Press Council of India

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  • The Press Council of India is a statutory body in India that governs the conduct of the print media.
  • Presently, the Council functions under the Press Council Act 1978 which arose from the recommendations of the Second Press Commission of India (1978).
  • The Press Council is a quasi-judicial body which acts as a watchdog of the press.
  • It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.
  • Composition:
  • It consist of Chairman (who has by convention, been a retired judge of Supreme Court) and 28 other members of whom 20 represent press, five are nominated from two Houses of Parliament and three represent cultural, literary and legal fields.
  • Functions:
  • It is statutory, quasi-judicial body acting as watchdog of press.
  • It adjudicates complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.

 

Medical Council of India

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  • Medical Council of India is a statutory body.
  • Initially, it was set up in 1934 under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1933.
  • The Council was later reconstituted under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 that supplanted the before Act.
  • It establishes the uniform and high standards of medical education in India.
  • It also registers doctors to practice in India, in order to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
  • The registration of doctors and their qualifications is usually done by state medical councils.
  • Recently the NITI Aayog has suggested the substitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with the National Medical Commission (NMC).

AICTE

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  • AICTE is statutory body established in November 1945.
  • It comes under aegis of Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development.
  • It is national-level council for technical education responsible for planning and coordination of technical education and management of education system in the country.
  • It accredits graduate and post graduate programs at Indian institutions.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA)

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  • MPEDA is a nodal coordinating state owned agency engaged in fishery production and allied activities.
  • It was established in 1972 under Marine Products Export Development Authority Act (MPEDA), 1972.
  • It functions under Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • It is headquartered in Kochi, Kerala.
  • Its mandate is to increase exports of sea food including fisheries of all kinds, specifying standards, marketing, processing, extension and training in various aspects.
  • It acts as coordinating agency with different Central and State Government establishments engaged in fishery production and allied activities.

Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB)

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  • DTAB is highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in the country .
  • It is constituted as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
  • It is part of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)

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  • It is statutory body of Central Government set up under NCTE Act, 1993
  • Set up in 1995
  • It was set up to formally oversee standards, procedures and processes in Indian education system.
  • NCTE plans and co-ordinates the development of teacher education system throughout the country (for both central as well as state governments).
  • It also ensures the maintenance of norms and standards in the teacher education system.
  • Its headquarter is in New Delhi.

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

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  • NCPCR is a statutory body set up in 2007 under Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.
  • Its objective is to protect, promote and defend child rights in India including rights adopted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, 1989, ratified by India in 1992. (This convention defines child as a human being below 18 years of age).
  • It falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Women & Child Development
  • The Child is defined as a person in the 0 to 18 years age group.

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)

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  • SIDBI is the principal development financial institution for promotion, financing and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in India.
  • It was established on April 2, 1990 through an Act of Parliament (thus, it is statutory body).
  • It is headquartered in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • SIDBI aims to facilitate and strengthen credit flow to MSMEs and address both financial and developmental gaps in MSME eco-system across the country.
  • It co-ordinates functions of institutions engaged in similar activities.
  • Currently, the shares of SIDBI are held by Central Government and 29 other institutions including public sector banks (PSBs), insurance companies owned and controlled by Central Government.

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

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  • BIS is National Standard Body of India established under BIS Act, 1986.
  • It is mandated for harmonious development of activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected.
  • It is headquartered at New Delhi.
  • BIS is involved in various activities such as standards formulation, product certification scheme, compulsory registration scheme, foreign manufacturers certification scheme, hall marking scheme, laboratory services, laboratory recognition scheme, sale of Indian standards, consumer affairs activities, promotional activities, training services, national & international level and information services.
  • BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to national economy in number of ways such as by providing safe reliable quality goods, promoting exports and imports substitute, minimizing health hazards to consumers, control over proliferation of varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing.