Scientific Social Responsibility: Meaning, Need, Benefits, Policy initiatives

Reading Time: 6 mins Science is an important means by which societal empowerment is achieved. The scientific development reflects national development. Nowadays, Experts believe connecting science with societal needs will create multiplier effects. In light of this line of thought, the government may soon come up with a policy on Scientific social responsibility. The draft Scientific Social Responsibility Policy is already in the public domain for discussions.

Atal Innovation Mission: Objectives, Programs, Significance

Reading Time: 7 mins Continuing its efforts in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, Atal Innovation Mission has engaged in contributing to the society in these times of pandemic through an inter-ministerial working group.  Let us understand the working and program of Atal Innovation Mission in this article.

Aarogya Setu App – Objectives, Working, Concerns

Reading Time: 4 mins Response to the COVID-19 pandemic needed an all-around approach. Propagating credible information which is easily available is of critical importance in the times of crisis and confusion. Especially, the novelty of Coronavirus made proper information management important as it was new and for a long time, there was an air of confusion regarding its nature, spread, and response. In an attempt to manage information tracking and propagation, Government of India launched Aarogya Setu App.

Geofencing – How is it used to combat COVID-19 outbreak in India?

Reading Time: 7 mins The Government of India is currently using its powers under the Indian Telegraph Act to get information from telecom service providers in order to track COVID-19 cases across the country through its COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS) application. This is not the only application that is used to track and monitor COVID-19 cases. States and research institutes are developing numerous apps mainly for quarantine enforcement and contact tracing. Geofencing is currently playing a critical role through these apps to ensure the enforcement of quarantine and tracing of infected or suspected COVID-19 cases. However, the lack of definite privacy and data protection laws within India and the apps’ technical limitations makes them risky to be implemented during these trying times.

Cryptocurrency and it’s regulation in India – Recent SC Verdict

Reading Time: 9 mins The Supreme Court, on March 2020, had struck down RBI’s controversial circular that prohibited any central bank regulated entities from providing banking services to anyone dealing with virtual or cryptocurrencies. This ruling allows banks to handle cryptocurrency transactions. Though this may threaten the country’s financial system, it does provide an opportunity for the government and the central bank to form regulatory frameworks and laws that, while allowing the use of cryptocurrencies, can ensure preventive measures that can counter private cryptocurrencies.

Supercomputers & National Supercomputing Mission – How will it help fight Coronavirus?

Reading Time: 7 mins Recently, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has informed about the progress of the National Supercomputing Mission. India has produced just three supercomputers since 2015, less than one per year on average, under the National Supercomputing Mission. This is in stark contrast to China, which in the last six months had added 8 more supercomputers, increasing the number to 227. The Indian Government is planning to install three more supercomputers by April 2020 and 11 new systems will likely be set up in different IITs, NITs, National Labs and IISERs across the country by December this year. The main reason behind India’s slow progress is the lack of funds during the initial years. Now, the project has gathered momentum due to the government’s support and its realisation of the technology’s potential in addressing problems faced by mankind.

FASTag – Working, Advantages & Disadvantages

Reading Time: 4 mins FASTag is made mandatory for all vehicles, private and commercial, from January 15, 2020. According to the FASTag transactions data released on January 1, 2020, by National Payments Corporation of India, about 6.4 crore FASTag transactions, worth Rs.1,256 crore, were processed in December against 3.4 crore transactions worth Rs.774 crore in November. Paytm Payments Bank issued over 40% of all FASTags in December. Currently, the government is taking the necessary steps to promote it.

Electric Vehicles – Is India Ready for it?

Reading Time: 6 mins The government has set the target of achieving 100% Electric vehicles by 2030. Manufacturing and putting the electric cars on road is the vision to make India pollution free along with saving billions of dollars in fuel cost and creating new job opportunities. However, there are also criticisms that India is not yet ready for electric vehicles which we will discuss in this article with a suitable way forward.