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Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Ramesh Pokhriyal jointly launch Drug Discovery Hackathon

Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Ramesh Pokhriyal jointly launch Drug Discovery Hackathon

The Union Minister of Human Resources Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan jointly launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon via video conferencing on 2 July 2020.

Key Points:

  • The academicians, professionals, researchers and students, were called upon by the minister to participate in the Hackathon and work for the development of drugs to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Hackathon is a joint initiative by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • The individuals participating in the Hackathon will submit their ideas online following which the laboratories of CSIR, startups and private labs will work towards implementing them.
  • The details of the Hackathon have been provided on the Innovate India portal. The Hackathon has been kept completely free.
  • The Hackathon is an International initiative, and therefore all the researchers and faculty across the globe are allowed to participate. All the students in India and abroad holding Indian Passports are allowed to participate.
  • There is no restriction in the field of disciplines and researchers and students from various fields like computer science, and molecular biology can also participate.

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