Daily Archive: April 3, 2019

iTV Network Organised Veeron Ko Jai Hind- Ab Ki Baar Aatank Ka Sanhaar Conclave to Honor Braveheart Soldiers

As the entire nation stands today against terrorism, iTV Network, India’s leading media house (India News & NewsX) today organized ‘Veeron Ko Jai Hind- Abki Baar Aatank Ka Sanhaar’, a felicitation ceremony to honor the braveheart soldiers of CRPF, BSF, ITBP and Delhi Police who displayed valor in the battlefield. Held atHotel Shangri-La in New Delhi, the event shown a light on the bravery of the armed forces who fought against terrorism and some even lost their lives during encounter with terrorists. With recent incidents like Pulwama terror attack on CRPF convoy in which more than 40 bravehearts lost their lives. A few days later, our armed forces retaliated by surgical strikes and destroyed terror camps in POK which again proven the mettle of our armed forces.

The event was graced by political dignitaries like Mukhtar Abbas Naqwi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs; Subramanian Swamy, Member of Parliament, BJP; Randeep Surjewala,

Senior Congress Leader; Manoj Sinha, MoS (Independent Charge) of Communications & MoS, Ministry of Railways along with them there were retired veterans from the armed forces, army men and families of martyrs.

The special guest at the event were star cast of the upcoming film RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter-Actors- John Abraham and Sikandar Kher. They were accompanied by RAW director Robbie Grewal and music sensation Hans Raj Hans. The team encouraged men in uniform and felicitated the bravehearts and martyrs families. At the event, John Abraham said, “I have huge respect for our Indian armed forces and in my opinion, every student should serve in the defense forces for atleast 2 years after completing higher studies. I also would like to urge the voters to elect the candidates on basis of development, not religion.” Sharing his experience of shooting in Kashmir for RAW, John said, “It was a great experience to shoot in J&K, people of the valley are really nice and Indian army was very supportive to the whole team of RAW.”

While attending the event, Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, iTV Network said, “The security and the well-being of the nation largely depends on the courage of the bravehearts who are protecting the nation to ensure our safety and we should never forget their sacrifices. These awards is to express our gratitude towards them who have shown exemplary valor and devotion while performing their duties.”

In an interesting session, ‘Salute to Service’ with Mukhtar Abbas Naqwi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, the minister shared his views on how the BJP government took strong steps against terrorism he said “Modi government gave a free hand to defense forces to retaliate and eliminate the enemy.”

On the National security amid poll season, Subramanian Swamy, Member of Parliament, BJP and Randeep Surjewala, Senior Leader, INC churn over politics on defense forces. Randeep Surjewala questioned Subramanian Swamy and said “How did the explosive used in the Pulwama attack?”, however Subramanian Swamy retaliated by saying that “The ruling party did nothing after 26/11 attack and our current government has given freehand to defense forces to act against terrorism.”

Manoj Sinha, MoS (Independent Charge) of Communications & MoS, Ministry of Railways also shared his views on Sena, Shaurya and Samman. Manoj Sinha said,“Politics should not be done over defense force and their operations.” Further he also added that “Our government has already Rs 35000 crore has been sanctioned by the government on One Rank One Pension.”

While in an exclusive session with Birender Singh, Union Minister of Steel, the minister shared his views on various national issues. He said, “Politics should not be done over defense forces and their operations.”

Another session was with Commandant Chetan Cheetah, 5th Battalion CRPF who is also known as ‘India Ka Cheetah’, where he spoke about his extra ordinary tales of bravery, during his session he said “For a soldier family support is the biggest power, for him his wife and kids are biggest strength and I am still willing to go back to border to fight against terror forces.” He miraculously survived nine bullet injuries he received during an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.” There was another session with the war veterans from armed forces who have shared their views on how the armed forces are equipped with latest technology to tackle any tough situation.

Monsoon likely to be ‘below normal’ this year: Skymet

New Delhi: Monsoon this year is likely to be “below normal” at 93 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) owing to developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, which poses higher risk for the eastern parts and a major portion of central part of the country being rain deficient, private weather forecaster Skymet said on Wednesday.

The average, or normal, rainfall in the country is defined between 96 and 104 per cent of a 50-year average for the entire four-month monsoon season, which is 887 mm.

Skymet said monsoon is going to have “a very sluggish start” and deficit rains are likely to spill into July.

