Covid 19
Understanding Coronavirus

A novel strain of coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 — was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province with a population of 11 million, after an outbreak of pneumonia without an obvious cause. The virus has now spread to over 200 countries and territories globally and was characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

This course will give you a deep understanding of the genetics of the novel coronavirus virus, its strengths and weaknesses, mutations, vaccines and how they work, and much more.

As humanity is hit wave after wave by this deadly foe - here is your chance to know it in depth and understand it from a deep perspective. 

The course consists of 06 sessions and is offered in English. 

Each session would be about 45- 50 minutes.

Recommended Age Group: 13+ years 

Price of Course: Rs 999

Note: 100% of the fee collected goes towards establishing Kalam Centre's Equity in Education Fund (EEF) for underprivileged learners

Course Overview

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Understanding Genome

Since the outbreak, researchers across the world have found multiple variants of coronavirus that differ from the one found in Wuhan.

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Our Tryst with Peril: Central Dogma
    Dive into the genetic makeup of any virus. Understand basics of genetics. What makes it them so much infectious and how do they survive as a species? Understanding pandemics and humanity's tryst with them.
     

  • Know thy Enemy: Decoding Coronavirus
    Let us delve into the genetic structure of the novel coronavirus that has contributed to its unique biology and has enabled it to turn into a pandemic. How it works in a human body - step by step. 

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Coronavirus Variants

Coronaviruses do not mutate as readily as the viruses that cause the flu—thanks to a molecular “proofreading” system that SARS-CoV-2 and its kin use 

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Bats to Humans: Theories of Origin
    In this session, we will talk about various theories and possibilities with pieces of evidence concerning the origin of novel coronavirus and its outbreak. Did it happen in a food market or a bat lab?

     

  • Smart Foe: Variations and Mutations
    Viruses mutate and change their configuration all the time. We will examine the various known mutations and their impact on humans.

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Combating The Deadly Virus

Understanding COVID-19 testing and vaccines are key to making an informed decision that will enable us win this battle against the coronavirus.

This module is divided into two sessions:
 

  • Footprints: COVID-19 Testing
    Some tests give you results within minutes. Others require you to go to the centre for the sample collection for analysis. In this session, we'll discuss them all.
     

  • Victory Lap: Racing Towards Vaccines
    There are several types of vaccines. Some of them try to smuggle the antigen into the body, others use the cells to make the viral antigen. Let us study each of them. Our pathways to defeating this nemesis and the lessons for humanity it would leave forever.

Meet Your Trainers

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Srijan Pal Singh

India's #1 Science Author and Former Advisor to Dr. Kalam

Srijan Pal Singh is an author, education innovator, futurist and social entrepreneur. He studied in La Martiniere College and then completed his Engineering and further went to the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to study management. He was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best All-rounder Student of the 2009 batch at IIM-A and was also the President of the Student’s Council there.​

 

He served as Officer on Special Duty and Advisor (Technology and Policy) at the Office of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam where he worked as a close aide to the former president on various consulting works. Some of the projects include Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA), Kalam-NSS, USA Initiative for Space-based Solar Power,  Projects on Koodanakulum Nuclear Plant, Neutrinos, Development Plans for various governments across India, Russia, Maldives, Canada and UAE.

He has interacted with leading institutions of the world for addresses/research and delegate visits including, FermiLab (Chicago), UKCA Yorkshire, CERN (Switzerland), Boulby Underground Dark Matter Laboratory, Harvard University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Boston University, Kentucky University, Sydney University, University of Edinburgh, St Gallen's University (Switzerland), Beijing University, HBS, DRDO, BrahMos Missile Project, Toyota Motors (Georgetown), George Washington University, Mahindra, NITI Aayog, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and many other leading institutions across the world. He has been a host to several Nobel Laureates and Astronauts in his shows. 

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Dr. Ashok Vikhe Patil

1st Vice-Chancellor of the world's first Rural Medical University

Special Visiting Faculty 

Dr. Ashok Vikhe Patil is a par excellent doctor and has revolutionized the way Indian policy looks at rural healthcare. He was the founding Vice-Chancellor of the world's first Rural Medical University. He is also the first Indian to become the President of the International Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health (IAAMRH). 

He has promoted, founded, and managed several international and national organizations, institutions and associations which are dealing with health, social welfare, education and human development. He holds three international patents in Probiotics under WTO and published over 40 international papers.

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Dr. Arun Pratap Sikarwar

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra

Special Visiting Faculty 

Dr. Arun Pratap Sikarwar is a neuroscientist (Brain Biologist) and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College (Cornell University, New York).
 

He is an avid supporter of popularizing science among the masses to make science more accessible and understandable. He is a frequent contributor of his expertise at various electronic media platforms, national and regional newspapers, radio and has also delivered two TED talks.