Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, announced that they have developed an artificial heart that could save lives for just Rs 1Lakh. The constructed heart have been successful on small animals and the device is being perfected on goats says the research team about the trials of the prototype lab. The institute has applied for permission to conduct human trials. Total Artificial Heart, developed by a team of scientists at IIT-Kharagpur school of medicine and technology is the first such in the country and is far more affordable than the first artificial heart developed in the US which showed a high rate failure. Once permissions from the Indian Council of Medical Research come through, the inventors plan to fit the heart into ailing patients within the next few months. Human tests are to be conducted at Medical College and Hospital (MCH), Kolkata. Madhusudan Pal, Bhaskar Ukil, Tarun Saha and Kalishankar Das from MCH and Rajiv Narang of AIIMS, Delhi are the senior cardiac surgeons who will conduct the human trials.