Though there isn’t a breakthrough in growing a vaccine for Covid-19 but, the children of the nation are leaving no stone unturned to again India’s courageous struggle in opposition to the pandemic. Meet engineering college students Tushar Chaudhary, Kaashika Prajaapat, and Tanay Aggarwal, who’ve collaborated with Dr Abhinav Singh Verma from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. Together they’ve efficiently developed the COPAL-19 app, which can assist construct a plasma donor financial institution to hurry up restoration of Covid-19 sufferers.

Kaashika Prajaapat is an IIT-Delhi pupil.

“We had been working on a Medical Facility Tracker. When we launched it, people suggested other problems that can be solved though apps. And one of the issues was the lack of routing between plasma donors and Covid-19 patients.” – Kaashika Prajaapat, pupil, IIT-Delhi

Prajaapat, a fourth 12 months Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Delhi, says, “I had been creating a Medical Facility Tracker that could help people locate things like the nearest hospital for treatment against Covid-19, the number of beds available in that hospital etc. I was working on this with my friend Tanay, a student of Maharaja Surajmal Institute Of Technology (affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University). When we launched the tracker, a lot of people came to us to discuss about what other problems can be solved though mobile apps. And one of the issues we found pertinent was the lack of routing between plasma donors and Covid-19 patients. We started work to create a prototype. And Tushar, who is my senior at IIT-D, connected us with Dr Abhinav Singh Verma from AIIMS, who was also aiming at solving the same problem. That’s how we all collaborated and took this initiative further.”

Tanay Aggarwal is a student of Maharaja Surajmal Institute Of Technology.

Tanay Aggarwal is a pupil of Maharaja Surajmal Institute Of Technology.

“There have been a lot of cases where people have died because of the unavailability of plasma, and we wanted to do something about it,” says Chaudhary, including, “The app helps to connect those patients who need plasma therapy with the potential donors, well in time for the treatment to begin. We coordinated with Dr Verma and developed the app digitally! So, this was majorly a remote project. Phone calls and video conferencing is what helped us remain in touch as we developed the app during these odd times.”

Tushar Chaudhary, an IIT-Delhi student, helped connect his juniors with Dr Verma at AIIMS.

Tushar Chaudhary, an IIT-Delhi pupil, helped join his juniors with Dr Verma at AIIMS.

In absence of a Covid-19 vaccine, the age previous plasma remedy is proving helpful to scale back the viral load, making COPAL-19 app a vital software program. The Resident Neurosurgeon at AIIMS Delhi informs that the concept for one such app was propelled by the necessity to discover a plasma donor for his senior. Dr Verma provides, “We wanted matching plasma for one of our senior doctors who had turned Covid-19 positive. And it took a group of 50 doctors almost one full day to arrange it! Still they managed to find only two donors. At that point, I realised what a crisis it is and thought of how can it be solved with a simple solution to make a smart database of plasma donors.”

Calling COPAL-19 app the necessity of the hour, Chaudhary provides, “If a doctor had to face so much trouble to get plasma donors, wonder what common people would have been facing… That’s how the idea for COPAL-19 was born.”

Thus the engineering college students acted shortly and moved from the ideation stage to the execution inside a matter of few days. “It took a week from ideation to prototyping. We worked day and night to get the permissions and to have a working prototype launched. It will now be made available pan India, on the playstore, within a week or two,” says Prajaapat, sharing that the workforce can be in contact with Karnataka authorities to additional unfold the phrase in regards to the app.

Talking in regards to the response thus far, Prajaapat provides, “Though it’s not yet a published app since we are seeking certain permissions, people have already registered themselves as donors and have voluntarily come forward to save people who are infected and in need of plasma.”

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