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National e-Governance Webinars

DARPG conducts National e-Governance Webinars showcasing initiatives awarded for excellence.

  • 4th webinar (5th Jan 2024) focused on District Level Initiatives in e-Governance.
  • 5th webinar (16th Feb 2024) highlighted Government Process Re-engineering for Digital Transformation at State/UT Level.
  • Gang Canal Computerization Project showcased real-time canal information aiding farmers.
  • OTP and Feedback Based Public Grievance Redressal System enhances citizen interaction with RMC authorities.
  • MINE MITRA in UP and Kutumba in Karnataka exemplify digital solutions for efficient governance.

Global Pulses Conference Urges India to Boost Production to Meet Nutritional Needs

At the Global Pulses Conference on 15th February, Union Ministers emphasized the imperative for India to enhance pulses production to address nutritional requirements, highlighting collaborative efforts and policy measures to bolster cultivation.

Key Points

  • The Global Pulses Conference emphasizes the need for India to increase pulses production to meet nutritional demands, with Union Ministers outlining measures to enhance cultivation.
  • GPC President highlighted the Centre's efforts, including regular increments in Minimum Support Price (MSP), ensuring an attractive return on investment for farmers, with MSP now exceeding 50% of the production cost.
  • GPC President outlined India's progress towards self-sufficiency in pulses, with focus on chickpeas and efforts to address deficiencies in pigeon peas and black gram by 2027 through enhanced seed supply and expanded cultivation.
  • GPC President stressed on the importance of global collaboration at the conference.
  • This facilitates exchange of best practices and technological advancements in pulses cultivation, benefiting Indian and global stakeholders.

Digital India futureSKILLS Summit 2024: Shaping India's Talent Future

On 15th February, the Ministry of Electronics & IT hosted the inaugural Digital India futureSKILLS Summit in Guwahati.

Key Points

  • The summit aims to convene leading minds from various sectors to strategize on talent development for India's future.
  • Union Minister inaugurated the summit, joined by a diverse group of stakeholders, including young Indians, thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, educators, and technology enthusiasts.
  • The summit will delve into the impact of rapid digitization on global opportunities, particularly focusing on emerging technologies like AI, ML, Semiconductors, Robotics, and CyberSecurity.
  • The discussions aim to identify avenues for harnessing these opportunities for India's youth.
  • More than 20 strategic collaborations are expected to be announced during the summit, fostering partnerships between industry leaders, academic institutions, and government bodies.
  • These collaborations aim to align educational curricula with industry demands and standards.
  • Four panel discussions will cover key themes such as Semicon India, IndiaAI, Cyber Security & Emerging Technologies, and Digital futureSKILLS for India's global workforce.
  • Each panel will feature esteemed panelists and moderators, fostering in-depth discussions and knowledge exchange.

PM Inaugurates India Energy Week 2024

On 6th February, 2024, Prime Minister launched the 'India Energy Week 2024' in Goa, highlighting India's significant strides in energy investment for ensuring accessible energy.

Key Points

  • Event Significance: India Energy Week 2024 is the country's largest and sole comprehensive energy exhibition and conference, aimed at accelerating India's energy transition objectives.
  • Venue and Environment: PM praised Goa as a vibrant setting for the event, emphasizing its suitability for discussions on sustainability and environmental consciousness. He expressed optimism that foreign delegates attending the event will cherish their experience in Goa.
  • India's Energy Landscape: PM underscored India's pivotal role as the world's third-largest consumer of energy, oil, and LPG, along with being the fourth-largest importer and refiner of LNG. He highlighted the escalating demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the nation.
  • Budget Allocation: The Prime Minister noted the allocation of Rs 11 lakh crore in the recent budget for infrastructure, with a significant portion earmarked for the energy sector.
  • Focus on Startups: India Energy Week 2024 aims to promote and integrate startups into the energy value chain, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • The event anticipates participation from 17 Energy Ministers, over 35,000 attendees, and 900 exhibitors.
  • Additionally, six country pavilions and a 'Make in India' Pavilion will showcase innovative solutions by Indian MSMEs in the energy sector.

PM Inaugurates Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024 in New Delhi

On 2nd February, 2024, Prime Minister addressed the audience and toured the Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024, India's largest mobility exhibition held at Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi.

  • The expo showcases India's capabilities in the mobility and automotive value chains, featuring exhibitions, conferences, buyer-seller meets, and more.

Key Points

  • Viksit Bharat by 2047: Reiterating the goal of 'Viksit Bharat' by 2047, PM emphasized the pivotal role of the mobility sector, considering it the beginning of a golden period for the industry.
  • Transformation of Automotive Landscape: Stakeholders were encouraged to transform the automotive landscape with the vision of an efficient, sustainable, and inclusive future.

National Arogya Fairs Illuminate the Rich Heritage of Indian Traditional Medicine

On 1St February, 2024, Union Minister of Ayush inaugurated the National Arogya Fair, emphasizing its significance in showcasing the rich legacy of Indian Traditional Medicine Systems.

