Mumbai Current Affairs - 2020

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Foundation Stone for Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) laid In Mumbai

Union Minister of state for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Mahendra Nath Pandey laid the foundation stone for Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Mumbai, Maharashtra. The concept of IIS was envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he had visited Vocational Education and Training Centre in Singapore.

Union Cabinet had given its nod to set up Indian Institute of Skills (IISs) in 3 cities namely, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kanpur to give wings to the Skill India Mission. These institutes will be constructed and operated on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and on a not-for-profit basis.

About Indian Institute of Skills (IIS)

IIS Objective: To provide skill training in highly-specialised areas to students who want to pursue technical education after completing Class X and XII and also to make them employable and industry ready for New India and global market.

IIS seeks to ensure that 5,000 trainees will be passing out every year with 70% placement opportunities.

As per MSDE, the IIS will be a tertiary care institute in skills ecosystem that will offer best of required courses in emerging and high demand areas such as deep technology, aerospace, among others. IIS will be on the lines of the IITs and IIMs.

The launch of IIS is a step towards making India the Skill Capital of the World.

Partner: Tata Education Development Trust (TEDT) was selected as the private partner for setting up IIS at NSTI campus in Mumbai. TEDT was selected through a competitive bidding process. Tata Group is investing nearly Rs.300 crore in 4.5-acre campus.

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2019 edition of Defence Correspondents Course concludes at Mumbai

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard leg of Defence Correspondents Course (DCC), a course for selected journalists from regional and national media houses, concluded at Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Naval leg culminated with a valedictory reception hosted by Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) for participants and organisers where understanding and bonhomie between teachers and students made it clear that naval leg was successful in its primary task. DCC now moves to Chandigarh for the phase with the Indian Air Force.

About Defence Correspondents Course

Objective of DCC:

  • To enlighten journalists on nuances of naval operations and their significance.
  • To build over time, a pool of journalists at all levels, who understand the Armed Forces and are cognizant of domain when reporting on stories regarding the maritime environment

DCC was conducted at Western Naval Command, Mumbai. It was coordinated by Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC) Mumbai.

Over the first 3 days, during Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) phase of a week, which started on 26 August 2019, the DCC participants were apprised on organisation, roles and responsibility of Indian Navy, ICG and Naval Value System.

The 32 participants of course visited Naval Dockyard Mumbai and were also taken for Heritage Walk around dockyard. Course also visited frontline submarines and warships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard. A visit to the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) and a brief on the coastal security construct brought participants up to speed on nuances and workings of coastal defence mechanism.

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