Ritika Chopra


Issue with Election Commission image, need to fix it, ex-CECs tell poll panel
Tue, May 22, 2018

The Election Commission, under AK Joti as CEC, had come in for criticism after it delinked the announcement of polls in Himachal Pradesh from Gujarat and sent its opinion to the President in the office-of-profit case against AAP MLAs without holding oral hearings on the merits of the complaint.

Four years of Modi govt — Education: Warming up after initial slumber
Tue, May 22, 2018

The last one year has been the HRD Ministry’s most productive since 2014. It was spent on fulfilling the BJP’s manifesto promise of giving more autonomy to institutions of higher education.

HRD Ministry proposes: No need for govt nod for deemed varsities to start off-campus centres
Sun, May 20, 2018

The proposal is significant against the backdrop of the frequent run-ins many deemed universities had with UGC over government nod for their off-campus centres.

Simultaneous polls desirable, achievable: EC to Law panel
Thu, May 17, 2018

According to sources, the meeting was called after the Law Commission wrote to the poll panel on April 24 for its views on the proposal to align all state elections with the Lok Sabha polls.

Govt said buy VVPATs from private sector, Election Commission said no, will hurt public faith
Fri, May 11, 2018

In 2013, the Supreme Court ordered the poll panel to introduce VVPATs in a phased manner, and the Commission has committed to have it in place by the time of the 2019 general elections.

Devalued Degree: Engineering seats down by 1.67 lakh, sharpest dip in five years
Thu, May 10, 2018

The total number of B.Tech and M.Tech seats this year, across all AICTE-approved institutes, has dropped by 1.67 lakh, which is almost double the dip witnessed in 2017-18.

SC faculty posts down by half, ST by 80 per cent: Banaras Hindu University alert
Wed, May 02, 2018

On March 5, the higher education regulator had issued a notification announcing that the number of reserved faculty posts across universities and colleges shall be calculated department-wise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts in a university.

Minimum age, qualified teachers: NCERT issues nursery guidelines
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

At present, there is no model curriculum for nursery education and schools are free to decide what and how the children should be taught.

After complaint, nine Gujarat varsity teachers asked: why did you attend Congress event?
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

The complaint addressed to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar includes as “documentary evidence” a photograph of the teachers, purportedly taken at an event in Ahmedabad that was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi last November.

Empower govt to direct IIMs to work as per new Act: Panel
Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Recommendation amid concerns on relinquishing govt control under IIM Act

No students, engineering colleges tell regulator: Drop 1.36 lakh seats
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

The AICTE had decided last year to facilitate closure of technical institutions even if applicants are not able to procure No Objection Certificates from the state governments.

Not consulted on AAP order & Gujarat polls, both hurt panel’s image, says EC’s legal veteran
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

S K Mendiratta, who quit poll panel after 53 years, says the Commission’s reputation needs to be maintained

UGC order on hiring faculty: Government to inform varsities of decision to file SLP
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The HRD Ministry, which approached the apex court last Thursday, will ask the UGC to communicate the development to all higher education institutions in a bid to nudge them to put their recruitment process on hold.

In lone central tribal university, only one out of 52 faculty posts for SC, ST, OBC
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Under the old formula, at least 20 out of the 52 vacant positions at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh would have been reserved for the SC, ST and OBC candidates, according to a top official.

State election panels: Independent of central EC, with similar powers
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Amid a standoff between the Bengal State Election Commission and BJP over the withdrawal of a notification that had extended the last date for nominations in panchayat polls, Indian Express explains an SEC’s role and powers.

Government nudges IIT Delhi to settle dispute with Subramanian Swamy
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

IIT-Delhi received the government’s communication last week. The matter will now be discussed at the next meeting of the BoG, the highest decision-making body of the institute.

High Court order on faculty quota will create ‘greater inequity’, Centre to tell SC
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

The UGC order was based on the High Court verdict of April 2017 when, while hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment at Banaras Hindu University, it had said each department, rather than the entire university, should be treated as the “unit”.

IIT to offer 779 seats exclusively to women in new academic session
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

A report observed that the less number of women in IITs means schoolgirls aspiring for careers in engineering are unlikely to have any female role models in their family who did their BTech in an IIT.

IIM Act: Prakash Javadekar to meet all 20 directors next week
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

The first draft of the IIM Bill had the HRD Minister as the head of the Coordination Forum, but this was dropped at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which wanted the body to be chaired by an eminent person.

‘Indian engineering students gain in first two years, high-order thinking is poor’: Study
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

According to preliminary results seen by The Indian Express, students from disadvantaged sections in India make either comparable or greater skill gains than their advantaged cohorts.