PIB Highlights 20th March 2018

PIB Highlights 20th March 2018

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and MSDE sign MoU on skill development training programmes :-

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today signed an MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector, on a regular basis, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) which will increase co-operation between two ministries & will help to train youth in skill development.


BIRAC celebrates its 6th Foundation Day :-

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council - BIRAC

The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) celebrated its 6th Foundation Day on Tuesday in New Delhi. Themed as ‘Sustaining Innovation – A Market Driven Pathway’.

BIRAC has played a critical role in supporting the entrepreneurial aspirations of brightest minds in the country through its programs and mentor support networks in keeping with the Government’s mandate.

Through the course of six years, BIRAC has supported over 650 projects, more than 500 start-ups, & entrepreneurs, and 30 incubators across the country, resulting in over 100 products and technologies and 150 Intellectual property rights being generated.

BIRAC has over 10 flagship schemes that are supported by funding from the Department of Biotechnology, and manages 7 collaboratively funded programs with international partners, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nesta, the Wellcome Trust and USAID, among others. BIRAC tries to galvanize the social impact by piloting research and extension services within a series of thematic calls and other global definite initiatives to improve public health and beyond.



Government approves Plastic Park to be set up in Deoghar District, Jharkhand :-

Government of India has approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand, today. The project would be set up at a cost of Rs. 120 crores in an area of 150 acres

Plastic Park :-

  • Range of polymer products including woven sacks, moulded furniture, water tanks, bottles, pipes mosquito nets, etc would be manufactured.
  • It has great potential for attracting investment for setting up an ecosystem for plastic industry and generate employment opportunities for the local populace, the Minister informed.

Plastic Recycling Unit :-

  • Govt also announced the setting up of Rs. 3.5 crore Plastic Recycling unit at Deoghar to tackle the menace of plastic waste being generated due to the place being a tourist attraction.
  • Deoghar receives over 5 crore tourists per year, leading to generation of a lot of plastic waste.
  • This waste needs to be recycled scientifically to contain the plastic waste generation and ensure sustainable development.


The Minister also requested the State government of Jharkhand to facilitate land/ building infrastructure to set up a Central Institute for Plastic Engineering & Technology (CIPET) alongside the Plastic Park so that invaluable human resource may be trained thereto become plastic engineers and technicians.

The coming up of the Plastic Park, CIPET and the Plastic Recycling unit would build an ecosystem that would encourage setting up of Plastic Industry at Deoghar, thereby making it a ‘Plastic Hub’ in the future.


National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository :-

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.

The primary objective of the NCAA is to identify and preserve the cultural heritage of India available in audiovisual form through a process of digitisation and making it accessible to the people.

At present, NCAA has a total of twenty-one (21) Partnering Institutions from across the country, covering 11 governmental and 10 non-governmental cultural organisations.



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