Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Human Resource Development Minister on Thursday through video conferencing launched a drug discovery hackathon. During the release, he invited students, professionals, and researchers to participate in the Hackathon and put in their efforts for the development of anti-COVID-drug.
Dr. Harshvardhan the Union minister for health and family welfare, Sanjay Dhotre – Minister of state for HRD, and Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe AICTE Chairman , Dr. Shekhar Mande, director-general of CSIR were part of the launch.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) had jointly taken the initiative to launch the Hackathon. Prime minister Narendra Modi himself guided the team while the concept was being built.
The interested participants will be required to deliver and submit their ideas through the online mode in the Hackathon, and later the CSIR laboratories, startups, and private labs will work towards implementing them.
Students and Researchers interested in the initiative are required to mail their ideas. For further details, they can visit the official website of innovative India.
Who all are eligible to participate in the Hackathon?
- Students- Students studying in India or Indian students who hold the Indian passport can participate in the initiative.
- Researchers – Hackathon is a global initiative and all the researchers and university officials are invited to be a part of it.
Union health minister Dr. Harshvardhan said a lot of participants comprising researchers, students, and professionals from various areas/fields of pharmacy, computer science, chemistry, biotech, basic science, medical science, are enticed to come forward, strive and compete as a team. The platform will also be available for the internal participants which will make this program as an international initiative.
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank the HRD Minister asserted that he holds the confidence that this Hackathon initiative will definitely make India proud. He further asserted that he is convinced that our country’s young minds will help in this initiative. They will take the name of our nation forward in formulating the drug for COVID-19. India holds the best resources in terms of talent to fight any challenges.
The Hackathon drug will be made available free of cost. The participants participating in the initiative will be concentrating on generating new ideas and observing the elements for coronavirus drugs. CSIR will later on emphasis on the execution of the impression and testing its implementations in the laboratories.