सामयिक विषय: Operations & Campaign

“JIGYASA” - Student-Scientist connect programme launched

“JIGYASA” Programme

Question: Jigyasa Programme has been initiated as a…
(a) girl child education programme
(b) student-scientific contact programme
(c) government schemes awareness programs
(d) health services awareness programme
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • On July 6, 2017, Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme was officially launched in New Delhi.
  • This programme will be jointly implemented by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
  • Jigyasa programme is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India and “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions.
  • Under this programme focus is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of very well planned research laboratory based learning.
  • The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.
  • “JIGYASA” is one of the major initiatives taken up by CSIR at national level, during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year.


Launch of National Biopharma Mission

Innovate in India (i3)

Question- Innovate in India (i3) has been launched for development of …
(a) Biopharmaceuticals
(b) solar photo voltaic
(c) Interconnected power grid
(d) Nuclear reactors
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On June 30, 2017, Dr. Harshavardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, formally launched the first industrial-educational mission -National Biopharma Mission, to accelerate the development of biopharmaceuticals.
  • This mission is being started in India by the name of Innovation (I-3).
  • An amount of US $ 25 million will be invested the program in which the World Bank will provide the loan of US $ 12.5 million.
  • This amount will also create the necessary infrastructure for promoting entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing.
    This mission will be run by the Public Sector Unit, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistant Council (BIRAC) under the Department of Biotechnology.

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Indian Railways to launch Operation Swarn to revamp Rajdhani, Shatabdi trains

Operation Swarn

Question: ‘Operation Swarn’ will be launched by …
(a) Ministry of Finance
(b) Ministry of Railways
(c) Ministry of Information and Technology
(d) Ministry of Commerce
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • Indian Railways is set to launch ‘Operation Swarn’ to improve services in Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express trains according to a release dated June 21, 2017.
  • In the first phase, Mumbai-Delhi-Rajdhani Express and Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express have been selected for upgradation. Later, more trains will be identified for upgradation in a phased manner.
  • Indian Railways will work on improving punctuality, cleanliness, coach interiors, catering, toilets, staff behaviour, security, housekeeping.
  • These trains will also be upgraded with services like Wi-Fi, infotainment screens, coffee-vending machines etc in future.

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