Mahatma Gandhi Current Affairs - 2019

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Project Gandhi Encyclopedia approved by GoI

The Ministry of Culture on December 10, 2019 approved Rs 2.95 crores financial assistance for the development of Gandhi Paedia. The project is to be implemented by National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata.

Highlights

The GoI is developing “Gandhi Encyclopedia” in order to spread awareness in the country. The aim is to promote Gandhian philosophy and thoughts through social media platforms. The GoI sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 5.25 crores rupees for the commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. A part of the amount allocated is being used for the project.

National Council of Science Museums

The council is an autonomous organization that is operating under Ministry of Culture. There are around 24 such museum all over India. The purpose of establishing these councils is to coordinate all informal science communication activities in the country.

The first science museum called the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum was built in May 2, 1959. The Council is now developing science centres in collaboration with State Governments.

Science Centres

The science centres have good manpower to create the best infrastructure and manpower to conceptualize, develop, design and organize science exhibits. So far, the council has constructed 5 science centres in Mumbai, Nagpur, Calicut, Bhopal and Goa. Every year, more than 750,000 people visit these centres.

Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik-The first Indian to win Italian Golden Sand Art Award

Sudarsan Pattnaik becomes the first Indian to win the Italian Golden Sand Art Award, 2019. He was felicitated at the International Scorrna Sand Nativity Fete in Italy.

Highlights

Mr Pattnaik created a 10-foot-high sand sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi along with Russian artist Pavel Minilkov. Around 8 sculptors from different countries participated in the event.

Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born in 1977 in Puri District of Odisha. He was born in a poor family. The Coastal sea paved way for him to become a sand artist though he wanted to contribute in shaping the field of education.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 60 international sand art festivals. He has so far won 27 championship prizes. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2014.

Prizes and Awards

  • He won the People’s Choice Prize in Bulgaria in 2016
  • In 2013, he won the International Sand Sculpture Competition in Russia
  • He also won the International Sand Competition Competition, Denmark
  • In 2008, he won the World Champion Title at USF World Sand Sculpture Championship. Berlin.
  • He has created records of winning the People’s Choice Award, Germany 5 times.