Ishan Vikas and Ishan Uday Scholarship Schemes



Ishan Vikas and Ishan Uday Scholarship Schemes

It has the following components:

·         Visit of Class IX and Class XI students to 22 premier institutes [IITs, National Institutes of Techonology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)] with two groups in summer and one group in winter, consisting of 32 students each. Each group of 32 can be formed by taking 4 students from one single school in each of the eight North East states. Each school will send one teacher to accompany the students of that school, which means every group will consist of 32 students and 8 teachers.


·         Summer Internship for Engineering College students of the North-East for a duration of seven weeks at the Premier Institutes like IITs, NITs and IISERs. From 25 such Institutions, about 250 students will visit 16 IITs and 6 NITs every year.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has approved release of Rs. 605.45 lakhs from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to IIT, Guwahati under the Ishan Vikas programme.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched “Ishan Uday” a Special Scholarship Scheme for North East Region (NER) from academic session 2014-15. Under the scheme ten thousand fresh scholarships are to be provided for general degree course, technical and professional courses including medical and para-medical courses. The guidelines of the scheme are available at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/ 2773585_final-NER-guidelines-with-annexures.pdf . An amount of Rs.3500/- p.m. for General Degree courses and Rs. 5000/- p.m. for Technical & Professional courses (including Medical & Para medical courses) will be given through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the beneficiary student.

The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development earmarks 10% of the budgeted allocations under plan head, under its various schemes, for the development of tertiary education in the North East Region. Further, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) namely Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which seeks to improve overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions in conformity with prescribed norms and standards.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Scholarship/Fellowship Name
Academic Year
Registration
Result
2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
30/06/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
30/06/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
Last Date:
30/08/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
Last Date:
30/08/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
Last Date:
30/08/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2016-18
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2013-14
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To be declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2013-14
http://ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/closed.jpg
To be declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
30/06/2015
To be Declared

2014-15
http://ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/closed.jpg
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2014-15
http://ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/closed.jpg
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
31/05/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
Last Date:
30/08/2015
To be Declared

2015-16
2016-17
Last Date:
30/06/2015
To be Declared

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Ranking of Indian Universities


The UGC has launched the following schemes for making higher education relevant to the needs of the society and industry, namely: Career Oriented Programmes (COC), Community Colleges (CC) and introduction of degrees in vocational subjects in line with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The UGC, through collaboration with National Mission on Education thought ICT (NMEICT), has undertaken e-content development of post graduate programmes called e-PG Pathashala.
The UGC has notified several regulations with the objective of sustenance and improvement in the quality of higher education and for undertaking academic reforms. The regulations are on the following matters, namely: mandatory assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutions; affiliation of colleges by universities; regulation of private and deemed to be universities; minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers; minimum standards for grant of first degree, Master’s degree, M.Phil/Ph.D;  grievance redressal; promotion of equity; curbing the menace of ragging etc. The regulations are available at http://www.ugc.ac.in/page/UGC-Regulations.aspx.

The UGC also laid down a list of Degrees specified for the Purposes of Section 22 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. No other degree can be granted by a University/College and Institutions empowered to grant degrees by an Act of Parliament.

The UGC supports access and expansion by financing development of the Central Universities, recognition of new State Universities and Colleges, regulation of private and deemed to be universities and establishment of Community Colleges. The UGC conducts inspection of private universities. These Private Universities are also inspected by the UGC with the help of Expert Committees, constituted by the UGC, which includes representatives from the concerned Statutory Council(s), to check their compliance with the laid down regulations and gives them opportunity for rectification of defects and non-conformity with the regulations.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) namely Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which seeks to improve overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions by ensuring their conformity to prescribed norms and standards and adoption of accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework.  RUSA is incentivizing State Governments to reform affiliating system, governance and academic and examination system in State higher educational institutions.  The total outlay for RUSA for the 12th Plan is Rs. 22,855 crores.
The Project Approval Board of RUSA has approved infrastructure grants for five universities and thirty five colleges, two new professional colleges and grants for faculty improvement, vocationalization of higher education and equity initiatives in higher educational institutions in Gujarat.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Improvement of Minority Educational Institutions

The Ministry of Human Resource Development implements two schemes under which funds have been earmarked for the educational empowerment of minorities, the details of which are as under:-

(i)         Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarsa (SPQEM)
(ii)       Scheme for Infrastructure Development of Private Aided/Unaided Minority Institutes (IDMI) (Elementary/Secondary/Senior Secondary Schools).

