Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills (SHREYAS)
- The Minister for HRD launched the SHREYAS for providing industry apprenticeship opportunities to the general graduates exiting in April 2019 through the National Apprenticeship Promotional Scheme (NAPS).
- Launched in New Delhi today, the program aims to enhance the employability of Indian youth by providing on the job work exposure and earning of stipend.
- The education with skills is the need of the hour and the SHREYAS will be a major effort in this direction to make our degree students more skilled, capable, employable and aligned to the needs of our economy so that they contribute to country’s progress and also obtain gainful employment.
Following are the objectives of SHREYAS
- To improve employability of students by introducing employment relevance into the learning process of the higher education system
- To forge a close functional link between education and industry/service sectors on a sustainable basis
- To provide skills which are in demand, to the students in a dynamic manner
- To establish an ‘earn while you learn’ system into higher education
- To help business/industry in securing good quality manpower
- To link student community with employment facilitating efforts of the Government
Shri Piyush Goyal announces “South Coast Railway (SCoR)” a new Zone of Indian Railways
- As per Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, Indian Railways was required to examine establishing a new railway zone in the successor State of Andhra Pradesh.
- Headquarter at Visakhapatnam.
- The new zone named South Coast Railway (SCoR), will comprise of existing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions.
- NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission partners with Adobe to enhance creativity in ATL Schools
- NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Adobe signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to collectively drive the charter of developing creative skills and spreading digital literacy across all Atal Tinkering Labs in India.
- Adobe shall be adopting 100 schools under Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) Further, Adobe shall be implementing its Digital Disha Program in ATLs , under which free licenses of Adobe Spark premium shall be offered to ATLs.
- Launched in 2018, the Adobe Digital Disha Programme is aimed at driving synergies in creative thinking and technology-based learning.
- Under this collaboration with AIM, children and teachers across these schools and communities shall benefit from creative learning resources, thereby empowering them with new age skills to thrive in the current digital era and preparing them for long term success.
- AIM is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
- As a part of AIM, ATLs are being established in more than 5,000 schools in India where students of class 6th to class 12th acquire problem solving and innovation skills, developing innovative solutions leveraging Tinkering technologies like 3D printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics, IOT and programming, do it yourself kits with support from teachers.
Yuva Sahakar Scheme
- National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has played a crucial role in promoting cooperative development in the country by progressively shaping its financial schemes and programmes for benefitting farmers through cooperatives.
- NCDC’s new scheme Yuva Sahakar was launched in November 2018 for giving wings to young entrepreneurs in cooperatives.
- Newly formed cooperatives will be able to take advantage of the Cooperative Start up and Innovation Fund created by NCDC with liberalized assistance for cooperatives in the North Eastern Region, Cooperatives registered and operating in Aspirational Districts, cooperatives with 100% women/SC/ST/Person with Disability (PwD) members.
- New Agriculture Export Policy has been announced by the government. As part of the initiative, NCDC and Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) have identified common areas of cooperation and entered into an MoU.
- This collaboration will facilitate in providing better value to the stakeholders in agri and allied sectors through a variety of activities including focus on export in line with the policies of the Government.
- NCDC is organizing a first of its kind India International Cooperative Trade Fair in October 2019 in New Delhi.
20th Session of India-Italy JCEC
- The 20thSession of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held on 26 – 27 February 2019 in New Delhi.
- The JCEC is an institutional mechanism for bilateral trade engagement. The meeting was co-chaired by Commerce Ministers of India and Italy.
- Italy is India’s 5th largest trading partner in the European Union and 25th in the World during 2017-18.
- Italy has inherent strengths in manufacturing, design and innovation and skills training while India has a vast pool of skilled human resources, competitive wage rates and an edge in sectors such as leather, gems and jewellery, auto components and textiles.
- There is an immense potential for Italian and Indian industries to have partnership and cooperation.
- Bilateral trade with Italy showed growth of 18.41% at USD 10.42 billion during 2017-18. Exports to Italy registered growth of 16.47% at USD 5.71 billion during the period.
- Imports from Italy also saw a growth of 20.84% to USD 4.71 billion in 2017-2018 as compared to the last year.
- India’s bilateral trade with Italy during 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 were USD 8.30 billion, USD 8.80 billion and USD 10.42 billion respectively. Bilateral trade during the recent years has been increasing despite global slowdown.
- The Commerce Minister said India has an attractive foreign investment policy and a number of liberalization measures have been undertaken in recent years.
- Italy ranks 17th in FDI inflow in India during April 2000 to December 2018. Total FDI inflows from Italy are USD 2.72 billion during this period.
- Commerce Minister thanked the Italian side for submitting the evaluation report on Tricyclazole (TCA) in rice to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and removing the alert on Indian Incense Sticks from RAPEX portal.
- The Indian Commerce Minister reiterated that India is committed to an early and balanced outcome of India-EU BTIA (Broad-based Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement) negotiations.
- As per the agenda of the 20th Session, the two sides reviewed the following issues of mutual interest:
- Economic Developments in India and Italy
- Trade (Bilateral Trade and Diversification of Trade)
- Bilateral Investment (Including Make in India, Start-up India)
- Economic & Industrial Cooperation