Government Schemes & Projects Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Government Schemes Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. This category comprises current affairs related to various government schemes, government policies, projects, and government campaign launches such as portal, apps etc. also.

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‘SARAL’- State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index launched by Power Minister

RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) launched SARAL-State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index during Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting with States and State Power Utilities, held in New Delhi.  SARAL evaluates Indian states based on their attractiveness for rooftop development. Karnataka has been placed at 1st rank in Index followed by Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh which got 2nd, 3rd and 4th rank respectively.

SARAL: State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

It is the 1st of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.

Designed by: The Index has been designed by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).

5 key aspects captured by SARAL

  1. Robustness of Policy Framework
  2. Consumer Experience
  3. Implementation Environment
  4. Business Ecosystem
  5. Investment Climate

SARAL encourages each state to assess initiatives taken so far and to improve its solar rooftop ecosystem. This will help states to channelize investments and will create a more conducive environment for solar rooftop installations, encourage investment and will eventually lead to accelerated growth of sector.

Significance: Power Ministry has set a target to operationalize 175 giga watt (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, of which 100 GW solar power to be operational by March 2022 and 40 GW (out of 100 GW) is expected to come from grid connected solar rooftops. Therefore, launching the Index would incentivise rooftop solar by creating healthy competition among States and all States would be encouraged to adopt best practices being followed by top-ranking States.

Teachers Training Programme ‘NISHTHA’ launched by HRD Ministry

Union Minister of Human Resources Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the Integrated Teachers’ Training Programme, NISHTHA or National Initiative for School Head’s and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement in New Delhi. HRD Minister also launched NISHTHA initiative’s Website, Training Modules, Primer Booklet and Mobile App built for purpose.

The Mobile App and Learning Management System (LMS) which will be will be used for registration of Resource Persons and Teachers, training gap and impact analysis, monitoring, mentoring and measuring progress online is  based on MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)  and have been developed by NCERT.

Key Features of NISHTHA

Objective: The Integrated Teachers’ Training Programme aims to build capacities by training around 42 lakh teachers across country.

Purpose: In a bid to boost education and employment, HRD Ministry is focusing on reskilling teaching workforce. Integrated training will motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, handle diverse situations and act as 1st level counsellors.

Participants: It covers all teachers and Heads of school at elementary level in all government school, faculty members of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), Block Resource Coordinators and Cluster Resource Coordinators as well as other educational departments of all States and Union Territories (UTs).

NISHTHA is world’s largest teachers’ training programme of its kind. It is first of its kind initiative wherein standardized training modules are developed at national level for all states and UTs.

Training Modules: for NISHTHA have been developed by consultative process involving suggestions from states and Union Territories (UTs) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), School Principals and Non-Governmental Organizations, (NGOs) like Aurobindo Society, Kaivalya Foundation, Azim Premji Foundation and Tata Trust.

Conducting Training:  The 33120 Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRP) identified by State and UTs will be conducting training directly. These KRPs will in turn be trained by 120 National Resource Persons identified from National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), CBSE, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), KVS, NVS, and NGOs.

Teacher Awareness and Skill Development:

Teachers will get awareness and develop their skills on various aspects related to Learning Outcomes, Learner-centered Pedagogy, Competency Based Learning and Testing, School Safety and Security, Inclusive Education and Personal-social qualities.

Teachers will also get awareness on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching-learning including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Health and well-being including yoga, Initiatives in School Education including library, kitchen garden, eco club, youth club, School Leadership qualities, Environmental Concerns, Pre-school, Pre-vocational Education and School Based Assessment in a joyful learning manner.

Significance: Teachers hold a pivotal position in society and help build character in students. Therefore, through this initiative, teachers at elementary level will be able to acquire scientific temperament and knowledge of other important educational aspects and transfer it to students.