Parakh: DRDO- DFRL’s mobile microbial containment lab handed over to MMCRI
Parakh: DRDO- DFRL’s mobile microbial containment lab handed over to MMCRI

Parakh: DRDO- DFRL’s mobile microbial containment lab handed over to MMCRI

  • Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) has handed over an innovative, state of the art Mobile Microbial Containment (BSL-3) Laboratory ‘PARAKH’ to the Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) to test samples of coronavirus (Covid-19) at its hi-tech Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL)
  • The lab was handed over by Dr Anil Dutt Semwal, director of DFRL to KR hospital at a formal event.
  • With this, an extra 200-300 samples can be tested in addition to the 400-450 samples being tested.


  • It is a fully autonomous MobileMicrobial Containment Lab.
  • It was developed by ministry of Defence in collaboration with ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation) Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad with due permission from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) within record time of 2 weeks.
  • It is designed on ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 20 feet container and installed on Ashok Leyland 1618-2C-4700 wb cabin Chassis.
  • It was designed during situations like bio warfare, but with the ongoing situation, it was handed over to the district.
  • It has BSL level-three certification for containment, thereby enabling it to test COVID-19 and other similar heavily communicable infections.
  • It has a RT-PCR machine as well as facilities for storage of biomedical waste.
  • It can even be deployed in a site of emergency since it can operate on battery power.


  • One of the oldest medical colleges in
  • Founded-1924
  • First medical college to be established in the Karnataka region


  • Indian defence laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • Director- Dr. AD Semwal
  • Location-Mysore, Karnataka

ABOUT BSL (Bio Safety) – Level Three

  • Set of  biocontainmentprecautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed laboratory facility.
  • BSL-3 is an appropriate condition for work involving microbes which can cause serious and potentially lethal disease via the inhalation route.

ABOUT Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL)

  • Introduced by the Government of India under Department of Health Research – Indian Council of Medical Research.

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