IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 11 July 2019

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‘Study in India’ programme

To facilitate Internationalization of Higher Education in India, a Programme viz. ‘Study in India’ is under implementation.


  • To make India a preferred education destination/hub for foreign students.
  • Improve the soft power of India with focus on the neighbouring countries and use it as a tool in diplomacy.
  • To rapidly increase the inflow of inbound International Students in India through systematic brand-building, marketing, social media and digital marketing campaigns.
  • To increase India’s market share of global education exports; improvement in overall quality of higher education.
  • To reduce the export-import imbalance in the number of international students; growth in India’s global market share of International students.
  • Increase in global ranking of India etc.
  • The programme focuses on attracting International students from select 30 plus countries across South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa.
  • The programme envisages participation of select reputed Indian institutes/universities by way of offering seats for the International students at affordable rates, along with fee waivers to meritorious foreign students ranging from 100% to 25%.
  • A centralised admission web-portal (https://studyinindia.gov.in) acts as a single window for the admission of foreign students.
  • Moreover, the programme also envisages setting up of call centres for support; algorithm for allocation of seats to the meritorious candidates; selection of top 100 partner institutions on the basis of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grading and National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking; branding activities in the target countries; and close coordination with Indian missions abroad and foreign missions in India.
  • With the increase in number of foreign students, the global ranking of the Indian Higher Educational institutions will improve. The domestic students shall be exposed to a more diverse peer group and also get greater International exposure culminating in enhanced interest of Indian students to study in the country.

Startup India Programme for MSME Sector

Government has launched the Startup India Initiative with the objective of building strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and startups in the country.

  • The incentives available to Startups under Startup India initiative are given below:
  • Self-Certification under 6 Labour Laws & 3 Environmental Laws.
  • Relaxation in Public Procurement Norms.
  • Faster exit under the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Rebates on Patent & Trademark filing fees, support from facilitators and to expedite examination of Patent application.
  • Income Tax exemption.
  • Exemption from Income Tax on investments received above fair market value.
  • Funding support under the Fund of Funds for Startups.
  • Guidance and facilitation support from Startup India Hub.
  • Government has notified Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Order, 2012 under MSMED Act, 2006. The policy mandates 25% annual procurement from MSEs by Central Ministries/Departments/Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
  • Out of 25% target of annual procurement from MSEs, 4% is earmarked for procurement from MSEs owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs and 3% from MSEs owned by Women Entrepreneurs.
  • In order to monitor effective implementation of this Policy, Ministry of MSME has launched a Portal, namely, MSME SAMBANDH

Gaganyaan National Advisory Council

  • The Gaganyaan project is on track to be realized by the 75th Independence day or earlier. The design and configuration of major subsystems are finalised. The qualification tests pertaining to human rating of flight systems has commenced and Cryogenic Engine tests are in progress. The crew training plan is finalised and the crew selection process has commenced.
  • A Gaganyaan National Advisory Council has been created with members from different institutions and industries
  • The Gaganyaan Advisory Council comprises of Secretaries of Department of Space, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Defence Research and Development, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Principal Scientific Advisor to PM, Senior Officials from Armed Forces, Indian Coast Guard, Former Chairman of ISRO, Member of Space Commission, Former Director of Aeronautical Development Agency, Former Indian Astronaut, Directors of Premier Academic and Research Institutions and Heads of various Indian Industries.

 Operation Thirst

During peak summer season there is heavy demand of drinking water. Due to closure of schools & festive/marriage season, the number of passenger travelling by railways also increases and so the demand of drinking water.

  • To curb the menace of unauthorized PDW (PACKAGED DRINKING WATER) in Railway premises, an all India drive named “Operation Thirst” was launched on 08th& 09th July 2019 on the direction of DG/RPF, Railway Board, New Delhi where all the Zonal Principal Chief Security Commissioners (PCSC) were asked to crackdown these unauthorised activities. Almost all major stations over Indian Railway were covered during this operation.

Empowerment of Women

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing various schemes for empowerment of women across the country.

The details of major schemes are:

  • Mahila Shakti Kendra scheme empowers rural women through community participation by involvement of Student Volunteers. The scheme is envisaged to work at various levels and at the national and state level technical support to the respective government on issues related to women is provided.
  • Swadhar Greh scheme targets the women victims of unfortunate circumstances who are in need of institutional support for rehabilitation so that they could lead their life with dignity.
  • Ujjawala is a comprehensive scheme to combat trafficking with the objective to prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation, to facilitate rescue victims and placing them in safe custody, to provide rehabilitation services by providing basic amenities/needs, to facilitate reintegration of victims into the family and society, to facilitate repatriation of cross border victims.
  • Working Women Hostel aims at providing safe and affordable accommodation to working women. These hostels have Day care facility for the children of inmates too. The Ministry provides financial support for establishing such hostels by NGOs or State Governments.
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme is a tri-ministerial initiative of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development with a focus on awareness and advocacy campaign for changing mindsets, multi-sectoral action in select districts, enabling girls’ education and effective enforcement of Pre-Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act. The specific objectives of the scheme include preventing gender biased sex selective elimination; ensuring survival and protection of the girl child and ensuring education and participation of the girl child.
  • One Stop Centre (OSC) facilitates access to an integrated range of services including police, medical, legal, psychological support and temporary shelter to women affected by violence. The Scheme is funded through Nirbhaya Fund.
  • Women Helpline – The Scheme is being implemented since 1st April, 2015 to provide 24 hours emergency and non-emergency response to women affected by violence through referral and information about women related government schemes/programmes across the country through a single uniform number (181).
  • Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) Scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. It envisages engagement of Mahila Police Volunteers in States/UTs who act as a link between police and community and facilitates women in distress.

Some of the other initiatives

  • The Ministry has advised the States/UTs to increase the representation of women in the police force. 17 States/UTs have extended 33% or more reservation for women in police forces.
  • Capacity Building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) to empower women to participate effectively in the governance processes was taken up during 2017-18 and 2018-19.33,332 EWRs were trained across the country.



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