Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 05 July 2021

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 05 July 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Project BOLD.
  2. Eklavya Model Residential Schools.
  3. Samagra Shiksha scheme.

1. Project BOLD

News Summary

A unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). The project is named as BOLD.

Prelims GS  – Governance/Environment

BOLD:
  • BOLD refers to Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought.
  • It is the first of its kind exercise in India which was launched from the tribal village NichlaMandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Project BOLD seeks to create bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones.
  • It is aligned with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call for reducing land degradation and preventing desertification in the country.
  • The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC’s “Khadi Bamboo Festival” to celebrate 75 years of independence “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Significance of Project BOLD:
  • The bamboo plantation program in Udaipur will boost self-employment in the region.
  • Such projects will benefit a large number of women and unemployed youths in the region by connecting them to skill development programs.
Bamboos:
  • Bamboos grow very fast and in about three years’ time, they could be harvested.
  • Bamboos are also known for conserving water and reducing evaporation of water from the land surface, which is an important feature in arid and drought-prone regions.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

2. Eklavya Model Residential schools

News Summary

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda laid the foundation stone for the construction of 5 Eklavya Model Residential  Schools (EMRS) on 3rd and 4th July 2021 in three districts of Jharkhand.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

Eklavya Model Residential Schools:
  • Eklavya Model Residential Schools started in the year 1997-98 to impart quality education to ST children in remote areas in order to enable them to avail of opportunities in high and professional education courses and get employment in various sectors.
  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal ministry for EMRS.
  • The schools focus not only on academic education but on the all-round development of the students.
  • Each school has a capacity of 480 students, catering to students from Class VI to XII.
  • Hitherto, grants were given for the construction of schools and recurring expenses to the State Governments under Grants under Article 275 (1) of the Constitution.
  • In order to give further impetus to EMRS, it has been decided that by the year 2022, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an EMRS.
  • Eklavya schools will be on par with Navodaya Vidyalaya and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture besides providing training in sports and skill development.
  • Across the country, as per census 2011 figures, there are 564 such sub-districts out of which there is an EMRS in 102 sub-districts. Thus, 462 new schools have to be opened by the year 2022.

Click here to know more about EMRS on the official website

3. Samagra Shiksha scheme

News Summary

The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education will launch National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) on 5th July 2021 under the aegis of the Samagra Shiksha scheme.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

Samagra Shiksha scheme:
  • Samagra Shiksha is an overarching program for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12.
  • It is prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.
  • It subsumes the three erstwhile Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), and Teacher Education (TE).
  • The Scheme will be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
The major objectives of the Scheme:
  • Provision of quality education and enhancing learning outcomes of students;
  • Bridging Social and Gender Gaps in School Education;
  • Ensuring equity and inclusion at all levels of school education;
  • Ensuring minimum standards in schooling provisions;
  • Promoting Vocationalisation of education;
  • Support States in the implementation of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009; and
  • Strengthening and up-gradation of SCERTs/State Institutes of Education and DIET as a nodal agency for teacher training.

Click here to view the official website.

 

 

 

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