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RAKSHAK Campus: IIT Jodhpur’s framework to assist in the safe reopening of colleges and prevent the spread of COVID

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Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur have developed a decision-making framework for educational institutions called ‘RAKSHAK Campus’ which integrates various applications and tools into one to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and ensuring a smooth reopening of campuses.

IIT Jodhpur has collaborated with IISc Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, IIIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, Algorithmic Biologics Pvt Ltd, HeathBadge Private Limited and Prthvi.AI to build, integrate and test to ensure campus safety through this initiative.

As two RAKSHAK Campus prototypes were tested simultaneously at IIT Jodhpur and IIIT Hyderabad, the team is in talks to design an affordable and flexible pricing model, product, marketing and sales strategy for reach campuses across the country.

The RAKSHAK campus consists of four components: Tapestry Pooling, Go Corona Go App, Simulators and Healthbadge. These form a single platform that monitors, predicts and recommends mitigation strategies for campuses against CoViD-19.

“The tapestry pooling method assigns individual samples to multiple pools, reducing the cost of screening to a quarter. Based on the results of each pool, the algorithm predicts COVID-19 positive samples,’ said Manas Bairagi, Chief Technology Officer, iHub Drishti.

iHub Drishti at IIT Jodhpur is a technology innovation center focusing on computer vision, augmented reality and virtual reality.

”’Go Corona Go App” is a mobile application similar to Aarogya Setu, but the data is accessible for the administration to make the right decisions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Its main purpose is to perform contact tracing. Users will remain connected to the campus server via the phone’s Bluetooth,” Bairagi added.

Explaining the simulators, Bairagi said it consists of three simulation models – Campus Modeler, CampusSim and EpiSimmer.

”The simulator will be able to predict where COVID-19 positivity will spread in the coming days. It can be seen as an advisory system to help the administration make decisions.” “‘Healthbadge’ is an information and badge management system that issues red, orange and green badges to students after the survey on coronavirus infection, depending on the adversity of the situation,” he said.

“The integrated information management system and dashboards help administrators track the screening and vaccination status of the entire campus population and prevent the possible spread of the disease.

“Going forward, campuses will be able to build on RAKSHAK campus solutions with indigenous innovations in screening and pooling strategies at affordable costs. With this technology, future outbreaks can be controlled and public health interventions assessed across the country and the world,” Bairagi added.

Currently, iHuB Drishti charges Rs 250 per user to institutions opting into the program. However, the team is working on its pricing model and also exploring a subscription model as the numbers increase.

Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur, said, “The Campus RAKSHAK project is the result of consortium-based research to serve as an advisory system for campus administrators. The agent-based simulator can model agent mobility across a campus, and the contact tracing application can create an anonymous contact graph for the facility. The information management system manages COVID-19 on campus economically and efficiently through digital accounts”.

Colleges and universities across the country have begun to reopen after an extended closure as a result of COVID-19. Educational institutions were closed in March 2020 ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. They briefly reopened in different states, but were closed again after an aggressive second wave last year and then the third wave piloted by Omicron.

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