However, the second half of the season would see better rainfall as August and September are expected to see normal rains, Skymet Managing Director Jatin Singh told reporters here.

“The Pacific Ocean has become strongly warmer than average. The model projections call for 80 per cent chance of El Nino (weather-producing phenomena) during March-May, dropping to 60 per cent for June to August. This means, it is going to be a devolving El Nino year, though retaining threshold values all through the season. Thus, Monsoon 2019 is likely to be below normal,” he said.

Once the El Nino tamps down, neutral conditions will set out, allowing improvement in rainfall, said Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Meteorology and Climate Change) of Skymet.

“The saviour factor could be IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) which is likely to be in the neutral or positive phase during the Monsoon. Thus, it may be able to absorb some of the El Nino blues and possibly would support rainfall during the second half of Monsoon,” he said.

Among the areas that will be affected due to deficient rainfall are Karnataka, Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra, southwest Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand along with the northeastern states.

On the other hand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and coastal Andhra Pradesh will receive more rainfall, said G. P. Sharma, President (Meteorology and Climate Change) at Skymet.

The onset of monsoon cannot be predicted at this moment and it has no relation with the overall rainfall the country receives, he said.

The rainfall in June will be 77 per cent (126 mm) of the LPA while it will be 91 per cent (263 mm) in July, 102 per cent (266 mm) in August and 99 per cent (171 mm) in September.

Palawat also said the temperature in the national capital will be under control this summer due to pre-monsoon activities.

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113 Million People Across 53 Countries Starve: UN

Paris: More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said Tuesday.

Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to the risk of famine, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in its 2019 global report on food crises.

Launched three years ago, the annual study takes stock of the countries facing the greatest difficulties.

African states were “disproportionally” affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger, the FAO’s emergencies director Dominique Bourgeon told AFP on Tuesday.

Conflict and insecurity remained key factors, along with economic turbulence and climate-related shocks like drought and floods, the report found.

In countries on the verge of famine, “up to 80 percent of the population depend on agriculture. They need both emergency humanitarian aid for food and measures to help boost agriculture,” Bourgeon said.

The report highlighted the strain put on countries hosting large numbers of refugees, including neighbouring nations of war-torn Syria as well as Bangladesh, which has received more than a million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.

The FAO said it also expected the number of displaced people to increase “if the political and economic crisis persists in Venezuela” which is likely to declare a food emergency this year.

Bourgeon said he was concerned by the “important and significative rise” in poverty in Venezuela, as it grapples with dire economic and living conditions worsened by an ongoing political crisis.

Globally, the study noted that the overall situation slightly improved in 2018 compared to 2017 when 124 million people suffered acute hunger.

The drop can partially be attributed to the fact that some countries in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region for instance were less affected by weather disasters that had struck in previous years.

However, the FAO warned that the year-on-year trend of more than 100 million people facing famine was unlikely to change in the face of continued crises.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria all suffered bad droughts in 2018, which severely impacted agricultural output.

The FAO also stressed that “high levels of acute and chronic malnutrition in children living in emergency conditions remained of grave concern”. (AFP)

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Time has arrived for India to re orient present education system to inculcate values, morals and ethics: Vice President;

Time has arrived for India to re orient present education system to inculcate values, morals and ethics: Vice President;

Special attention should be paid to giving our youngsters exposure to our great history, tradition and culture;

Framers of Education Policy must focus on teaching in local languages;

Calls for instilling a spirit of volunteerism in students through NCC, NSS and other such organizations;

Calls for stringent measures to address excessive commercialization and poor governance in private and government-funded institutions respectively;

Asks institutions such as IGNOU to impart ICT skills to students apart from regular academics;

Addresses 32nd Convocation of IGNOU

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the time has arrived for India to re orient present education system to inculcate values, morals and ethics in students and to re-established itself as a knowledge and innovation hub. He called for a complete overhaul of the higher education system so that it caters to the fast changing requirements of the 21st century. ‘Apart from remolding the syllabi and pedagogy, the stress should be on learning-by-doing’, he suggested.

Addressing the 32 Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), here today, the Vice President asked the students to work with dedication and sincerity to realize their dreams. He presented degrees and diplomas to more than 2 Lakh students who were graduating from the main campus of IGNOU and various regional centres today. He urged the students to prove themselves to be worthy of the certificates, diplomas and degrees they had received.

