Ritika Chopra

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HRD ministry plans Vedic education board on lines of CBSE
Mon, May 23, 2016

Sources said the decision to start a Vedic education board, on the lines of CBSE, is based on the recommendation of Sanskrit experts and representatives of gurukuls and ved pathshalas.

Consulting experts to rethink no-detention policy: Smriti Irani
Sat, May 14, 2016

Irani, a first-time minister and the youngest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministerial council, also said that education in the previous government had become a “political akhara (political battlefield)”.

Law Ministry unrelenting, HRD scraps proposal to amend IIT Act
Sat, May 14, 2016

Amendment would have empowered the Centre to establish new institutes without Parliament’s approval

Interview with HRD Minister Smriti Irani: ‘Congress trying to settle political scores through campuses’
Wed, May 18, 2016

"I don't harbour any ill feeling towards critics, who questioned my credentials to be HRD Minister. There is a now a grudging acceptance of my merit among them," said Smriti Irani

Under cloud for long, Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy resigns
Wed, May 11, 2016

The Indian Express had reported on November 22, 2014 that Krishnamurthy plagiarised most of one book mentioned in her CV, which also listed two other books that may have never been published at all.

From May 1, a permanent Tricolour flag at Delhi University
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The Tricolour will be permanently installed atop the Vice-Regal Lodge on campus, V-C Yogesh Tyagi told The Indian Express.

Law ministry blocks HRD proposal to amend IIT Act
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The Centre provides complete financial support to run such institutions. Apart from IITs, IIITs and NITs are also declared as institutes of national importance.

PMO sought autonomy for IIMs, HRD doesn’t yield
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

The HRD Ministry, sources said, is not willing to dilute the clause that empowers the President to review the work of any IIM in his capacity as the Visitor of the premier B-Schools.

EC puts off J&K Assembly bypoll for Anatnag seat
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

J&K govt sought postponement, said law and order situation ‘not conducive’

NCERT to introduce textbooks on N-E states
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

The decision was taken on April 12 at a meeting of NCERT’s Executive Committee chaired by HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

We showcaused you, not your govt, EC tells Didi
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The EC gave Mamata another three days to reply personally.

Centre’s plan: promotion to Class IX only if minimum standard met
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The government has drafted an executive order to clarify that enrolment in Class IX can be conditional.

Allow foreign university campuses, says Niti Aayog
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

The report has justified NITI Aayog’s support for the proposal on the ground that foreign universities will help meet the demand for higher education in the country, increase competition and subsequently improve standards of higher education.

Ramdev bid to set up Vedic board hits a hurdle
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

The PMO held its first meeting on exploring the idea of setting up a Vedic board on March 22. Education secretary, S C Khuntia, is learnt to have expressed serious reservations about the government recognising a private school board.

Full EC team in Bengal today after complaints against TMC
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

All three election commissioners, CEC Nasim Zaidi along with commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat, will be in the state Thursday to review poll preparedness.

NIT Srinagar: Board may approve demand for external evaluation
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Non-local students agitating at NIT, Srinagar, had asked for the government to arrange for external examiners to evaluate their papers as they feared discrimination by the resident faculty members.

Draft bill: Two years in jail for abusing transgenders
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

Sources said the SJE Ministry has asked for comments from different ministries in two weeks after which it’ll take the Bill to the Union Cabinet for its nod.

NIT protest: RSS-backed organisation shoots off letter to PM Modi condemning lathicharge on students
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

SSUN is run by educationist Dinanath Batra, whose civil suit in 2014 led to the pulping of American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book on Hinduism.

Centre to parachute some of its best teachers to NIT Srinagar on brief stint
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The HRD Ministry is learnt to have drawn up a list of 50 of its most accomplished faculty members from across 31 NITs and 18 IITs.

Should the govt get an ‘A’ for first rankings of higher education institutions?
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

The framework finalised by the Indian government identified nearly 22 parameters under five major heads, several of which are similar to those employed globally such as excellence in teaching, learning and research.

HRD advises IITs to start Sanskrit courses
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

Govt move based on recommendations of an expert panel set up to prepare roadmap for promoting the language

From next year, Class XII marks will matter less for entrance to NITs
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Currently, the 31 NITs admit students based on all-India ranks prepared with 60 per cent weightage to a candidate’s JEE (Main) performance and 40 per cent weightage to his Class XII marks.

HRD may ask Y Sudershan Rao to remain ICHR chief
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

The decision, ministry sources said, was prompted by the “peculiar wording” of Rao’s letter in which he sought HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s permission to quit.

‘World-class universities’: What they’ll be, what it’ll take
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The idea is to bring about qualitative improvement in the standards of education — currently India has virtually no representation in international rankings of educational institutions.

ICHR plans scheme to revive ‘gurukul’ system, meeting today
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Under the draft ICHR scheme, the historian, in exchange for the research assistant’s help, will train the understudy in his area of expertise.

PMO acts on Ramdev proposal, holds meet on Vedic Education Board
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

While the Vedic Education Research Institute also wants to run and control the board, it’s not clear if the government is open to this, and the matter will need further discussion.

Free speech is fundamental to what a university campus is and does: Princeton University President
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

It's very important for people be able to say what it is they want to say even if it's offensive to the government or offensive to some of the other people on campus: Princeton President on JNU row.

Won’t act if students hold Osama event: Princeton University President
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

“We at Princeton believe that it is a fundamental advantage for a university to be able to tolerate even offensive kinds of speech...,” he said.

Keep flag height at 100 ft in universities: Naveen Jindal to Smriti Irani
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

On February 18, the vice-chancellors of 39 central universities adopted the resolution on hoisting the national flag at a meeting called by Irani.

IIM Bill: PMO leans in favour of autonomy, HRD not so keen
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

The Prime Minister’s Office and the HRD Ministry don’t seem to agree on the degree of autonomy that should be granted to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

‘No-fail- policy in RTE act: HRD objects to Rajasthan govt’s amendment
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

The rationale behind the “no-detention” policy is that compelling a child to repeat a class is demotivating, often forcing him or her to abandon school/ learning altogether.

Govt refuses to pay Dilip K Chakrabarti’s travel bill for ICHR meetings
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

The Department of Expenditure (DoE) is learnt to have recently communicated its disapproval of the proposal to grant Rs 4 lakh a year for Chakrabarti’s travel.

Several complaints later, HRD Ministry moves to sack Pondicherry varsity V-C
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Sources said the HRD Ministry has decided to process Krishnamurthy’s case as it has given her enough opportunity to present her side of the case.

Budget 2016: Higher education likely to graduate with distinction
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Schools to focus on quality; more outlay for higher learning, new funding agency, 20 new ‘world-class’ institutions announced

Group of Secys recommend extension of RTE up to Class XII
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Under the Right to Education Act, education up to Class VIII is a fundamental right. If the suggestion of the group of secretaries is implemented, then the law will cover education up to Class XII.

Education is also about teaching values, taking pride in our heritage: TSR Subramanian
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

"The Committee is clear in its objective. We have to elevate the quality of education in our country," said TSR Subramanian, head of drafting committee for the new education policy,