Aspirational Districts Current Affairs - 2020

SCIENCE EXPLORER: 1st ever Mobile Science Exhibition flagged off in Leh

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent charge), Prahlad Singh Patel flagged off Leh’s 1st ever Mobile Science Exhibition (SCIENCE EXPLORER) of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) for entire Ladakh Region.

Key Highlights

NCSM jointly with Department of Science &Technology (DST), Government of India simultaneously carried out the National launch of 25 new Mobile Science Exhibition buses for Aspirational Districts of India with aim to create a scientific awareness among the rural children.

The buses will travel to schools in Aspirational Districts through out the year (except during vacations). Each specially designed bus contains 20 interactive exhibits and other demonstrations related to children and rural life. More Exhibition buses will be added in coming years.

About Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) programme

Background: The MSE programme was originally launched as Mobile Science Museum (MSM) in 1965. 1st MSE on theme ‘Our Familiar Electricity’ was inaugurated at Ramakrishna Mission Boys’ School, Narendrapur (near Kolkata) on 17 November 1965 and the 1st MSE Bus was flagged off in 1966 from Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (in Kolkata).

Its mission was that- ‘if people cannot visit museum, let the museum visit people at their doorsteps’.

It is the largest and longest running outreach programme of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). NCSM is an autonomous S&T institution under Ministry of Culture and is primarily engaged in ‘Communicating Science to Empower People’ through its network of 25 Science Centres or Museums spread across India.

Significance: It is successful in creating a scientific awareness in society, in supplementing formal education with non-formal mode of science education, in nurturing scientific temper and creative potential of young people in areas where MSE programmes are conducted. MSE in Ladakh will benefit all people of Ladakh through its mobility and knowledge.

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Udyam Abhilasha: SIDBI launches national level entrepreneurship awareness campaign

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has launched Udyam Abhilasha (उद्यम अभिलाषा), a national level entrepreneurship awareness campaign. It was launched in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States.

Udyam Abhilasha

The campaign will run from 3 October to 8 October, 2018 across India and reach out to around 15,000 youth. It will create and strengthen cadre of more than 800 trainers to provide entrepreneurship training to aspiring youths across these districts to enter admired segment of entrepreneurs.

For implementing this campaign, SIDBI has partnered with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle, (CSC SPV) under Ministry of Electronics & IT through their CSCs. It will also tie-up with Banks, NABARD, NBFCs, SFBs, District Industries Centres, State Government etc.

CSC Village Level entrepreneurs (VLEs) will play role of catalyst under this campaign for these aspiring entrepreneurs. VLEs will provide training, support aspirants to establish new units, assisting them in availing loans and make them aware about various Government initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, SUI etc. and educate them in business literacy.

Objectives of Udyam Abhilasha

  • Inspire rural youth in aspirational districts to be entrepreneurs by assisting them to set up their own enterprise.
  • Impart trainings through digital medium across the country,
  • Create business opportunities for CSC-VLEs.
  • Focus on women aspirants in aspirational districts to encourage women entrepreneurship.
  • Assist participants to become bankable and avail credit facility from banks to set up their own enterprise.

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

SIDBI is principal development financial institution for promotion, financing and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in India. It was established on April 2, 1990 through an Act of Parliament (thus, it is statutory body). It is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It facilitates and strengthens credit flow to MSMEs and address both financial and developmental gaps in MSME eco-system across the country.

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