An amount of Rs. 375.00 crore has been earmarked for SPQEM and IDMI during the year 2014-15.  Out of this, an amount of Rs.11.01 crore has been released till date to 118 Minority Institutions as per details  given below:

Name of the State
Amount
(Rs.in lakh)
No. of Institutions
Haryana
11.08
06
Karnataka
291.51
20
Madhya Pradesh
  32.11
04
Maharashtra
535.58
52
Uttarakhand
   15.02
03
Mizoram
205.84
31
Tamil Nadu
     4.88
01
Uttar Pradesh
      5.33
01
Total
1101.35
118


This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Status of Six New Iims


The status of each of the 6 new IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) being established by the Government is as under:

Sl.No.
State
Mentor Institute
Land
1.
Bihar
IIM Indore
The State Government of Bihar has offered land in Bodh Gaya.
2.
Odisha
IIM Calcutta
The State Government of Odisha has offered land near Bhubaneswar.
3.
Maharashtra
IIM Ahmedabad
The State Government of Maharashtra has offered land in Nagpur which has since been accepted by the Central Government.
4.
Punjab
IIM Kozhikode
The State Government of Punjab has provided land near Amritsar which               has been accepted by the Central Government.
5.
Himachal Pradesh
IIM Lucknow
The State Government of Himachal Pradesh has offered land in Sirmaur.
6.
Andhra Pradesh
IIM Bangalore
The State Government of Andhra Pradesh has provided land in Visakhapatnam which has since been accepted by the Central Government.  Foundation stone of IIM Visakhapatnam has also been laid on 17thJan. 2015.


The Mentor Institutes have already been requested by the Government to proceed to take admission to the upcoming IIMs.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Ranking of Indian Universities 


The UGC has launched the following schemes for making higher education relevant to the needs of the society and industry, namely: Career Oriented Programmes (COC), Community Colleges (CC) and introduction of degrees in vocational subjects in line with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The UGC, through collaboration with National Mission on Education thought ICT (NMEICT), has undertaken e-content development of post graduate programmes called e-PG Pathashala.
The UGC has notified several regulations with the objective of sustenance and improvement in the quality of higher education and for undertaking academic reforms. The regulations are on the following matters, namely: mandatory assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutions; affiliation of colleges by universities; regulation of private and deemed to be universities; minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers; minimum standards for grant of first degree, Master’s degree, M.Phil/Ph.D;  grievance redressal; promotion of equity; curbing the menace of ragging etc. The regulations are available at http://www.ugc.ac.in/page/UGC-Regulations.aspx.

The UGC also laid down a list of Degrees specified for the Purposes of Section 22 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. No other degree can be granted by a University/College and Institutions empowered to grant degrees by an Act of Parliament. 

The UGC supports access and expansion by financing development of the Central Universities, recognition of new State Universities and Colleges, regulation of private and deemed to be universities and establishment of Community Colleges. The UGC conducts inspection of private universities. These Private Universities are also inspected by the UGC with the help of Expert Committees, constituted by the UGC, which includes representatives from the concerned Statutory Council(s), to check their compliance with the laid down regulations and gives them opportunity for rectification of defects and non-conformity with the regulations.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) namely Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which seeks to improve overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions by ensuring their conformity to prescribed norms and standards and adoption of accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework.  RUSA is incentivizing State Governments to reform affiliating system, governance and academic and examination system in State higher educational institutions.  The total outlay for RUSA for the 12th Plan is Rs. 22,855 crores.
The Project Approval Board of RUSA has approved infrastructure grants for five universities and thirty five colleges, two new professional colleges and grants for faculty improvement, vocationalization of higher education and equity initiatives in higher educational institutions in Gujarat.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Status of Muslim Women 

A High Level Committee, constituted under the Chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) Rajinder Sachar, in its report has indicated that the Muslim Community (as a whole) lags behind the mainstream in social, economic and educational sectors. As per Sachar Committee Report, the literacy level of Muslim females as compared to others are -

Female (Urban) – 2001
All
Hindus
Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes
Muslims
All Others
73
74
58
63
78
Female (Rural) – 2001
All
Hindus
Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes
Muslims
All Others
46
46
36
43
52

(Source: Sachar Committee Report based on 2001 Census) Religion-wise data of Census 2011 is not available.

As per Sachar Committee report, about 38 % of Muslims in urban areas and 27 % in rural areas live below the poverty level. Poverty level separately for Muslim women is not available.

