15 September 2016 Current Affairs

Appointment of teachers at premium institutes like IITs and IIMs under quota system

The concern revolving over the appointment of teachers in the premier IIMs under the quota system for reserved candidates has once again given attention. It is theorize that the HRD Ministry would table the concern of reservation on the meeting of teachers with the IIM spokesperson on September 20.


Ashok Thakur, the higher education secretary, issued a notification to the IIMs in 2013, asking them to accept by the reservation policy since the IIM association was indicate to appoint teachers under the reservation policy. The union government set action for providing for the assignment of teachers in the IITs, IIMs, and all the centrally-aided institutes under the quota system specified for the Dalits, SC/ST and OBCs in 2008.

For revolutionary inventions Indian –origin scientist is rewarded.

Ramesh Raskar, 46, an Indian-origin scientist has captured the Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions. Raskar told MIT News that he has procedure to use a portion of the prize money to launch a new effort using peer-to-peer invention. It was in the year 2008 when he founded the group at the MIT Media Lab, where he intensive on creating imaging devices, for analyzing light transport in computational imaging.

Cabinet take up the proposal for merging railway budget

The Cabinet may next week take up the proposal for merging Railway Budget with the General Budget and advancing the Parliament session by about a month to January 24 so as to complete all legislative work before the beginning of the new special tax from April. While early new committee of the Budget Session may become standard norm in the years to come, the Winter Session of Parliament is likely to bring together for a meeting on November 12 this year to get the supporting legislation for the GST roll-out approved early.

On September 23 Rafale deal to be signed

The much-anticipated contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets will be signed on September 23 as both India and France have finalized the details for the deal, which will cost about Euro 7.87 billion. There was buzz that the Scorpene leak might affect the Rafale deal, but Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had assured that the leaked documents are not of concern. Government sources said the cost, offsets and service details have been finalized and the work is being done on the Inter-Governmental Agreement for the deal.

Satellite Pratham to be launched on September 26: IIT Bombay

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the satellite Pratham, designed by the students of IIT Bombay on September 26 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The satellite which weighs around 10 kilograms will be launched using the four stages Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of ISRO. It will be in the orbit for four months and its main mission is to estimate the total electron count in the Ionosphere. The initiative to build a satellite was started in 2007, after IIT-B and ISRO entered into alliance. The project was again revived in 2012 with a new batch of students, but it missed the launch in 2012 due to technical sudden reaction.

Updated: September 16, 2016 — 7:11 am

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