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1)   DIPP has signed an agreement to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Centre in which state?
- Published on 14 Jul 17

a. Haryana
b. Punjab
c. Delhi
d. UP
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Punjab

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi.

This was to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.

The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation.

This will thereby promote entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India.

WIPO’s Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services.

This is helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the National Focal Point for the TISC national network.

As the national focal point, CIPAM shall identify potential host institutions, assess their capacities and support them in joining the TISC program.

CIPAM will also act as the main intermediary between WIPO and TISC host institutions and coordinate all the activities of the national TISC network.

Over 500 TISCs operate worldwide and establishing TISC in India will give the host institutions an access to the global network.

In upcoming years, CIPAM is planning to establish TISCs in Universities, State Science Councils, R&D institutions etc.

TISC will give an impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among the TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialization of IPs.

Services offered by TISC

  • Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications;
  • Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information;
  • Training in database search;
  • On-demand searches (novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement);
  • Monitoring technology and competitors;
  • Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing.

2)   Who has been named the fourth president of Singapore Nanyang Technology University on January 1, 2018?
- Published on 14 Jul 17

a. Bertil Anderson
b. Subra Suresh
c. Amartya Sen
d. Koh Boon Hwee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Subra Suresh

Subra Suresh, an eminent Indian-origin scientist in the US was on Thursday named as the president of Singapore’s prestigious Nanyang Technological University.

Suresh, 61, will begin his term as the fourth president of the NTU on January 1, 2018, taking over from current president Bertil Andersson.

Mr. Suresh joins NTU from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where he was president for the last four years.

Chairman of the NTU Board of Trustees, Koh Boon Hwee (Chairman of Agilent Technologies, Inc, former Chairman of both Singapore Airlines and DBS Bank), announced Mr. Suresh ’s appointment.

The succession planning started last year and in line with international best practices of universities, NTU had conducted a global search for its next president in Singapore and internationally.

The eight-member search committee chaired by Mr. Koh unanimously selected Prof Suresh for the top role at NTU, and his appointment has been strongly endorsed by all members of the NTU Board of Trustees.

Mr. Suresh understands the Singapore higher education and research systems, as well as those in North America, Europe, China and India, having actively engaged with various public and private agencies and boards.

As a member of a number of national academies of science and engineering, he is an educator, scientist, advisor, inventor, entrepreneur and leader all rolled into one.

Mr. Suresh is considered one of the most distinguished scientists in the US, if not the world.

He was chosen by former US President Barack Obama to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation, the agency charged with advancing science and engineering research and education in the US between 2010 and 2013.

His undergraduate degree was from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chennai.

In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in the US.

He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, making him one of the only 19 American scientists to be elected to all three branches.

He also holds the distinction of being the first Asian-born professor to have served as engineering dean of the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he attained his doctorate in science.

In 2011, Mr. Suresh was honoured with the Padma Shri by the President of India.

Nanyang University

  • The Nanyang Technological University is an autonomous university in Singapore.
  • NTU is consistently ranked amongst the world’s best universities.
  • Address: 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798
  • Phone: +65 6791 1744
  • Total enrollment: 32,699 (2014)
  • Chancellor: President Tony Tan
  • Subsidiaries: Nanyang Business School,

3)   Who is heading a 9 member education panel to frame a new National Education policy?
- Published on 27 Jun 17

a. K. Kasturirangan
b. KJ Alphonse Kanamthanam
c. Ram Shanker Kureel
d. MK Sridhar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: K. Kasturirangan

The HRD ministry has constituted a new nine-member panel headed by space scientist K Kasturirangan to frame a new National Education Policy (NEP).

The other members of the panel include chosen experts and educationists from wide-ranging backgrounds.

The panel includes former IAS officer K.J. Alphonse Kanamthanam, who was instrumental in making Kerala’s Kottayam and Ernakulam districts achieve 100% literacy.

Another member of the panel will be Ram Shanker Kureel who has wide experience in the field of agricultural sciences and management.

He is also the Vice-Chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.

The committee also comprises of M.K. Shridhar, former member secretary of the Karnataka State Innovation Council, T.V. Kattimani, an expert on language communication, Dr. Mazhar Asif, professor of Persian at Guwahati University, Krishan Mohan Tripathi, a former director of education, Uttar Pradesh, mathematician Manjul Bhargava from Princeton University and Vasudha Kamat, former vice chancellor of Mumbai’s SNDT University.

The panel members belong to different sections and regions of the country reflecting the diversity of the country.

