GK Update In English 07th May 2018

By: D.K Chaudhary

1. HRD Ministry Launches Initiatives for Online Professional Development Using SWAYAM

i. Human Resource Development Ministry has launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses platform SWAYAM.
ii.  In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified. National Resource Centres (NRCs) are tasked to prepare online training material with the focus on new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
  • Prakash Javadekar is the present Human Resource Development Minister of India.
2. ‘Go to Village’ Mission Launched in Manipur
i. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh launched ‘Go to Village’ mission throughout the state from Konuma ground. The mission was launched in 60 villages of all the 60 Assembly constituencies.
ii. The mission is aimed at identifying the eligible and deserving beneficiaries in every corner of the state and delivering government services at their doorstep.

Manipur CM- Nongthombam Biren Singh, Governor- Dr Najma A. Heptulla.

3. 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ Concludes in Bengaluru
i. The 4th Regional Conference on ‘Futuristic, Resilient and Digital Infrastructure’ organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) concluded in Bengaluru.
ii. The 2-day Conference was a lead-up event to the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) which is going to be hosted by the Government of India in June 2018 in Mumbai.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President- Liqun Jin.
  • AIIB Headquarters in Beijing, China.
4. NITI Aayog to Collaborate With IBM to Develop Precision Agriculture Using AI
i. NITI Aayog and IBM have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence to provide real-time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The Intent was signed in presence of NITI Aayog, CEO Amitabh Kant and IBM India, MD Karan Bajwa.
ii. The first phase of the project will focus on developing the model for 10 Aspirational Districts across the States of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
  • NITI- National Institution for Transforming India.
  • NITI Aayog Chairman- Narendra Modi, Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar, CEO- Amitabh Kant.
5. Government Announces Project to Strengthen Namami Gange Programme
i. The 11th Executive Committee meeting of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) recently approved the project encompassing the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for Namami Gange programme with a total budget of Rs 86.84 crore.
ii. In order to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task through the GIS technology, the National Mission for Clean Ganga has tied-up with the Survey of India.
iii. The National Mission for Clean Ganga also approved the project to strengthen the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of five main stem Ganga basin states, namely, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 85.97 for 5 years.
  • Nitin Jairam Gadkari is the Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
  •  Survey of India is the oldest scientific department in the country set up in 1767.

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