Shri Naidu stressed that everybody must strive to build a New India, which was free of poverty, illiteracy, fear, corruption, hunger and discrimination. Saying that quality assurance was important for improving higher education sector, he called for stringent measures to address excessive commercialization and poor governance in private and government-funded institutions respectively.

The Vice President said that Higher education must transform an individual into a responsible human being with social, moral and ethical values instilled in him or her, apart from making the person more productive. He further said that the quality assurance and accreditation mechanism must acknowledge the transformative role of education in a broader sense and facilitate in widening the horizons of Indian higher education system.

Saying that India was placed in an advantageous position because of the demographic dividend, the Vice President opined that ensuring skill development and imparting latest training in various vocations to the youth was necessary to make them a skilled workforce.

Shri Naidu opined that preserving India’s traditional knowledge base and integrating it with modern educational system was of great importance as we rapidly advance towards building a knowledge-based society. Shri Naidu also wanted framers of our education policy to focus upon teaching in local languages along with inculcating the spirit of volunteerism in students by way of activities such as NCC, NSS and others.

Observing that Information and Communication Technology brought a paradigmatic shift in the education sector, Shri Naidu called upon institutions such as IGNOU to impart ICT skills to students apart from regular academics so that they can apply them in areas of their engagement – such as agriculture, industry, business or service. He observed that online education is the best mode of learning as it has the potential to reach the unreached in every corner of the country via internet and help in improving the literacy rate.

Mentioning that India’s rich cultural heritage, Ayurveda and Yoga had earned global recognition, Shri Naidu said that 177 countries adopting a resolution at the United Nations declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga was a testimony to India’s growing influence in the world. He instructed universities and educational institutions to promote India’s vast body of indigenous knowledge especially in the fields of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Shri Naidu said Ayurveda, which has its origins in the Vedic culture as an indigenous system of natural healing has once again emerged as a major source of knowledge on diagnosis, treatment and healing. ‘However, to ensure patient safety and efficacy, every system of medicine should be evidentiary and based on thorough research and widespread clinical trials’, he cautioned.

The Vice President urged the students to uphold ethical values at all times and remain committed to preserving India’s culture, traditions and heritage. He asked them to give utmost priority to protecting nature. ‘Promote culture and protect nature for a better future,’ he added.

The Vice President lauded the efforts of the University for making knowledge acquisition accessible to many learners, who otherwise were unable to attend regular institutions of higher learning. He opined that IGNOU was effectively serving the educational needs of the learners by breaking the barriers of distance through different mediums – the print, audio, video, online delivery as also interpersonal interaction.

The Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, Prof. Nageshwar Rao, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, Prof. Ravindra Ramachandra Kanhere, the Registrar, Directors of the School of Studies, Heads of Divisions and Units, Faculty and Staff Members of the university and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

“इंदिरा गांधी राष्ट्रीय मुक्त विश्वविद्यालय के बत्तीसवें दीक्षांत समारोह में भाग ले कर अत्यंत हर्ष का अनुभव कररहा हूं। इस विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना उच्च शिक्षा के लोक तंत्रीकरण के उद्देश्य से की गई थी। गत वर्षों में यहविश्वविद्यालय उन वर्गो तक शिक्षा पहुंचाने मैं सफल रहा है जो अन्यथा शिक्षा की रोशनी से महरूम थे। वे लोग भीशिक्षा प्राप्त कर सके जो शिक्षा संस्थानों में नियमित पढ़ाई कर सकने में असमर्थ थे।

आपने विद्या और विद्यार्थी के बीच की दूरी मिटा कर सचमुच समाज की सेवा की है। आपने संचार की आधुनिकतकनीक का प्रयोग  शिक्षा को सुदूर क्षेत्रों में प्रसारित करने में बखूबी किया है। आपने पाठ्य सामग्री को दृश्य श्रव्य,ऑन लाइन तथा सुरुचिपूर्ण ढंग से प्रकाशित पुस्तकों  के रूप में उपलब्ध कराया है और शिक्षा को सुदुरतम क्षेत्रों मेंसुगम बनाया है।

