Important Current Affiars for CLAT- 6th July 2022

IIT Hyderabad and Greenko inks a pact to establish sustainable sci-tech school

In order to establish a school where students would be trained toward sustainable goals like climate change mitigation, circular economy, energy transition, among others, the renewable energy company Greenko has partnered with IIT-Hyderabad. The Greenko School of Sustainable Science and Technology (GSSST) will open toward the end of this year, according to a statement from the company, and by June 2023, the first batch of students will be admitted for the MTech and Ph.D. programmes in sustainable science and technology, followed by the BTech programme.

KEY POINTS:

  • It will be the nation’s first institution solely focused on teaching sustainable science and technology.

  • Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Minister for Education, was present when the MoU was signed.

  • Dharmendra Pradhan stated that in order to achieve self-sufficiency and advance global welfare, we must innovate and create our own models.

  • Technology is accessible in the twenty-first century to make the task easier.

  • India will take the lead in the fourth industrial revolution, and IIT Hyderabad will have a significant impact on the internationalisation of the Indian brand.

  • Everyone must realise the goal of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat set forth by the prime minister.

PM Modi inaugurated Digital India Week 2022 at Gandhinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Digital India Week 2022 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The theme of this Digital India Week is ‘Catalyzing New India’s Techade’ to transform the nation into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Digital India Week 2022 will also have a three-day long orientation program ‘India Stack Knowledge Exchange- Showcasing India Stack and India’s Digital Products and Service’ from 7th July.

Key Highlights:

  • Mr. Modi has also launched ‘Digital India Bhashini’ that will enable Indians an easy access to the internet and digital services in vernacular languages.

  • He also launched ‘Digital India GENESIS’ – Gen-next Support for Innovative Startups- a national deep-tech startup platform. The total budget of 750 crore rupees has been envisaged for these schemes.

  • The Prime Minister has also dedicated ‘MyScheme’, which will provide access to government schemes at a single place.

About The Digital India Week 2022 programme:

The Digital India Week 2022 programme will demonstrate the digital platforms like Aadhaar, UPI, Cowin and Digilocker among others which have provided ease of life to the citizens. Startups, government leaders and industry and academia experts will participate in this programme. An exhibition with more than 200 stalls has been set up at Mahatma Mandir by Indian unicorns and startups. Prime Minister Modi also visited this exhibition and interacted with the people connected with startups and unicorns.

DRDO conducted successfully tests out Autonomous Aircraft’s Maiden Take-Off

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the Maiden flight of Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator from Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga in Karnataka. The flight operated in a fully autonomous mode. The aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off, way point navigation and a smooth touchdown.

Key points:

  • The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) powered by a small turbofan engine.

  • It has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, one of the research laboratories of DRDO.

  • The focus is now on Atmanirbhar Bharat in defence and the government has urged the armed forces to buy the indigenous platforms and less imports. This year in the Union Budget, Rs 70,221 crore has been set aside for domestic defence procurement, and this accounts for 63 percent of the defence capital budget.

To establish semiconductor park, IGSS Ventures and Tamil Nadu Govt signs MoU

In the presence of Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Tamil Nadu and the Singapore-based M/s. IGSS Ventures Pte Ltd to build a 300-acre semiconductor high-tech park in the State with an investment and grants of 25,600 crore. At the function held at the Secretariat were Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu, Chief Secretary V. Irai Anbu, and other top officials. In the next five years, the project is expected to directly employ more than 5,000 individuals, according to an official press release.

KEY POINTS:

  • By using renewable energy to cook, IGSS Ventures intends to take part in the India Semiconductor Mission and Project Surya, both of which aim to lessen air pollution and global warming.

  • For a semiconductor fab that will produce wafers in three different technology nodes, including 28 nm, 45 nm, and >=65 nm, as well as an industry ecosystem infrastructure that includes semiconductor circuit designers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test players, Tamil Nadu has allocated nine strategic sites, including two near Chennai.

  • According to the consortium, 1,500 semi-skilled and skilled workers might be employed when commercial production begins in two years.

  • With an expected investment of roughly 76,000 crore, the ecosystem partners’ work in the high-tech park might result in an extra 25,000 jobs for people.



Tata Power and Tamil Nadu inks a pact to establish a solar manufacturing facility

Tata Power revealed that it has reached a deal with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs. 3000 crore in the construction of a new solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the state’s Tirunelveli district. According to the agreement, both parties will endeavour to promote the switch to renewable energy and the creation of jobs in the state. The investment in the facility must take place over a period of more than 16 months and must result in the creation of jobs, the majority of which will be for women.

KEY POINTS:

  • More than 2,000 direct and indirect job opportunities will be generated by the initiative, most of which will go to women.

  • After the one in Bengaluru, this will be Tata Power’s second such production facility.

  • Tata Power revealed that it has reached a deal with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs. 3000 crore in the construction of a new solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the state’s Tirunelveli district.

  • According to a corporate statement, Tata Power, one of India’s leading integrated power firms, has struck an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government to invest roughly Rs 3,000 crore to build a 4GW solar cell and 4GW solar module manufacturing facility in the Tirunelveli region of Tamil Nadu.

Avanse Financial and Edelweiss collaborate to provide student travel insurance

Avanse Financial Services, an NBFC with an emphasis on education, and Edelweiss General Insurance (EGI) have teamed to offer student travel insurance to international students who are supported by Avanse. Student travel insurance from Edelweiss General Insurance covers medical costs and guards against emergencies and financial losses. The Edelweiss General Insurance plan ensures students have a worry-free time while studying and staying by providing comprehensive coverage against medical, lodging, and travel inconvenience-related covers. Additionally, students will have the option to modify their plan with optional covers in accordance with their demands and university standards.

The number of Indian students choosing to pursue higher education overseas is increasing quickly. According to industry forecasts, this number is anticipated to reach 1.8 million by 2024, increasing spending as a result. According to the company, this makes student travel insurance essential, particularly to cover medical costs given that healthcare costs abroad are far higher than in India.

Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska wins prestigious Fields Medal 2022

Ukrainian maths professor, Maryna Viazovska, who won the top mathematics prize, the Fields Medal 2022. Viazovska and three other mathematicians received the Fields Medal, dubbed the Nobel prize in maths, in Helsinki after the ceremony was moved from Saint Petersburg to the Finnish capital in response to Moscow’s war.

Maryna is only the second woman to receive the award, which is awarded to mathematicians under 40, since it was created in 1936. The other female laureate, Iran’s Maryam Mirzakhani, died of breast cancer in 2017 just three years after winning the prize.

The four awardees of the prestigious prize include:

  • France’s Hugo Duminil-Copin (36 years)- Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

  • US-based June Huh (39 years) – Princeton University

  • Britain’s James Maynard (35 years) – University of Oxford

  • Ukraine’s Maryna Viazovska ( 37 years) – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology