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Fresh Guidelines for Selection of Teachers for National Awards


Ministry of Human Resource Development

Fresh Guidelines for Selection of Teachers for National Awards

21 JUN 2018

The Ministry of HRD has issued fresh guidelines for Selection of Teachers for National Awards. Teachers of Government schools can now send their entries directly for National Award for Teachers. This is a new initiative, as earlier entries were selected by the State Government.  The purpose of National Award to Teachers is to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country and to honor those teachers, who through their commitment have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.

  1. Conditions of Eligibility of Teachers for consideration for the Awards:
  1. School teachers and Heads of Schools working in recognized primary/ middle /high / higher secondary schools under the following categories:
  1. Schools run by State Govt. /UTs Administration, schools run by local bodies, schools aided by State Govt. and UT Administration.
  2. Central Govt. Schools i.e. Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya     Vidyalayas (JNVs), Central Schools for Tibetans (CTSA), Sainik Schools run by Ministry of Defence (MoD), Schools run by Atomic Energy Education Society (AEES).
  3. Schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (other than those at (a) and (b) above)
  4. Schools affiliated to Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE) (Other than those at (a), (b) and (c) above)


  1. Normally retired teachers are not eligible for the award but those teachers who have served a part of the calendar year (at least for four months i.e. upto 30th April in the year to which National Award relates) may be considered if they fulfill all other conditions.
  2. Educational Administrators, Inspectors of Education, and the staff of training Institutes are not eligible for these awards.
  3. Teacher/Headmaster should not have indulged in tuitions.
  4. Only regular Teachers and Heads of Schools will be eligible.
  5. Contractual Teachers and Shiksha Mitras will not be eligible.


  1. Considerations to guide the selection of teachers at various levels:

Teachers will be evaluated based on the evaluation matrix given at Annexure-I. Evaluation matrix contains two types of criteria for evaluation:

  1. Objective criteria: Under this the teachers will be awarded marks against each of the objective criteria. These criteria are given the weightage of 20 out of 100.
  2. Criteria based on performance: Under this, teachers will be awarded marks on criteria based on performance e.g. initiatives to improve learning outcomes, innovative experiments undertaken, organization of extra and co-curricular activities, use of Teaching Learning Material, social mobility, ensuring experiential learning, unique ways to ensure physical education to students etc. These criteria are given the weightage of 80 out of 100.


  1. Procedure for application and selection:
  1. All the applications would be received through an online web portal. The portal would be developed and managed by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) assisted by CIET, NCERT under the overall supervision of MHRD.
  2. ASCI would also ensure coordination with States/UTs regarding timely entry into the portal and resolution of technical and operational issues during data entry into portal.
  3. MHRD will bear the entire expenditure for development and maintenance of the portal.
  4. In case of State/UTs, teachers and Heads of schools themselves shall apply directly by filling the application form online through the web portal before the prescribed cut-off date.
  5. Every applicant shall submit a portfolio, online along with the Entry Form. The portfolio shall include relevant supporting material such as documents, tools, reports of activities, field visits, photographs, audios or videos etc.
  6. Undertaking by the applicant: Each applicant shall give an undertaking that all the information/data submitted is true to the best of his/her knowledge and if anything is found at any later date to be untrue then he/she will be liable to disciplinary action.


District Selection Committee:

  1. First level scrutiny will be done by District Selection Committee (DSC) headed by the District Education Officer. Members of DSC would be as under:
  1. District Education Officer: Chairperson
  2. Representative of State/UT Govt.: Member
  3. One Reputed academician nominated by District Collector: Member


  1. The major functions to be performed by DSC are as under:
  1. Physical verification of the facts/ information provided by the applicant by forming verification teams.
  2. Evaluation/ marking of the applicants as per the format at Annexure-I.
  3. Certificate by DSC: The DSC shall certify that marks have been awarded after due verification of the facts.
  4. After the detailed evaluation of the applications, DSC will shortlist 3 names and forward these to State Selection Committee through online portal along with vigilance clearance certificate of each of the 3 applicants.
  5. In addition to the applications received, the DSC in exceptional circumstances, may suo-moto consider name of maximum one person among the outstanding teachers including special educators and differently abled teachers/heads of schools. The evaluation will be done as per the format at Annexure-I.
  6. DSC may take into account performance of teachers in various streams of studies viz. science, arts, music, physical education etc.

The State Selection Committee (SSC)

  1. The State Selection Committee (SSC) will be headed by Principal Secretary/ Secretary of State Education Department. Members of SSC will be as under:
  1. Principal Secretary/ Secretary of State Education Department: Chairperson
  2. Nominee of Union Govt.: Member
  3. Director/Commissioner of Education: Member Secretary
  4. Director, SCERT or equivalent if there is no SCERT: Member
  1. The major functions to be performed by SSC are as under:
  1. Re-verification of the facts/ information/marks of the nominations received from all the DSCs.
  2. Evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates, subject to the maximum number allotted to the States/UTs as per Annexure-II and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal.

Organization Selection Committee (OSC) (For other organizations)

  1. The composition of OSC is as under:
  1. Chairperson/ Director/ Commissioner/ Head of the Organization: Chairperson
  2. One officer from the Organization nominated by the Chairperson
  3. Nominee of Union Govt.: Member
  4. One reputed academician deputed by the Chairperson: Member
  1. The major functions to be performed by OSC are as under:
  1. The Organizations may follow their internal processes for receiving nominations.
  2. Evaluate all the nominations and prepare shortlist of the best candidates, subject to the maximum number allotted to the Organizations as per Annexure-II and forward the same to Independent Jury at National level through online portal.

Independent Jury at National level

  1. Independent Jury at National level headed by retired Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, MHRD would review the list of candidates as forwarded by all the 36 SSCs and 7 OSCs and carry out fresh assessment.
    1. Each nominee is required to make a presentation before the Jury.
    2. The jury shall select names from the list subject to the maximum of 45 (+2 Special Category for differently abled teachers etc.).
    3. TA/DA for nominees shall be paid by MHRD.
    4. Secretarial assistance to the Jury will be provided by NCERT.
  2. All other awards have been subsumed under this award.
  3. The suggested way forward along with proposed timelines is as under:
    1. Opening of web-portal for inviting applications – 15th June to 30th June, 2018. Large scale publicity through newspaper advertisements, social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) and by sending emails directly to the teachers & the State Education Departments, etc.
    2. District Selection Committee nominations to be forwarded to the State Selection Committee by 15th July, 2018.
    3. State Selection Committee shortlist to be forwarded through online portal to Independent National Jury by 31th July, 2018.
    4. Letters/communication to be issued by MHRD through online portal to all the shortlisted candidates by 3rd August.
    5. Finalization of names by Independent National Jury by 30th August, 2018.

