COVID -19 Indian National Supermodel

COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel

A COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel has been initiated by the Department of Science and Technology to help monitor the future transmission of infection.

COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel

Top Current Affairs 1st June 2020

Source | Press Information Bureau


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COVID -19 Indian National Supermodel

Key Takeaways

  • DST has initiated COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel to pool in expertise in the field of COVID-19.
  • As part of this initiative, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and IISc, Bangalore will co-ordinate to connect and work with all COVID-19 modeling projects and programs in the country.

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Context: A COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel has been initiated by the Department of Science and Technology to help monitor the future transmission of infection.

  • In a way, this model will help in taking decisions which involve health system readiness and other mitigation measures.

What is COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel?

  • DST has initiated COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel to pool in expertise in the field of COVID-19 while keeping in mind the India’s history of using mathematical models for disaster management planning of metrological events.
  • As part of this initiative, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and IISc, Bangalore will co-ordinate to connect and work with all COVID-19 modeling projects and programs in the country.
  • With this DST aims to create one model for the entire country that will be subjected to rigorous tests required for evidence-based forecasting, routinely practiced in weather forecasting communities.
  • The model will entirely rely only on the data that is relevant to COVID-19, and also have an adaptive built-in component to learn from the newer trends in the data.
  • It will aggregate successful evidence-based mathematical and statistical forecasting models and include the best predictive analytics for robust forecasting of infectious disease spread.
  • The supermodel could be used by the policymakers in India and around the world to overcome difficulties in predicting the rate of spread of infection and how it would burden the healthcare sector, thereby curbing the epidemic.

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What is the need of such a Model?

  • While the Government is keeping a close watch on infectivity and mortality, it is imperative to bring in a robust forecasting model for predicting the spread and enhancing disease surveillance.
  • Hence, this COVID-19 Indian National Supermodel is a necessity of the hour when numerous mathematical models for Covid-19 forecasting and surveillance are being worked out by investigators funded by DST-SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) and other agencies.

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