Current Affairs - June, 2020

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World’s first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science launched by IIT Madras

The World’s first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science is prepared and to be offered by the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Madras. The Online Course was launched through a virtual event by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on 30th June 2020.

About the Online Course

In three different stages, the course will be offered. First, Foundation Program, after successful completion of the Foundation program the student will receive a Certificate. Second, the Diploma Programme and the third, Degree Programme.

For joining the Courses, a student needs to appear in the qualifier exam for which they have to fill a form and pay the fee for the qualifier exam of Rs 3000. For the qualifier exam students will be provided access to 4 weeks of online lectures on 4 subjects- Mathematics, Statistics, English, and Computational Thinking. At the end of 4 weeks, students will have to appear in the qualifier exam.

Students who secure more than 50 percent marks in the qualifier exam will be able to get themselves enrolled in the Foundation Programme.

Importance of Data Science

Data Science has emerged among one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world, its importance will further keep on increasing in the upcoming decade as Data Science helps in making better decisions that are based on statistical numbers, facts, and trends. By 2026, 11.5 million (115 crores) jobs in the field of Data Science are likely to be created as per predictions for analysts.

NTPC Ltd, Indian Oil and SDMC signs MoU for Waste to Energy Plant in Delhi

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 30th June 2020 for setting up of a Waste to Energy Plant. The Waste to Energy Plant will be set up at Delhi’s Okhla. The MoU was signed between South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and two Maharatna Public Sector Undertaking’s (PSUs) Indian Oil and NTPC Limited.

In Delhi, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management has been a major issue for the local Municipal Authorities, the Waste to Energy Plant will help in addressing the issue and also will lead us towards a more energy-efficient and greener future.

The problem of Solid Municipal Waste in TIER II and TIER III cities of the country has been increasing from day-to-day. The Plant in Delhi will serve as a demonstrative model, the success of which will further help in establishing such Plants in other cities of the country.

About the Waste to Energy Plant

Gasification Technology will be used in the Waste to Energy Plant that will have the capacity to process 17500 tons of RDF-Refuse Derived Fuel per annum. From combustible components of Municipal Waste, RDF is produced. Through Gasification Technology, this RDF will be used for the production of Syngas. Syngas will be further used to generate electricity by using it in reciprocating engines or turbines.