Ministry of HRD Current Affairs - 2020

SAMARTH scheme implemented by NIT Kurukshetra

On May 14, 2020, NIT implemented the SAMARTH scheme. It was developed by the Department of Higher Education operating under Ministry of Human Resources and Development developed SAMARTH, an e-governance platform. The platform was developed under National Mission of Education in Information and Communication Technology Scheme. It is called the NMEICT Scheme in short.


The platform will provide information to strengthen the productivity through better information management. It caters faculties and students by providing different study modules. It is an open source architecture and works on a n automated software. It works through a secure, scalable and evolutionary process. The platform has been implemented at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.

Currently the platform offers 38 modules to the institution.

National Institute of Kurukshetra

The institute is currently participating under the World Bank scheme called Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.

Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme

The Programme was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2002. It aims to upscale the quality of technical education and enhance capacities of institutions.

The first phase of the programme was implemented with an assistance of Rs 1,389 crores. Around 127 institutions from India participated in the programme. In phase II, the World Bank provided Rs 2,430 crore. In Phase III, the north eastern states, Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar Islands were focused. In the third phase, the skills of unorganized sector in these areas were focused to boost local produce and also to support the locals.

Alternative Academic Calendar released by Ministry of HRD

On April 23, 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development has released an alternative academic calendar for the primary and upper primary classes, that is till Class VIII.


The calendar has been prepared by the NCERT guided by the Ministry of HRD. The aim of the calendar is to keep students engaged meaningfully during their stay at home with the help of parents and teachers.

Role of Teachers in the initiative

The Calendar provides guidelines to the teachers to use social media tools and technological tools to impart education to children in innovative ways. For parents without the knowledge of smart phones, internet, social media, the guidelines instruct teachers to use SMS facilities or voice calls.

About the Calendar

The Calendar contains week-wise plans with challenging and interesting activities. Above all, the learning outcomes of the initiative are mapped. It also consists of activities such as yoga, exercises, pre-vocational skills, etc. The Calendar mainly covers four languages namely, English, Hindi, Urudu and Sanskrit.

The activities are not prescriptive, rather they are suggestive. Therefore, teachers and parents can select the activities that the student is interested in.