Human Resource Development Ministry Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has third edition of Smart India Hackathon 2019 (SIH-2019). Smart India Hackathon is world’s biggest open innovation model which aims to provide students with platform to solve some of pressing problems faced by people in their daily lives. It also seeks to inculcate culture of product innovation and mindset of problem-solving among young children.
SIH-2019 is expected to witness participation from over one lakh students from around 3000 institutions across the country. It will provide students opportunity to work on challenges faced by public sector organisations and union ministries. For the first time, SIH-2019 in the series of such events will also include problem statements from private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Similar to its prequel editions, SIH- 2019 will have two sub-editions viz. software edition which will be 36-hour software product development competition and hardware edition which will be five days long hardware product development competition.
SIH-2019 will also see students from IITs, IISc, NITs, AICTE and UGC approved institutions compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions. It will provide platform for both students who will get chance to create world class solutions for some of world’s top organisations and these top organisations will also get chance to meet brightest young minds and brand themselves from hiring perspective.
Benefits of SIH
- Provide opportunity to brand your organization nationally
- Provide recognition and visibility to organizations across all technical institutions in India
- Young techies from all over the country will get platform to offer out-of-the-box solutions to solve problems
- Serve as world’s biggest Open Innovation Movement
- Provide opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the country
- Technology students across India can compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions
- Harness expertise of lakhs of students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions
The earlier two editions of Smart India Hackathon (SIH) had turned out to be a huge success. SIH 2017 had seen problem statements coming from 29 union ministries of India. Among the top ideas, 20 projects were mentored and creatively developed and they will be now handed over to concerned ministries for actual deployment. SIH 2018 has seen participation of 27 union ministries and 17 state governments. It also had introduced a special Hardware edition for first time.
The sub-committee of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) looking into issues of girl’s education has recommended free and compulsory education for girls up to post-graduate level across the country.
The sub-committee is likely to submit an interim report to Union Human Resource Development Ministry during CABE meeting on January 15, 2018.
The meeting of sub-committee was held in Hyderabad, Telangana and was chaired by Kadiam Srihari, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Telangana. It was attended by Education Ministers of Telangana, Jharkhand and Assam and Special Human Resources Development (HRD) Department Special Secretary Rinarayi, Member Secretary Meenakshi Garg and other officials.
Key Outcomes of meeting
The sub-committee of CABE will also recommended establishing of exclusive residential degree colleges for SC/ST women besides provision of providing health and hygiene kits to girls. The committee also wants schools to maintain academic atmosphere, besides providing basic amenities like toilets, maintenance, running water, safety measures and power supply and also appoint a counsellor for adolescent girls.
Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)
CABE is the policy making advisory body of the HRB Ministry. The committee has representatives of central organisation, universities, state and bodies including planning commission, NGOs and civic society. The CABE committee headed by HRD Minister is generally made for three years.