Key Points

  • 'Har din Har Ghar Ayush' Campaign: The Minister highlighted the importance of the 'Har din Har Ghar Ayush' campaign, designed to bring the benefits of Indian traditional medicine systems to the people.
  • The campaign aims to make the Ayush sector surge forward in innovation and healthcare delivery.
  • Efforts under National Ayush Mission: Efforts under the National Ayush Mission focus on taking Ayush to every district in the country, with advancements in research reflected in over forty thousand research publications on the Ayush Research Portal.
  • National Arogya Fair Highlights: The four-day event, held at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, is a dynamic convergence of India's healing traditions.
  • It aims to create awareness, encourage holistic health and wellness practices, foster collaboration among practitioners, and provide a platform for businesses and vendors to promote Ayush-related products and services.
  • The fair includes wellness workshops and seminars, exhibitions on Ayurveda, Yoga, Yunani, Siddha, Naturopathy, and Homeopathy, free health consultations, and cultural programs.

NCTE Year-End Seminar Shapes Future of National Mission for Mentoring (NMM)

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) orchestrated a two-day Year-End Seminar on January 30-31, 2024, aimed at Sharing Best Practices and Periodic Review/Continuous Evaluation of the National Mission for Mentoring (NMM).

Key Points

  • Objectives: The seminar gathered 60 National Mentors, Mentees, Principals, Nodal Officers, academic dignitaries, and educational administrators.
  • Aim: The focus was on discussing and reviewing the progress of NMM, fostering collaboration, and providing a platform for Mentors and Mentees to share challenges and suggestions.
  • NMM Launch and Pilot Mode: NCTE initiated NMM in pilot mode on July 29, 2022, in 30 selected Central Schools.
  • NMM Purpose and Vision: Aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, NMM aims to create a pool of professionals supporting school teachers' continuous development.

Investment Forum for Climate Resilient Agrifood Systems

NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) collaboratively unveiled the 'Investment Forum for Advancing Climate Resilient Agrifood Systems in India' during a two-day Multi-stakeholder Meeting held on January 18-19, 2024 in New Delhi.

Key Points

  • Objective of the Initiative: The forum aims to formulate an investment and partnership strategy to advance climate-resilient agrifood systems, fostering collaboration among the government, private sectors, farmers’ organizations, and financial institutions in India.
  • Perspective of MoA&FW Secretary: Secretary, MoA&FW, emphasized the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach in addressing climate challenges, especially considering the perspective of small and marginal farmers.
  • Forum's Focus Areas: The two-day meet facilitated discussions on six key areas, including climate-resilient agriculture, digital infrastructure, financing, value chains, production practices, and gender mainstreaming for climate resilience.
  • Challenges in Indian Agriculture: Climate change poses significant challenges to India, impacting the economically vulnerable rural population dependent on climate-sensitive agriculture. The sector faces risks from extreme temperatures, droughts, floods, cyclones, and soil salinity.
  • Facilitating National Priorities: The forum played a crucial role in identifying national priorities and policy platforms for financing climate-resilient agrifood systems.
  • It provided insights into opportunities through regional collaboration and advocated for large-scale climate initiatives.

Wings India 2024 – Asia’s Largest Aviation Expo

The largest happening in the Asian civil aviation sector, Wings India 2024, was inaugurated on 18th January, 2024 at Hyderabad by Union Minister Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia.

  • The theme is “Connecting India to the World in Amrit Kaal: ‘Setting the Stage for Indian Civil Aviation @ 2047.

Key Points

  • UDAN 5.3 Launch: The inauguration witnessed some high-profile announcements, with the release of UDAN 5.3 being a key feature.
  • India's Civil Aviation Growth: The minister noted the tremendous growth of India in its Civil Aviation area with domestic passengers increasing from 60 million (2014) until they are expected to stand at approximately 150 million by end of this year.
  • Aviation Infrastructure Development: The minister highlighted the unparalleled steps taken under the guidance of Prime Minister, to strengthen aviation infrastructure such as increasing number of airports from 74 in 2018 to doubled ones at present.
  • RCS-UDAN Success: 76 airports in Tier-3 and Tier-4 Regions have been operationalized under the RCS UDAN scheme; this improves last mile connectivity to benefit 1.32 Crore people.
  • In all, 21 Greenfield Airports have been given ‘in-principle’ approval by the government of which twelve are already operational.
  • Seven Major Announcements: Seven major announcements were made during the Wings India 2024, which included a knowledge paper on civil aviation released, launch of Airbus-Air India Training Centre and manufacturing contracts with TATA ASL and Mahindra Aerospace Structures Pvt. Ltd.

Young Scientist Conference

The Young Scientist Conference (YSC), held on 17th January, 2024 at the India International Science Festival, was inaugurated by Union Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju who stressed on young scientist’s leading India into its future.

Key Points

  • Platform for Aspiring Researchers: YSC provides a vital springboard for frontier researchers to network with established scientists and research scholars.
  • India's Future Led by Young Scientists: The Minister envisioned that the growth of India in next 25 years would be driven by young scientists and their talent and energy.
  • Connecting Science with the Common People: The Minister highlighted the need to create an environment that integrates science with society, influencing growth and quality of life in a nation.
  • Global Challenges Addressed: In this regard, the Shri Rijiju is firmly assured that these young Indians will play a considerable role in addressing issues of global concern like climate change and glob warming.
  • Vibrant Platform for Collaboration: The YSC unites a wide variety of members such as young graduates, investigators, postdoctoral students, academicians, scientists and innovatives under the age of forty five years.
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