Goaltide Daily Current Affairs 2023

Nov 13, 2023

Current Affair 1:
UGC announces regulation of Foreign Universities in India



The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced regulations facilitating the entry of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions (FHEIs) into India, aligning with the National Education Policy (NEP).

What was the need?

See some important points:

  1. These regulations aim to ensure that the education imparted in the (India) campus is at par with that of the main campus in the country of origin and that its operations comply with the applicable laws and regulations.
  2. According to the regulations, “Foreign institutions intending to establish campuses in India should have secured a position within the top 500 in the overall category of global rankings, as decided by the commission from time to time, or
  3. In case an FHEI desires to receive or utilise foreign contributions, it will have to obtain registration or prior permission under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and comply with legal requirement under the FCRA.
  4. Two or more than two universities can collaborate to set up campuses in India, provided each institution meets the eligibility criteria individually.
  5. Each foreign university can set up more than one campus in India.
  6. Campuses of foreign universities in India shall have autonomy to recruit faculty and staff as per their recruitment norms.
  7. Foreign universities setting up campuses in India will be required to seek prior approval from the UGC before starting new courses.

Current Affair 2:
National Geoscience Awards


Current Affair 3:
Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH)



The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced an Operational Framework for constructing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. Framework is important to implement the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH) goals.

It is a WHO initiative, established in 2022.

The Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH; “the Alliance”) works to realize the ambition set at COP26 to build climate resilient and sustainable health systems, using the collective power of WHO Member States (“Member States”) and other stakeholders.


Current Affair 4:
SWAYAM Platform


SWAYAM is a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality.

The objective of this effort is to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged.

SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have hitherto remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.

This is done through a platform that facilitates hosting of all the courses, taught in classrooms from Class 9 till post-graduation to be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time.

The courses hosted on SWAYAM are in 4 quadrants – (1) video lecture, (2) specially prepared reading material that can be downloaded/printed (3) self-assessment tests through tests and quizzes and (4) an online discussion forum for clearing the doubts.

Credit Transfer

UGC has already issued the UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation 2016 advising the Universities to identify courses where credits can be transferred on to the academic record of the students for courses done on SWAYAM.





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