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MeitY, MoHFW Announce Grand Challenge for Strengthening CoWIN Platform 

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IT-minister-Ravi-Shankar-Prasad-announces-launch-of-Grand-ChallengeMinistry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) & Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) announced a Grand Challenge for the Strengthening of  “CoWIN” –  COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN).

i.CoWIN is a digital platform developed by MoHFW to roll out & scale up mechanisms for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution System (VDS) across India.

Gist of the Grand Challenge:

i.The Challenge is set to be launched on MSH (MeitY Startup Hub) Portal, a collaborative platform developed under MeitY.

ii.Startups, Technology specialists have been invited to take part in the challenge.

iii.The challenge will address areas relating to infrastructure, monitoring & management, dynamic learning & information systems, constraints of human resources-including technical capacities, vaccine logistics management & Tracking of enlisted beneficiaries (due to adverse events following immunization).

iv.MoHFW has identified 7 focus areas of technology development to address the limitations associated with effective VDS & its administration across India.


i.The Top 5 applicants of the challenge will be provided with API (Application Programming Interface) of CoWIN to platform to prove the effectiveness of their solutions.

ii.The 5 Shortlisted applicants will stand a chance to win INR 2 Lakhs covering their logistical requirements.

iii.Top 2 contestants of the challenge will be rewarded with INR 40 Lakhs & 20 Lakhs.

Note – The participants may register at from 23rd December 2020 to 15th January 2021.

eVIN System:

i.Government is increasing the use of Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system to enhance real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in India.

ii.This will  help in addressing the needs for distribution and tracking of COVID-19 vaccine.

Recent Related News:

i.On April 21, 2020, Amidst the coronavirus epidemic, Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare has launched the ‘COVID India Seva’, a Twitter handle for citizen engagement on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

About Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister – Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State – Ashwini Kumar Choubey

About Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY):
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of State – Sanjay Dhotre