HRD Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

YUKTI Portal launched by Ministry of HRD

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has launched the YUKTI portal to monitor initiatives. YUKTI is Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation. The portal will record, cover and monitor initiatives of Ministry of HRD and other educational institutes in the country.

Highlights

The main aim of the portal is to act as a two-way communication between the institutions and the ministry. It will act as a platform for the institutions to share their knowledge about challenges faced in encountering COVID-19.

The portal will cover several initiatives of research and academics. It will also include social initiatives taken for the betterment of students.

Aim of the portal

The portal will cover initiatives taken by several institutions for the betterment of the students. It will also provide information for the ministry to monitor activities in the coming six months. Also, the platform will help in taking research updates to the citizens in the country.

Lok Sabha passes Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019

Lok Sabha passed the Central Sanskrit University Bill 2019, which seeks to convert three deemed Sanskrit universities, presently functioning in the country, into central universities. The bill was piloted by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Key Features of Bill

The Bill seeks to upgrade three deemed Sanskrit universities into Central universities, which are- Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Bhopal, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in New Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

The purpose of these universities is to impart Sanskrit education to students, so that they get knowledge contained in Sanskrit language-literature.

NOTE: Sanskrit language is taught in 250 universities in 100 countries across the world, including 14 universities in Germany.