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Daily PIB Summary - 08 September 2018

Press Information Bureau India

PIB Summary

Vice President on a two-day visit to US to participate in 2nd World Hindu Congress Emplanes for Chicago
  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu emplaned for United States of America on a two-day visit on September 8-9, 2018. 
  • During this visit he will address the 2nd World Hindu Congress being held in Chicago on the occasion of 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Historic Speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 1893.
India and France sign an implementation agreement on “MOBILISE YOUR CITY” (MYC)
  • India and France have signed an implementation agreement on “MOBILISE YOUR CITY” (MYC) here last evening in the presence of Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and Shri Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India. 
  • The agreement was signed by Shri Mukund Kumar Sinha, OSD & Ex-Officio Joint Secretary, M/o Housing and Urban Affairs for India while Regional Director, Agence Française de Développement (AfD), Shri Nicolas Fornage, signed the agreement on behalf of AfD.
  • Mobilise Your City (MYC) is part of an international initiative which is supported by the French and the German Governments and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December, 2015. 
  • Based on a proposal made by AFD in 2015, the European Union has agreed to provide funds of Euro 3.5 million through the AFD to contribute to specific investments and technical assistance components within the Mobilise Your City (MYC) programme in India.
  • The MYC aims at supporting three pilot cities viz. Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad in their efforts to reduce their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport by implementing urban mobility plans at local level and to help India at national level to improve their sustainable transport policy.
  • The three pilot cities selected under the programme as well as MoHUA will benefit from the Technical Assistance activities. The main components of the proposed assistance are:
    (1) to support planning and implementation of sustainable urban transport projects,
    (2) support to strengthening institutional capacity for regulating, steering and planning urban mobility, and
    (3) learning and exchange formats with other cities across India for exchanges on best practices.

Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Satya Pal Singh successfully attended G20 Education Ministers’ and Joint Ministerial Meeting at Mendoza, Argentina
  • The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh lead a high level delegation to the G-20 Education Ministers’ Meeting as well as Joint Ministerial Meeting held at Mendoza, Argentina on 5th & 6th September, 2018. 
  • Dr Singh said that India is a major economy in the World and we fully understand and realize our roles and responsibilities for furthering the cause of education and evolution of human being. He assured India’s full support to the agenda of G20 Education Ministers meeting.
  • It was the first ever meeting of Education Ministers in the history of G-20.
  • With active help of India, G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration 2018 was finalized.
  • On the second day, Dr Satya Pal Singh addressed the Joint Ministerial Meeting which comprised the Education Ministers and Labor & Employment Ministers of member countries.
  • He said that India enjoys demographic dividend as 52% of its population is below 25 years of age. While it is a unique advantage, it also poses a challenge to utilize them productively towards the development and progress of the country. 
  • Realizing this, the Prime Minister of India has launched ‘Skill India mission’ in 2015 with a view to skilling 400 million youth by 2022. Vocationalization of the education has been undertaken at a large scale. He apprised that National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) has been laid down under which learner can acquire the certification for competency needed at any level through formal, non-formal or informal learning, leading to Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree and further advanced studies and research.
  • Dr Singh said that G20 is the most appropriate forum for the creation of a collaborative framework where transnational skilling standards are shared with countries
  • During G20 Summit of Education Ministers, Dr Satya Pal Singh successfully held bilateral talks with education minister of 9 countries, which included Mr. Lorenzo Fioramonti of Italy, MrYoshimasaHasami of Japan, Prof Thomas Rachel of Germany, Dr DU Zhanyuan of China, Mr Pavel Zenkovich of Russia, Mr Theodore Agnew of UK, Ms Betsy Davos of USA, Mr Ahmed Al Issa of Saudi Arabia, Ms Tina Beaudry Mellor of Canada, and also Senior Director of the World Bank, MrJaime Saavedra.

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