AICTE Current Affairs - 2020

Samadhan: A challenge launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development

On April 7, 2020, the Ministry of Human Resource Development launched “Samadhan”, a challenge to address COVID-19 in the country. The mega online challenge was launched by the Innovative Cell of Ministry of Human Resources Development and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) along with Forge and Innovation Curis.

Highlights

The “Samadhan” challenge aims to motivate the students to make new discoveries and perform new experiments and come up with solutions that will help fight COVID-19. The solutions selected are to be implemented in government hospitals, health services and other services.

Challenges of India to contain the virus

The challenges of countries in containing the virus differs from one another. This is mainly because the spread of the virus varies based on the topography. Therefore, the challenges faced by the countries are also unique. The challenges faced by India as follows

  • High Population Density
  • Poor Public Hygiene. This is because many people spit and sneeze on road. The UP Government banned the sale of Pan masala. This was the first step of the government to contain the virus.
  • The incubation period of the virus is not yet known accurately. Incubation period is the time interval between a person being infected and showing symptoms.
  • Fake News on social media
  • The Lock down due to the virus is hitting the economy badly

GoI: “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline portal” launched

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has launched “MHRD AICTE COVID-19 Student Helpline Portal”. The portal aims to support students facing difficulties due to closure of hostel and colleges.

Highlights

The ministry has launched a website https://helpline.aicte-india.org with the main objective of connecting those who are in need of help with those that are willing to help. Under this initiative, the students will be supported with examinations, scholarships, online classes, food, health, transport, etc. Around 6,500 colleges have come forward to provide support.

The portal was launched by the ministry in association with AICTE

AICTE

The AICTE is All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is a statutory body operating under Ministry of HRD. It was an advisory body till 1945 and gained statutory status after parliament passed a law in 1987. The Council has powers to determine examination rules, curriculum, fee structure, etc. However, according to Supreme Court judgement 2013, the council has no rights to enforce sanction on an educational institution.