July 3, 2020

Union HRD Minister and Health Minister jointly launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020.


  • The objective of this Hackathon is to identify drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2 by in-silico drug discovery through the hackathon and follow up by chemical synthesis and biological testing.

  • Drug Discovery Hackathon is first of its kind national initiative for supporting drug discovery process. It is an online competition and anybody from anywhere in the country or world can participate.

  • It is a joint initiative of MHRD, AICTE and CSIR and supported by partners like CDAC, MyGov, Schrodinger and ChemAxon.

  • In this initiative, HRD Innovation cell and AICTE will focus on identifying potential drug molecules through the Hackathon while CSIR will take these identified molecules forward for synthesis and laboratory testing.