Digital Village Current Affairs - 2020

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Human Resources Development Ministry presents Vishwakarma Awards

On February 24, 2020, the Union Minster Ramesh Pokhriyal presented the Vishwakarma awards for the year 2019. Around 23 groups were awarded Chatra Vishwakarma Awards and 6 institutes were awarded with Utkrisht Santhan Vishwakarma Award.

Highlights

This year the theme of competition of the award is as follows

Theme: How to Enhance the income of a village

Around 2,372 teams submitted their solutions. There were three stages of evaluation and 117 teams were selected. The teams will exhibit their prototypes at the National Convention and Exhibition.

About Vishwakarma Awards

The awards were instituted by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) since 2017. They are being awarded every year for the growth of the society. The Chhatra Vishwakarma awards are Class I awards and are presented for highly progressive staff. The Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Awards are Class II awards that are presented to excellent institutional intervention.

AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education is an advisory body that gained statutory status in 1987. It accredits graduate and post graduate programmes. The body is assisted by 10 other statutory boards such as Technical education, architecture education, vocational education, pharmaceutical education, etc

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Free Wi-Fi services provided to all villages till 2020

On December 25, 2019, Union Minister of Communication and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated “Digital Village Guruwara”. During the launch, it was announced that the Government has planned to offer free Wi-Fi services to all villages till March 2020.

Highlights

The Government of India has so far connected 1,30,000-gram panchayats through Bharatnet. More than 50,000 Gram Panchayat are yet to be connected. The government is working under the current target that at least 15% of villages are to be digitalized in next four years. The free Wi-Fi services are being announced under Bharatnet project.

The GoI in June 2018 announced that all gram panchayats will receive broadband connectivity by 2020. However, the connectivity has been made free now.

Bharatnet Project

The initiative was launched in 2011. Under the initiative, 100 Mbps speed internet were to be provided to around 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats. The aim is to increase their speed to around 2 to 20 Mbps in the future to all households in rural areas.

The project is a National Optical Fibre Network project. It is seen as a major initiative in order to succeed Digital India. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Telecommunications.

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