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Access to “SWAYAM”, National Online Education Platform has tripled

On March 28, 2020, the Ministry of HRD (Human Resources Department) announced that the access to the National Online Education Platform called the SWAYAM has tripled since Lock Down.

Highlights

The Ministry of HRD has been trying to make sure the students can continue their education from home during the lockdown. The response has been overwhelming according to the ministry.

SWAYAM

SWAYAM is Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds. It was launched in 2014. The main aim of the online platform is to provide best quality education to around 3 crore students in the country. The SWAYAM MOOCs aims to address the needs of school level students studying 9th to 12th and to the post graduate students.

There are nine national coordinators operating SWAYAM. They are AICTE, UGC, NCERT, NPTEL, CEC, IGNOU, NIOS, NITTTR and IIMB. The platform provides self-assessment tests as well.

SWAYAM was developed by Ministry of HRD with the help of IIT Madras and NPTEL and Google.

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Major Relief Measures by Power Ministry during Lock Down

On March 28, 2020, the Ministry of Power approved major relief measures to provide power supply 24/7 to all the consumers. In order to achieve this the generation, transmission and distribution operations are to run continuously round the clock

What is the issue?

In India, 70% of power generation is coal based. Therefore, it is important to maintain the continuity of coal supply. Also, due to lock down the consumers have not paid their dues. This has affected the liquidity positions of the distribution companies.

Steps taken

The Ministry of Power has issued directions to the Central Electricity Regulatory commission. According to the guidelines, the commission is to provide moratorium of three months to the Discoms in order to make payments to the generating companies.

What are Discoms?

A Discom is Distribution Company (in India). These are companies that are not generating power by themselves. Rather they buy power from some one else and distribute it to the consumers.

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