मुझे हर्ष है कि छात्रों के पंजीकरण तथा पाठ्यक्रमों की दृष्टि से यह विश्वविद्यालय संसार का सबसे बड़ाविश्वविद्यालय है। विगत वर्षों में इस विश्वविद्यालय ने राष्ट्रीय अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर ख्याति अर्जित की है।

मुझे यह भी ज्ञात हुआ है कि इग्नू  ने अपने कार्यक्षेत्र का व्यापक विस्तार किया है। आज देशपर्यंत, इसविश्वविद्यालय के 3500 अध्ययन केंद्र  है तथा 56 क्षेत्रीय केंद्र है जिनके माध्यम से शिक्षा का प्रसार किया जा रहाहै।

मुझे विशेष संतोष है कि भारतीय सेना, नौसेना तथा असम राइफल जैसे सुरक्षा बलों  के लिए 11 क्षेत्रीय केंद्रस्थापित किए हैं। कठिन उत्तरदायित्व और विषम परिस्थितियों में सुरक्षा बलों में सेवाओं की विशेष स्थिति कोदेखते हुए, आपका यह प्रयास सराहनीय है। मुझे विश्वास है कि सुरक्षा बलों के सैनिक और अधिकारी इस सुविधा कालाभ उठाएंगे। इसके अतिरिक्त इग्नू ने विदेशों में भी 26 अध्ययन केंद्र स्थापित किए हैं। गुणवत्ता पूर्ण सुदूर शिक्षाके क्षेत्र में,  इन क्षेत्रों के माध्यम से इग्नू ने राष्ट्रीय और अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय उपस्थिति दर्ज की है।

I am extremely happy to be here among you today at the 32nd Convocation of  IGNOU which was founded on the cherished philosophy of ‘democratization of education’ and ‘reaching the unreached’. This university has made knowledge acquisition accessible to many learners, who otherwise were unable to attend regular institutes of higher learning.

It is effectively serving the educational needs of the learners by breaking the barriers of distance through different mediums – the print, audio, video, online delivery as also interpersonal interaction.

I am happy to learn that IGNOU is the largest university of the world in terms of student enrolment and programs offered. Over the years, IGNOU has received national and international acclaim.

I am glad to learn that IGNOU has developed a network of over 3500 Study Centres, 56 Regional Centers and 11 Recognized Regional Centres for Indian Army, Navy and Assam Rifles across the country, apart from 26 Overseas Study Centres. Indeed, IGNOU has made its presence felt both nationally and internationally by providing quality education through Open Distance Learning system.

I am delighted to learn that IGNOU today has cumulative student strength of over 32 lakhs students, who are pursuing more than 241 academic programmes.

On this momentous occasion, I congratulate all the 2.02 lakh students of IGNOU who are receiving their certificates, diplomas and degrees from this esteemed university. I also wish them all the best in their future endeavors and to be the worthy of the certificates, diplomas and degrees they have earned.

Dear students, please remember that your learning does not end with the acquisition of an educational degree. Learning is an ongoing process and you need to upgrade knowledge on a daily basis to face a highly competitive world. As you all are aware, India was once known as Vishwaguru and students from across the world used to come here and study in reputed learning centres like Takshashila. Following foreign invasions and colonization, we lost that pre-eminent position.

India has a rich treasure of ancient knowledge. The knowledge contained in our traditional scriptures, like Vedas, Upanishads and other ancient texts was passed on from generation to generation and made India the spiritual leader of the world.

We have inherited a vast body of indigenous knowledge through Yoga and Ayurveda. The practice of Yoga helps in leading a healthy and balanced life style. In view of its beneficial effects, as many as 177 countries adopted a resolution at the United Nations declaring June 21 as International Day of Yoga. I feel that there is a need to promote Yoga in our educational and training institutions.

Ayurveda has its origins in the Vedic culture as an indigenous system of natural healing. Unfortunately due to prolong foreign rule in the country the practice of Ayurveda got sidelined and neglected. Now Ayurveda has been emerging as a major source of diagnosis, treatment and healing. However, to ensure patient safety and efficacy, every system of medicine should be evidentiary and based on thorough research and widespread clinical trials.

Dear youngsters, the time has come now for India to re-establish itself as a knowledge and innovation hub. For that to happen, we have to completely overhaul our higher education system to cater to the fast changing requirements of the 21st century in different sectors. Apart from remoulding the syllabi and pedagogy, the stress should be on learning-by-doing. According to the latest All India Survey on Higher Education (2017-18), there are 903 universities and the total number of colleges stands at 49,061. Currently, the total number of students enrolled in our colleges and universities is about 36.7 million.

