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Agartala: Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said to create national education policy. A joint effort has been introduced from the national to the grassroots level to obtain opinions.

“This is for the first time citizens of India at large from national to grassroots level would give their opinions in preparing the national education policy. The draft of the policy would be ready by December,” Irani told reporters on Friday night after meeting Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

She said: “The first regional meeting covering all the eight northeastern states held in Agartala Friday. The education ministers and representatives of these states gave their views on the proposed national education policy.”

The minister, who left for Delhi on Saturday, said the gram panchayat level to district, state to national level consultation on the education policy already begun across the country and the response was very enlightening.

On Friday, addressing the students and teachers of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, she said to obtain experiences and expertise by the IIT and NIT students from world-famous scientists, academicians and technical experts. The MHRD has recently launched a scheme ‘GIAN’ (Global Initiative of Academic Network).

She asked the institute to provide a list of foreign experts, who can be invited. “The travel and other costs of the guest expert would be borne by my ministry and the deliberations would be video recorded for future use by the students,” she announced.

Irani also asked the all concerned to share experience among the students of various NITs and IITs of the country and requested the NIT students to share their experience, knowledge and inventions with the people living adjoining the villages of their institute.

She also announced that a web portal “e-soudh-sindhu” would be launched by January next year and over 90,000 e-books and 10,000 journals of across the world would be available in the plat form.

The minister accompanied by HRD Secretary VS Oberoi (Higher Education) and SC Khuntia (School Education) held a meeting here on Friday with the education ministers of the northeast states to discuss the proposed national education policy.

Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty said the Friday’s meeting was held as the follow-up on the 63rd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) that was held in New Delhi on August 19.

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IIT Alumni Develops Drones For Spraying Disinfectants in Public Spaces To Prevent Novel Coronavirus

Drones could be the best solution to spray disinfectants and reduce infections, monitor people movement for crowd control, emergency delivery of medicines to those quarantined and elders

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Drones can also be used for temperature check (thermal imaging) and medical delivery of critical supplies. Pixabay

Marut Dronetech, a startup founded by IIT Guwahati alumni, has developed and deployed drones for spraying disinfectant in public spaces to prevent new coronavirus.

To control COVID-19 situation, drones have proved to be of great use as seen in countries like China and South Korea. Marut Dronetech is working with the Telangana government and departments across the state to deploy drones for public safety applications, IIT Guwahati said in a statement on Thursday.

Karimnagar Municipal Corporation in Telangana recently deployed customised drones of Marut Drones for spraying disinfectants in Mukarampur area of Karimnagar where 10 Indonesians and one local had tested positive for COVID-19.

“At a time when countries across the world are submitting to mass lockdowns owing to the ongoing pandemic, drones have emerged as a fresh breath of air, by proving to be an alternative and plausible lifeline for stranded populations advised social-distancing,” said Prem Kumar Vislawath, Co-Founder and CEO of Marut Dronetech.

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Drones could be the best solution to spray disinfectants and reduce infections, monitor people movement for crowd control, emergency delivery of medicines to those quarantined and elders. “The contactless, fast-paced operations will strengthen anti-COVID-19 efforts of the government,” he added.

It is seen that drones disinfect 50 times more area than traditional methods and can keep human operators out of harm, thus proving to be efficient. Marut drones have also developed Public Monitoring and Warning Drones which are fitted with a camera and speaker.

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Marut Dronetech, a startup founded by IIT Guwahati alumni, has developed and deployed drones for spraying disinfectant in public spaces to prevent new coronavirus. Pixabay

These can be used by personnel to monitor places especially with high disease prevalence for crowd gathering and give appropriate instructions, using fitted loudspeakers, to people. Drones can also be used for temperature check (thermal imaging) and medical delivery of critical supplies.

Marut Drones team tested different ways to calibrate airborne infrared cameras to measure body temperature. Results showed that by installing a cotton swab within the field of view of the thermal camera, the camera can get an accurate reading.

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The calibrated drone camera can then be used to measure body temperatures while the officer remains at a safe distance away.

During a recent trial, it was observed that a drone covered a distance of 12 kms in 8 minutes, which is 80 times faster than traditional delivery. (IANS)