Raisina Dialogue: President of the European Union Ursula Von Der Leyen is the chief guest at the Dialogue. The three-day Dialogue is based on the theme – Terranova, impassioned, impatient, imperiled. There are six broad thematic pillars of the Dialogue including Rethinking Democracy, End of Multilateralism, Water Caucuses, and Achieving Green Transitions. Raisina Dialogue will have around 100 sessions with over 210 speakers from 90 countries. The Raisina Dialogue is a multilateral conference committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community. Every year, global leaders in policy, business, media, and civil society are hosted in New Delhi to discuss cooperation on a wide range of pertinent international policy matters. The conference is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs.
First carbon-neutral panchayat: Palli in Jammu becomes India’s first carbon-neutral panchayat. Carbon neutrality means having a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. Removing carbon oxide from the atmosphere and then storing it is known as carbon sequestration.
Khelo India University Games (KIUG): The second edition of KIUG 2021 started off in Karnataka. KIUG was introduced in 2020 in Odisha, as part of Khelo India Games to revive sports culture in India. It is a national level multi-sports annual event, wherein athletes from different sporting fields from across the country compete in different sporting events. It is the largest University level sports competition to identify and train athletes in the age group 18 to 25 years for Olympics and Asian Games.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadi Kendras (PMBJK): Government has set a target to increase the number of Janaushadhi Kendra’s to 10,000 by March 2024 with a budget of Rs 15000 crore set aside for this. They have been operationalised under ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana campaign, 2008 of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of chemicals and fertilisers. Objective is to provide quality generic drugs at affordable prices to the masses through dedicated janaushadi outlets. It is implemented by Pharma and medical bureau of India (society).
India International Skill Centre: Government of India is keen to bridge the global shortage of labour force in the coming years by reaping the demographic dividend of young Indian labour force. To meet this objective, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) under the “Skill India Mission” has set up India International Skill Centre (IISC) to provide skill training and certification benchmarked to international standards. In the pilot phase, IISCs were set up through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to implement two schemes namely Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY) for youth seeking global mobility for jobs. As part of IISC Program, both domain skill training on international standards and Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT) are being imparted to candidates. Key focus:
- Assessment and Certification on international standards as per best practices and recognition in different countries.
- IISCs to have Career Guidance and Counselling centres within them vis-à-vis international training and employment and act as resource centres facilitating foreign employment support. The counselling centres would help students to understand the various overseas employment opportunities available and match their interest and talent with the most relevant opportunities.
- IISCs as per new policy are expected to provide only incremental skill training if found lacking in candidates.
- Opportunity to conduct PDOT will be as sponsored by MEA under PKVY, will be provided to IISCs.