Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 26 March 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Eklavya Model Residential Schools.
  2. Jute ICARE.

1. Eklavya Model Residential Schools

News Summary

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs through its autonomous body, the National Education Society for Tribal Students will fill up around 3479 vacancies of teaching staff in the Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in 17 States across the country.

Courtesy: PIB

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-around 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

2. Jute ICARE

News Summary

The Government through National Jute Board (NJB) has worked for the development of the jute sector by implementing a number of schemes such as Jute ICARE.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

  • A project Jute ICARE (Improved Cultivation and Advanced Retting Exercise) was introduced in 2015 for improving productivity and quality of raw jute through carefully designed interventions.
  • The Jute-ICARE project was launched by National Jute Board (NJB) in technical collaboration with ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (ICAR-CRIJAF), Barrackpore, Ministry of Agriculture and Jute Corporation of India (JCI), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, Kolkata in the year 2015 with an aim to aware and train the jute farmers for efficient and effective utilization of the improved jute production technologies and increase the fiber productivity as well as quality on a larger scale.
  • The four technologies selected for promotion under the Jute-ICARE project are the technologies developed by ICAR-CRIJAF viz.
    • a) use of certified jute seed (var. JRO 204 & JBO 2003H),
    • b) line sowing of jute using CRIJAF multi-row seed drill,
    • c) mechanical weeding by using CRIJAF nail weeder & CRIJAF single wheel jute weeder, and
    • d) improved retting by using CRIJAF microbial consortium (CRIJAF SONA)

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