New Education Policy Committees

  • In 2015, Narendra Modi Government had set up a committee under former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian to chalk out a new education policy.
  • This committee had submitted its report in May 2016. The committee had presented its report in two volumes with around 90 suggestions.
  • The other important past committees in Education includes Radhakrishnan Commission (1948-49) on higher education; Mudaliyar Commission (1952) on secondary education and the Kothari Commission (1964-66).
  • The Kothari Commission had a mandate to advise the government on the development of education at all stage and in all aspects.
  • The Kothari Commission’s report was used to formulate the Education Policy of 1968.

4)   Which IIT is set to launch a doctorate on former sprint queen PT Usha?
- Published on 15 Jun 17

a. Bombay
b. Delhi
c. Kanpur
d. Madras
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kanpur

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur will confer a doctorate on former sprint queen PT Usha, who missed a medal by a whisker at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The degree, Doctor of Science (honoris causa - a degree awarded as a mark of esteem) will be conferred on June 16 to mark the 50th convocation of the prestigious institute of the country.

This is her second doctorate - in 2002, Kannur University had conferred D.Lit on her.

For the former sprinter, the news came at an opportune time when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate her synthetic track stadium through video conferencing on June 15.

Usha (52) was in news recently when she declined an offer from Bollywood to do a biopic on her. She said she will not do this until the country wins a gold medal in Olympics athletics.

Running a private sports school, Usha School of Athletics near Kozhikkode, she is busy training young athletes eyeing 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The newly-built synthetic track will be a big push. It will help budding athletes for international events.

Grooming youngsters for more than two decades, her school has produced some of the best women athletes of the country, including Tintu Luka, Jisna Mathew and Jessy Joseph.

5)   Samsung India has signed an MoU for setting up schools in which states?
- Published on 05 Jun 17

a. Karnataka, Kerala
b. Karnataka, TN
c. Karnataka, AP
d. All the above
e. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Samsung India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) for setting up two new Samsung Tech Schools in Bengaluru and Jamshedpur as well as to renew the partnership for 10 existing schools being run across the country.

As a part of Samsung’s commitment to government’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, the company has announced the MSME-Samsung Technical School Scholarship programme for girls and differently-abled trainees.

Under this Programme, 1,000 girls and differently-abled trainees will be given a grant of up to INR 20,000. Also, a Meritorious Reward Programme for toppers has also been launched.

The toppers among Samsung Technical School students will also be rewarded INR 20,000.

Samsung already runs 10 schools in the Sates of Rajasthan, Kerala, Bihar, Delhi and West Bengal. These schools are run in collaboration with Departments of Technical Education.

Samsung: Know More

  • Samsung is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Seoul.
  • Samsung was founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-Chul.
  • The group has diversified into areas including electronics, heavy industries, food processing, textiles, insurance, securities, retail, construction, ship building among others.

6)   MHRD has launched a mobile app at UGC on which issue?
- Published on 30 May 17

a. Recognition of courses
b. Stress management
c. Anti-ragging
d. National Eligibility test/NET
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anti-ragging

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched an Anti-Ragging Mobile App introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) here in New Delhi.

The mobile app will help students register complaints to counter the menace of ragging.

Earlier one had to visit the website for registering a complaint of ragging and the record shows that timely action was taken which in turn had resulted in the decrease of such instances.

But still this ill has to be eliminated completely.

A majority of senior students actually help guide their juniors and properly mentor them, but in few cases ragging happens which needs to be completely eliminated from campuses.

This app will work on android system on which students can log in and register their complaints immediately. Accordingly all concerned will be informed immediately and action will start immediately.

It is a good step for protection and will give a feeling of security to students.

Actions of those involved in ragging will not be tolerated and they will not be allowed to continue their education in that institution.

They will also meet severe penalty and punishment as per the law.

7)   Who has been appointed the CBSE secretary on 25th May 2017?
- Published on 29 May 17

a. Anurag Singh
b. Anurag Mehta
c. Anurag Tripathy
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Anurag Tripathy

Senior bureaucrat Anurag Tripathy was on 25 May 2017 appointed as the Secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Tripathy will serve the post for a period of five years.

Tripathy is a 1998 batch officer of Indian Railway personnel Service (IRPS).

CBSE: Know More

  • CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools under the Union Government.
  • It affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), private schools and the other schools that have been approved by the Union Government.
  • It is responsible for conducting the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year.
  • It is also responsible for conducting JEE(Main) examination for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture.
  • It also conducts the NEET-UG (Undergraduate) examination for MBBS and BDS courses.

