HRD Ministry Current Affairs - 2019

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HRD Ministry launches Kartavya Portal 

On the occasion of 70th Constitution Day also known as Samvidhan Divas observed on 26 November 2019, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the portal for holding monthly essay competitions for students. The portal was launched as part of year long ‘Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan’ being observed throughout the country.

Key Highlights

The portal will be used primarily for holding monthly essay competitions for students as well as other activities including quizzes, poster making, debates pertaining to Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan.

The Department of Higher Education under HRD Ministry will be holding 11 rounds of National Essay Competitions during the year. The topics of the essay will be based on one Fundamental Duty every month.

National Essay Competition

Eligibility: The competition would be open for every student registered in any Higher Education Institution in India. They should also register for the essay competitions on Kartavya Portal-

The competition will be held online through infrastructure and testing centres of National Testing Agency (NTA). The online exam in designated centres will be held for 2 hours duration. The choice of centres for writing essays will be made available to contestants when they do the online registration. Essays will also be sent online and (blind) evaluated online by experts.

The essays can be written in Hindi or English (English can be written online, For Hindi paper will be provided at exam centre, after writing essay will be scanned at exam centre and uploaded )

There shall be no costs for exam on the participants. There will be four prizes worth: Rs. 15,000, Rs. 12,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs 7500 along with certificates.

About Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan

The year 2019 marks the 70th year of adoption of Indian Constitution. The Centre government thus decided to run a Nagrik Kartavya Palan Abhiyan from 26 November 2019 to 26 November 2020, to create mass awareness about Fundamental Duties as enshrined in our Constitution. This will give directions to the youth of country and will make them aware that rights are automatically realized when we follow our duties religiously. This principle will also help students to channelize their talents and capabilities in the right direction which will help them realize their mission with ease.

National Mission ‘NISHTHA’ launched in J&K

National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was launched in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a pioneer scheme that was earlier launched across country by HRD Ministry on August 2019. This National Mission aims at improving learning outcomes at Elementary level through integrated Teacher Trainings.


Objective: Mission aims to build capacities of 42 lakh participants covering all teachers and Heads of Schools at elementary level in all Government Schools across India as well as faculty members of State Institute of Education (SIE)/ State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) etc.

Features: The training will be conducted by 33120 Key Resource Persons (KRPs) and State Resource Persons (SRPs) identified by respective States and UTs, who will be trained by 120 National Resource Persons (NRPs) from NCERT, CBSE, NIEPA, NGOs, Navodaya Vidyala Samiti (NVS), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Under the programme a total of 86000 Elementary teachers of Government Schools will be trained in J&K. The First phase of training has been scheduled from 14 to 18 of November 2019 at University of Jammu, in which a total of 354 resource persons will be trained by National Resource Group from NCERT/NIEPA.