Niti Aayog Current Affairs

NITI Aayog launches first course under GIAN Program on Sustainable Urban Planning

The NITI Aayog has launched first course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) at IIT Kanpur’s outreach centre in Noida.

This is first course conducted under  Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is actively supported by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Key Facts

The course aims to give participants state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS skills to allow them managing rapidly changing urban environment of Indian cities. Its prime focus is on issues such as water resource management, water pollution and water treatment facilities.

It is expected to contribute significantly to build trained manpower for Smart Cities that aims to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give decent quality of life to its citizens through clean and sustainable environment and application of Smart Solutions.

The participants for this course are mainly from Government departments such as ISRO, National Mission on Clean Ganga, AP Remote Sensing Application Centre and students from different engineering colleges and universities across country.

Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN)

GIAN in Higher Education is scheme of HRD Ministry that aims to boost the quality of the country’s higher education through international collaboration. Its objective is to increase footfalls of reputed international faculty to Indian academic institutes and thereby bring in international academic excellence in India’s higher education institutions. It facilitates participation of high quality international academicians for delivering short-term courses and programs in Indian institutions.


NITI Aayog to rank 115 aspirational districts by April 2018

Government think-tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has announced to rank 115 backward (aspirational) districts by April 2018. It was announced at  ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ conference.

These 115 backward districts include 35 districts affected by Left Wing Extremists (LWE) violence, 55 districts just affected by LWE and another 15 including districts in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast affected by terrorism.

Key Facts

These 115 backward districts will be ranked on 10 socio-economic parameters which will include nutrition, education and health. Moreover NITI Aayog will also set up a mechanism for real-time monitoring of government’s development programmes by April 2018. It will also create dashboard which will reflect change in ranking of districts on continuous basis by the end of March 2018.


The Union Government had selected 115 backward districts for rapid transformation by 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to create a “New India” over the next five years. During the Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked collectors and officers-in- charge (Prabhari Officers) of the 115 aspirational districts to come up with pioneering innovations to achieve visible results for development. Government has embarked upon major policy initiative for rapid transformation of these 115 districts that are lagging on specific development parameters.