PRELIMS REVISION – 13 (FROM JULY, 2018)

  1. ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’, which assesses state policies and programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency across various sectors is a nationwide Index, which is a joint effort of the NITI Aayog and Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power. The State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index has 63 indicators across Building, Industry, Municipality, Transport, Agriculture and DISCOM with 4 cross-cutting indicators. States are categorised based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation, as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’. The ‘Front Runner’ states in the inaugural edition of the Index are: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan based on available data. Source: PIB. Also read: The Hindu.
  2. BEE functions under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The Government of India set up the BEE on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. Read more at: BEE.
  3. National Mission for clean Ganga and National Community Forest Management Mission do not form a part of the NAPCC. The NAPCC effectively pulls together a number of the government’s existing national plans on water, renewable energy, energy efficiency agriculture and others – bundled with additional ones – into a set of eight missions. Read more at Indian Economic Services.
  4. Chandrayaan-2/GSLV F-10, India’s second mission to the Moon is a totally indigenous mission comprising of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover. After reaching the 100 km lunar orbit, the Lander housing the Rover will separate from the Orbiter. After a controlled descent, the Lander will soft land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy a Rover. Chandrayaan-2 will be ISRO’s first time attempt to land a rover, on the moon. Source: ISRO. Also read: The Hindu.
  5. METSAT (renamed as Kalpana – 1 on February 5, 2003 after the Indian born American Astronaut Dr. Kalpana Chawla, who died on February 1, 2003 in the US Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) is the first in the series of exclusive meteorological satellites built by ISRO. Source: ISRO.
  6. The Standing Committee on Labour (Chairperson: Dr. Kirit Somaiya) submitted its report on ‘Industrial Training Institutes and Skill Development Initiative Scheme’ on January 4, 2018. Read the details about the report at PRS.
  7. Quality Council of India (QCI)was set up in 1997 jointly by the Government of India and the Indian Industry represented by the three premier industry associations i.e. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), to establish and operate national accreditation structure and promote quality through National Quality Campaign. In 2012, the Quality Council of India (QCI) was assigned the task of scrutinising, verifying, and accrediting the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, is the nodal ministry for QCI. Source: QCI.
  8. National Accreditation Board for Education and Trainingis a constituent Board of Quality Council of India. The National Council for Vocational Training, an advisory body, was set up by the Government of India in 1956 (the then National Council of Training in Vocational Trades—NCTVT). The Council has been entrusted with the responsibilities of prescribing standards and curricula for craftsmen training, advising the Government of India on the overall policy and programmes, conducting All India Trade Tests and awarding National Trade Certificates. Read more: NABET & NCVT.
  9. National Skill Development Corporation India (NSDC), established in 2009, is a not- for- profit company set up by the Ministry of Finance, under Section 25 of the Companies Act,1956 corresponding to Section 8 of the Companies Act,2013. The present equity base of NSDC is Rs.10 crore, of which the Government of India through Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) holds 49%, while the private sector has the balance 51%. Source: NSDC.
  10. Sector Skill Council (SSCs) are industry led and industry governed bodies which have been mandated to-ensure that skill development efforts being made by all the stake holders are in accordance with the actual needs of the industry and develop National Occupational Standards/Competency Standards and Qualification Packs (QPs). In order to ensure convergence and optimal functioning of SSCs as per mandate given under the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, it was decided to constitute a Committee to review the functioning of the SSCs and provide a roadmap for their harmonious growth so as to ensure effective development of the skilling ecosystem. The Government of India, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship vide its Order dated 18th May 2016 constituted a Review Committee for Rationalisation and Optimization of the Functioning of the Sector Skill Councils under Chairmanship of Sh. Sharada Prasad. Read more at Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.