UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: Important PIB Articles - April 17

Portal and Mobile App of RUSA launched
  • Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a body under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development

The portal is

  • A one-stop for States’ Higher Education Plans, decision of the States’ Higher Education Councils and details of the resources under this scheme
  • The gallery is a rich repository of the projects initiated under RUSA

About RUSA

  • Is the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) of the Department of Higher Education (MHRD)
  • The implementation of RUSA began after May 2014.
  • It aims to provide strategic central funding to State Higher Education Departments and Institutions and achieve the broad objectives of access, equity and excellence
  • The State Higher Education Departments and Institutions undertake certain governance, academic and administrative reforms as a pre-requisite to be entitled for RUSA grants


Nation-wide training programme launched for Elected Women
representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats 
  • A comprehensive module has been launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development (in collaboration with Ministry of Panchayat Raj) for capacity building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats and a training program for Trainers of women panchayat leaders across the country
  • It was launched at Ranchi, Jharkhand
  • The training program seeks to empower EWRs of panchayats by enhancing their capacity, capability and skill in governance and administration of villages
  • In the first phase, 40 master trainers of Jharkhand will be trained at the State institute of Rural Development, Ranchi. In the second phase, approximately 3000 EWRs will be trained by these master trainers in the three districts of Simdega, Pakur and Chatra of Jharkhand
  • Starting with Jharkhand, similar training programs will be organised in different states throughout the country with the help of National Institute of Rural Development, State Institutes of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Departments of the States to train EWRs throughout the county


NDMA to conduct mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand 
  • It will be the first-ever mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand on Thursday (April 20, 2017) to help improve the preparedness and response mechanism in the event of a forest fire
  • It will help in filling gaps, ensuring better communication and improving coordination among various stakeholder agencies. It will also generate awareness among the local population about the Do’s and Don’ts to be followed to prevent and respond to a forest fire



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