On October 2, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a virtual summit of overseas and resident Indian Researchers and Academicians namely “Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit 2020” via video conferencing which will continue till October 31, 2020 i.e.Sardar Patel Jayanti. During the summit he encouraged indigenous vaccine production.
Aim: To bring Indian origin experts in academic institutes and R&D organizations across the world on a single platform to debate upon collaboration mechanisms to strengthen academic and S&T (science & technology) base in India for global development.
Organizers: It is organized by 200 academic institutes and S&T departments, led by Principal Scientific Advisor, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan.
Participation: More than 3000 overseas Indian origin academicians and scientists from 55 countries and more than 10,000 resident academicians and scientists are taking part in the summit.
Points to be noted:
–In 2014, four new vaccines were introduced in our immunisation programme. This included an indigenously developed Rotavirus vaccine. Recently, authorisation for an indigenously developed pneumococcal vaccine was also given.
–India aiming to eliminate Tuberculosis from the country by 2025.
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