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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

 Topics list:

  1. National and International Issues on
    1. Economic Development
    2. Social Development
    3. Industrial Development
  2. Energy and Environment
    1. Energy
    2. Environment
  3. Information and Communication Technology
    1. Technology
    2. Application
  1. General Knowledge

Topic 1:Social development

Women get a special focus under Skill India Mission

The Skill India mission is committed to facilitate this through equipping women with market relevant skills and lead them to a path of self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.

The initiatives:

  1. Long Term Skill Development Training via Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs)
  2. Short Term Skill Development Training
  3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  4. Apprenticeship Training
  5. Policy Interventions-The National Skill Development Policy focuses on inclusive skill development, with the objective of increased women participation for better economic productivity.
  6. Special Women-Centric Projects
  7. Partnerships with Private & Non-Government Organizations to boost skill development
  8. Projects in Pradhan Mantri Mahila Kaushal Kendra (PMMKK)
  9. Future jobs and industry-oriented courses
  10. Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

STI council leverages science & tech through 9 missions

The Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council has taken up mission mode projects in areas ranging from biodiversity to artificial intelligence (AI).

The mission mode projects:

  1. The national biodiversity mission is working on comprehensive documentation of the country’s biodiversity and development of professionals to handle environmental data for management and monitoring of biodiversity.
  2. The goal of the mission on waste-to-wealth is to identify, develop and deploy technologies for better use of waste. It is designed to assist the Swachh Bharat and Smart Cities projects by leveraging science, technology and innovation to create circular economic models.
  3. The mission on deep-ocean exploration focuses on better understanding of deeper parts of the seas around the country with a view to harness living and non-living resources that still remain untapped.
  4. A mission that focussed on genomic study to identify and unravel genetic basis and prevalence of rare and inherited diseases with a view to stimulate better diagnosis and treatment.
  5. A mission to take research in the area of electric vehicles to a new level.
  6. A mission to enable access to teaching and researching materials in different areas of science and technology in various Indian languages through a combination of machine and human translation.
  7. A mission that will give a thrust to development of quantum computers, quantum chemistry, quantum communication and quantum sensors and another to create new knowledge and develop and deploy applications in the area of artificial intelligence.

Read more at: DownToEarth

Topic 3 : ICT

Atal Innovation Mission

The Union Cabinet has approved Continuation of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) till 2019-20.

About Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):

  • It includes Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Government of India’s endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • AlM’s objectives are to create and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country at school, university, research institutions, MSME and industry levels.
  • The Mission has been set up under NITI Aayog.

Details of the program:

  • AIM has multiple programs to encourage and support innovation in the country.
  • State of the art Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) are being established in thousands of schools, world class Atal Incubation Centres (AIC) and Atal Community Innovation Centers (ACIC) are being established for universities and industry
  • Promotion of product development in areas of national relevance and social importance is being supported through Atal New India Challenges (ANICs).


  • The Mission has undertaken many bold and forward-looking initiatives such as Alal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and Atal Incubation Centres (AIC), which have received great traction;
  • Many Ministries/Departments of Government of India have initiated innovation related activities with the help and technical support of AIM.
  • Under the ATL program, more than 10,000 schools are expected to establish these labs by 2020.
  • More than 100 Atal Incubation Centres (AICs) are likely to established around the country, supporting at least 50-60 startups each over the first five years.
  • More than 100 innovators/startups are expected to receive some support for productizing their innovations.
  • Other programs being supported through Ministries will have even more beneficiaries.
  • Each incubator is expected to foster 50-60 technology driven innovative Startups every four years.
  • The 100+ Incubators set up would thus foster 5000-6000 innovative Startups and this will multiply with new incubators being set up.
  • The potential for employment generation from these innovations driven Startups is quite high.

Read more at: PIB

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