the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, last month, to recommend that everyone wear masks over their noses and mouths in public.
Without masks, people affected by COVID-19 can likely spread the disease without even coughing or sneezing. Mere breathing can transmit the virus into the air, data shows. But fabric masks might capture some of that.
With medical-grade masks in short supply, it is recommended that these be reserved for health care workers. The public was advised to look for cloth masks they could buy or make at home.
Considering the difficult times, the entire world finds itself in, with masks being one of the key remedies in containing the spread of COVID-19, the Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) decided to organize a mask making competition among students of various ATDC centres across India. This had a cascading effect amongst the students and faculties who not only participated in the competition but also took a step further to prepare masks at home and distribute them amongst the community, to help fight COVID-19. The students prepared masks under the following guidelines given by ATDC ,NHO.
Forty two ATDC hub centres across India and the skill camps attached to them participated in the competition. We received submissions from around 124 students. The Principals and Regional Managers of these centers shortlisted the best entries at their end. All the students rose to the situation and came up with innovative solutions using the resources available to them at home, since they were under lockdown. For innovation leaders, a time of crisis can be a real opportunity to create value and foster solutions to help the community. We discovered many innovation leaders who were ready to come out and not only create innovative masks but also distribute these masks among the needy in their neighborhood.
There were students who used sustainability as a guiding principle when preparing their masks while others gave more weight age to using natural, herbal filtration techniques. Some students treated the fabric with natural bactericidal disinfectants such as neem leaves and others used engineering techniques to ensure ease in breathing while wearing the mask .The creativity of these students with limited resources proved that given a direction, the mind can come up with great solutions even in times of crisis.
The jury had the difficult task of selecting the best as all the videos were prepared with great enthusiasm and devotion. The mask making competition proved to be a great learning while also serving the community in this fight against COVID -19
Most of the ATDC centres guided students to prepare masks in bulk for distribution. Some highlights of the centers engaged in community distribution of masks and frontline fighters of Covid-19 are appended herewith
ATDC Bhopal used their skill camps at ATDC Bhopal ATDC Ratlam and ATDC Maheshwari and prepared 500 face mask at each centre and distributed in the local areas to the needy migrant labourers.
These face mask were prepared by students at their homes under the able guidance of ATDC trainers and distributed through local administration and police station.
Masks prepared by Maheshwari skill camp
Using Gomcha fabric
Mask Prepration at home by Ratlam student
Mask distribution by ATDC Bhopal
ATDC, Faridabad had students in the hostel from North East who were stuck in the hostel due to sudden lockdown. These students used their time in constructive manner by preparing masks for distribution. ATDC, Faridabad has shown the contribution as a social responsibly by manufacturing more than 500 fabric mask each and distributed to police Incharge Greenfield’s and to the local people at Ballagarh.
Mask distribution through Police by ATDC Faridabad
ATDC, Udaipur prepared masks for distribution along with PPE gowns which were ordered by the local authorities to overcome the shortage. This was done at a nominal payment to the students by the local authorities.They stood up to the crisis to help the local authorities fight the Corona virus.
PPE gown prepared by the students of ATDC Udaipur
ATDC, Jalpaiguri student Sri Khokan Roy produced 500 masks single handedly for distribution in Haldibari Gram Panchayat.and faculties distributed masks prepared by them for the police personnel who are the Covid warriors.
ATDC Jalpaiguri distributing masks to police personnels
ATDC recognizes these innovative leaders contributing to ease out the COVID-19 situation. Their contribution maybe like a drop in the ocean but needs to be applauded for the compassion and benevolence shown by ATDC students in the limited resources available to them
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