Evaluation Matrix for National Award to Teachers


Category A: Objective Criteria
Sl No. Criteria Maximum Marks / Ceiling
1 Work done by teacher to encourage community, parents, alumni etc. to contribute to the school in any way e.g. physical infrastructure, computers, mid day meal, funds, books etc. 3
2 Publication (Research papers/Articles in international/national journals{with ISSN}, Books {with ISBN}, etc.) in the last 5 years 3
3 Annual Performance Appraisal Reports or other performance appraisal tools of last 3 years 3
4 Is the teacher attending school regularly without any complaints? 3
5 Whether the teacher is regularly attending the in-service training he/she is deputed to? 2
6 Work done by teacher to increase enrolment and reduce dropouts. 2
7 Whether the teacher is enrolled for any course under SWAYAM or any other MOOCS platform 2
8 Development of e-contents, textbooks, teacher handbooks for SCERTs, Boards or NCERT 2
Subtotal 20
Category B: Criteria based on performance (Indicative and illustrative only)
Sl No. Criteria Maximum Marks
1 Innovative experiments (like use of ICT, joyful learning technique) undertaken by teacher for greater impact of his/her teaching on the students. Development and use of appropriate pedagogic approaches in day to day teaching activities including Teaching Learning Material, Low cost teaching aids etc.

(Based on number, scale and impact of innovations/experiments)

2 Organization of extra and co-curricular activities

(Based on number, scale and impact of experiments)

  1. Mobilization of society for school infrastructure and for spreading social awareness among children.
  2. Promotion of nation building and national integration
Subtotal 80
Grand Total 100

State/UT/Organization wise maximum number of nominations allowed

Annexure-II States/UTs/Organizations Max. nominations
1 Andhra Pradesh 3
2 Arunachal Pradesh 3
3 Assam 3
4 Bihar 6
5 Chhattisgarh 3
6 Goa 3
7 Gujarat 6
8 Haryana 3
9 Himachal Pradesh 3
10 Jammu & Kashmir 3
11 Jharkhand 3
12 Karnataka 6
13 Kerala 6
14 Madhya Pradesh 6
15 Maharashtra 6
16 Manipur 3
17 Meghalaya 3
18 Mizoram 3
19 Nagaland 3
20 Orissa 6
21 Punjab 6
22 Rajasthan 6
23 Sikkim 3
24 Tamil Nadu 6
25 Telangana 3
26 Tripura 3
27 Uttar Pradesh 6
28 Uttarakhand 3
29 West Bengal 3
Union Territory
30 A&N Islands 1
31 Chandigarh 1
32 D&N Haveli 1
33 Daman & Diu 1
34 Delhi 2
35 Lakshadweep 1
36 Puducherry 1
37 Atomic Energy Education Society (Under Deptt. Of Atomic Energy) 1
38 CBSE 6
39 C.I.S.C.E. 2
40 CTSA 1
41 Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan 4
42 Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti 2
43 Sainik Schools Under M/o Defence 1
Grand Total 145


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CBSE to conduct Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 16th September, 2018

Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)

Ministry of Human Resource Development

CBSE to conduct Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 16th September, 2018 in 92 cities across the country

The Central Board of Secondary Education will be conducting the 11th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 16/09/2018 (Sunday). The test will be conducted in 92 cities all over the country. The detailed Information Bulletin containing details of examination, syllabus, eligibility criteria, examination fee, examination cities and important dates will be available on CTET official website w.e.f. 12/06/2018 (Tuesday). The aspiring candidates are requested to download the Information Bulletin from above mentioned website only and read the same carefully before applying. The aspiring candidates have to apply online only through CTET website The online application process will start from 22/06/2018 (Friday) onwards. The last date for submitting online application is 19/07/2018 (Thursday) and fee can be paid upto 21-07-2018 (Saturday) before 3.30.p.m.

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UPSC: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination – 2018

UPSC: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination – 2018

07 MAY 2018

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2018 on 03.06.2018 (Sunday) all over India. The Commission has uploaded the e‑Admit Card for the convenience of the admitted candidates on its website ( The candidates are advised to download their e-Admit Cards and take a printout thereof. The admitted candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-Admit Card at the allotted Venue for appearing at the Examination.
In case the photograph is not clear, blurred or not available on the e-Admit Card, candidates will have to carry two (2) identical photographs (one photograph for each Session) along with proof of Identity such as Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Passport, Voter ID Card etc. and the printout of e-Admit Card at the Venue of the Examination for appearing at the Examination with an undertaking. No paper Admit Card will be issued for this Examination. In case of any discrepancy in the e-Admit Card, the same may be communicated to the Commission immediately by email (at email ID for taking the decision in the matter.

The candidates are advised to take a printout of the e-Admit Card well in advance to avoid the last minute rush. “Important Instructions to the candidates” must be read carefully by the candidates.
It may also be noted that entry into the Examination Venue shall be closed 10 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the Examination i.e. 09:20 A.M. for the Forenoon Session and 02:20 P.M. for the Afternoon Session. No candidate shall be allowed the entry into the Examination Venue after closure of the entry.
Candidates should also note that they shall not be allowed to appear at any other Examination Venue except the Examination Venue mentioned in the e-Admit Card.
Candidates are also advised to bring Black Ball Point Pen as the candidates shall be required to fill the OMR Answer Sheets and Attendance List with Black Ball Point Pen only.

Candidates may submit representations, if any, on the questions asked in the Question Papers of this Examination to the Commission through the “Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep)” only by accessing the URL: during the period from 4th-10 June, 2018. No representation through any other mode and after 10th June, 2018 shall be accepted by the Commission.

Mobile phone, (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or Bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device and calculator are banned inside the Examination Hall. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action against the concerned candidates including debarment from future Examination / Selection.

Valuable / costly items and bags are also not allowed inside the Examination Venue.


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11th Bipartite Talks: Meeting at DFS on 2nd May 2018


(Registered under the Trade Unions Act 1926, Registration No: 727/MDS)
State Bank Buildings, St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore – 560 001


DATE: 03. 05. 2018



We reproduce hereunder the text of AIBOC Circular No. 2018/15 dated 2nd May, 2018 contents of which are self-explicit.



QUOTE: The Finance Ministry invited us for a discussion based on the memorandum we had submitted to Department of Financial Services and RBI. The meeting took place at the Office of Mr. Ravi Mittal, Additional Secretary Finance. Mr. Amit Agarwal, Joint Secretary, DFS also joined.

Discussions were held on the following issues:

1. Wage Revision:  The talks have resumed but the issue of Mandate and Quantum has to be settled. Lady Officer’s issues were to be taken care.