Although our GER has improved to 25.8 per cent, it lags behind the global average of 33 percent and those of the emerging economies like Brazil (46 percent), Russia (78 percent) and China (36 percent).       

With Indian economy on the rise, all of you will have plenty of avenues and opportunities and you should seize them. But remember that there is no substitute to hard work. Set goals and persevere to achieve them. As exhorted by the former President, dream high and aim high. But work with dedication and sincerity to realize your dreams and a build a New India, which shall be free of poverty, illiteracy, fear, corruption, hunger and discrimination.

Looking at your young and enlightened faces, I am reminded of Swami Vivekananda’s famous exhortation: Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.”

Now your ideal should be as said in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: Asato Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya–Lead us from ignorance to truth, Lead us from darkness to light, Lead us from death to deathlessness”.

As India is rapidly advancing towards a knowledge-based society, it should preserve its traditional knowledge base and integrate it with modern educational system of the country.

Dear students,

India is placed in an advantageous position when compared to many other countries because 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years. By ensuring skill development and imparting latest training in various vocations to the youth, India can cater to the global requirements of skilled workforce, apart from meeting the demand within the country. I am sure that the National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will address all the challenges of skilling, while the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) will help standardize and integrate the skill component of the people with the formal learning arrangement.

We are now living in an Information and Communication Technology-driven world. With 46% people having access over internet and 92% over mobile phones, imparting ICT- enabled education has become the sine qua non of the modern society. In fact, ICT revolution is triggering a paradigmatic shift in the education sector.

As you all are aware, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) platform is set to bring a revolution in the arena of learning and knowledge dissemination. In India, SWAYAM MOOCsplatform has emerged to be the World’s Largest Online Free E-Learning Platform Portal. It is designed to achieve access, equity and quality in education at all levels and areas. Again under the SWAYAM PRABHA programme high-quality educational programmes are telecast through the DTH channels. Further the MHRD under its National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT)has initiated the e-Pathshala. The interactive e-content covers around 70 subjects across all disciplines of social sciences, arts, fine arts, humanities, mathematics, linguistics and languages.

The use of ICTs has made lives of millions of Indian comfortable now in most areas of their engagement—be it agriculture, industry, business or service.

Quality assurance is important for improving higher education sector. The root cause of the problem in private and government-funded institutions is commercialization and poor governance respectively.

Higher education should transform an individual into a responsible human being with social, moral and ethical values embedded in him or her apart from making the person more productive. Thus, the quality assurance and accreditation mechanism should acknowledge the transformative role of education in a broader sense and facilitate in widening the horizons of the Indian higher education system.

I glad to learn that IGNOU has already launched several skill development programmes through Open and Distance Learning and ICT-enabled modes and has integrated skill component in its flagship Bachelor Degree programme under the Choice Based Credit System.

I must laud IGNOU for creating a wealth of academic e-content through its eGyanKosh- a National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources. I am also happy to learn that IGNOU proposes to launch several online academic programmes soon and has also initiated a new Centre for On Line Learning for giving an impetus to this mode of learning.

Quality assurance is important for improving higher education sector. The root cause of the problem in private and government-funded institutions is commercialization and poor governance respectively. While the problems have to be tackled differently, a single standardised solution may not ensure improvement in quality across Higher Education institutions.

Finally, before concluding, I would like you all to remember the four pillars of learning that UNESCO had suggested.

These are (1) Learning to know (2) Learning to do (3) Learning to be and (4) Learning to live together.

You should be able to access new knowledge and use it for your advancement and the welfare of the people around you, you should develop new skills all the time and ultimately realize the hidden potential within you. Be what you aim to be. The last aspect is perhaps the most important one in our contemporary world – Learning to live together and celebrate the infinite diversity in the world.

I would add that you should uphold ethical values at all times and remain committed to preserving India’s culture, traditions and heritage. Also, please give utmost priority to protecting nature. In other words, promote culture and protect nature for a better future. My best wishes to you all in your future endeavors!

