- National Essential Diagnostics List: The NEDL lists the essential and most basic tests that should be available at various levels of healthcare facilities in the country, including at the village level, in sub-health centres, health and wellness centres, and primary health centres. The ICMR had released the first NEDL in 2019 to make the availability of diagnostics an essential component of the healthcare system. The list includes general laboratory tests for a broad range of common conditions for the diagnosis of communicable and non-communicable diseases, disease-specific tests for HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, and area-endemic diseases. India is the first country to release the NEDL. Since 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the development and implementation of a National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) to facilitate the availability of In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) across the various tiers of the healthcare pyramid, facilities with or without a laboratory onsite.
- Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: The Government conducts the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar every year to give due recognition to children with exceptional abilities, who have achieved extraordinary recognition in the fields of Bravery, Sports, Social Service, Science & Technology, Environment and others.
Age Limit: From 5 years to 18 years (as on 31st August of respective year).It is given under two categories-Bal Shakti Puraskar To be given as recognition to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery.
Bal Kalyan Puraskar-To individuals who have made an outstanding contribution towards service for children in the field of Child Development, Child Protection and Child Welfare for not less than 7 years.To institutions who have done exceptional work for the cause of children in any field of child welfare.
A National Selection Committee, headed by Minister or Minster of state, Women and Child Development Ministry will finalize the names of the awardees. These Awards are given by the President in a special ceremony held in January every year. The awards carry a Cash prize of one lakh rupees, a medal and a certificate.
- Boeing Sukanya Programme: Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully launched Boeing’s India Engineering and Technology Centre (BIETC) in Bengaluru, signifying a significant milestone. BIETC is located in the Hightech Defence and Aerospace Park in Bengaluru and is strategically positioned to foster cooperation with startups, private enterprises, and government entities. It aims to produce over 3,000 skilled engineers and drive global growth in the aerospace industry. The campus is equipped with advanced technologies for research and development in areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and additive manufacturing.
Boeing Sukanya Programme” was also launched to promote diversity in the aviation industry. This initiative provides opportunities for skill enhancement in STEM fields and encourages more women to pursue careers in aviation. It includes the establishment of STEM laboratories and scholarships for aspiring female pilots.