PIB – 19th Jan 2021

DRDO hands over Motor Bike Ambulance ‘Rakshita’ to CRPF

  • Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi based DRDO laboratory, handed over Rakshita, a bike-based casualty transport emergency vehicle to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
  • The bike ambulance will help in overcoming the problems faced by Indian security forces and emergency healthcare providers. It will provide life-saving aid for evacuation of injured patients from low intensity conflict areas. 
  • This will be handy in the congested streets and remote locations, where access through ambulances is difficult and time consuming. The bike can respond to a medical emergency need of patients faster than a four-wheeler due to its functionality and integrated emergency medical support system.
  • Rakshita is fitted with a customized reclining Casualty Evacuation Seat (CES), which can be fitted in and taken out as per requirement. 
  • Other major features are the head immobilizer, safety harness jacket, hand and foot straps for safety, adjustable footrest, physiological parameter measuring equipment with wireless monitoring capability and auto warning system for the driver. 
  • The vital parameters of the patient can be monitored on the dashboard mounted LCD. It is also equipped with an air splint, medical and oxygen kit for on spot medical care.
  • This bike ambulance is useful not only for the paramilitary and military forces but has potential civil applications too.  

National Education Policy (NEP) 2020: Implementation Plan for School Education

  1. The National Education Policy, 2020 is the third in the series of National Education Policies (1968 and 1986 modified in 1992) in India and is the first education policy of the 21st century. NEP 2020 covers a wider spectrum of school education from pre-primary to senior secondary.
  2. The recommendations given have varied timelines as the policy is made for next 20 years. Therefore, the implementation of NEP is being carried out in a phased manner. 
  3. The major portions of NEP will be covered under the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) and centrally sponsored schemes. Groundwork for NCF is initiated and it is likely to be developed in the next academic session, that is 2021-22.
  4. The department has initiated implementation of NEP by undertaking following activities in accordance with the recommendations of the policy :
  1. To undertake 50 hours of mandatory Continuous Professional development of teachers, 18 modules of 4-5 hours each comprehensively covering all aspects of elementary education have been launched under NISHTHA for in service teacher training (CPD) in the online mode on DIKSHA platform
  2. In-principle approval has been given for setting up the National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission
  3. E-learning has been expanded through DIKSHA
  4. The department has launched an initiative called ‘Manodarpan’ for mental health and wellbeing of students. It aims to provide emotional support and counselling to the students under distress. 
  5. MoU has been signed between Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) and NCERT to develop Indian Sign Language dictionary for school education.
  6. CBSE exam reforms have been initiated; CBSE will introduce improvement examination from the year 2021 and will introduce English and Sanskrit in 2 levels from the session 2021-22.
  7. The department is also aligning its existing schemes i.e, Samagra Shiksha, Mid Day Meal and Padhna Likhna Abhiyan with the recommendations of NEP 2020. 
  8. States and UTs are also constituting their own Task Force to steer implementation of the NEP provisions in their respective jurisdiction.

National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology

  • National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (Society) was set up in the year 1982 by the Government of India as an autonomous body for coordinated growth and development of hospitality education in the country through common curricula, common admission system, common examination and awarding of Degree, Diploma and other distinctions. 
  • The Minister of Tourism is President of the Society under whose Chairpersonship the Society meetings are held. 
  • At present, there are 88 Institutes functioning under the academic umbrella of NCHMCT – 21 Central IHMs; 26 State IHMs; 1 PSU IHM; 26 Private Institutes and 14 FCIs.