Current Affairs – June, 2018

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World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre is joint venture of Regional delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICCR) in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.

The humanitarian forensics plays significant and essential role during natural and manmade calamities which takes place at regular intervals across world over and large number of people become victims of such calamities.

Key Facts

The centre will use forensics for humanitarian services to aid humanitarian efforts during emergencies and natural disasters. It will assist in dignified and proper management of dead bodies during disasters or emergencies and also help in their identification.

The centre will also conduct various academic and professional programmes, training and research and als provide technical expertise to support operations in field of humanitarian forensics to authorities and agencies concerned.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GSFU) will run different courses both post graduate and post graduate diploma courses in humanitarian forensics. The centre will also help to combine local and international expertise to build capacities before tragedies hit people.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU)

GFSU is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensic and allied Sciences. It was established by the Gujarat Government through act passed by state legislative assembly in September, 2008. It is located Gandhinagar, capital city of Gujarat state. It became functional from July 2009 with various courses, scientific programs and training modules.

The university is recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) as State University under section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. Its objective is to fulfil acute shortage against increasing demand of forensic experts in the country and around the world. It runs in parallel association with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) Gujarat to provide hands-on training pertaining to various areas of forensic science, forensic psychology and research and development.

Month: Categories: Science & Technology


India Smart Cities Award 2018: Surat Smart City selected for City Award for implementation of projects

Surat smart city from Gujarat was selected for ‘City Award’ for showing great momentum in implementation of projects under India Smart Cities Awards 2018 especially in categories of urban environment, transport and mobility and sustainable integrated development. Total nine awards in three categories including Innovative Idea Award, Project Award, and City Award were announced by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under India Smart Cities Awards 2018.

Other category winners

Innovative Idea award: Bhopal and Ahmedabad were jointly honoured for Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) Project, respectively. The award was given to project and idea particularly remarkable for its innovative, bottom-up and transformative approach towards achievement of sustainable integrated development.

Project awards: They were given to most innovative and successful projects in seven categories that have been completed by April 1, 2018. Projects selected under it are

  • Governance category: PMC Care from Pune.
  • Built Environment category: Smart Place Making from Pune.
  • Social Aspects category: Smart Class rooms from NDMC and Jabalpur, Smart Campus from Visakhapatnam, Lighthouse from Pune.
  • Culture and Economy category: B Nest Incubation Centre from Bhopal and Conservation of Rajasthan School of Arts from Jaipur.
  • Urban environment category: Public Bike Sharing from Pune, Bhopal, Coimbatore and Waste to Energy Plant in Jabalpur.
  • Transport and Mobility category: Integrated Transit Management System (TMS) from Ahmedabad and Surat.
  • Water and Sanitation category: Smart Water Management through SCADA from Ahmedabad.

India Smart Cities Award

The award was launched in June 2017 with an objective to reward cities, projects and innovative ideas, promoting sustainable development in cities. The award is given in 3 categories of viz. Innovative Idea Award, City Award and Project Award. Only selected Smart Cities are eligible participants for the award. Respective ULBs or Smart City SPVs need to submit proposals for this award.


The proposals submitted by ULBs/ Smart City SPVs are evaluated by technical committee of international, multilateral experts from UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) based on Innovation, Impact, and Replicability or Scalability. The City Award was decided based on cities’ performance on their awards score and on weekly Ranking score. Equal weighting is given to both.

Month: Categories: Awards & Honours