Ritika Chopra


NIOS scam: Probe finds mystery bank deposits, answerscripts
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The preliminary probe had been ordered after the NIOS was alerted about “large-scale malpractice” in the exam, in the first week of June.

CBSE asks Ryan International School why it should not be disaffiliated for ‘lapses’
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Indicting the Ryan International School administration, the committee had said, “The school has failed to observe basic security measures as stipulated by the Board, which are of preventive nature and could have avoided the unfortunate death of the child.”

CBSE to issue showcause notice threatening disaffiliation to Ryan International School
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Board's decision is based on the report of the fact-finding committee which flagged several violations of safety norms by the school authorities. Notice expected to be issued by Saturday evening.

Bus staff use same toilets as students, CCTVs don’t work: CBSE Panel on Ryan murder case
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The committee also found the electricity panel room unlocked which, it observed, could prove to be dangerous for children on campus.

NIOS results: HRD Ministry seeks CBI probe into irregularities
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The ministry has accepted the recommendation and is learnt to have written to the CBI this week. It is unclear if the agency will accept the ministry’s request. If it does, it will be the first CBI inquiry into the functioning of the NIOS, an autonomous institution under the HRD Ministry and the largest open school board in the world.

EC rejects claims of Sharad Yadav faction for JD(U) symbol for lack of evidence
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The Commission, in a letter dispatched on Tuesday, said that the Sharad camp’s plea was not backed by any evidence or affidavits of support from party office bearers, MPs and MLAs. Further, the application filed by Javed Raza, on behalf of the Sharad faction, was not signed by Raza.

In Madhya Pradesh, Open School students clear Class X, XII exam without taking it
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told The Indian Express that on August 22 he recommended a detailed investigation by the Centre into the serious irregularities found across three NIOS examination centres in Madhya Pradesh — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore.

125th year of Vivekananda’s Chicago address: PM Modi to address students on September 11
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Swami Vivekananda represented India and spoke on Hinduism at the Parliament. He addressed the Parliament five times and his first lecture was on September 11, 1893.

Government moves to change selection procedure for IIT directors
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The proposal will need HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s nod and might even have to be placed before the next IIT Council meeting for approval. Javadekar is the chairman of the council, the highest decision making body for all 23 IITs.

Education investment curbing laws must be changed: Niti Aayog to HRD ministry
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Section 10(n) of AICTE Act, for example, gives AICTE the powers to take all steps to prevent commercialisation of technical education.

Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao, noteban to be in NCERT books
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The NCERT will finalise all changes and place orders for revised textbooks next month, said the sources. This is the first comprehensive review of NCERT textbooks after the National Curriculum Framework was drafted in 2005.

IITs continue to resist IISER bid for joint counselling
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The discussion, sources said, was inconclusive as the IITs remain unconvinced about sharing the counselling platform which has always been the preserve of the 23 premier engineering schools.

Nandyal bypoll: EC to add star campaigners’ cost to TDP candidate’s expenses
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

In case Brahmananda Reddy wins the bypoll but his expenditure exceeds Rs 28 lakh, the victory can be challenged through an election petition and the court could set it aside.

Navodaya recalls order to remove Gandhi family photos from sites
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The email of August 16 had stated: “First all old photograph of Gandhi’s family is to be removed and new photographs olf (sic) our commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, HRD minister and Prime Minister is to be incorporated.”

Top 20 per cent higher education campuses to have greater autonomy: Prakash Javadekar
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

The plan to set up 20 world-class institutions — 10 government-run and 10 private — also fits into the above philosophy, according to Javadekar. The 20 will be known as “institutions of eminence”.

After govt ‘misgivings’, UGC panel disbanded
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

On July 21, the UGC set up a seven-member committee, headed by Goa University Vice-Chancellor Varun Sahni, to draft regulations on the minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and academic staff in universities and colleges.

Election Commissioner speaks out: ‘Winning at all cost, without ethics, is new normal in politics’
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Election Commissioner O P Rawat’s remarks are significant against the backdrop of the political storm that raged at the time of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.

In donations to political parties, the corporate lion’s share keeps growing
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed details of all donations above Rs 20,000 to five national parties — BJP, Congress, NCP, CPI and CPM — found that corporate donations accounted for 89% of all known donations in these four years.

Month after Pranab nod, HRD sits on Kakodkar appointment
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The HRD Ministry, headed by Javadekar, had to put the announcement on hold after “objections were raised by certain quarters in the government about reappointing persons who have already served in nominated positions under the UPA government”.

