GS Paper I- Indian Heritage and Culture, History of the World and Society.

Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, India’s First World Peace University Inaugurated In MIT, Pune.

Background-

  • Envisioning education through a holistic outlook of knowledge building to establish peace and harmony in the world, the Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, said to be the first of its kind in India, was inaugurated by chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, on August 12, 2017.
  • Following the celebrations, a two-day ‘Global Summit Science and Spirituality for World Peace’ was organised on the next day discussing issues of national and international importance and how a different outlook towards education could solve many of them.

Highlights Of The Development–

  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 12th August, inaugurated Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University (MITWPU). At the inauguration function, he stressed on the importance of values in education.
  • Also present at the event were Prof Vishwanath D Karad, founder-president, MIT World Peace University, Dr Michael Nobel, former chairman, Nobel Charitable Trust, Dada J P Vaswani, spiritual guru, Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Dr Vijay P Bhatkar, Padma Bhushan, Chancellor, Nalanda University, computer expert, Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar, Padma Vibhushan, world famous scientist, Rahul V Karad, executive president, MIT WPU, Arun Nigvekar, former chairman, UGC, Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, Padma Shri.
  • Dr Vishwanath D Karad said that in coming years, India will play the role of the knowledge corridor of the world. We have combined science and spirituality to form a new education model. This university has taken its ideals from the path shown, by the forefathers of India, of peace and harmony.
  • Dr Raghunath Mashelkar said that Science is for the world outside and spirituality is for the world inside. Avoidance of war or conflict is nowadays considered as peace. The two things which are most dangerous to the future world are climate change and inequality.

Sources- The Indian Express.

GS Paper II- Governance.

National Workshop On Enforcement Of IPRs From 22nd August To 24th August, 2017.

Background

  • A 3-day workshop on enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs) is being organised by the commerce and industry ministry from22nd August, 2017 for various agencies, including the police, which have an important role in this area.
  • Increasing awareness about these rights amongst officials of enforcement agencies, which also includes customs, would assist them in handling cases relating to IPRs in their day to day functioning, the ministry said in a statement.
  • This workshop will help enforcement agencies across the country understand and appreciate the importance of their role in IPR enforcement.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • According to the statement from the ministry, the workshop will also act as a platform for the officials to share their experiences, best practices and better inter-agency coordination.
  • The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), a professional body under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) is organising this event.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the function along with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijijiu, Minister of State, Home Affairs.
  • IPRs have now been made a part of the training calendar at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, and North-Eastern Police Academy, Meghalaya.
  • This exercise is part of the implementation of the national IPR policy, released by the government last year (2016).
  • The policy lays down seven objectives including awareness, generation of IPRs and legal and legislative framework.

Sources- Indiatoday.

 

GS Paper III- Environment, Technology.

Piyush Goyal Addresses The 8th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress.

Background

  • Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines, Mr. Piyush Goyal, addressed a distinguished gathering of delegates attending the 3-day 8th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress on 21st August, 2017. The Minister also gave away Energy and Environment Foundation Global Excellence awards 2017 during the inaugural session of the conference.
  • The annual conference is visualized and planned in the backdrop of India’s vision on achieving “Energy Independence and Power for all by 2022”. It focusses on new Green Technologies to ensure clean, reliable and affordable Renewable Energy supplies.

Key Points Of The Development-

  • The congress provides an opportunity and open forum to exchange information, share experiences and best practices by bringing together experts, investors and other multi stake holders of i.e. Public and Private Sector, Advisory Groups, Governments, NGOs, Non-Profit organizations Environmentalists and Academia.
  • Addressing the gathering, Mr. Goyal noted that the last 10 to 15 years have seen a rapid decline in the quality of the atmosphere due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions globally and it has become probably the largest challenge before humanity today.
  • Goyal informed that India is spearheading a number of engagements on the global platform to address the challenge, which include the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the Mission Innovation, global engagements on rapid de-carbonization of the energy space, the African Renewable Energy Initiative, the G20 Energy Ministers getting together to see what can be done to look at a better future for the world, inter alia.
  • Further, Mr. Goyal talked about the 3Ds, which today’s global engagements need to focus their energy upon. These are – a common shared goal of De-carbonization of the energy space; to look at more Decentralization of energy space; and more and more Digitalization of the energy space. He said that with each passing day we are running out of time and we need to accelerate our efforts in coordination to promote clean energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Talking about technological advancements in renewable energy sector, Shri Goyal said that he is sure this advent of Technology will make renewable energy more attractive particularly for emerging and growing economies like India, especially when renewable energy costs are down as compared to other forms of conventional energy sources.

Sources- Business-Standard.