HRD Ministry Current Affairs - 2020

2nd Indo-French Knowledge Summit held in France

The second edition of Indo-French Knowledge Summit is being held from17-18 October 2019 at University of Lyon in France. The summit is dedicated to higher education, research and innovation.

Key Highlights of Summit

The two-day summit is being organised by Embassy of France in India in association with Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.

More than 300 participants from Indian and French academia, competitive clusters & start-ups, corporate houses, research organisations, andpublic authorities are expected to attend second Knowledge Summit.

The summit will involve a series of interactive sessions that will launch concrete initiatives as well as will allow participants to deepen academic and scientific cooperation between two countries.

Significance: The two-day summit is an essential step to develop and structure India-France collaborations in fields of education and research, stimulate connections between research and industry, and encourage the mobility of students and scholars. These matters are a fundamental aspect of France partnership with India.


The first edition of Indo-French Knowledge Summit was held during 2018 state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India. After the success of first edition in India, the second edition of Knowledge Summit is taking place in France.

HRD Ministry launches Curriculum for Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal) designed by UGC

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Dhotre launched the Curriculum for Life Skills or Jeevan Kaushal designed by University Grants Commission (UGC) in New Delhi.

About Curriculum for Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal)

Curriculum for Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal) encourages development of life skills in every individual as an essential part of wholesome learning. Importance of this new curriculum initiative of UGC on life skills is that this will lead to improvement in collective efficiency of country’s young population.

It addresses the problem of prevalent obsession with earning marks in different examinations. This current examination-driven education encourages narrow and selective reading and rote learning, which ultimately leads to deficit in actual learning.

In real life, one also needs to be skilled for coping with diverse situations that one may encounter in life.