Ritika Chopra


To check donations in cash to parties, EC seeks Rs 20 crore cap
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

The Commission has also called for an amendment to Rule 86 under Conduct of Election Rules to make it mandatory for candidates to meet all election expenses in excess of Rs 2,000 through cheque or electronic bank transfer.

Opposition disrupts Rajya Sabha over new backward classes panel
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

On Thursday the cabinet had approved the setting up of an NSEBC and giving it constitutional powers.

Search for directors of 2 IIMs falls through
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The Indian Express has also learnt that Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has not approved the HRD Ministry’s choice for the top job at IIM Amritsar.

Jayalalithaa seat bypoll: EC freezes AIADMK symbol, party name
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

This is the second symbol dispute heard by the EC in the past three months.

CBSE seeks QCI help for accreditation framework
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

According to sources, the board has asked QCI to prepare an approach paper to grade CBSE schools.

Rajya Sabha passes bill that seeks to protect HIV patients against discrimination
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The proposed law was passed only after Health Minister J P Nadda assured the House that the government was committed to providing treatment to anyone HIV positive.

Letters for 2 years, SOS to PM, Election Commission still awaits EVM papertrail funds
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts.

How EVMs work, why many parties have suspected they can be rigged
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Mayawati and Harish Rawat have alleged voting machines were tampered with. Ritika Chopra recaps a seemingly endless controversy.

HRD may lose control over Schools of Planning and Architecture
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The HRD Ministry had strongly opposed the proposal to transfer control of architecture education to MoUD.

Urban Development, not HRD, to regulate architecture education
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The decision was taken even though the HRD Ministry had opposed the proposal in a meeting held at the Cabinet Secretariat last month.

Aadhaar, midday meals and key questions in SC
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Govt has linked Aadhaar to school midday meals, among several other schemes. The Indian Express explains details of the move, and recap the pending legal challenges to Aadhaar

EC makes a third push for tough anti-bribery law
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The CEC, who retires from his post in four months, said the government could have done more to give effect to pending electoral reforms.

More cash movement and liquor distribution in state polls this time: CEC Nasim Zaidi
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

In an interview with Indian Express, Zaidi also spoke about hate speeches related to assembly polls.

In UP last lap, BJP writes to EC: Use women cops to check voters in burqa
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

UP polls 2017: Both phases cover 89 seats in eastern UP, a region with a signficant share of Muslim voters.

IIT Council to meet in April to review tuition fee hike
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

According to HRD ministry sources, this proposal will be among the main agenda items of the IIT Council meeting on April 29.

Firing of professor will hurt Ashoka, says university faculty body as three staff exit over Kashmir petition
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

The Faculty Council, in an email sent to all teachers on October 8, said it had resisted the plan to fire Narayanan.

PISA Tests: India to take part in global teen learning test in 2021
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

The ministry is learnt to have contacted OECD representatives in December last year. The latter has agreed to the request.

World-class institutions: HRD may dilute UGC’s funding powers
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Funds to be directly released by HRD Ministry

Election Commission pushes to make electoral bribery cognizable offence
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

According to sources, the Bill was also referred to the states for comments as criminal law and criminal procedure are in the concurrent list.

Not satisfied with his reply, HRD to seek detailed probe against AMU Vice-Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

The ministry had initiated the process to launch a probe against him based on the complaint submitted by Wasim Ahmed, ex-Visitor’s nominee to the AMU Court.

Exit poll: Fixed responsiblity for ‘breach’, Dainik Jagran tells poll officer
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

When The Indian Express contacted Sharma, he neither confirmed nor denied whether the Jagran Group had initiated any punitive action against him.

Exit polls and why they are restricted by the panel: All your questions answered
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

An editor has been arrested for violating a 2010 election law on publishing exit poll results while elections are still on. The Indian Express explains the background and reasons for the curbs.

Garhwal university V-C is issued HRD showcause notice
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The President, who is the Visitor of all central universities, is learnt to have approved ministry’s proposal this week.

For posting UP exit polls, EC orders 15 FIRs against Dainik Jagran
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

The EC asked for 15 separate FIRs to be lodged against Resource Development International (I) Pvt. Ltd, the agency that conducted the poll, and the editorial head of the Hindi daily under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

Vacant seats at IITs, NITs: Government nod to scrapping of unpopular courses
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

The HRD ministry held a meeting on February 3 to deliberate on the report submitted by the three-member panel headed by IIT-Kharagpur director.

Army veteran at ICHR seminar: ‘Use Netaji’s name to counter what’s happening at JNU, HCU’
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Bakshi, who was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day seminar on INA and its contribution to independence’, said Bose was the only reason the British left India.

Only Dr (Manmohan) knows art of taking bath wearing a raincoat: PM Modi
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

The entire Congress bench erupted in protest, the objections loudest from Renuka Chowdhury, Anand Sharma, Digvijaya Singh and Kapil Sibal.

Under-30 voters per seat more than last time’s average winning margin
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

According to poll analysts, the large number of youngsters is expected to influence the turnout in all five states, especially Punjab and Goa.

HRD sends proposal to President’s office regarding showcause notice to Garhwal University V-C
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The V-C, among other things, is accused of approving backdated affiliation to a few teacher training institutes

Garhwal varsity V-C under HRD scanner
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

Ministry to seek President’s nod to send showcause to Jawahar Lal Kaul.

Budget 2017: IITs corner over 40 per cent of higher education increase
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Arun Jaitley announced a 10 per cent increase in the overall Budget for education — from Rs 72,394 crore in 2016 to Rs 79,686 crore this year — with a bigger thrust on higher education

First step in poll finance reform: Bonds for donors, cash cap down to Rs 2000
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Finance Ministry accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) which had proposed to the government to prohibit “anonymous contributions above or equal to the amount of Rs 2,000”.

RBI rejects EC request to ease cash withdrawal limit
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The RBI had first shot down EC’s proposal on January 27 who reminded the central bank that it is “imperative” that its directions are “complied with” during election season.

IIM Bill: What changes, what doesn’t
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

On January 24, the Union Cabinet approved the IIM Bill, granting the 20 Indian Institutes of Management more autonomy than they currently enjoy.

HRD Ministry proposes to set up National Research Foundation
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Ministry sources said the National Research Foundation (NRF) will leverage more resources from the industry to support 500 collaborative research projects between Indian institutions and universities abroad.

EC writes to govt on Model Code of Conduct, says certain decisions disturb level playing field, check with us
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Was surprised over Budget advancement, Combined Commanders’ meet