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Prelims Prominence - April 4, 2018

Ministry of Human Resource Development

NIRF India Rankings 2018 for Higher Education Institutions Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru bags 1st Position in Overall Ranking IIT Chennai tops in Engineering and IIM Ahmedabad tops in Management Category


  • The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, released the NIRF India Rankings 2018 in various categories on the basis of performance of Higher Educational Institutions
  • 69 top institutions in 9 categories were given awards

Enlighten about National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF)

  • The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) was approved by the MHRD and launched by Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development on 29th September 2015.
  • This framework outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country.
  • The methodology draws from the overall recommendations broad understanding arrived at by a Core Committee set up by MHRD, to identify the broad parameters for ranking various universities and institutions.
  • The parameters broadly cover “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”.

Enlighten about the ranking 2018

  • The ranking of General Degree Colleges which was started last year, saw a much more enthusiastic participation this year
  • This year also saw the beginning of limited ranking of institutions in new areas like Medicine, Law and Architecture.
  • For India Rankings – 2018, the main ranking parameters remain the same.
  • However, there are a few significant changes in a few sub-parameters. Also, this year every large institution will be given a common overall rank as well as a discipline specific rank as applicable.

Initiatives by MHRD to promote quality education

  • Setting up and upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence (IOEs) so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking.
  • Initiatives like GIAN, RUSA, SWAYAM, SWAYAM Prabha, TEQUIP III, Smart India Hackathon, etc are in direction to further boost the Quality, Research and Innovation in education.

Infrastructure Development

New Greenfield Noida International Airport - Jewar

Implementing Ministry

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)

Building new airport

  • As part of its NABH (NextGen Airports for BHarat) Nirman initiative.

Aspects of NABH

  • Three key aspects of NABH Nirman are (1) fair and equitable land acquisition, (2) long-term master plan for airport and regional development and (3) balanced economics for all stakeholders.

Enlighten about Noida International Greenfield Airport

  • It is strategically located in respect of road distance about 72 km from IGI Airport, about 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad, about 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurugram and 130 km from Agra.
  • It is well connected via Yamuna Expressway that will serve domestic and international tourists to reach Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan.
  • The airport is to be developed on Public Private Partnership model (PPP).


Digital Initiative for Ease of Export Launched

  • Union Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu launched digital initiatives by Export Inspection Council (EIC) for ease of export

Enlighten about EIC

  • EIC is the official export certification body of Government of India and has launched this flagship project of Digital India Initiative to keep pace with changing dynamics of the world.
  • In order to continue the vision for credible inspection and certification and to strengthen the confidence on Indian produce, three portals have been developed to reduce transaction time and cost in a transparent manner.
  • The portals not only provide an opportunity for ease of export but also plays an important role in the Go Green initiative by reducing paper usage and saving millions trees.

The Export Alert Monitoring portal

  • Monitors non compliances raised by importing countries.
  • The portal will enable monitoring of alerts and action taken by multiple organizations involved in initial certification in the food safety & biosecurity and analysing the trend, understanding the trade barriers to reduce the alerts and enhance the export trade.

Development Mechanism

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Foundation Day – 2 April 1990

What’s the NEWS

  • Samridhi – the virtual assistant has been launched on the occasion of foundation day
  • Samridhi will answer standard queries of aspirants 24*7.

Enlighten about SIDBI

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) was set up on 2nd April 1990 under an Act of Parliament.
  • It acts as the Principal Financial Institution for Promotion, Financing and Development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector as well as for co-ordination of functions of institutions engaged in similar activities.


National Culture Fund Scheme Implementation of 34 projects under it promoting, protecting and preserving India’s cultural heritage.

Enlighten About National Culture Fund

  • National Culture Fund (NCF) set up as a Trust under the Charitable Endowment Act, 1890 on 28thNovember, 1996 by the Government, with a view to mobilize extra resources through Public Private Partnerships has successfully completed 34 projects since inception, thus, promoting, protecting and preserving India’s cultural heritage.
  • The National Culture Fund is managed and administered by a council headed by Hon’ble Culture Minister to decide the policies and an Executive Committee headed by Secretary, Culture to actualize those policies.
  • The Fund aims at inviting the participation of the corporate sector, non-government organizations, private/public sector as well as individuals in the task of promoting, protecting and preserving India’s cultural heritage.

Sources – PIB, The Hindu , IE