The response was positive. The addl. Secretary said “Your arguments are well taken. We will see what best can be done”

2. Appointment of Officer Director / Employee Director: The response was that steps have been taken.

3. Implementation of the recommendation of Parliament Standing Committee on NPA: The response was that the Standing Committee is going to come up with fresh recommendations soon.

4. Levy for Tax on Net Profit: The response was that it will be explored with the concerned ministries.

5. Tax on CRR: The response was that it is an issue RBI has to decide.

6. Reimbursement of Expenditure on Govt Schemes:  No response

7. Cross Selling: The response was very positive. The officials are also of the opinion that the income should be credited to the Banks commission account.

8. Review of RBI Policies; PCA, NCLT etc: Now no proposal for Bad Bank. The issues are to be taken up with RBI.

9. Service Tax on Banks for on Services Charges waived: The response was that efforts are on to solve the issue.

10. Superannuation Benefits: We have submitted detailed memorandum related to various issues concerning superannuation benefits.

11. General: The Banking Sector may take another two years to get rid of the problems. Image of the Banking system has to be restored by all of us together.

Comrades, this is the first time we were invited for an official discussion. The discussions were positive. The dialogue should continue.

Comradely yours,

Encl: Copy of the letter submitted to DFS today.

Text of letter No. AIBOC/2018/28 dated 01. 05. 2018

The Additional Secretary,
Department of Financial Services
Govt of India

Dear Sir,

Issues affecting Banking Sector

Thank you very much for inviting us for a discussion. We thank the Ministry for the following:

1. The IBA has called us for the Wage Negotiation on 5th May 2018 after our meeting with the Secretary, DFS on 21. 03. 2018.

2. The implementation of Ind As has been deferred by one year giving small relief to Banks.

3. RBI has reduced the provision for accounts transferred to NCLT by 40% instead of 50%.

4. The provision for Investment Fluctuation has been allowed to be spread for 4 quarters instead of one.

However the following issues remain and we request your urgent intervention.

Wage Revision: The issue of restricted mandate has not been settled yet. SBI, PNB, UBI, Indian Bank, CBI and BOB have given restricted mandate. This requires your personal intervention.

There is widespread disenchantment with the salary structure. Recently Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana Govts. have given a good salary hike. Hence, we request your intervention for a decent wage hike without looking at the Net Profit as Banks are instrumental in implementing the Govt. schemes without any compensation. Moreover, in the last 3 years Banks have written off Rs. 2,41,000 Crores and our Wage Revision cost will be negligible in comparison. Without employee satisfaction the Banks can’t grow.

The starting basic of an officer in Govt is Rs. 56100/-

The starting basic of an officer in RBI is Rs. 35150 /-

The starting basic of an officer in LIC is Rs. 33745/-

The starting basic of an officer in Bank is Rs. 23700/-

Basic Pay is crucial for everything including superannuation. Hence we request that it should be similar to that of the Central Govt. Officers as presented by the Pillai Committee.

Our other demands are:

i) Five Day Week

ii) Regulated Working Hours

iii) Child care leave for ladies with salary

iv) Crèche facility

v) Assured Pension etc.

[Copy of Charter of Demands & Further Notes submitted to IBA enclosed]

Appointment of Officer Director / Employee Director. At present no Public Sector Bank has an Officer Director or Employee Director.

Implementation of the Recommendation of the Parliament Standing Committee on NPA. If the recommendations are implemented the entire Banking Industry can be saved. (Copy of the Report enclosed)

Please don’t levy tax on Gross Profit. The tax should be on net profit. RBI should provide interest on CRR which at present is almost one lakh crores. This will help the Banks.

Reimburse Expenditure on Govt Schemes. The expenditure on Jandhan, Pension Yojana and other Govt Schemes if reimbursed will help the Banks.

Stop Cross Selling: In the name of Universal Banking we have allowed Banks to sell insurance, Mutual Funds & other products. The huge incentive has lead to misselling. Please intervene. (Note Enclosed)

Review PCA: The 11 banks under PCA have not improved their performance. Hence a review is needed.

Review IBC & NCLT: Both have created lot of problems. They are not helping Banks but benefit the defaulters and new purchasers of the companies. Urgent steps are needed.

Yours faithfully,
D. T. Franco
General Secretary
Encl: As above

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Union cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty for rape of children

Union cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty for rape of children

Union cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty for rape of children

The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

Official sources said here that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death

The move comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape and murder of girls in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Gujarat’s Surat district recently

The rape of a minor in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district had also outraged the nation

The ordinance would be now sent to the President for his approval.


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Anomaly in Computation of Pension – SC Judgement

Anomaly in Computation of Pension – SC Judgement

Anomaly in computation of Pension Civil Appeal No. 5525 of 2012, Filed in the Hon`ble Supreme Court of India by Bank of Baroda & Ors with other Civil Appeals



April 3, 2018

Chief Executives of Member Banks which
are parties to the 7th Bipartite Settlement

Dear Sir,

Anomaly in computation of Pension Civil Appeal No. 5525 of 2012, Filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by Bank of Baroda & Ors with other Civil Appeals.

On 9-10-1993, a Bi-partite Settlement was signed at Industry level between Indian Banks’ Association (representing member Banks) and Workmen Unions (representing Workmen) under the provisions of Industrial Dispute Act, 1947 for introduction of Pension as a second retiral benefit in lieu of “Banks contribution to Provident fund.” On similar lines a Joint Note dated 29-10-1993 between Indian Banks’ Association (representing member Banks) and Officers Associations (representing Officers) was signed.

2. The respective member Banks in exercise of their power under Section 19 of Banking Companies (Acquisition & transfer of undertakings) Act, 1970/1980 pursuant to above referred Bi-partite Settlement/Joint Note, framed and notified in the Gazette of India “Bank Employees Pension Regulations, 1995.”

3. Another Joint Note/Bi-partite Settlement was signed between respective parties as mentioned herein above on 14-12-1999 and 27-3-2000 respectively relating to Wage revision. As per the provisions of said Joint Note / Bi-partite Settlement, 1684 points of Consumer Price Index (CPI) were merged with existing basic pay of Officers/employees and revised basic pay was worked out accordingly. However, as per agreed terms & conditions, pay for the purpose of pension was worked out after merging 1616 points of CPI as against 1684 points. These provisions were made effective w.e.f. 1-4-1998. As such, pay for the purpose of pension was less than the actual Pay the Employee/Officer concerned was getting on or after 1-4-1998. This anomaly was removed vide Joint Note/Bi-partite Settlement signed on 2-6-2005. However, monetary benefits were given w.e.f. 1-5-2005.

4. Due to this anomaly, the employees/Officers who retired after 1-4-1998, including those who retired under Special Voluntary Retirement Scheme, 2000 filed various Writ Petitions before different Hon’ble High Courts, praying that they be held entitled to Payment of Pension on the basis of actual average pay drawn by them during last 10 months as per the provisions of Bank Employees Pensions Regulations, 1995.

