A Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020 (DDH2020) against COVID-19, was launched on 2 July 2020 in the august presence of Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Minister of Science & Technology, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications, Electronics & IT.
The Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020 is a joint initiative of AICTE and CSIR and is supported by the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, Govt of India, NIC and MyGov. The Hackathon is a unique approach to COVID-19 Drug Discovery and is a model to engage youth and train them in drug discovery and help to hone their skills. The aim is to identify effective drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, using in-silico drug discovery. The discovery would be followed by chemical synthesis and biological testing.