India Current Affairs [Gov. & Politics]

Latest India Current Affairs and Current Affairs related to Government policy, polity and administration in India. India’s National Current Affairs updates for 2019.

IIT Kharagpur: Rapid testing device to detect COVID-19 in one hour

The researchers of IIT Kharagpur has developed rapid diagnostic device to detect COVID-19 infection within one hour.

Highlights

The device will help to bring the cost of COVID-19 testing far down as compared to that of the RT-PCR machines. Thereby, COVID-19 testing facility shall be availed for under-served communities. The cost of the test is less than Rs 400.

About the test

The test is done using a disposable simple paper-strip for chemical analysis and visualization. The results of the test can be accessed from a customised smartphone application. The same test can be conducted for large number of COVID-19 patients by simply changing the paper cartridge after each test. The test can be operated by minimally trained personnel.

Benefits

India is currently planning to increase its COVID-19 testing through out the country through its “Test, Track and Treat” strategy. Also, the government is adopting plasma therapy and opening plasma banks to increase the recovery rate of COVID-19. Besides, GoI has partnered with Bharat Biotech to launch the first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN. The clinical trials of the vaccine is being conducted by several leading institutes of the country including AIIMS. The vaccine is expected to be launched on August 15, 2020.

The rapid testing device now developed by IIT Kharagpur if when implemented along with the above strategies, will help India improve its recovery rate. The current recovery rate of India is 63.5%.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan: TRIFED signs MoU with IIT, Delhi

The TRIFED operating under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has signed an agreement with IIT Delhi to implement Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

Highlights

The Agreement was signed for the tribal entrepreneurs working under the Van Dhan programme of TRIFED to access 2600+ research works of several institutions that are part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. With the new agreement, the tribal forest dwellers engaged in Minor Forest Produce will be able to access new processing technologies, mentorship transformational digital systems, product innovation and handholding.

VIBHA Movement

The IIT-TRIFED partnership will also receive help from VIBHA movement. VIBHA is Vijnana Bharati science movement. The movement creates awareness about significant development of science and technology in India. It will map and reach out to various stake holders to converge with the focus to strengthen Van Dhan Yojana. The movement was founded by the eminent scientists of Indian Institute of Science, IISc.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. The programme aims to link a higher education institute with at least 5 villages. The institutes using their knowledge base will contribute to social and economic betterment of these village communities. So far 13,702 villages have been adopted by 2,474 institutes.