5. When the matter came up before Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and Madras, the Hon’ble Courts decided the matter against Banks and ultimately concerned Banks approached Hon’ble Supreme Court by filing Civil Appeals viz., CA No 5525/2012, 6254/2012, 5611/2012, 3026-3253/2013, 3257-3262/2013, 11205-11340/2014, 11342-11435/2014, 9533-9646/2014, 8557/2014, 4711-4800/2014 and 1880/2018, 1881-1888/2018, 1890/2018, 1892-1912/2018, 1918/2018, 1919-2087 and 2088-2092/2018.

6. The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 13/2/2018 (copy enclosed) have dismissed these appeals filed by the Banks and inter-alia has held that:-

“17…the provisions contained in Regulation 35 also make an incumbent entitled for opting the pension on the basis of average emoluments. The average emoluments have to be calculated on the basis of the preceding ten months. Adding Explanation (c) to Regulation 2(s), as done, could have created no fictional basis in view of clear and unambiguous provisions in other provisions of the Regulations. Besides, the definition of the average emoluments in Regulation 2(d) itself makes it clear that it is average pay drawn “during the last ten months” of his service by an employee. It cannot mean pay drawn by the employee even before several years. Mentionably there is no amendment made in the aforesaid provision of Regulation 2(d) and the expression during the preceding last ten months before date of retirement is clearly culled out in Regulation 38(1) and 38(2). Thus, in our considered opinion, the view taken by the then Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen as he then was, at Karnataka High Court and by the High Court of Madras are appropriate and the view taken by the Delhi High Court cannot be said to be sustainable for the various other reasons too mentioned hereinafter.

29. Thus, in our opinion, the Regulations which were in force till 2003, would apply with full force and as a matter of fact, the amendments made in it by addition of Explanation (c) in Regulation 2(s) did not have the effect of amending the Regulations relating to pension, as contained in Regulation 38 read with Regulations 2(d) and 35 of the Regulations of 1995. Even otherwise, if it had the effect of amending the pay and perks ‘average emoluments’, as specified in Regulation 2(d), it could not have operated retrospectively and taken away accrued rights. Otherwise also, it would have been arbitrary exercise of power. Besides, there was no binding statutory force of the so called Joint Note of the Officers’ Association, as admittedly, to Officers’ Association even the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act were not applicable and Joint note had no statutory support, and it was not open to forgo the benefits available under the Regulations to those officers who have retired from 1.4.1998 till December 1999 and thereafter, and to deprive them of the benefits of the Regulations. Thus, by the Joint Note that has been relied upon, no estoppel said to have been created. There is no estoppel as against the enforcement of statutory provisions. The Joint Note had no force of law and could not have been against the spirit of the statutory Regulations and the basic service conditions, as envisaged under the Regulations framed under the Act of 1970. They could not have been tinkered with in an arbitrary manner, as has been laid down by this Court in Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited & Anr. vs. Brojo Nath Ganguly & Anr., (1986) 3 SCC 156 & Delhi Transport Corporation vs D.T.C. Mazdoor Congress, (1991) Supp.1 SCC 600.

33. The only purpose of the addition of Explanation (c) to Regulation 2(s), was to take away the actual computation of the pension on the basis of the salary, which was drawn in the preceding ten months. Thus, we have to hesitation to strike it down being arbitrary and repugnant to other provisions/Regulations namely 2(d), 38(1)(2) and 35. The Explanation (c) to Regulation 2(s) is hereby struck down, as it could not have been enacted retrospectively to take away accrued rights. Even otherwise also it is held to be arbitrary and irrational. More so, in view of the fact that only by way of a temporary measure, that discrimination was created and the Explanation was deleted with effect from 1.5.2005.”

34. Thus, we set aside the judgment rendered by the High Court of Delhi and affirm that of High Courts of Karnataka at Bangalore and the High Court of Madras. The appeals filed by the Banks are dismissed and the appeal filed by the Association is allowed. Resultantly, let the amount which was due and payable be paid with 9% interest, be calculated and paid within four months from today.

35. All pending applications stand disposed of.”

7. The matter was put up to the Managing Committee of IBA in its meeting held on 28.3.2018. The committee resolved that the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court may be forwarded to all member banks which are party to above mentioned Joint Note / Bipartite Settlement for their necessary action. As such, a copy of the judgement of Hon’ble Supreme Court is enclosed.

8. As directed by Managing Committee we have taken a Legal Opinion to know the impact of the judgement on various Banks which is given below:

(a) All Nationalized Banks who have Pension Regulations, 1995 will have to give effect to the judgement and pay the differential arrears in the amount of Pension which was due and payable with 9% interest within 4 months from the date of judgement i.e. 13.02.2018.

(b) Banks incorporated under special statutes will also have to give effect to the judgement if they have implemented provisions of the above mentioned Joint Note / 7th Bipartite Settlement.

(c) Private Banks which are not amenable to the Writ jurisdiction of the Hon’ble High Courts/Supreme Court, though can take the plea that captioned judgement is not applicable to them, should also give effect and comply with the captioned judgement if they have implemented provisions of the above mentioned Joint Note/7th Bipartite Settlement. The view expressed in this point Is based on the possibility that if the employees of the Private Banks approach the Civil Court on the basis of said Hon’ble Supreme Court judgement, they would procure a favourable verdict.

Yours faithfully,
B Raj Kumar
Deputy Chief Executive



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RBI Circular: Banks to remain open till 8 pm on 31.3.2018

Banks to remain open till 8 pm on 31.3.2018 – RBI Circular

“All agency banks should keep the counters of their designated branches conducting government banking open for government transactions up to 8.00 p.m. on March 31, 2018″

Annual Closing of Government Accounts – Transactions of Central / State Governments – Special Measures for the Current Financial Year (2017-18)


March 27, 2018

All agency banks

Dear Sir / Madam

Annual Closing of Government Accounts – Transactions of Central / State Governments – Special Measures for the Current Financial Year (2017-18)

The Government of India has desired that all government transactions with banks for Financial Year 2017-18 must be accounted for within the same financial year and has requested that, as in previous years, certain special arrangements be made for this purpose. Accordingly, all agency banks should keep the counters of their designated branches conducting government banking open for government transactions up to 8.00 p.m. on March 31, 2018. All electronic transactions, including RTGS and NEFT, will continue till midnight on March 31, 2018. Banks may give adequate publicity to the special arrangements made.

Yours faithfully

(Partha Choudhuri)
General Manager


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Pass marks reduced in CISCE Examinations for Class X & Class XII

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Pass marks reduced in CISCE Examinations for Class X & Class XII

9 MAR 2018

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has informed that it has reduced the pass marks for the Class X from 35% to 33% and for class XII from 40% to 35% from the Examination year 2018 onwards.