आप सतत नया ज्ञान अर्जित करें, उसका प्रयोग अपने और वृहत्तर समाज की उन्नति और कल्याण के लिए करें।आप निरंतर अपने कौशल का विकास करें और अपनी क्षमताओं को पहचाने तथा उन्हे विकसित करें। आप अपने अभीष्ट लक्ष्य को सिद्ध करें । सबसे आवश्यक है कि हम विभिन्न मतों और दृष्टिकोणों के साथ सौहार्द्र पूर्णसहअस्तित्व सुनिश्चित करें। संसार की असीम विविधता का उत्सव मनाएं।

मैं अपील करूंगा कि जीवन में स्थापित नैतिक मूल्यों का पालन करें। भारतीय संस्कृति, परंपराओं, धरोहर के प्रतिनिष्ठा रखे, उनका संरक्षण करें। प्रकृति और पर्यावरण की सुरक्षा के प्रति संकल्पबद्ध रहें।अपने भविष्य की सुरक्षा केलिए प्रकृति का संरक्षण करें, संस्कृति का संवर्धन करे। आपकी भावी उपलब्धियों के लिए मेरी शुभकामनाएं।

JAI HIND!

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Promote new & renewable energy to ensure energy security, to protect climate & to reduce pollution: Vice President

Encourage environment friendly modes of transport;

Educate common man on the need to cut down GHG emissions & use RNE;

Electricity key to development; address with pilferages in transmission & distribution on war footing;

Inaugurates GRIDTECH 2019 – International Exhibition and Conference

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for the promotion of new and renewable energy in a big way. He said moving to renewable would not just ensure energy security but also protect the climate, reduce pollution.

‘Adequate growth in renewable energy would serve dual purpose – firstly, it would contribute towards achieving energy security to the nation and it would address the environmental concerns, which need to be tackled on a war-footing,’ he said.

Addressing gathering after inaugurating the GRIDTECH 2019, an International Exhibition and Conference, organised by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited to deliberate on new technologies in transformation, distribution, renewable integration, Smart Grid Communication, the Vice President asked experts to find out new technologies to harness renewable energy to fulfill India’s energy demands and also to fulfill India’s international commitment to de-carbonize the electricity generation.

Shri Naidu also called for the promotion of clean and green mode of transport, such as Electrical Vehicles (EVs) on a large scale. He said that they have the potential to save foreign exchange on crude oil import apart from reducing carbon emissions. He also called for inclusion of renewable energy provisions right from the planning of towns.

The Vice President said that world was looking towards India for investments and opined that India’s economic growth was the main factor for the new found enthusiasm of the world community.

Opining that rapid urbanization led to increased energy demand and rise of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, Shri Naidu urged technologists to find new methods for tapping the huge potential in the renewable energy sector and also wanted them to educate the common man on the need to cut down GHG emissions.

Pointing that connectivity and electricity were key to development, Shri Naidu stressed upon the need to address challenges such as pilferages in transmission and distribution. He suggested developing a suitable transmission and distribution system to facilitate renewable integration. ‘Smart grid technologies used by many countries would have the potential to solve the challenges,’ he added.

The Vice President had earlier inaugurated the GRIDTECH 2019 exhibition, went around the stalls and interacted with the presenters at the stalls. He said he was happy to have met and interacted with students who were showcasing their innovative ideas to promote, use renewable energy.

The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the officials of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, representatives from Conventional and Renewable energy sector, students from  prestigious institutions such as the IITs and others were present on the occasion.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

“It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to address you at the inauguration of GRIDTECH 2019.

This international conference and exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for Power System professionals in Industry and Academia to exchange ideas and deliberate on environment friendly solutions to overcome the challenges faced in the energy sector.

In view of the increasing demand in the power sector with each passing day, we need to fully tap the potential for sustainable and environmental-friendly energy. We need to find out new technologies to harness renewable energy in a big way.

As you all are aware, India has made an international commitment to de-carbonize the electricity generation. Towards this end, India has set a time-bound target of installing 175 GW of renewable generation by 2022, comprising 100 GW Solar, 60 GW Wind and 15 GW of other forms of renewable generation.

With the focus increasingly shifting to clean energy in recent years, India has become an attractive destination for investments in renewable energy sector.

Dear friends, the rapid urbanization, we are witnessing, has become an irreversible phenomenon and is leading to increased energy demand as also release of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. I would like technologists to not only find new methods for tapping the huge potential in the renewable energy sector, but also educate the common man on the need to cut down GHG emissions.

