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  • May 26, 2020
  • 1 Diskha-National Teacher Platform and Online Assessment-Saransh [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Diskha-National Teacher Platform

    An initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. A state-of-the-art platform built to host Open Educational Resources (OER) .

    • Tools for Teachers in Schools, Teacher Educators in Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) an…

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  • 2 Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The cognitive domain (Bloom, 1956) . Involves knowledge and the development of intellectual skills.

    Cognitive Domain: Mental Skills (Knowledge)

    • Includes the recall or recognition of specific facts, procedural patterns, and concepts that serve in the development of intellectual abil…

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  • May 25, 2020
  • 1 Teachers, Teaching and ICTs [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Importance of traditional teacher leadership skills and practices. Lesson planning is important while using ICTs.

    Pedagogy

    • Introducing technology alone will not change the teaching and learning process.
    • ICTs seen as tools to help teachers create more ‘learner-centric’ learning envir…

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  • 2 School Health Programme [ Education, Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Two teachers, preferably one male and one female, in every school designated as “Health and Wellness Ambassadors” . Training to transact health promotion and disease prevention information in the form of interesting activities for one hour every week. Every Tuesday may be dedicat…

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  • 3 Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme and EQUIP [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme

    The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme: DHRUV. Started by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. To identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge.

    • Children will be mentored and nurtured by t…

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  • 4 Atal Innovation Mission and School Education Shagun [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Atal Innovation Mission

    A flagship initiative set up by the NITI Aayog. To promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the length and breadth of the country.

    Objectives

    • To create and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country.
    • School, university, re…

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  • 5 Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar: Eligibility and Criteria for Evaluation, Categories of Awards, Application [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Launched in 2016. To recognize, inspire and celebrate excellence in sanitation and hygiene practice in schools. To honour schools that have undertaken significant steps towards fulfilling the mandate of the Swachh Vidya…

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  • 6 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Prize for Science and Technology. Instituted in the year 1957. In the memory of late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) . CSIR aims at recognising outstanding Indian work in Science and Technology.

    Awa…

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  • May 22, 2020
  • 1 Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    DHRUV has been started by Ministry of Human Resource Development. To identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge. Children will be mentored and nurtured by renowned experts in different areas in centres of excellence across the country.

    Benefits t…

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  • 2 Impress Scheme: Objectives, Eligibility and Application [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Impactful Policy Research in Social Science (IMPRESS) . An initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

    • Is being implemented by the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
    • Aims to encourage social science research in policy relevant areas.
    • To pro…

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  • 3 UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, Regulations Provide 2018 [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Meeting held on 24th May, 2018.

    Higher Educational Institutions can now offer

    • Certificate
    • Diploma and Degree Programmes in full-fledged online mode
    • In line with their regular programs

    Overall Regulations Provide

    • Enabling provisions for maintaining sanctity of admissions.
    • Teaching-learni…

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  • 4 Government Steps Against Ragging: Committee under Dr. R K Raghavan, Director CBI [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The anti-ragging campaign got an impetus in 1999. The Hon ′ ble Supreme Court. In response to a PIL filed by the Vishwa Jagriti Mission, asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to issue guidelines to universities to curb ragging. Formation of a four membered committee by the…

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  • 5 Samagra Shiksha and Anti-Ragging Policies [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    An overarching programme for the school education sector. Extension from pre-school to class 12.

    Samagra Shiksha

    • Subsumes the three Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) , Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) .

    Objectives

    • Quality education and enhanc…

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  • May 20, 2020
  • 1 Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Policies and Schemes [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

    • A Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) .
    • Launched in 2013.
    • Aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.

    Objectives

    • Improving the overall quality of state institutions.
    • Ensure reforms in the affiliation, ac…

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  • May 18, 2020
  • 1 Key Intiatives in Education and Key Reforms in School Education [ Education, Yojana ]

    Formulating a New Education Policy

    • To meet the changing dynamics of the requirements of the population with regards to quality education.
    • Innovation and Research.
    • Equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge.
    • Submission of Draft National Education Policy by Dr. K. Kastu…

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  • 2 Quality Education for Weaker Sections and Disadvantaged Groups [ Education, Yojana ]

    Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009

    • Entitles every child of age 6 to 14 years to a right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till the completion of elementary education.
    • Section 8 (c) - Provides that the child belonging to weake…

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  • 3 Education and Technology for the Blind [ Education, Science/Technology ]

    Samagra Siksha-Education to children with special needs. A sea change in inclusive education.

    Educational Services for the Blind

    • 1887- A facility for the blind was launched in Amritsar.
    • 1944- Lt. Col Sir Chutha Mackenzie played a significant role in writing the GOI report on blindne…

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  • 4 Innovation in Higher Educational Institutions [ Education ]

    Innovation centres. Fosters team spirit. Ability to work beyond classroom lectures. Collective ownership of outcomes. Work on multigenerational products.

