All India Survey on Higher Education 2020-21

Context: The Union Ministry of Education on Sunday released data from the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), 2020-2021,  which showed a 7.5% increase in student enrolments across the country compared to 2019-20, with total student enrolments reaching 4.13 crore. About the Study About All India survey on Higher education Findings of the Survey

Grievance Appellate Committee

Context:  The Grievance Appellate Committees (GACs) set up by the government to look into users’ complaints against large social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will commence operation from March 1, said the Ministry of Electronics and IT. About the News Need for GAC About GAC Composition of the GAC What are Significant … Read more

Child Marriage

Context: Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it would examine whether minor girls, as young as 15 years, can marry on the basis of custom or personal law when such marriages are considered an offence in statutory law.   Background What is the Supreme Court looking at? Why is there a minimum age … Read more

Changes in Living Will Guidelines

Context:  A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice K M Joseph agreed to significantly ease the procedure for passive euthanasia in the country by altering the existing guidelines for ‘living wills’, as laid down in its 2018 judgment in Common Cause vs. Union of India & Anr, which allowed passive euthanasia. What … Read more

POCSO Act

Context:  The Assam Cabinet has decided to book men who marry minor girls under stringent laws prescribing imprisonment from two years to life, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. What is POCSO Act? Offences under the Act Child Pornography Child-friendly process Child Welfare Committee Contention around implementation of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act … Read more

School Health and Wellness Programme

Context: It has been nearly three years since the School Health and Wellness Programme was launched under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, and so far only 15 of India’s States – less than half – have started weekly 40-minute classroom sessions with students, official sources from the Union Health Ministry said.  What is School Health and … Read more

Caste based Census

Context: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain various pleas challenging the State Government’s notification to conduct caste-based census in Bihar. What is the caste census? What are the benefits of caste census? Why conducting a caste census is a herculean task? What are the perils of knowing caste-wise population?

Draft proposal against Fake News

Context: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Tuesday proposed a draft rule that would require social media platforms to take down content that has been “fact-checked” by the Press Information Bureau’s fact check unit as false. What is Fake News? About the Draft rule: Concerns regarding the draft rule About PIB Fact Checking

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)

Context: As schools reopened after nearly two years of closure due to COVID-19, student enrolments increased to more than pre-pandemic levels but the learning gap widened for foundational skills in reading and arithmetic, reversing several years of improvement, finds the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022, released by the NGO Pratham. What is ASER? … Read more

Passive Euthanasia and Advance Medical Directive

Context: More than four years after its landmark order on passive euthanasia, the Supreme Court said it is for the legislature to enact a law for terminally ill patients choosing to stop treatment but agreed to modify its 2018 guidelines on “Living Will”, an advance medical directive on end-of-life treatment. What is Passive euthanasia? Passive … Read more

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