Group of Secretaries recommendation: One govt English-medium school per block, HRD Ministry advises states
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The Union government, The Indian Express has learnt, has refrained from issuing an order as establishment of schools is a matter of state policy. The advisory was despatched on May 1 this year.

Medical courses: UGC to set up panel to fix deemed varsities’ fee
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The HRD Ministry, in a letter dated July 26, has nominated Sanjay Shrivastav, a retired professor of opthalmology, and B Srinivas, assistant director general at the Directorate of Health Services under the Health Ministry, to the committee.

Amit Shah, Smriti Irani win Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls; Ahmed Patel gets in after EC gets two out
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Until early Wednesday, the EC announcement of the results was awaited. But there was word that BJP’s Amit Shah and Smriti Irani had won. At 1.50 am, Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted “Satyamev Jayate,” saying he had won. “Money, muscle and manipulation could not win... BJP can break a few weak Congress MLAs but BJP cannot break the Congress party,” said Congress leader P Chidambaram.

Minority status for Jamia Millia Islamia: Govt to withdraw support in court
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The HRD Ministry will also tell the court that Jamia Millia Islamia was never intended to be a minority institution as it was set up by an Act of Parliament, and is funded by the central government.

HRD-Finance tussle stalls pay hike for college, varsity faculty
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

The proposed pay hike for teachers is estimated to cost the Union government Rs 1,400 crore annually. On the other hand, the collective additional expenditure of state governments will come to Rs 16,800 crore.

EC seeks govt view on allowing PIOs to campaign in elections
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The EC has sought a clarification whether “there are any restrictions against PIOs in involving themselves in electioneering in India”.

HRD objects to ICHR opening new centres in Jammu, Varanasi
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

ICHR, which is the apex body for funding historical research in the country, has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith (MGKV) in Varanasi to set up its eastern regional centre within the university premises.

Institutions of Eminence: Ministers’ panel concerned about impact of foreign students’ entry on quota policy
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The Union Cabinet in its June 7 meeting had taken up for discussion the UGC’s Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities Regulations, 2017, aimed at creating an enabling architecture for 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-class campuses.

Copy Sainik School model in all schools: PMO to HRD
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

According to sources, the ministry is of the view that it would be easier to replicate such elements in JNVs, which are also residential schools. These schools, run by the Centre, provide quality education to talented students from rural areas, selected through an entrance test.

Votes are in for President amid cross-voting claims
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

With the cumulative voting percentage adding up to around 99.4 per cent of the eligible electoral college members, and the trend becoming clear early, the focus was on cross-voting by some sections, mostly in favour of Kovind.

HRD against merger of councils with ICSSR
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

According to sources, the ministry believes that the mandate of the ICHR, ICPR and ICSSR is different and their merger might dilute the specific purpose for which each of the autonomous organisations was originally established.

HRD to roll out training programmes for first-time teachers, varsity heads
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The ministry has identified over 30 institutes — including teaching learning centres or TLCs at NIT Warangal, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-BHU, IISER-Bhopal and schools of education in Jamia Millia Islamia and the Central University of Haryana

Government drops proposal for agency to boost research
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The proposed National Research Foundation (NRF), in addition to its own seed grant, was suppose to leverage resources from the industry to support 500 collaborative research projects between Indian institutions abroad.

HRD asks architecture council to stay out of exam regulations
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

A R Ramanathan, who is AICTE’s nominee to the CoA, and Habeeb Khan, who is Maharashtra government’s nominee, had replied to Oberoi’s letter objecting to the unilateral decision without consulting council members.

Two years after quitting, Anil Kakodkar set to head board of IIT-Roorkee
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Anil Kakodkar, after the President formally approves his appointment, will succeed Professor Ashok Mishra. Although the institute had suggested another term for Mishra, the ministry forwarded Kakodkar’s name for the job.

EC to tally paper trail slips with EVMs in 5% booths in each assembly seat
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The decision on compulsory counting of paper trail slips, which was approved by the full Commission before Nasim Zaidi retired as the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday, is a response to the demand made by political parties at a meeting held by the EC on May 12.

Scrap showcause notice against electoral officer: Election Commission to Bihar government
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The EC’s letter to the Bihar Chief Secretary, however, does not hint at vendetta, but limits itself to pointing out that the state government violated rules by not consulting it.