Why in the discussion?
The Union Human Resource Development Ministry launched the web portal of ‘Impactful Policy Research in Social Science – IMPRESS’ program in New Delhi.
- Under this scheme 1500 research projects will be run in two years to support social science research in the higher education institutions and to make policy.
- The scheme will be operational by March, 2021 at a total cost of 414 crores and work will begin in this regard from January next year.
- Research in social science is essential for the advancement of society and the research done under this program will be used to solve the problems which the society has to face.
- In order to implement the program till 31.03.2021 in August, 2018, the government approved the program “Strategic Research in Social Sciences” with a total cost of 414 crores and the Council of Indian Social Science and Research was created as the Project Implementation Agency.
Main goals of the program
- Identifying and providing funding for research proposals in social science that has maximum impact on governance and society.
- Focusing on research in 11 major subject areas such as-
- State and democracy
- Urban conversion
- Culture and society
- Skill and Rural Conversion
- Innovation and public policy
- Large business and economic policy
- Agricultural and rural development
- Health and environment
- Science and education
- Social media and technology
- Politics, law and economics
- Selection of projects through transparent, competitive process through online method.
- All universities (Central and State), Provide opportunities for social science researchers in any institution of the country including Private Institutions provided by the University Grants Commission, 12 (B) status.
- ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science and Research) funded / accredited research institutes will also be eligible to present research proposals in specified subjects and sub-subjects.
Spark’s web portal
The Union Human Resource Development Ministry launched the web portal of ‘Academic and Research Cooperation Promotion Scheme, Spark (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration- SPARC) ‘ in capital New Delhi on October 25 .
- The aim of ‘Spark’ is to make academic and research cooperation better in Indian institutions and the best institutions of the world, to improve research scenario in India’s higher educational institutions.
- Under this scheme, 600 joint research proposals will be given for two years so that strong research related to those areas can be made possible between the Indian research groups, which are considered best in class faculty and eminent research groups of major universities of the world.
- Based on the emerging importance and importance of the country for the cooperation under ‘SPARC’, under five important areas (fundamental research, emerging areas related to impact, cohesion, amelioration research and innovation), as well as under each important area The areas related to sub-topics have also been identified.
- The Indian government had approved the plan (SPARC) for the promotion of ‘academic and research cooperation’ for implementation till 31 March, 2020 at a total cost of 418 crores in August 2018.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is a National Coordination Institute for implementation of ‘Spark’.
Tagore Cultural Samrashata Award
Tagore has been declared cultural seminar award by the Ministry of Culture for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016. These awards are being given to the great artist of Manipur dance, Mr. Rajkumar Singhjit Singh, Chhaynat (cultural organization of Bangladesh) and India’s great sculptor Mr. Ram Vanji Sutar respectively.
- This decision was taken by the jury headed by the Prime Minister. In this jury, Chief Justice of India Shri Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Mr. N. Gopalaswami and Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe were included.
- This annual award was started by the Government of India on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
- Pandit Ravi Shankar, India’s great sitarist and second prize in the first Tagore award 2012, was given to Mr. Jubin Mehta in 2013.
- In the prize, excellent gifts made of one crore rupees, testimonials, plaques and traditional handcrafted / handloom are provided.
- This award is given to a person other than nationality, race, language, caste, faith or gender.
Public Administration and Management Award, 2018
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is an institutional member of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), the CMA (Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management – CAPAM). CAPAM is a non-profit organization that represents over 1100 senior government employees, heads of government, an international network of leading academicians and researchers from over 50 countries of the Commonwealth.
- CAPAM is guided by international leaders who believe in the promotion of networking, knowledge exchange and good governance and its importance for the good of the citizens of the Commonwealth countries.
- Every two years since 1998, CAPAM has announced its International Innovations Awards – IIA program.
- Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, K.V. EPAAN was elected to the board of CAPAM Commonwealth Union in the annual meeting held in Georgetown (Guyana) on October 23, 2018. CAPAM Innovation Awards were announced only during this meeting.
- The initiative called ‘Revitalization of Education with the use of upgradation bank-technology’ in Banka district of Bihar has been awarded under ‘Innovation incubation’ category.
- ‘Upgrading Banka’ is an initiative that envisages ‘quality education’ for the lowest part of the society (especially), using the latest techniques. This is an overall model of overall development of youth for education.
- Another initiative called the “Integrated Agricultural Market” of the Associate Department of Karnataka Government has also been selected under the category of ‘nnovation in Public Service Management’ category. This initiative has been awarded Gold Award.
Economic integration report
- Recently Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released the Asian Economic Integration Report (AEIR) 2018. It is worth mentioning that this report is released every year after 2015.
- The Asian Economic Integration Report reviews the efforts of Asian governments to integrate economies and promote collaboration at different levels.
- In 2017 Asian Development Bank released the Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index (ARCII) for the first time as part of AEIR.
- ARCII estimates the level of regional cooperation and integration in the Asia and the Pacific region.
- According to AEIR 2018, in 2017 Asia is the largest source of international expatriates. In the year 2017, the highest international expatriates were from India (17 million). At the same time, 10 million from China and 7.5 million international migrants from Bangladesh.