Students win first prize

A rapid COVID-19 diagnostic kit prototyping idea by two students of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT) in Sathyamangalam bagged them first prize at the national level “Fight Corona IDEAthon” that was organised by the All Indian Council for Technical Education and Ministry of Human Resource Development Innovation Cell on March 27 and 28.

M. Karthika and K. Abinayaa, third year students, guided by Rajaseetharama and Tamilsevi from Bioprospecting Research Lab of Biotechnology department of the institute proposed an idea on “A rapid, portable COVID-19 RNA Extraction kit coupled with in field detection module that bagged them first place in the “Student Innovator” category. Innovative solutions from students, innovators, researchers and educators from across the country were submitted online of which 20 teams were selected for the final round held in three categories. They will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

Team members said that even though many diagnostic techniques are available, it is difficult to use those in such a pandemic condition because of its complexity and time consuming technical procedures.

Taking this into consideration the team proposed this idea.

The team is working on further prototyping this product for testing its efficacy and accuracy levels and soon will proceed to the next level, in terms of serving the society, they added.

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