8)   Which state students can now download school books from an e-textbook portal?
- Published on 23 May 17

a. Haryana
b. Kerala
c. Karnataka
d. Punjab
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haryana

Students can now download school books instantly from the e-textbook portal of the Haryana School Education Board which was launched on May 21, 2017.

Inaugurating the website, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar indicated as of now, 26 textbooks of classes IX to XII have been uploaded on the portal and these can be easily converted into audio files.

These included 11 books of class IX, nine books of class X and three books each of classes XI and XII, and the Board has also been at the forefront in implementing e-locker facility.

The initiative of the Board is an important step towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Digital India.

The portal also provides a facility to highlight certain portions of the e - textbooks making it easier for students to study.

9)   Which state has made the state language compulsory in all its schools?
- Published on 19 May 17

a. Odisha
b. Bihar
c. Jharkhand
d. West Bengal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: West Bengal

The West Bengal government has made the Bengali language compulsory in all schools, including private English medium schools of the State.

The announcement was made by the State’s Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee on 15 May 2017.

From now on it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in all schools. T

English medium schools affiliated to boards other than the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education will have to make Bengali an optional subject from Class I so that the students can study it either as a second or third language.

Till now, even though there were provisions for teaching language in schools, it was not mandatory to include Bengali as one of the three languages for students.

Besides Bengali, Hindi and English there are provisions for opting for languages such as Urdu, Gurmukhi, Nepali and Ol Chiki as the medium of instruction in schools of the State.

The students who select any of the other languages as their first language would need to pick up two other languages, among which one would have to be Bengali.

The decision follows a feedback that Bengali was not being offered as an option in many schools.

This decision by the Mamata Banerjee-led government comes shortly after a similar decision was taken by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)- led government in Kerala.

The Kerala government in April 2017 passed an ordinance making the teaching of Malayalam compulsory in all the state’s schools.

The government will be taking account the legal aspect on the matter as to whether it would require a separate legislation or that a state cabinet decision would be enough.

10)   What is the Wall of Valour?
- Published on 03 May 17

a. Display of soldiers at designated places on educational campuses
b. Initiative to instil nationalism in students
c. Both a and b
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Shri Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre jointly launched a campaign to have a ‘Wall of Valour’ in 1,000 educational institutions across the country.

Portraits of Param Vir Chakra (PVC) decorated soldiers will be displayed at designated places on educational campuses to instil sense of nationalism among the students.

This is part of a nationwide ‘Vidya Veerta Abhiyan’, initiated by writer and former Rajya Sabha member Shri Tarun Vijay.

Potraits of these gallant heroes were given to Vice Chancellors of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Delhi (DU), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). In addition, VCs of different universities, including Arunachal Pradesh.

The representative from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi also received portraits from them.

On the occasion, Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav and Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, both PVC awardees, also spoke of their experiences.

Param Vir Chakra Recipients

  • Major Somnath Sharma, 4 Kumaon, (Posthumous), 1947
  • Second Lieutenant Rama Raghoba Rane, Bombay Sappers, 1948
  • Company Havildar Major Piru Singh, 6 Rajputana Refiles, (Posthumous), 1948
  • Lance Naik Karam Singh, 1 Sikh, 1948
  • Naik Jadunath Singh, 1 Rajput, (Posthumous), 1948
  • Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, 3/1 Gorkha Rifles, (Posthumous), 1961
  • Major Shaitan Singh, 13 Kumaon, (Posthumous), 1962
  • Subedar Joginder Singh, 1 Sikh, (Posthumous), 1962
  • Major Dhan Singh Thapa, 1/8 Gorkha Rifles, 1962
  • Company Quartermaster Havildar Abdul Hamid, 4 Grenadiers, (Posthumous), 1965
  • Lieutenant Colonel A B Tarapore, Poona Horse, (Posthumous), 1965
  • Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, 18 Squadron, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Major Hoshiar Singh, 3 Grenadiers, 1971
  • Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, Poona Horse, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Lance Naik Albert Ekka, 14 Guards, (Posthumous), 1971
  • Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran, 8 Mahar, (Posthumous), 1987
  • Naib Subedar Bana Singh, 8 JAK LI, 1987
  • Grenadier Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers, 1999
  • Captain Vikram Batra, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, (Posthumous), 1999
  • Rifleman Sanjay Kumar, 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, 1999
  • Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey, 7/11 Gorkha Rifles (Posthumous), 1999

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