- Viswa Bharati University: The Calcutta High Court granted interim relief to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen by prohibiting Visva Bharati University from acting on its decision asking him to relinquish a portion of his land at his property at Shantiniketan.It is one of India’s major Central Government funded autonomous University located in Santiniketan, West Bengal.It is well-known as a distinguished centre for Visual Arts practice and research in India. The University was established in 1921 by Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It was named after Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore until the Visva-Bharati Society was registered as an organisation in May 1922.The institution was given the status of a Central University in 1951 through a central Act. Its first vice-chancellor was Rathindranath Tagore, the son of Rabindranath Tagore, and the second vice-chancellor was the grandfather of another Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen.The President of India appoints the Vice-chancellor of the University.Visva Bharati University is renowned for its cultural festivals called Poush Mela and the Basanta Utsab, which attract a number of artisans from all across the country.
- Harit Sagar Guidelines:The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways launched ‘Harit Sagar’, the Green Port Guidelines.
Objective: To minimize waste through Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle to attain zero waste discharge from port operations and promote monitoring based on Environmental Performance Indicators.These guidelines have been formulated with the aim of promoting environmentally friendly practices across all Indian Ports.
- iDrone initiative: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has successfully conducted a trial run of delivery of blood bags by drones under its iDrone initiative.The project ‘i-DRONE’(ICMR’s Drone Response and Outreach for North East) assessed the feasibility of using drone to deliver vaccines and medical supply.This was carried out in difficult geographical terrains including land, island, foothills and across the hills.The medical supplies delivered under i-Drone project included COVID-19 vaccines, vaccines used routine immunisation programs, antenatal care medicines, multi-vitamins, syringes and gloves.The drone delivery system focused on end-to-end ecosystem for drone-based logistic transportation within the states and was first successful example of delivering vaccines through drone from land to Island in South Asia.
- National Technology Day: The Technology Development Board (TDB) a statutory body of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) celebrates May 11 every year as National Technology Day to commemorate achievements of innovations and technological excellence in the country.The day has a historical perspective: On May 11, 1998, India successfully carried out nuclear tests at Pokhran.The first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore on this day; and
India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.Since 1999, the day is being celebrated as National Technology Day.