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bharat ias - NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations)

NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations)

  NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations)   NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations), is pioneered by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) for nurturing ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful startups. NIDHI focuses on building a seamless and innovation driven entrepreneurial ecosystem especially by channelizing youth towards it and thereby bringing in the positive impact on the socio-economic development of the country. The program aims to provide technological solutions not only to the pressing needs of the society but also targets to create new avenues for wealth and job creation. NIDHI connects and strengthens all the links of the innovation chain from scouting to sustaining to securing to scaling to showcasing. The key stakeholders of NIDHI includes various departments and ministries of the central government, state governments, academic and R & D institutions, mentors, financial institutions, angelinvestors, venture capitalists, industry champions and private sectors. Operation Muskaan-II It is the second phase of ‘Operation Muskaan’. Under this campaign, missing children and those found abandoned would be rescued and reunited with their families. It was launched by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. A special team comprising officials of the district children protection office, social welfare department, police department, differently abled welfare office, labour department, Childline 1098 and NGOs has been constituted for “Operation Muskaan-II”. Thousands of children have been rescued under the campaign so far.     MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations andKnowledge). The INSPIRE Awards (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research), was renamed as MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations andKnowledge). MANAK is an innovative programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to Science. The basic objective of MANAK is to attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R&D base. It does not believe in conducting competitive exams for identification of talent at any level. It believes in and relies on the efficacy of the existing educational structure for identification of talent. MANAK has three components: o Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS) o Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) o Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC)...

Publishes on : 04-Jul-2017 01:51 PM
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bharat ias - Biotech-KISAN

Biotech-KISAN

Biotech-KISAN It is a new programme that empowers farmers, especially women farmers. It is a Farmer centric scheme launched by of the Department of Biotechnology. Biotech-KISAN aims to link farmers, scientists and science institutions across the country in a network that identifies and helps solve their problems in a cooperative manner. The scheme includes the Mahila Biotech- KISAN fellowships, for training and education in farm practices, for women farmers. The Scheme also aims to support the women farmers/ entrepreneur in their small enterprises, making her a grass root innovator. Biotech-KISAN will connect farmers to best global practices; training workshops will be held in India and other countries. Biotech KISAN will connect farmers with science in the 15 agro-climatic zones of the country in a manner, which constantly links problems with available solutions. There will be a communication set-up to make radio and TV programmes for local stations, as well as daily connectivity through social media.   Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK) The SBK was set up to attract CSR funds from corporate sector and contribution from individual philanthropists to achieve the objective of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. The SBK is to be used to achieve the objective of improving cleanliness levels in rural and urban areas, including in schools. The allocation from the SBK is being used to supplement departmental resources for such activities. All donations towards Swachh Bharat Kosh are eligible for deduction of 100% from the total Income Tax. The contributions to SBK can also be included by companies towards CSR under the Companies Act, 2013. Rural Electric Corporation (REC) Limited has contributed Rs. 25 crores towards SBK as part of REC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).   The Mahila Police Volunteer initiative was recently launched in Haryana.   By launching the initiative in Karnal and Mahendragarh districts, Haryana became the first state to adopt this scheme. Originally conceived by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development, Mahila Police Volunteer is a joint initiative with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs The Mahila Police Volunteers scheme envisages creation of a link between the police authorities and the local communities in villages through police volunteers who will be women specially trained for this purpose. Their primary job will be to keep an eye on situations where women in the village are harassed or their rights and entitlements are denied or their development is prevented. In order to provide a link between police and community and facilitate women in distress, one Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) is envisaged per Gram Panchayat across the country.    ...

Publishes on : 04-Jul-2017 01:47 PM
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bharat ias - Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box

Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box

Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box. (POCSO), e-Box, is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012. The e-Box is incorporated in the home page of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) website. NCPCR has been conferred the Skoch Silver and Skoch Order-of Merit award for POCSO e-Box.   About POCSO Act: Being concerned about offences against children, the Government enacted POCSO Act, 2012 to protect them from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process. This is achieved by incorporating child friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through designated Special Courts. Any human being up to the age of 18 years is recognised as a child under the POCSO Act. ...

Publishes on : 04-Jul-2017 01:45 PM
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bharat ias - BetiBachao, BetiPadhao

BetiBachao, BetiPadhao

BetiBachao, BetiPadhao BetiBachao, BetiPadhao (Save girl child, educate girl child) is a Government of India social campaign that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services meant for girls. Aim: It aims to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) through a mass campaign across the country targeted atchanging societal mindsets & creating awareness about the criticality of the issue Objectives: Preventing sex selective abortion Ensuring survival and protection of a girl child Ensuring education of the girl child Implementation: A 100 critical low CSR districts in all States and UTs have been identified for focused and convergent action by the Ministries. It is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare andMinistry of Human Resource Development. All forms of media and social media platforms would be used for this. The key to the success of the initiatives would lie with the  communities, States, Panchayats and the local self-Government. India’s Olympic Bronze medallistSakshi Malik was announced as the new  brand ambassador of BetiBachao, BetiPadhao campaign. The Ministry of Women & Child Development has warned unauthorised sites/organisations/NGOs/individuals that are distributing forms in the name of cash incentive under BetiBachaoBetiPadhaoScheme. The government has made it clear that the scheme has no provision for individual CASH TRANSFER COMPONENT by Government of India...

Publishes on : 04-Jul-2017 01:43 PM
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bharat ias - Tejaswini

Tejaswini

Tejaswini The Union Government has signed a Financing Agreement with World Bank for IDA credit of $63 million for the Tejaswini Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Project.  It is World Bank’s first project in India solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged between 14 and 24 to complete their secondary level education and provide relevant skills for job market. It seeks to empower adolescent girls with basic life skills to acquire market driven skill training or completion of secondary education, depending on the inclination of the beneficiary. Its three main components are Expanding social, educational and economic opportunities: Support Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW )to achieve greater social, educational, and economic empowerment at community level and institutional level. Intensive service delivery: It will evaluate more intensive community-level service delivery models focused on increasing AGYW’s access to educational interventions, training and employment opportunities State capacity-building and implementation support: It aims to support strengthening of institutional capacity and outreach of concerned government agencies to enable effective and efficient delivery of services for AGYW in the state. Life skills education includes four core elements: Resilience and soft skills Rights and protections Health and nutrition. Financial literacy. The project is being delivered in 17 Districts of Jharkhand. About 680,000 adolescent girls and young women in these districts are expected to benefit from the program.  ...

Publishes on : 04-Jul-2017 01:42 PM
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