Current Affairs – August, 2013

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Committee to be set up to suggest establishment of Universities for Research & Innovation

The Government has decided to set up a Committee for suggesting changes to the provisions of the Universities for Research and Innovation Bill, 2012 and suggest a roadmap for future.

What does the ‘Universities for Research & Innovation Bill, 2012’ provides for?

The Bill provides for establishment and incorporation of Universities for Research and Innovation which would work towards making India a global knowledge hub. They would set benchmarks for excellence for other institutions of higher learning through path breaking works and by promoting teaching, learning and research.

What is the task before the Committee? 

The Committee headed by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, has been set up for recommending changes to the provisions of the Universities for Research and Innovation Bill, 2012 and to suggest a roadmap for future.

Role of the Committee :
  • To examine the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development on the Universities for Research & Innovation Bill, 2012.
  • It will also examine the modalities for establishment of Universities for Research and Innovation and suggest a road-map for establishment of such universities by reputed promoters.
  • The Committee will also recommend changes in the provisions of the Bill, 2012 in the context of the observations/ comments of the PSC on HRD.

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No plan to increase research stations in Arctic and Antarctica

Union Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences has clarified that India does not intend to increase research stations in Arctic and Antarctica.

What is the status of India’s scientific presence in Arctic and Antarctica?
  • Status of India’s Scientific presence in Antarctica:

India presently has two research stations at Antarctica namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’. The new station ‘Bharati’ in Larsemann Hills has just been constructed and established in March, 2013. Maitri station has been in operation since 1989.  At both the stations research and investigations are undertaken to understand the Polar processes and phenomenon. Observations and studies are carried out in atmospheric, biological, geological, ecological sciences etc.

  • Status of India’s Scientific presence in Arctic:

Indian station in Arctic is known as ‘Himadri’ is located at Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen Island, Norway and serves as a hub of Indian scientific investigations since 2008.

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