Current Affairs June 2021

Teachers Eligibility Test certificate valid for lifetime

The Union government has extended the validity of TET certificates from 7 years to lifetime. The same will be in effect for candidates who have qualified the exam after 2011. According to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, this will be a positive step and will boost employment opportunities for individuals who seek career in teaching. he said that the respective states will take responsibility to re-validate and issue fresh certificates to the candidates whose 7 year validity has been exhausted already.

TET is a required qualification for anyone wishing to work as a teacher in a school. The validity of a TET pass certificate was formerly set at seven years, but it has recently been increased to a lifetime. There is no limit on how many times a person can take this exam to earn a certificate. TET is conducted separately by each state, whereas Central TET or CTET is administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This decision will alter the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) guidelines issued on February 11, 2011, which stated that TET would be administered by state governments and that the validity of a TET Pass certificate was 7 years from the date of passing the TET.

Bihar government announces 33% reservation for girls in Medical and Engineering Colleges

The Bihar state government has recently announced that 33 percent seats will be  reserved for girls in engineering and medical colleges. The motive behind the same is to provide education within the state so that the children don’t have to leave the state for education. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar suggested reservation of at least 33% seats for girl candidates in engineering and medical. He explains his decision as a move to promote female students in the field of medicine and engineering. 

Centre directs States and UTs to issue ration cards to the most vulnerable population

The centre has requested all the states and UTs to launch a special drive publishing an advisory, to issue ration cards to the most vulnerable and economically weaker sections in the society. The decision was made in light of the difficulties faced by the poor in obtaining a ration card as a result of the country’s Covid-19 pandemic.

The Department of Food and Public Distribution has encouraged the States and UTs to use the available coverage under their National Food Security Act (NFSA limit). States and Union Territories will be responsible for operational responsibilities such as identifying eligible persons and households under the NFSA and issuing ration cards.

Unicef and Moderna has reached a vaccine supply agreement

On June 2, 2021, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it had reached an agreement with Moderna to supply their international COVID-19 virus vaccination efforts. UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility will receive vaccines from Moderna under the terms of the agreement. The vaccines will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021, and will be distributed according to the program’s value of equity in access. In addition to the Serum Institute of India, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Human Vaccine, UNICEF has signed four other COVID-19 vaccine supply agreements.

UK hosts G7 Health Ministers in Oxford for two-day summit

From today, June 3, 2021, the United Kingdom will host Health Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries in Oxford for a two-day summit. On this occasion, a G7 report on progress in improving health in developing countries will be released. The meeting’s top priority, according to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, will be equitable access to COVID vaccines. Matt Hancock, the British Health Minister, stated that the G7 countries will work on a system to share data on any early signs of the next pandemic.