January 29, 2020
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1. India joins Global Antimicrobial Research Hub

13 September 2019 Current Affairs: India joined the world Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research and Development (R&D) Hub as a new member. From 2019, India will be a member of Board of Members officially. Now India will be working with all the partners under the hub. It will focus on new research to address drug-resistant infections.

Objective:
AMR is the ability of a microorganism to treat the antimicrobial resistance that continues intense round the world. India is cheap to explore problems with antimicrobial resistance through the lens of one Health approach that ought to be supported by long-run commitments from all stakeholders.

Global AMR R&D:
The Global AMR R&D Hub was launched in 2018. It was established within the margins of the 71st session of the globe Health Assembly following a decision from G20 Leaders in 2017. The acting Chairperson of the hub’s Board of Members is Bersabel Ephrem.
The operation of the world AMR R&D Hub is supported through a Secretariat. The secretariat was established in Berlin. Currently, it received its grants from the German Federal Ministry of Education and analysis (BMBF) and Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).

2. Govt to bring an ordinance to ban e cigarettes sales

13 September 2019 Current Affairs: The Union cabinet is all set to approve an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes sales. The Ordinance includes the prohibition of the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes.

Proposal:
The Health Ministry has proposed to announce a ban on the e-cigarette. The production, import, export, transport, sale, distribution and advertisements of e-cigarettes will be an offense.

Punishment:
As per the draft ordinance:
♦ The prohibiter will get a penalty of jail term up to 3 years and fine up to Rs.5 lakh for violations.
♦ For first time offender, the penalty will be a jail term up to one year and a fine up to Rs.1 lakh.
♦ For repeat offenders, jail term might extend up to three years and a fine up to Rs.5 lakh.
♦ Anyone storing e-cigarettes shall be punished with jail up to 6 months or fine up to Rs.50,000 or each.
Background:
The health ministry’s proposal that was backed by the Indian Council of Medical analysis (ICMR) and a skilled committee from AIIMS and National Centre for sickness science had discovered e-cigarettes contain vasoconstrictive that is very harmful to health. around thirty-six countries have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes thanks to its health harms. over 460 e-cigarette brands with 7700 flavours out there within the market

3. Union HRD Minister launches several initiatives of MIC and AICTE to boost research and innovation

13 September 2019 Current Affairs: Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank attended the First Annual Innovation Festival of the MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC). The Innovation cell showcased more than 70 top students innovations from across India.
He launched Smart India Hackathon 2020, Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020, and Institution’s Innovation Council 2.0. The event witnessed the release of the Start-Up Policy Document and SIH Report, launch of Technical Teachers Training Module, ATAL Academies, Protsahan Mudra Scheme, Vishwakarma Award and the Vice Chancellor’s Meet on the Student Induction Programme.
India aspires to be 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024, India needs to emerge as global innovation, entrepreneurship and startup hub. He added that considering India’s current demography, youngsters need to be in the forefront of this innovative movement and Indian higher education institutes need to play a key role and emerge as centers of excellence producing global quality research and innovation.

MHRD’s Innovation Cell
The MHRD’s Innovation Cell with the support of AICTE undertaken multiple initiatives to ensure that innovation becomes the primary fulcrum of our technical education. The All India Council for Technical Education, in its endeavor to bring quality revolution in the standard of technical education of India undertaken a plethora of activities which includes various schemes, policies, programs and regulations that have evolved to shape the educational domain of India as the ultimate in every sphere and has come forward as emerging giants of global technological warriors.

The MHRD come up with National Start-up policy framework for students and faculty members who are keen to become entrepreneurs. The Start-up policy is implemented in all major educational institutions and a regular feedback mechanism should be established to understand emerging challenges and steps should be taken to ensure that a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is developed in educational institutions.

Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD and Shri Madhu Rajan Kumar, Joint Secretary, MHRD,Shri Anil Sahsrabuddhe, Chairman, AICTE, Professor D.P Singh, Chairman UGC, Dr Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) addressed the gathering with their valuable inputs on enhancing the quality of education in India. The event saw the participation of the Vice Chancellors of Central, State and Private Universities, Directors and Faculty of Institutions and research organizations.

4. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development launches Curriculum for Life Skills

13 September 2019 Current Affairs: Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Sanjay Dhotre launched the Curriculum for Life Skills – JeevanKaushal.It is designed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The event is held in New Delhi.Shri Dhotre emphasized on development of life skills in every individual as an essential part of wholesome learning. He highlighted the problem of prevalent obsession with earning marks in different examinations. The examination-driven education encourages narrow and selective reading and rote learning, which ultimately leads to deficit in actual learning. This initiative of UGC will surely lead to improvement in the collective efficiency of the country’s young population.
The demand for quality higher education for producing employable, exceptionally performing graduates qualified with skills, knowledge and ethics essential for leading a rewarding life and it is with this aim University Grants Commission issued Quality Mandate and its objectives. The UGC adopted in the National Conference of Vice Chancellors and Directors on Research & Innovation held between 26th to 28th July, 2018 and Life Skills (JeevanKaushal) for students.

UGC
UGC constituted Expert Committee prepared a Curriculum for Life Skills (JeevanKaushal) for Under Graduate Programme. The curriculum is designed to impart and strengthen the knowledge,skills and dispositions believed to be the best requisites of the current Industry and thereby empower the talent inherent in each learner. Life skills (JeevanKaushal) curriculum cover the set of human talents acquired by an individual via classroom learning or life experience that can help them to deal with problems encountered in day to day life. The core skills each individual must possess internally as well as externally for the betterment of self and society as a whole. The life skills is the key to success and quality in life.

manish patel

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