These University Students Are Making Sanitisers And Masks For The Needy For Free

This post is a part of YKA’s dedicated coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak and aims to present factual, reliable information. Read more.

Till now, the number of positive cases in India has touched 500, and death toll has risen to nine. Meanwhile, hand sanitisers and masks have disappeared from the market. There have also been allegations of these essentials being sold in black market. In this situation, many are passionate about making sanitisers and masks. Teachers and students of Jadavpur University have taken the initiative of making hand sanitisers.

Along with pharmacy students, the University’s engineering students with the help of professors are making hand sanitisers and giving them for free. Sanmoy Karmakar, professor of Pharmacology at the University said, “We are making handrub sanitisers by using ethyl alcohol. The sanitisers we are making are Formulation 1, recommended by the WHO.”

Sanitisers made by the students of Jadavpur University. Image has been provided by the author.

The team has already produced five litres of the sanitiser, and is planning to make more in the recent future. However, as the State government has restricted the free movement of Ethyl Alcohol, they are unable to manufacture more. Professor Karmakar said, “We are giving it for free to those who need it the most, as this is an emergency situation.” Hindol Mazumdar, a research scholar at JU, said, “It is a student’s initiative, with professors coming along to help.” He added that the group wants to produce sanitisers at a mass level, but that can only take place if the University authorities give them resources.

Vice Chancellor Chiranjeev Bhattacharya said that these sanitisers will be distributed free of cost and in adjacent areas of the University. A minimal charge is being taken by them only when someone is taking liters of the sanitiser. Students and professors of the Presidency University have also taken a similar initiative of producing sanitisers.

Similar Posts

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below