Branch Campuses in India, Prospects and Challenges

Context India, after half a century of keeping its higher education doors closed to foreigners, is on the cusp of opening itself to the world. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Dimensions of the Article Higher Education Reforms Opportunities for Branch Campuses Current Initiatives […]

State Governments Structural Interventions That Can Create Higher-Wage Jobs

Context The recent decision to deduct off-budget borrowings from state borrowing limits reminds chief ministers to be good policy ancestors. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources Dimensions of the Article Financing Welfare State Structural interventions that can create high wage jobs Shifting resources to […]

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Context In the financial year 2021-22, 90-lakh beneficiaries of the flagship welfare scheme, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), did not take refill gas cylinders. And over one crore beneficiaries got their refills only once. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Welfare Schemes, Government Policies & Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana […]

National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 5 Part: II

Context: The Total Fertility Rate (TFR), the average number of children per woman, has further declined from 2.2 to 2.0 at the national level between National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4 and 5. Relevance:  GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Health, Government Policies and Interventions)  Dimensions of the Article: About National Family Health Survey […]

Unique Disability ID Scheme

Context: Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has asked states to speed up implementation of the Unique Disability ID (UDID) scheme for Persons With Disabilities (PwD) in the 75 districts. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Vulnerable Sections, Welfare Schemes, Government Policies and Interventions, Social Empowerment, Issues Relating to Development) Dimensions of the Article: Unique Disability Identification (UDID) […]

TN NEET Exemption Bill

Context: The CM informed the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly that Governor has forwarded the NEET exemption Bill to the Union Home Ministry to be sent to the President of India for his assent. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Education, Government Policies and Initiatives), GS-II: Polity and Governance (Centre-State Relations) Dimensions of […]

The Post-Pandemic World Needs Better Public Schools

Context The pandemic has thrown a harsh light on the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by the world in education. There is an immense learning gap due to existing inequalities. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Dimensions of the Article Need for Investment in Learning […]

PM Street Vendor’s Atmanitbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi)

Focus: GS-II Social Justice, GS-III India Economy Why in News? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today has approved the continuation of lending under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) beyond March 2022 till December 2024, with focus on enhanced collateral free affordable loan […]

Atal Pension Yojana

Focus: GS-II Social Justice  Why in News? The total enrollments under APY Scheme have crossed 4.01 crore as on March 2022 out of which more than 99 lakh APY accounts were opened during FY 2021-22. The scheme had seen this tremendous success due to the active participation of all categories of Banks. Around 71% of […]

Midday Meal and Supplements

Context: From the next academic session, Karnataka is likely to become the 13th state to provide eggs under the midday meal scheme, which is among the largest initiatives in the world to enhance nutrition levels of school-going children through hot cooked meals. Relevance: GS II- Government Policies and Interventions Dimensions of the Article: About the PM […]