The CISCE has informed that this year (ISC year 2018 Examination) the Indian School Certificate (ISC) practical examinations were evaluated in the School on the days of the respective practical examination, as against the earlier practice of evaluating them at the centralized marking centers.

The requisite details are given hereunder:-

Sr. No. Class Numbers of Students
(i) X (ICSE) 1,84,253
(ii) XII (ISC) 81,758

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Shri Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

“Meeting of UFBU will be held on 23 Feb to discuss present Bkg. scenario & to formulate next course of action for wage settlement

A Meeting of UFBU will be held on 23rd February 2018 at “Tarak Illam”, Central Bank Union Building, Ameerjan Street, Off Choolaimedu High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai to discuss the present banking scenario and to formulate next course of action in the matter of 11th Wage Negotiations.”

Indian Banks’ Association


February 17, 2018

Shri Sanjeev K. Bandlish
United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) & General Secretary
National Confederation of Bank Employees
C/o State Bank of India, LHO
Plot No.1, Sector-17A
Chandigarh- 160 017

Dear Sir,
Wage Negotiation: Negotiating Committee Meeting with Unions / Associations

We draw your kind attention to our letter no HR&IR/UFBU/XIBPS/4476 dated 7th February 2018 and advise that due to some unforeseen circumstances, it has been decided to postpone Negotiating Committee meeting with Unions/Associations scheduled to be held on 21st February 2018. Next date of said meeting will be advised to you in due course.

2. We regard for the inconvenience caused in this regard.

Yours faithfully,
K S Chauhan
Advisor (HR&IR)


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IBA Invites UFBU for Negotiations on Wage Revision fixed on 21.2.2018

IBA Invites UFBU for Negotiations on Wage Revision fixed on 21.2.2018


Central Office:
R-8/38 Raj Nagar
Ghaziabad (U.P.)

Camp Office:
Punjab National Bank
Preet Vihar, Delhi-92
Ph. /Fax No: 0120-4136800 Mobile (G.S.): 9818562336
E-mail: Website:

Circular No. 2/2018



Dear Comrades.


We reproduce hereunder the Circular No. UFBU/2018/01 Dated the 9th February 2018 issued by Com. Sanjeev K. Bandlish, Convenor, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), for information of all affiliates and members.

With revolutionary greetings,

Yours Comradely,


 In the background of virtual silence on the part of IBA to hold negotiations with UFBU on our current demands for revision of wages and services conditions, a meeting of UFBU was held at Mumbai on the 6th February 2018.


Delay in wage revision: The meeting was concerned to note that for the past three months, IBA has not held any meeting with us on our demands for wage revision despite assuring us in the meeting held in October, 2017 that shortly another meeting would be held when the IBA would make their offer. So far, there has been no response. Department of Financial Services of Government of India has also been communicating to all the Banks and IBA to conclude the settlement without delay. Even this has been ignored. Regrettably, when we took up the matter with the Government to intervene to expedite the settlement, there was no response. Hence, it was decided after due deliberations that agitational programmes including strike actions have to be resorted to.


Strike call: Accordingly, it was decided to give the call for All India Strike on the 15th March 2018 preceded by other protest programmes like deputation to Chairperson IBA, demonstrations, mass rallies, Badge wearing, Dharna, etc.


IBA invites UFBU for Talks: After our taking the decision on the 6th February 2018, we have been informed by the IBA vide their letter dated the 7th February 2018 that the next round of negotiations on our demands for wage revision has been fixed for the 21st February 2018.


In view of this, we shall take part in the negotiations on 21.02.2018 to impress upon the IBA to expedite the settlement. Looking to their response in the meeting on 21st February 2018, UFBU will meet immediately thereafter and take the decision about our agitational programme and strike call.


Continued attacks on Banking Sector – Mass signature Campaign : Further to our successful protest strike on 22.08.2017 and the massive Morcha to Parliament on 15.09.2017, it was decided to undertake mass signature campaign in the Petition to Speaker of Lok Sabha to seek the support of the people to our demands. Already the draft Mass Petition has been circulated to units. The meeting observed that the units are in the process of collecting signatures from the general public and the response is encouraging.


It was decided to complete the campaign by the end of March 2018 so that the Mass Petitions can be handed over to the Speaker of Lok Sabha in the first week of April, 2018 before the conclusion of the current Budget Session.



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Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Cabinet approves amendments in FDI policy

100% FDI under automatic route for Single Brand Retail Trading

    100% FDI under automatic route in Construction Development
Foreign airlines allowed to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India
FIIs/FPIs allowed to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market
Definition of ‘medical devices’ amended in the FDI Policy

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to a number of amendments in the FDI Policy. These are intended to liberalise and simplify the FDI policy so as to provide ease of doing business in the country. In turn, it will lead to larger FDI inflows contributing to growth of investment, income and employment.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major driver of economic growth and a source of non-debt finance for the economic development of the country. Government has put in place an investor friendly policy on FDI, under which FDI up to 100%, is permitted on the automatic route in most sectors/ activities. In the recent past, the Government has brought FDI policy reforms in a number of sectors viz. Defence, Construction Development, Insurance, Pension, Other Financial Services, Asset reconstruction Companies, Broadcasting, Civil Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Trading etc.

Measures undertaken by the Government have resulted in increased FDI inflows in to the country. During the year 2014-15, total FDI inflows received were US $ 45.15 billion as against US $ 36.05 billion in 2013-14. During 2015-16, country received total FDI of US $ 55.46 billion. In the financial year 2016-17, total FDI of US $ 60.08 billion has been received, which is an all-time high.

It has been felt that the country has potential to attract far more foreign investment which can be achieved by further liberalizing and simplifying the FDI regime. Accordingly, the Government has decided to introduce a number of amendments in the FDI Policy.


Government approval no longer required for FDI in Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT)

Extant FDI policy on SBRT allows 49% FDI under automatic route, and FDI beyond 49% and up to 100% through Government approval route. It has now been decided to permit 100% FDI under automatic route for SBRT.

It has been decided to permit single brand retail trading entity to set off its incremental sourcing of goods from India for global operations during initial 5 years, beginning 1st April of the year of the opening of first store against the mandatory sourcing requirement of 30% of purchases from India. For this purpose, incremental sourcing will mean the increase in terms of value of such global sourcing from India for that single brand (in INR terms) in a particular financial year over the preceding financial year, by the non-resident entities undertaking single brand retail trading entity, either directly or through their group companies. After completion of this 5 year period, the SBRT entity shall be required to meet the 30% sourcing norms directly towards its India’s operation, on an annual basis.

