Social Media Current Affairs - 2020

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.

Highlights

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.

Samadhan: A challenge launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development

On April 7, 2020, the Ministry of Human Resource Development launched “Samadhan”, a challenge to address COVID-19 in the country. The mega online challenge was launched by the Innovative Cell of Ministry of Human Resources Development and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) along with Forge and Innovation Curis.

Highlights

The “Samadhan” challenge aims to motivate the students to make new discoveries and perform new experiments and come up with solutions that will help fight COVID-19. The solutions selected are to be implemented in government hospitals, health services and other services.

Challenges of India to contain the virus

The challenges of countries in containing the virus differs from one another. This is mainly because the spread of the virus varies based on the topography. Therefore, the challenges faced by the countries are also unique. The challenges faced by India as follows

  • High Population Density
  • Poor Public Hygiene. This is because many people spit and sneeze on road. The UP Government banned the sale of Pan masala. This was the first step of the government to contain the virus.
  • The incubation period of the virus is not yet known accurately. Incubation period is the time interval between a person being infected and showing symptoms.
  • Fake News on social media
  • The Lock down due to the virus is hitting the economy badly