New Delhi: Eminent academics have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that they recruit unemployed science graduates in the fight against COVID-19 and use biology laboratories to test samples of individuals infected with the virus. .
A letter in this regard was sent to the Prime Minister on 20 April. It was signed on Tuesday by a release issued by over 600 scientists, professors and research scholars from institutions across the country under the platform of ‘India March for Science’. The Kolkata Organizing Committee of the group said.
A member of the organization said that a large proportion of the signatories are either from institutions in West Bengal or from people present in various institutions in the state.
In the letter, he suggested that unemployed science graduates are recruited and trained in the fight against coronavirus outbreaks and biology laboratories in institutions to increase the testing of samples, the release said.
Scientists also called for increasing the production of ventilators.
The letter states, “Many relatively inexpensive designs of ventilators, including mechanized lamb bags, can be arranged and Indian pharmaceutical companies and other manufacturers should be required to mass-produce such ventilators to meet the country’s requirement.” , “The letter states.
The release said that faculty members and students of several institutions also expressed their willingness to render their services during the ongoing crisis.
Professor Soumitro Banerjee of IISER-Kolkata, Alladi Sitaram of Indian Statistical Institute, Debashis Mukherjee of SN Bose National Center for Basic Sciences – Kolkata, Parongma Sen of Calcutta University, Anupam Basu and Devavrata Berra of IIT-Kharagpur. Jadavpur University is a few signatories, it added.