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Prelims Prominence - February 8, 2018

Social Reforms

Digital Gender Atlas The low performing geographic pockets for girlsn

  • Digital Gender Atlas has been developed to identify the low performing geographic pockets for girls, particularly from marginalised groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslim minorities, on specific gender related education indicators.
  • The Atlas is designed around the two broad areas of performance of girls' education and vulnerabilitie
  • All the states have been mapped in the Digital Gender Atlas. The states have been using it as a planning tool to come up with strategies for inputs for the state SSA and RMSA annual plans.


Improving Quality Education Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)

  • (UGC) issued / notified enabling regulatory architecture in the form of UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 and UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 to enable 10 public and 10 private Institutions to emerge as World Class Teaching and Research Institution
  • These Institutions shall be called as ‘Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)’.
  • The aim of the scheme is to bring higher educational institutions selected as IoEs in top 500 of world ranking in the next 10 years and in top 100 eventually overtime.

Enlighten about the specifications -

  • The salient features are available in the UGC Guidelines and the UGC Regulations under which greater autonomy viz. to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; to recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength; to offer online courses upto 20% of its programmes; to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree; complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus, etc. has been provided to IoEs.
  • Under this scheme, IoEs will have freedom to choose their own path to become world class institutions. Institutions shall be selected as IoEs by the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC), constituted for this purpose.
  • Each Public Institution selected as IoE will be provided financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Cr over a period of five years.

Health Care

CCRAS developed and commercialized Ayurvedic Drugs

  • The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH is actively involved in scientific process of drug development
  • CCRAS has developed and commercialized the following two drugs:

1. AYUSH 82 An Anti Diabetic Ayurvedic Formulation
2. AYUSH SG An Anti-Rheumatoid Arthritis preparation.


Agni – 1 Missile Successfully test fired as part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army to consolidate operational readiness.

Enlighten about Agni – 1

  • An indigenously developed intermediate range surface-to-surface, single-stage missile.
  • It was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
  • ASL is the premier missile development laboratory of DRDO.
  • The missile weighs around 12 tonnes and is propelled by a solid rocket propellant system. It is 15-metre-long and can carry both conventional as well as nuclear payloads (warheads) up to 1,000 kg.
  • It has strike range of over 700 km. It is equipped with specialised navigation system that ensures it reaches target with high degree of precision.
  • The missile already has been inducted into the armed forces (service) in 2004. It has proved its performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality.

Sources – Pib, the hindu,livemint