PM Modi to induct warship INS Kolkata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to induct country’s largest indigenously-built combat vessel INS Kolkata in Mumbai in August 2014.

Key points about INS Kolkata:

  • Largest indigenously-built warship
  • Constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and designed by Navy’s design bureau.
  • The 6,800 tonne warship is a technology demonstrator and will mark India’s giant leap in shipbuilding technology.
  • To be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochi and INS Chennai respectively.
  • It also test-fired a BrahMos missile off Karwar’s coast earlier in August 2014 as part of pre-induction weapon trials at sea.

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Hari Gautam Panel to review the status of UGC

A four-member Committee under the chairmanship of former UGC chairman Hari Gautam has been constituted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) with a view to review the present status of Universities Grants Commission’s (UGC).

The panel will recommend ways to restructure and reorganize the Commission to upgrade its performance in order to meet desired objectives.

The panel has been assigned 14 items for review, which include performance evaluation of UGC in coordinating and determining standards of education in universities, conducting an audit of its regulatory reach and identifying its strengths and weaknesses in this regard. The committee will submit its report within six months.

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