A non-resident entity or entities, whether owner of the brand or otherwise, is permitted to undertake ‘single brand’ product retail trading in the country for the specific brand, either directly by the brand owner or through a legally tenable agreement executed between the Indian entity undertaking single brand retail trading and the brand owner.

Civil Aviation

As per the extant policy, foreign airlines are allowed to invest under Government approval route in the capital of Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49% of their paid-up capital. However, this provision was presently not applicable to Air India, thereby implying that foreign airlines could not invest in Air India. It has now been decided to do away with this restriction and allow foreign airlines to invest up to 49% under approval route in Air India subject to the conditions that:

Foreign investment(s) in Air India including that of foreign Airline(s) shall not exceed 49% either directly or indirectly

Substantial ownership and effective control of Air India shall continue to be vested in Indian National.

Construction Development: Townships, Housing, Built-up Infrastructure and Real Estate Broking Services

It has been decided to clarify that real-estate broking service does not amount to real estate business and is therefore, eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route.

Power Exchanges

Extant policy provides for 49% FDI under automatic route in Power Exchanges registered under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Power Market) Regulations, 2010. However, FII/FPI purchases were restricted to secondary market only. It has now been decided to do away with this provision, thereby allowing FIIs/FPIs to invest in Power Exchanges through primary market as well.

Other Approval Requirements under FDI Policy:

As per the extant FDI policy, issue of equity shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. is permitted under Government approval route. It has now been decided that issue of shares against non-cash considerations like pre-incorporation expenses, import of machinery etc. shall be permitted under automatic route in case of sectors under automatic route.

Foreign investment into an Indian company, engaged only in the activity of investing in the capital of other Indian company/ies/ LLP and in the Core Investing Companies is presently allowed upto 100% with prior Government approval. It has now been decided to align FDI policy on these sectors with FDI policy provisions on Other Financial Services. Thus, if the above activities are regulated by any financial sector regulator, then foreign investment upto 100% under automatic route shall be allowed; and, if they are not regulated by any Financial Sector Regulator or where only part is regulated or where there is doubt regarding the regulatory oversight, foreign investment up to 100% will be allowed under Government approval route, subject to conditions including minimum capitalization requirement, as may be decided by the Government.

Competent Authority for examining FDI proposals from countries of concern

As per the existing procedures, FDI applications involving investments from Countries of Concern, requiring security clearance as per the extant FEMA 20, FDI Policy and security guidelines, amended from time to time, are to be processed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for investments falling under automatic route sectors/activities, while cases pertaining to government approval route sectors/activities requiring security clearance are to be processed by the respective Administrative Ministries/Departments, as the case may be. It has now been decided that for investments in automatic route sectors, requiring approval only on the matter of investment being from country of concern, FDI applications would be processed by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) for Government approval. Cases under the government approval route, also requiring security clearance with respect to countries of concern, will continue to be processed by concerned Administrative Department/Ministry.


FDI policy on Pharmaceuticals sector inter-alia provides that definition of medical device as contained in the FDI Policy would be subject to amendment in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. As the definition as contained in the policy is complete in itself, it has been decided to drop the reference to Drugs and Cosmetics Act from FDI policy. Further, it has also been decided to amend the definition of ‘medical devices’ as contained in the FDI Policy.

Prohibition of restrictive conditions regarding audit firms:

The extant FDI policy does not have any provisions in respect of specification of auditors that can be appointed by the Indian investee companies receiving foreign investments. It has been decided to provide in the FDI policy that wherever the foreign investor wishes to specify a particular auditor/audit firm having international network for the Indian investee company, then audit of such investee companies should be carried out as joint audit wherein one of the auditors should not be part of the same network.

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PM greets nation on Christmas

PM greets nation on Christmas

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings to the nation on Christmas.

“Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. We remember the noble teachings of Lord Christ.

May this festive season enhance the spirit of happiness and harmony in our society”, the Prime Minister said.


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Join work within 24-hours or face termination: Govt to Nurses

Join work within 24-hours or face termination: Govt to Nurses

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today asked the agitating contractual nurses to join work within 24 hours or face termination.

The ultimatum was served by Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM), Odisha, Shalini Pandit.

“I request and direct the agitating contractual nurses to join duty in 24 hours or we will be compelled to terminate them,” Pandit told reporters.

Stating that the Health Minister has already assured the agitating nurses to redress their grievances soon, Pandit said “However, some staff nurses refused to call off their stir affecting the health services in the state. Hence, we asked them to join duty within 24 hours.”

Healthcare in all government hospitals across the state was severely affected as over thousands of nurses staged cease work protest from December 18.

The agitating nurses recruited under NRHM are demanding regularisation of their jobs, up gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts working at the state government.


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Doctors in Government Hospitals

Doctors in Government Hospitals

Health being a State subject, the responsibility for improving the functioning of the State Government hospitals is under the jurisdiction of respective State Governments. The information in respect of State Government hospitals is not maintained centrally.

So far as Central Government hospitals under the administrative control of this Ministry is concerned, based on the requisitions received from various Government Hospitals/Institutes/Units, posts are encadred as per norms in Central Health Service (CHS) thereby increasing the number of sanctioned posts of doctors.

Insofar as the three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals are concerned, performance of these hospitals regarding patient health care services is regularly monitored by the Hospitals/Government. The day to day activities in these hospitals, like sanitation, patient flow, hospital infection control practices, attendance of staff, etc. are supervised by the Medical Superintendents/Additional Medical Superintendents as well as by the Supervisory staff to maintain hygiene and sanitation.

Status of functional and non-functional equipments is regularly monitored. In order to provide state-of-the-art facilities and basic amenities to the patients, latest high-end Test machines/equipments are procured by these hospitals as per the need arising from time to time.

Besides the above, several steps have been taken by the Government to improve the overall satisfaction of the doctors working in Government Hospitals:

(i) Enhancement of retirement age in all four sub-cadres of Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years w.e.f 31.05.2016 to retain the talent.

(ii) Introduction of time-bound promotions for doctors under Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme, upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level.

(iii) The duration of study leave to pursue higher studies/research work has been increased to 36 months for CHS officers instead of 24 months in other cases.

(iv) The benefit of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) has been granted to CHS doctors.

(v) The Ministry has started Foundation Training Programme (FTP) for newly recruited CHS Officers.

(vi) Electronic submission of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) software has been introduced for CHS.

(vii) Counseling pattern has been introduced for recruitment in GDMO sub-cadre.

(viii) Annual Preventive Health Check-Up introduced for doctors over 40 Years of age.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sh Jagat Prakash Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.