India, like some other countries, is planning to develop solar cities and I would like the urban local bodies to be in the forefront in adopting renewable energy technologies and converting their cities into renewable energy cities. I am told that under the “Solar City” concept, it is aimed to reduce the projected demand for conventional energy by 10 per cent at the end of five years by enhancing supply from renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.

Dear sisters and brothers, please note that adequate growth in renewable energy would serve dual purpose– firstly, it would contribute towards achieving energy security to the nation and it would address the environmental concerns, which need to be tackled on a war-footing.

However, the generation of renewable power has quite a few challenges. Unlike conventional power generation, renewable generations are intermittent and variable in nature, posing a challenge towards maintaining energy balance in real-time. It also has low gestation period compared to conventional generation. Hence, the associated transmission and distribution system should be developed in a suitable manner to facilitate renewable integration.

Presently, electricity is flowing across the country through the robust National Grid, without many constraints in the network. I am told that facilitating large scale renewable energy integration with grid would require more flexible generation from conventional energy sources, grid scale energy storage facilities, flexible transmission system and demand side management through customer participation.

Further, distribution sector is the most crucial link in the electricity supply chain.  While the government is making concerted efforts to improve the distribution sector through various programmes, I am told that the aim is to bring down AT&C losses to the level of 15% or below and improve efficiency in the distribution sector.

Experience of various countries worldwide has shown that emerging smart grid technologies have the potential to solve the challenges posed by the distribution sector. They can also help in better integration and distribution of large scale renewable energy. As a matter-of-fact, several smart grid projects are being undertaken in India.

In our endeavour to promote sustainability and clean and green mode of transport, Electrical Vehicles (EVs) are being encouraged on a large scale. Electrical Vehicles have the potential to save foreign exchange on crude oil import.  I am told that the Ministry of Power is facilitating this initiative by formulating necessary polices and regulations to ensure the availability of EV-charging infrastructure for customers.

Friends, challenges are many and unprecedented. It is prudent that, experts from the Industry, academia and policy makers have gathered here to find sustainable solutions to these problems.

Further, it is also important for the upcoming young engineers and researchers from technical institutions to keep abreast with cutting edge technologies.

GRIDTECH 2019 is an excellent platform for evolution of new ideas in the energy sector through brainstorming by seasoned professionals. I am glad that GRIDTECH 2019 also has a Student Pavilion and I hope this will give the young students an opportunity to showcase their own innovative ideas.

I am hopeful that GRIDTECH 2019 will serve as a platform for continued cooperation between all the stakeholders and will help the power sector to grow and meet the aspirations of the common people at large.

I wish all the best for a successful GRIDTECH 2019.

Thank You

JAI HIND!”

Public Disclosure of Scores and Other Details of The Willing Non-Recommended Candidates of The Commission’s Examinations

Public Disclosure of Scores and Other Details of The Willing Non-Recommended Candidates of The Commission’s Examinations

The Union Public Service Commission has issued a Disclosure Scheme for disclosing the scores and other details of the non-recommended candidates. This Scheme covers only willing candidates who appeared at the Interview Stage of aCommission’s Examination. Such details include Name of the candidate, Father’s/ Husband’s name, Date of Birth, Category, Gender, Educational Qualifications, Total marks etc. These details are arranged in Roll Number order. The objective of the Scheme is to provide a useful database to other employers to enable them to identify good employable candidates.

These details are uploaded on the Website of the Commission, which is linked to the National Career Service (NCS) Portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment. This information of an Examination remains available for one year from the date of disclosure.

The Scheme has come into force with the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2017. Other Examinations so far covered are Combined Defence Services Examination (Il), 2017; Indian Economic Service Examination, 2018; Indian Statistical ServiceExamination, 2018; Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018 and Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Examination, 2018 and Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2018.

Details of 4,338 candidates including professionals in the field of medicine, economics, statistics, geophysics, hydrogeology etc. are available for employment to different employers. These details may  be seen   at https://upsc.gov.in/examination/public-disclosure-of-scoresthrough-portal.

Appearing in the Interview (the final stage of the Commission’s Examinations) indicates itself about the skill level and capabilities of such candidates.

DISCLAIMER: Besides disclosing the said details, the Commission assumes no responsibility or liability for the method and manner in which the information related to such candidates, is utilized by the private or public organizations.

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