Dhaksha is a team of young researchers from the Madras Institute of Technology. The team is currently helping the Tamil Nadu Government spray disinfectants to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Actor Ajith is the team’s mentor.
The Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) had appointed Ajith as ‘Helicopter Test Pilot and UAV System Adviser’ in 2018. He recently guided the team to victory in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Competition. The actor is very passionate about aeromodelling and operating remote-controlled vehicles like drones. The actor is also known for his love of the bike and car racing. He is also a trained pilot.
Talking about it, Arul Sengan, a project associate of the team, says, “There are about 70 members in the team, headed by Dr. K Senthil Kumar. We make all kinds of drones — for agriculture, surveillance, etc. Now, we are working in collaboration with the state government to spray disinfectants, especially where human access is difficult. For this purpose, we’ve modified the drones with special nozzles to spray disinfectants. These drones are flown using petrol and can be continuously flown throughout the day. On Saturday, we covered around 3 lakh/sqm and sprayed almost 900 liters of disinfectant.”
Talking about actor Ajith’s involvement, Arul said, “Whenever he is here in the city and free, he comes as a technical advisor. He might join us on this project as well if he’s free. Whenever he goes abroad, he manages to gather information on developments in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) field and shares them with us. Recently, we developed drone taxi and he contributed a lot in its development,”