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Disabled Children in Regular Schools

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Department of School Education & Literacy is implementing the centrally sponsored schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) at elementary level and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikha Abhiyan (RMSA) at secondary level, whereby provision is made for inclusive education of children with special needs (CWSN), besides other components.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is the main programme for universalising elementary education for all children from 6-14 years of age. Its overall goals include universal access and retention, bridging of gender and social category gaps in education and enhancement of learning levels of children. SSA focuses on providing inclusive education to CWSN, wherein children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same class. Under SSA, an amount of Rs. 3000/- per child per annum is allocated for the interventions related to education of CWSN. The major interventions for the education of CWSN are identification, functional and formal assessment, appropriate educational placement, preparation of Individualized Education Plan, provision of free aids and appliances, transport and/or escort support, teacher training, appointment of resource teachers, therapeutical support and barrier free access. As per the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2015-16, 22.86 lakh CWSN are enrolled at elementary level of schooling.

Under SSA, during the year 2017-18, 3762 assessment camps have been conducted, 65596 CWSN provided assistive devices, 16731 visually impaired children provided Braille Books and 37741 low vision children have been provided large print books, till 30.09.2017. Further, transport and escort support has been provided to 92539 and 75889 CWSN respectively. Therapeutical support has been provided to 137507 CWSN and 222602 teachers have been given training on curricular adaptations.

At the secondary level, the Ministry is implementing the scheme of Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) as part of RMSA with an objective to provide all students with disabilities an opportunity to complete four years of secondary schooling (Class IX to XII) in an inclusive and enabling environment. Under IEDSS component, central assistance is provided for student oriented assistance @ Rs. 3000/- per child per annum, besides support for engagement of special teachers, equipping resource room, making school barrier free, orientation of parents, administrators, educationists etc. As per UDISE 2015-16, 2.79 lakh CWSN are enrolled at secondary and higher secondary level of schooling. An amount of Rs. 6689.40 lakh has been approved for student oriented activities under IEDSS in 2017-18.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Shri Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

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Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal

Cabinet approves conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved conferment of Central Group ‘A’ Service and Cadre. Review of Group ‘A’ Executive Officers of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) with net creation of 19 posts of various ranks from Assistant Commandant to Inspector General ranks to enhance the operational and administrative capabilities of SSB.

Increase of existing structure of Group ‘A’ posts from 1253 to 1272 posts are as follows:

  1. Increase of 2 posts of Inspector General (SAG level).
  2. Net increase of 11 posts of DIG /Commandant (JAG level)
  3. Increase of 2 posts of DC (STS level).
  4. Increase of 4 posts of AC (JTS level).


The SSB was set up in 1963 to inculcate a sense of security, promoting national awareness and security consciousness in the border population. After transfer to MHA in 2001, it has been entrusted to guard Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan Borders. SSB also deployed in LWE affected areas and Counter Intelligence/Operations duties in Jammu & Kashmir and Assam. The present sanctioned strength of the Force is 96,093 having 73 Bns (including 2 NDRF Battalions). Earlier augmentation-cum-structuring exercises were taken in 2005, 2010 and 2011.


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Selection of Post in the application treated as final – No Option to Change during Document Verification

Selection of Post in the application treated as final – No Option to Change during Document Verification




Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2016 – Calling of Candidates for Document Verification- reg.

The Result of Junior Engineer Examination, 2016 for appearing in Document Verification was declared by the Commission on 15.12.2017 and the same was uploaded on the website of the Commission on the same day.

2. In the Write up of the Result of the said Examination it was inadvertently mentioned the following in Para 2 (i): “Revised options may be submitted by the candidates during the document verification, if they desire as per the qualifications possessed by them and specific requirements of the different posts, which will be final. If options are not revised, the option submitted in the applications will be accepted as final.”

3. The same may be replaced with the following: “No changes/additions will be allowed for revised option for the Departments at the time of Document Verification against the posts already opted by the Candidates in their original online applications. The option submitted in the applications will be treated as final.”

Under Secretary (C-1/1)



SSC, SSC CHSLE(10+2) 2016, SSC Document Verification, SSC Notification

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Assistance for Higher Education

Assistance for Higher Education

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been implementing a number of schemes like (i) National Fellowship for Other Backward Classes (OBC) Candidates (ii)  National Fellowship for Higher Education of Schedule Tribe (ST) Students (iii) Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidates (iv) Post-Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ST Candidates (v) PG Scholarship for Professional Courses for SC/ST Candidates (vi) Fellowships for Women Candidates for the welfare of women, people from weaker sections, differently abled and financially weaker sections for pursuing Higher Education.

The Women Candidates and Persons with Disability (PWD) (more than 40% disability) are allowed a relaxation of one year for M.Phil and two years for Ph.D in maximum duration of these courses; allowing transfer of research data in case of relocation of an M.Phil/Ph.D woman scholar due to marriage or otherwise; and allowing women candidates maternity leave/child-care leave once in the entire duration of M.Phil./Ph.D for up to 240 days. Further, the UGC is implementing post-doctoral fellowship for women candidates (un-employed); Swami Vivekananda single girl child scholarship for research in social sciences  and PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for single girl child for postgraduate courses to promote the enrolment of women at post- doctoral, doctoral and its feeder levels.

Further, the UGC is providing funds for Remedial Coaching for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and Minority Community Students with a view to (i) improve academic skills and linguistic proficiency of the students in various subjects (ii) raise their level of comprehension of basic subjects to provide a stronger foundation for further academic work; and (iii) strengthen their knowledge, skills and attitudes in such subjects, where quantitative and qualitative techniques and laboratory activities are involved so that proper guidance and training provided under the programme may enable the students to come up to the level necessary for pursuing higher studies efficiently.

It has also been informed that these are ongoing schemes in which the institution ensures proper implementation of the scheme and all payments are made by using Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) into the bank accounts of beneficiaries. These payments are routed through Public Financial Management Scheme (PFMS), a robust system for ensuring transparency in the system.

Further, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has been operating a Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme, 2009 which provides full Interest Subsidy for the period of moratorium (course period + 1 year) on educational loans taken by students from economically weaker sections with annual parental income up to Rs.4.5 lakh, from scheduled banks under the Educational Loan Scheme of the Indian Banks’ Association to pursue Technical/Professional courses in India.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.


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Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 Issue Price

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for a period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017 (with subscription period Monday to Wednesday every week). The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period.

For the next subscription period i.e. December 18-20, 2017, the issue price shall be Rs.2,866 (Rupees Two Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Six only) – per gram with Settlement on December 26, 2017, as also published by RBI in their Press Release dated December 15, 2017.

Government of India in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to allow discount of Rs.50 (Rupees Fifty) per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode.


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Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017

Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017

The major achievements of Department of Sports (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 are given below:

1. Training Center for Para Athletes: Sports Minister laid the Foundation Stone at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes on 5th February, 2017. The center is proposed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 crores. It will have the World Class facilities where Para athletes will be trained for various International Competitions including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and Olympic Games. The center will have the following facilities for Para athletes:

(i) Indoor Hall (64m x 42m) fully AC

(ii) Elite Hostel (100 bedded) fully AC

(iii) VIP Accommodation for Foreign Guest (20 nos) AC.