             The Government has taken following initiatives for the educational development of Minority girls including Muslims.
-Under all the scholarship schemes of Ministry of Minority Affairs namely, Pre-matric, Post-matric, Merit-cum-Means based scholarships, 30% of the scholarships are earmarked for girl students.
-30% of the fellowships are earmarked for female scholars under Maulana Azad National Fellowship scheme.
-Under Free coaching and Allied Scheme, 30% of the number sanctioned for coaching/ training is earmarked for girl students/ candidates.
-Maulana Azad Education Foundation, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Minority Affairs implements a scholarship scheme for meritorious girls students belonging to notified minority communities.
-To facilitate and motivate education amongst girls of minority communities, free bicycles are given to the eligible minority girl students of class 9th  under Multi-secotral Development Programme (MsDP).
-Under ‘Seekho Aur Kamao’ scheme for upgrading the skills of minority youths in various modern / traditional vocations and linked them with market in order to ensure employment/ jobs, minimum 33% of seats are earmarked for minority girls.
-Under Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for welfare of minorities, 555 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) have been sanctioned since 2006-07 in the minority concentrated areas and all are operational.  Department of School Education and Literacy has also issued instructions that as KGBV schools are part of the regular upper primary school system of the State, the State Government / Union Territory’s particular policy for instruction in Urdu medium should be adopted for the KGBV schools. The Urdu teachers available in the system should be deployed for the purpose.
-The University Grants Commission (UGC) pays special attention to setting up of women’s hostels in higher education institutions in Muslim concentration areas. UGC has sanctioned 285 Women’s Hostels during 11th Plan in 90 Minority Concentration Districts. During the 12th Plan upto 2014-15 (upto September, 2014), 133 women’s hostels have been sanctioned in Minority Concentrated Districts.

             This was stated by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Lok Sabha today.


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Post Sachar Committee 

The Ministry of Minority Affairs constituted a Committee on 05.08.2013 under the Chairmanship of Professor Amitabh Kundu, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi primarily to evaluate the process of implementation of decisions taken by Government of India on the recommendations of Sachar Committee and to assess the efficacy of the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme, and to recommend interventions and corrective measures in policies and programmes. The Committee has submitted its Report on 09.10.2014. The recommendations of the Committee are overarching covering the policies and programmes of other Ministries/ Departments also and the views of the concerned Ministries/ Departments are required to make appropriate decisions on these recommendations. Accordingly, all the concerned Ministries/ Department and NITI Aayog have been requested to give their views/ comments on the recommendations of the Committee. After receiving the comments of the concerned Ministries/ Departments, appropriate decisions would be taken. 

This was stated by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Lok Sabha today. 

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Implementation of Project for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power plants through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited under National Solar Mission 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the implementation of the scheme for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power projects under the National Solar Mission through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) in three tranches namely, 3000 MW under Tranche-l under mechanism of Bundling with Unallocated Coal based Thermal Power and fixed levellised tariffs, 5,000 MW under Tranche-ll with some support from Government to be decided after getting some experience while implementing Tranche-l and balance 7,000 MW under Tranche-Ill without any financial support from the Government. 

Successful completion of additional 15,000 MW capacity of Grid-connected solar PV power generation projects, mainly in the private sector, with largely private investment, under the National Solar Mission would accelerate the process of achieving grid tariff parity for solar power and also help reduce consumption of kerosene and diesel, which is presently in use to meet the unmet demand. 

In Tranche-l, which will be Batch-II of Phase-II of the National Solar Mission, 3000 MW capacity of solar PV power plants will be based on bundling of solar power (3000 MW) with unallocated thermal power (1500 MW) in the ratio of 2:1 (in MW terms), for which the required 1500 MW unallocated thermal power has been made available by the Ministry of Power. The bundled power will be allotted to various States that come forward to (i) provide land for setting up the solar power projects and (ii) purchase a major portion of the bundled solar power for consumption within the State (iii) ensure connectivity to the solar power project. The capacity allotted to each such State will be set up through developers, to be selected through international competitive bidding by NTPC /NVVN. Both private and government companies would be free to bid for projects. 

1000 MW capacity out of the 3000 MW under the bundling scheme will be set up on land already identified in Andhra Pradesh. The balance 2000 MW capacity under the Bundling Scheme will be allotted in other interested States that come forward. 

It is estimated that implementation of Tranche-l of the scheme will entail total investment of over Rs.18,000 crore, all of which will be met by project developers, mainly private. 

