Explained: Accrediting colleges, varsities

What is the news? The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body under the UGC has released new guidelines allowing colleges and universities that completed just one academic year to apply for provisional accreditation. Earlier, only those higher education institutions with two batches of graduated students or which had completed six years of… Continue reading Explained: Accrediting colleges, varsities

A Case for Specialists

News: The recent regulatory breaches at the National Stock Exchange is an example of why India needs more regulatory expertise. In this article, the author argues for inclusion of more domain experts in policy making. Why there is need to consider protecting economics from politics and vice versa? One, there was continuity in policy implementation… Continue reading A Case for Specialists

Explained: J&K’s State Investigation Agency, and its mandate

What is the news? The Jammu and Kashmir government has granted sanction for the creation of a State Investigation Agency (SIA) on the lines of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). What is the State Investigation Agency(SIA)? SIA has been constituted as a specialised, nodal agency for coordinating with NIA and other central agencies. – It… Continue reading Explained: J&K’s State Investigation Agency, and its mandate

India must prioritise stability in Myanmar

News One year ago, the military in a coup attempted to take over power from the elected civilian government and installed a caretaker government. A lot has changed since then in Myanmar and this requires a diplomatic shift from New Delhi’s side. What has been situation in Myanmar? After the coup, the deposed civilian lawmakers… Continue reading India must prioritise stability in Myanmar

Cabinet clears setting up of G20 Secretariat

What is the news? Cabinet has approved setting up of a G20 Secretariat to put in place arrangements required for India’s presidency of the prestigious grouping. Note: India will hold the Presidency of the G20 from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. Why is the G20 Secretariat being established? As per practice, a G20… Continue reading Cabinet clears setting up of G20 Secretariat

PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan(NMP)-22 Greenfield Expressways, 23 key infrastructure projects among others

What is the news? The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made significant progress under the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan (NMP). What is PM Gati Shakti? PM Gati Shakti was launched in 2021. It is a digital platform that brings together 16 Ministries, including railways and roadways together for integrated planning… Continue reading PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan(NMP)-22 Greenfield Expressways, 23 key infrastructure projects among others

The myth of the trickle-down

News: This article says trickle-down is a flawed approach and that’s why Indian policymakers must discover India’s own model of development and shed defunct economic theories. How budget 2022-23 is aligned towards a trickle-down theory? The budget has not announced any populist measure, and taxes on incomes and wealth have not increased. Also, economists believe… Continue reading The myth of the trickle-down

The significance of the Indo-Pacific for India

News: USA recently released its policy document on Indo-Pacific. What does the recent USA document say about India? The USA seeks free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient in Indo-Pacific. It says that it cannot accomplish it alone and needs the cooperation of other countries that share a similar vision. USA seeks to work… Continue reading The significance of the Indo-Pacific for India