Back in 2018, the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) had appointed actor Ajith as the system advisor and helicopter test pilot for one of their projects. He mentored a group of students to build an advanced UAV (unarmed aerial vehicle) drone called Daksha. His team won the Medical Express-2018 UAV challenge as the drone flew non-stop for six hours and seven minutes.
A couple of years later, the Daksha drone is used in several places across South India to spray disinfectant in larger areas during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan took to Twitter to appreciate Team Daksha and Ajith for developing the disinfectant drones.
He wrote, “Kudos to Team #Dhaksha, mentored by filmstar #AjithKumar, for developing a way to sanitize large areas against COVID-19 via disinfectant drones. Time and again, technology has proven to be critical in the fight against #COVID-19! (sic).”
Ashwathnarayan is also the minister for Higher Education, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood.
A few weeks ago, the district collectors of Tirunelveli used Daksha drones to spray disinfectants in several areas.
Ajith is a multi-faceted personality. Besides acting, the actor is a car and bike racer, a trained pilot, rifle shooter and a photographer. He was also interested in aeromodelling and operating remote-controlled vehicles.
On the work front, Ajith was shooting for his upcoming film, Valimai, a cop film directed by H Vinoth. Produced by Boney Kapoor, the film stars Huma Qureshi as the female lead The film’s shooting was halted due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Published on India Today dated June 28 , 2020.