2 RRB ALP Stage II Exam Special GK Current Affairs Dear readers, This PDF is a complete docket of important Current Affairs news and events that occurred in last 6 months ( 1 May 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 ). This Current Affairs PDF is important and relevant for all competitive exams like RRB ALP, SSC CGL, SSC MTS, and UPSC Exams. Schemes launched by Union/State Govt. October 1. SPARC’ scheme - The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar launched the ‘SPARC’ scheme . • The objective of the scheme is to boost India specific research in social and pure sciences. • Here ‘SPARC’ stands for - 'Scheme for promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration'. "SPARC will focus on joint research projects in focus areas, including technology, science and social sciences, which are of relevance to India. Aim of the SPARC scheme - • SPARC scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world. Key points of the Scheme : • The SPARC scheme envisages supporting around 600 proposals for a total outlay of Rs 418 Crores over two years. Budget Outlay - Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry announced a budget of Rs 418 crore from 2018- 20 on collaborative research between Indian and foreign institutes. Collaboration with foreign countries : • SPARK scheme will facilitate academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions the best institutions in the world from 28 selected nations. National Coordinating Institute • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is the National Coordinating Institute to implement the SPARC programme. Eligibility • All Indian Institutions ranked in the overall top- 100 or category-wise top-100 in the India Rankings (NIRF) are eligible to apply. • Only such private institutions which are falling in the above category, and also recognised under Section 12(8) of UGC Act are eligible. • The partner institution shall be in the top-500 of Q5 World University Rankings or in the top-200 of Q5 World University Rankings by subject.
3 2. IMPRESS’ scheme launched • With an aim to promote policy research in social science areas Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched ‘IMPRESS’ scheme in the country. • ‘IMPRESS’ stands for - Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences. Key points: • The scheme will provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country which includes all universities (central and state). • Budget Outlay - The scheme will be implemented at a total cost of Rs. 414 crores till March 2021. • Implementing Agency – The scheme will be implemented by the Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR).
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