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              from science and engineering background to participate in a large-scale agriculture crop study project in NECTAR through online mode especially due to restriction in lieu of COVID-19 pandemic.
Other lectures of webinar series would be delivered by eminent experts on Horticulture, Aquaculture, Food Processing Technology, Organic Agriculture farming, Fiber extraction technology, Green Technology Innovations for Generating Sustainable Livelihoods in North Eastern States. NECTAR, in its efforts to develop solutions to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis, especially with respect to progress made in indigenous development of technologies has come up with plasma-based sterilization and air purifier systems technologies.
A system has been initiated to develop technologies based on plasma sterilization for virus disinfections and/or destruction, relevant to COVID-19.The objects of interest for sterilization may be gloves,masks and aprons etc.using the technology.The method is clean and environment friendly as there is no chemical waste or contaminated water coming out.The system would be ready for testing by the 3rd week of June 2020.
Plasma-based Discharge Purifier has also been developed to clean the contaminated air that gets in or gets out (to prevent environment contamination) of rooms, hospitals, labs etc. so that the virus is destroyed in it, and its further dispersion can be stopped.The system is getting ready in collaboration with M/S Aditya High Vacuum, Ahmedabad.
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IIT, BHU to repurpose approved drugs from DrugBank database for treating COVID-19 by targeting SARS-CoV-2 main protease
The Science and Engineering Research Board has approved support for research at IIT (BHU) Varanasi to identify lead compound(s) from available and approved drugs for fast-track anti- SARS-CoV-2 drug molecule.

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