21-22.11.21 Daily BPSC Current Affairs



Enrollment in schools rose in 2021 despite Covid-19 crisis: ASER survey


Despite the Covid-19 pandemic crippling school education for almost two years the number of six to 14 years old students enrolled in Government schools rose by over 2 per cent in Jharkhand from 2018 to 2021, the latest Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) has revealed. According to ASER, 76.1 per cent students were enrolled in schools back in 2018, while 78.6 per cent of eligible students were enrolled in schools in 2021.



The State government also ensured that textbooks and other study materials were provided to school students during the lockdown in 2021. The percentage of school students with access to textbooks of their respective grades increased in the state from 2018 to 2019, highlighted the ASER survey. As per ASER data, 77.1 per cent Jharkhand students had access to textbooks of their class back in 2018. In 2021, 89.8 per cent students had access to textbooks of their class.

In-person classes in all Jharkhand schools remained suspended from March 2020 to late 2021 owing to the Covid-19 crisis. The government launched several campaigns during this period to encourage online education for students.

As per government data, there are over 42 lakh students studying in classes 1 to 12 in about 35,000 government schools across the state.

Now, with schools gradually reopening, the School Education and Literacy Department has shifted its focus on improving attendance in classes. In a campaign named ‘Back to School Campus’, the education department will ensure enrollment of such children who stopped going to school after the lockdown and build trust in parents that it was safe for their children to attend in-person classes at schools. In the third step, the education department plans to run fun activities at schools to ensure that children develop an interest in going to schools and do not feel that it is forced upon them.

As many as 2,535 children in the age bracket of five years to 16 years participated in the ASER survey conducted in September and October, the official website of ASER stated. At least 461 of the surveyed students studied in class 1 to 2, 631 in class 3 to 5, 646 in class 6 to 8 and 497 in class 8 to 12.




New Satellite Launched By China – Gaofen-11 03


China launched a new satellite titled “Gaofen-11 03” from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 20 November.


? The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre is in Shanxi’s northern region.

? A Long March-4B rocket was used to launch the satellite.

? It successfully entered the intended orbit.

? The satellite was launched on the 397th launch of the Long March series carrier rockets.


? Gaofen is a Chinese series of high-resolution Earth imaging satellites that are utilised for the government-sponsored China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS).

? Gaofen 1, the first satellite of the Gaofen series, was launched in 2013. Gaofen-11 03 is a Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) Earth observation satellite.

? It was successfully separated in the Sun-synchronous orbit.




IPF Survey On Citizens Perception


The Indian Police Foundation (IPF) performed a civilian impression study. The Delhi Police was placed eighth among Indian states and union territories in the report.


? N Ramachandran, President and CEO of the IPF, said that they got answers from 1,61,192 persons in India.

? The Delhi Police were given points for their public sensitivity, decent behaviour, accessibility, accountability, and stringent conduct.

? The Delhi Police Force was placed fifth in terms of technology usage and tenth in terms of smart policing.

? On the Smart Policing List, states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, and Nagaland rated the lowest.

? In terms of responsible policing, public faith in the police, and integrity and corruption-free service, Bihar came in worst.


Delhi has committed to cleaning up the Yamuna by 2025.


Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, recently committed to entirely clean the Yamuna River by 2025.


? To clean the sacred river, he proposed a six-point action plan.

? He also pledged that by 2025, the Yamuna River will be safe to drink and bathe in.

? The Delhi government has also begun de-silting and repair of the sewage system.

Six Point Action Plan:

? Sewage Treatment– The government plans to build additional sewage treatment facilities.

? Existing wastewater treatment plants will have their capacity boosted.

? This initiative will raise sewage treatment capacity from 600 million gallons per day to 750-800 million gallons per day.

? The Yamuna is being treated in-situ with waste water from four main drains: Najafgarh, Badshahpur, Supplementary, and Ghazipur.

? The technology of old treatment facilities will be replaced and modernised. Industries that dump rubbish into the Yamuna will be closed down.


Tribal Affairs Ministry-CBSE launches online certificate course on Experiential Learning


Tribal Affairs Ministry and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) jointly launched online certificate course on Experiential Learning. This programme will be deployed for 350 educators across 6 states.


Experiential learning seeks to help teachers establish tribal students’ connect with their real-life experiences and own contexts.

Though, the tribal students studying in EMRS are first generation learners. But creativity is inherent amongst them.

Creativity, risk-taking and enterprise are some of the attributes which naturally get unleashed in their life-cycle.

The programme will be of great service for the development of tribal education, which is having exponential impact on the way EMRS schools emerge as model schools in near future.


Coal Ministry constitutes Sustainable Development Cell


Ministry of coal has constituted a “Sustainable Development Cell”, in line with the commitment of clean energy.


The Sustainable Development Cell was constituted in the backdrop of Prime Minister’s announcement on new climate targets at COP26 under ‘Panchamrit Strategy’.

Ministry emphasised on to put major thrust on Sustainable Development in coal mining, by taking care of the environmental and social impact of the mining.

Sustainable Development Cell (SDC)


Ministry of coal has established a full-fledged Sustainable Development Cell (SDC) to mentor, advice, and plan action of minimising adverse impact of mining.


It will also formulate future policy framework for environmental mitigation in Coal sector as well as Lignite sector in India.


Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and its subsidiaries along with NLC India Ltd., & Singareni Coal Company Ltd. (SCCL) has already started the extensive work.


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