In fight against Coronavirus, experts have suggested Prime Minister Modi to let authorise hire Unemployed Science graduates. According to a report published in West Bengal State daily, a letter was written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India March for Science (IMFS) highlighting the need of manpower to fight against Covid19. Hundreds of heads of Institutions and Professors signed the letter for utilizing Bio-Laboratories of Institutions and un-employed Science Graduates for handling lab activities.
Academicians write to PM Modi to recruit Science Graduates in fight against COVID-19. A letter was sent to PM on April 20. It was signed by 600 scientists, professors and research scholars from institutes across the country under platform 'India March for Science'.
Academicians in written letter requested PM Modi to hire Unemployed Science graduates in this dire need of Fight against Coronavirus pandemic. Having large scale youth power, country has large numbers of Science Graduates and in this situation they can be of some service, an expert said. On 20 April the IMFS written the letter to Prime Minister with signing more than six hundreds of Scientists, Professors and Researchers.
In written letter, Institute mentioned that- Whenever anybody tests positive, extensive testing has to be done covering the whole neighbourhood, the nearby market area, and the places that the individual visited over the past few days, at least by random sampling. That will require increasing the rate of testing to a substantially higher level compared to what is being done presently. This will require not only a larger number of test-kits, but also a large number of trained personnel. We propose that unemployed science graduates be specially recruited for this purpose and should be trained on a war footing.
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Among signatories several Professors and Heads of Institutions were from West Bengal, several those working in other parts of country. IISER Kolkata Professor Saumitra Banerjee, Indian Statistics Institute professor Alladi Sitaram, Jayant Murthy Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Debashis Mukherjee, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Debabrata Ghosh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi, D S Ray, IACS, Naba K Mondal, INSA Senior Scientist, SINP, Kolkata and others.