(iv) Open land for warmup.

2. International Boxing Academy: A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving International Boxing Association (AIBA), Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was signed on 1st March 2017 in New Delhi to set up boxing academy at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Rohtak.

3. High level committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports persons: The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organized a conference on ‘Women and Sports in India’ in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women Day on 8th March, 2017 to deliberate upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up sports. A committee under the chairmanship of AS & FA with representatives from athletes, an advocate and a senior officer of MYAS and a sports journalist (all women) has been constituted for this purpose.

4. Successful conduct of 22nd Asian Athletic Championship, 2017: India conducted successfully 22nd Asian Athletic Championship, 2017from 06 – 09 July, 2017 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India topped in the medal tally by winning 29 medals (12 Gold, 5 Silver, 12 Bronze).

5. Grameen Marathon: Ministry organized the first Grameen Marathon on 6th August for the youth of rural area in Delhi (Nizampur village) with around 15,000 participants. It involved boys and girls from rural areas of Delhi and helped spread the message of sports and physical activity as way of life. Objective of such sporting events is also to provide a platform to talented youngsters from rural and tribal regions and to help them grow and provide us a chance to train them further so that they can represent India at world stage.

6. Rural Games: The first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsavwas organized between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017 in Nizampur village in Delhi. The Rural Games aimed at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and also had fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games to convey the message that every age category needs to take up and practice sports.

7. Launch of Sports Talent Search Portal: Sports Talent Search Portal was launched to spot the best talent from among the young population of the country, by the Vice President of India Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu at a function at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on 28th August, 2017 in the presence of the MoS(I/C) YAS, Arjuna awardees and thousands of school children. The portal will provide a transparent platform for talented youth to upload their achievements. Shortlisted applicants will undergo selection trials and those who pass the trials will be offered admission to SAI schemes.

8. India Australia Sports Partnership: During Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Government of India and Government of Australia were signed on 10th April, 2017 at New Delhi for developing the relation in the field of sports between both countries.

Further, India and Australia on 12thApril, 2017 launched sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports. The partnership will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas- Athlete/Coach training and Development, Sports Science, Sports Governance & Integrity and Grass-root participation.

9. Empowered Steering Committee (ESC): The Ministry has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) based on the recommendations of the Olympic Task Force, which was constituted in January 2017for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles).

10. Financial assistance to Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust: The Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to AbhinavBindra Foundation Trust (ABFT) to set up a state-of-the-art high-performance facility for rehabilitation, fitness-training and sports science (“Facility”) at the Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Bengaluru. The Facility will be named as the “Sports Authority of India (SAI)-AbhinavBindra Targeting Performance Centre”.

11. Stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes: On the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, theMinistry has on 15.9.2017 decided to give stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to all the athletes selected under Target Olympic Podium Scheme to meet pocket expenses during their preparation for participation in international sports events.

12. Revamped Khelo India Programme: The Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

13. National workshop on “Sports for All”: A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized on 26.9.2017 at New Delhi with the participation of about 80 representatives from State Governments, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports, Sports Authority of India, National Observers, etc. One of the key objectives of the workshop was to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer. Experts from Sport England made presentation on community sports and gender equality. The Head of Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) of the UK made a presentation on talent identification and development system. Presentations on community sports were made by Magic Bus and Isha Foundation (NGOs)

14. Successful conclusion of FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 17th edition of the FIFA Under -17 World Cup was successfully held from 6th to 28 October 2017. First time in history, India hosted such a big international football competition. The Venues of the competition were JLN Stadium- New Delhi, PJN Stadium, Fatorda- Goa, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium- Kochi , Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium- Guwahati, VivekanandYuva Bharti Krirangan, Salt Lake- Kolkata, DY Patil Stadium- Navi Mumbai. Twenty Four Teams from across the world participated in the tournament. The Final Match was played between England and Spain before a packed YubabharatiKrirangan Stadium, Salt Lake at Kolkata on 28th October, 2017 in which England were declared FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions.

15. Mission XI Million

Mission XI Million is a joint programme, of this Ministry, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) to popularise football across the country. The programme targets to reach 11 Million boys and girls across the country for promotion of football by 30th September 2017. Government of India has allocated around Rs. 12.55 crores towards the said programme and an equal amount will be spent by AIFF/ FIFA. Around 11 Million children have already been covered under the said programme. The programe covered 11 Million students, parents, and coaches as part of Mission XI Million Programme played an important role to popularize football in the country.

16. National Sports University in Manipur:

The proposal for setting up of National Sports University in Manipur was formally announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech (2014-15) on 10 July 2014. NITI Ayog has conveyed in- principle approval for the project. This new Central Sector Scheme would be implemented in five years. Tentative cost of the project will be more than Rs.500 crores. The training programe of the proposed Sports University would be organized under Four Schools: School of Sports Science and Sports Medicine, School of Sports Management and Technology, School of Sports Education and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Four Schools would have Thirteen Departments under them.

The Government of Manipur has provided the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with land measuring 325.90 acres West Imphal District of Manipur, for the proposed University on 29.12.2016. Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), the Project Management Consultant for setting up the proposed University.

To ensure that the proposed University conforms to the best international standards and practices, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Universities of Canberra and Victoria have been signed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in April 2017. Pending finalization of NSU Bill, National Sports University Society established under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989, will function as the university till such time the bill is passed. BPES and B.Sc. (Sports Coaching) courses will start from the KhumanLampak Sports Complex which will be the Head Quarters of the National Sports University Society. The plan is to take initially 60 Students each for the two courses. It is proposed to appoint one Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and one Finance Officer for the same apart from 16 Faculty Members to run the courses.

17. Olympic Task Force (OTF)

An Olympic Task Force (OTF) was set up in January, 2017 to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for effective preparation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo, 2024 & 2028. The Task Force was entrusted with the preparation of an overall strategy for sports facility, training selection procedure and other related matters. The OTF has submitted its report in August, 2017.

Members of the ESC will be Hony. Chairperson (Selection by the Government through search committee process); IOA representative (President, IOA as Member and Secretary General, IOA as an alternate Member); 03 eminent athlete representatives who have retired from active sports, preferably from 3 sports disciplines having strong medal prospects at Olympic level, to be selected by the Government from amongst National Observers; One elite coach from a High Priority sport to be selected by the Government from amongst the existing Chief Coaches or High Performance Director on rotational basis; 1 Sports Scientist and 1 Sports Medicine Director (selection by the Government through search committee process); One representative from Government and one from the Sports Authority of India; One High Performance Director (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); One Chief Executive Officer (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); The ESC can co-opt upto two experts at a time on need basis.


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