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Supreme Court Extends Deadline of Transition from BS IV to BS VI

With the Nation-wide Lock Down to contain the spread of Corona Virus, the Supreme Court extended transition from BS IV to BS VI by 10 more days. Initially the deadline was March 31, 2020. However, the order does not apply to the National Capital Region.

Highlights

The order comes after the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association moved to the Supreme court to relax the deadline to sell their stocks of BS IV vehicles. According to the petition filed by the association, currently there are 7 lakhs unsold two wheelers, 12,000 commercial vehicles and 15,000 cars of BS IV standard.

BS VI Standard

The BS VI standard emits five times lesser than that of BS IV standard. The major upgrade that is being brought in BS VI standard is in terms of fuel. A BS VI vehicle should use BS VI fuel. The BS VI fuel has five times lesser Sulphur. Also, the nitrogen oxide levels for BS VI petrol and diesel engines are to be brought down by 70% and 25%.

The Bharat Stage Emission norms were brought in 2000 based on European Emission standards. The standards are set by the Central Pollution Control Board.

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Access to “SWAYAM”, National Online Education Platform has tripled

On March 28, 2020, the Ministry of HRD (Human Resources Department) announced that the access to the National Online Education Platform called the SWAYAM has tripled since Lock Down.

Highlights

The Ministry of HRD has been trying to make sure the students can continue their education from home during the lockdown. The response has been overwhelming according to the ministry.

SWAYAM

SWAYAM is Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds. It was launched in 2014. The main aim of the online platform is to provide best quality education to around 3 crore students in the country. The SWAYAM MOOCs aims to address the needs of school level students studying 9th to 12th and to the post graduate students.

There are nine national coordinators operating SWAYAM. They are AICTE, UGC, NCERT, NPTEL, CEC, IGNOU, NIOS, NITTTR and IIMB. The platform provides self-assessment tests as well.

SWAYAM was developed by Ministry of HRD with the help of IIT Madras and NPTEL and Google.

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