A Payment Security Mechanism / Working Capital Fund with an estimated corpus of Rs. 2300 crore to cover 3 months payment for bundled capacity of 3000 MW of Solar Capacity with 1500 MW NTPC Coal Power, will be set up to ensure bankability of PPAs and timely payment to developers. This will be evolved through collaborative efforts of Government of India and Solar Project Developers. The modalities for setting up of Payment Security Mechanism / Working Capital Fund will be finalized subsequently. Accruals from encashment of Bank Guarantees, penalties on developers, etc. will also go into this fund. 

Some capacity will be earmarked out of the total procurement under this scheme with provisions of domestically manufactured solar cells as well as modules. The quantity to be fixed with Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) in each tender will be prescribed by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) based on the prevailing market conditions from time to time. Bids received under both the categories (one with DCR requirement and the other without any such requirement) will be evaluated and successful bidders selected independently. Further, this DCR will also be technology agnostic that is applied on both the crystalline silicon and thin film SPV cells and modules. 

Background

The first Phase of the National Solar Mission (2010-2013) had a target of 1100 MW for Grid-connected solar power generation capacity, against which 1685 MW was set up in the country under various schemes. Further capacity addition of 9,000 MW comprising 3,000 MW under Central schemes and 6,000 MW under State initiatives/ other mechanisms was envisaged In the 2nd phase of the Mission (April 2013-March 2017). 

Now that sufficient experience is available in India in this field and the Government is keen to expeditiously promote solar power in the country, it is proposed to give a quantum jump to development of solar power in India through market driven approach, wherein the role of subsidies and direct Government support is gradually phased out. Specifically, it is proposed to significantly enhance capacity addition in the 2nd phase itself under Central schemes through various mechanisms. 

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Supply of Piped Domestic Gas in Bihar 

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that Piped Natural Gas (PNG) forms part of the City or Local Natural Gas Distribution (CGD) network. Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), has been established under PNGRB Act, 2006. PNGRB grants authorization for City and Local Area Natural Gas Distribution Networks ( PNG is a part of CGD network) in accordance with the provisions of the said Act and the PNGRB (authorizing Entities to Lay, Build, Operate or Expand City or Local Natural Gas Distribution Network) Regulation, 2008. 

PNGRB has identified 8 Districts/ Geographical Areas (GAs) in Bihar viz. Barh Bihar, Begusarai, Gaya, Gopal Ganj, Patna, Saran, Siwan and West Champaran for inclusion in the future bidding rounds for grant of authorization to develop CGD networks, depending on the natural gas pipeline connectivity/natural gas availability. Natural gas pipeline connectivity/ gas availability for Bihar is envisaged through the Central Government authorized GAIL’s Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline (JHPL). 

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Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2014 - Final Result Regarding 


      Based  on  the  results of the Central  Armed  Police  Forces  (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2014 held  by UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION on  July 13, 2014 and the interviews for   Personality  Test  held  in February, 2015, the following is the list,   in  order  of  merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to the posts  of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces viz. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),  Sashastra  Seema Bal (SSB) & Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

A total number of 105 candidates have been recommended for appointment as per the following break-up:-

GENERAL
OBC
SC
ST
Total
50
31
16
08
105

Appointments to the various services shall be made by the Government according to the number of vacancies available and subject to the candidates fulfilling all the prescribed eligibility conditions/provisions contained in the Rules for the Examination and verifications, wherever due, being completed satisfactorily. Allotment to various services     shall be made according to the merit obtained and preference of services given  by  the  candidates.

The  number  of  vacancies  reported  by  the Govt. to  be  filled are  as  under:-

Name of Service
Number  of  Vacancies

General
OBC
SC
ST
Total
B.S.F
15
07
04
02
28
C.R.P.F.
14
08
04
02
28
C.I.S.F.
22
10
05
03
40
S.S.B.
15
06
03
01
25
TOTAL
66
31
16
08
121

The candidature of 10 recommended candidates with following Roll Numbers is provisional:

007926
016471
 039085
 044257
 119399
137458
151566
158911
180115
199936

In accordance with Rule 16 (4) and (5) of the Central  Armed  Police  Forces  (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2014, the Commission is maintaining a consolidated Reserve List of candidates ranking in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under respective categories which are as under:

GENERAL
OBC
SC
ST
Total
16
14
NIL*
01
31

*No SC candidate is available below the last recommended SC candidate

Union Public Service Commission has a ‘Facilitation Counter’ near Examination Hall Building in its Campus. Candidates may obtain any information /clarification regarding their examination/recruitment on working days between 10:00 hours to 1700 hours in person or over Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/ 23381125 / 23098543. The result will also be available on the UPSC Website i.e. http//www.upsc.gov.in.  The marks of the candidates are likely to be uploaded on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of  Result, for a period of 45 days.


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