Education Current Affairs - 2019

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Government launches DBT Tribal web portal

Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched DBT Tribal web portal to streamline and expedite the process of releasing scholarship grants directly into bank accounts of beneficiary students. 

DBT Tribal web portal

The portal provide single common platform to states to upload data related to beneficiaries, raise queries and give feedback. It has uniform 29-column data sharing format, related to personal and location details of beneficiaries. It is linked with Aadhaar and the Public Financial Management System, thus help to reduce the chances of duplication of beneficiary and manipulation. 

Significance: It is binding on all states and Union territories to upload data on this portal in prescribed format. It will enable central government to monitor who are receiving scholarship benefits in which state, district, block or school and how many grievances have been received and addressed. It will provide beneficiary data for monitoring purposes as the entire system has been digitized in uniform format. 

Background

The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs is currently running various schemes to bridge the gap between Scheduled Tribe (ST) and general category students. There are total five scholarship schemes funded by Central Government and implemented by State Governments. 

Two main scholarship schemes: They are for pre-matric and post-matric education. They are being implemented through states.

For higher education: It runs “Top Class Education For ST Students” scheme in which 246 prestigious institutions, such as IITs and IIMs, participate. Around 1,000 students avail benefits under the scheme every year.

For Mphil and PhD programmes: It is running national fellowship scheme for 750 beneficiaries.

Overseas education: It is running scholarship scheme for tribal students willing to pursue higher studies overseas. Under it, 30 students can avail benefit every year.

Total Beneficiaries: Under these five schemes, so far 1.58 crore beneficiaries have received scholarships worth Rs 7,900 crore across 31 states/UTs in the past five years.

Responsibility of states: They are responsible for identification and verification of beneficiaries and timely disbursement of scholarships. Currently some states are doing it manually, while others have their own direct benefit transfer portals.

Month: Categories: Government Schemes & Projects

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India’s Education Technology Start-Up Bags Global Tech Prize

India’s education technology startup ‘Dost Education’ has bagged a $25,000 Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019 along with two other winners from Tanzania and Egypt. Ubongo (Tanzania) and PraxiLabs (Egypt) were the other two winners.

Dost Education

Dost Education was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child’s early education by creating short, friendly audio content that is sent to them via their mobile phones.

The software, audio content, and tool kits of Dost Education makes it easy fun and addictive for parents to boost their child’s early development, so low-income families need no longer send their children to primary school behind and without a chance to catch up.

Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019

Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019 is awarded by the UK-based Varkey Foundation. The award recognises the most innovative technology destined to have a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.

The award also highlights technology’s potential to tackle the problems that have proven too difficult for successive generations of politicians to solve.

Month: Categories: Awards & Honours

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