    CFI (Centre for Innovation)

    • Platform for IIT (Madras) students.
    • An outlet for the students.
    • Generates ideas to innovate and invent…

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  • May 17, 2020
  • 1 Pesticides Affecting DNA: List and Impact (Important) [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Tea estate workers. Pesticide exposure could affect DNA

    Types of Pesticides

    Algaecides

    • Used for killing algae.
    • Slowing the growth of algae.

    Antimicrobials

    Control germs and microbes (bacteria and viruses) .

    Biopesticides

    • Made of living things.
    • Found in nature.

    Desiccants

    To dry up living pl…

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  • 2 E-Cigarettes Ban in India: Right or Wrong [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Health Ministry-Union government՚s move to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. A pre-emptive strike‖ before the new form of intoxication spreads. Companies- looking at India as an attractive market.

    E-Cigarettes

    • A battery-operated device.
    • Emits doses of vaporized nicotine or non-…

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  • May 14, 2020
  • 1 Insect Pollination (Earliest Evidence): Problems, Issues and Solutions [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    First known instance of an insect. Pollinating a flower (99 million years ago) .

    Types of Pollination

    Autogamy (Self-Pollination)

    • Pollen from the anthers of a flower is transferred to the stigma of the same flower.
    • Wheat, rice, pea etc are the examples.

    Geitonogamy

    • Pollen grains from t…

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  • 2 Climate Emergency and Environment: United Nations Environment Programme, Ice-Free Arctic and Paris Climate Agreement [ Environment/Ecology ]

    UN Annual Assessment-Calls for 7.6 % cut each year.

    UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)

    • Global emissions need to fall by 7.6 % each year until 2030.
    • To limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C.
    • On an average emissions have risen 1.55 annually over the last decade.
    • 2018 - 55.3 b…

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  • 3 Environment: Air Pollution-Increasing Glaucoma [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Higher amounts of fine particulate matter. At least 6 % more chances of having glaucoma.

    Glaucoma

    • A group of eye conditions.
    • Damages the optic nerve.
    • Caused by an abnormally high pressure in ones eye.
    • Above age 60-Major cause of blindness.
    • Occurs at any age.
    • More common in older adults.

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  • May 13, 2020
  • 1 New Ramsar Sites in India [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    10 more wetlands announced under Ramsar Convention. Sites of “International importance” . Total number of Ramsar sites in India increased to 37. Till Dec 2019 India had 27 sites.

    • To develop and sustain a network of wetlands.
    • Maintain components of ecosystem and processes.
    • Wetlands d…

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  • May 12, 2020
  • 1 Yuwaah Youth Skilling Initiative and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) [ Education, International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    Launched by UNICEF. ‘YuWaah’ Generation Unlimited in India on 1.11. 2019.

    Key Points

    • Generation Unlimited called YuWaah in India.
    • Is a multi-stakeholder alliance.
    • Aims to facilitate youth to gain relevant skills for productive lives and the future of work.
    • Target age group- adolescent…

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  • 2 Alumni Endowment Fund and Chavang Kut [ Education, Culture ]

    Endowment fund for IIT Delhi. Launched by the President of India. QS World University Ranking-182.

    Key Points

    • An initial commitment of more than ₹ 250 crore.
    • Nearly half of which will come from Flipkart co-founders.
    • Initial seed capital of ₹ 255 crore.
    • An aggressive target of raising …

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  • 3 Gottiprolu: trade centre has been unearthed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    • At the Gottiprolu site in Andhra Pradesh a trade centre has been unearthed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) .
    • The trade centre of early historic period.
    • Site Gottiprolu lies on the right bank of a distributary of river Swarnamukhi, about 17 km east of Naidu pet and 80 km…

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  • 4 Programme for International Student Assessment [ Education ]

    Preparation for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021. Review was done by the Union Human Resource Development Minister. India has participated only once in PISA in 2009.

    Key Points (PISA)

    • A triennial international survey.
    • Coordination is done by the Organiz…

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  • May 9, 2020
  • 1 MoEF Guidelines for Elephant Death from Anthrax [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Recently in the Sambalpur district of Odisha, a four year old elephant was found dead. The cause of death is suspected to be anthrax. To deal with the elephant deaths caused or suspected to be caused by anthrax, the Government of India՚s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climat…

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  • 2 Climate Change Must Be Mainstreamed [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    With global warming and climate change becoming a cause of international concern, India awaits the budget 2020 - 21 to see the provisions it has to work towards mitigating adverse effects of climate change. The coal cess introduced in 2010 - 11, despite need of cheap coal to ensu…

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