Ritika Chopra


PM Modi in, Rajya Sabha fails to debate
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Opposition continues to demand apology, disrupts proceedings yet again.

Urdu council vice-chairman quits, cites lack of facilities in Delhi
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Hussain, who quit the post about two months ago, said the HRD ministry has accepted his resignation.

IIM-Ahmedabad prof may be next IIM-Bangalore chief
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Raghuram was the Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University from July 2012 to March 2013.

Election Commission seeks more power, rejected
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Govt says no to panel proposal seeking powers to cancel polls if voters bribed.

Act against varsities offering illegal distance courses: HRD to UGC
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

The ministry is learnt to have despatched the order in the first week of November after five earlier letters, urging the UGC to initiate stern action against erring institutions, went unheeded.

No education consul in US for 3 years, HRD again told to justify post
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

An officer posted as the education consul in Washington DC is supposed to promote closer educational collaboration between universities in the two countries

IITs estimate it will cost Rs 22,000 crore to improve global rankings
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

‘Project Vishwajeet’ was mooted by the HRD Ministry and, subsequently, passed by the IIT Council on August 24.

Indian caste system is a western construct, says scholar at ICHR lecture
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

He said that the caste system was only a "grand assumption", as there is ambiguity about the origins of such a system in India.

Row over BITS Pilani centres: HRD seeks legal opinion on validating off-campus degrees
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The ministry’s response had stated that the two off-campus centres are unapproved by the UGC, implying that attestation could be inappropriate.

IIT-Delhi: No out of court settlement with Subramanian Swamy on arrears claim
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

As per Rule 54, IIT had to only pay the difference between Subramanian Swamy’s arrears and his earnings from Harvard. The politician, however, contended that he should be deemed to have been on Extraordinary Leave (EOL).

No multiple-choice: HRD panel on board exam paper
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

The panel was set by the government after it held a meeting of all state education boards on October 29 last year.

Sanskrit is a great unifying factor for India, MoS HRD tells States at CABE meeting
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Several important resolutions, including one on dilution of the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, were passed at the meeting.

Percentile score: CBSE, ICSE ‘liberal marking’ prompts rethink
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

The ministry is learnt to have held a meeting on August 3 on the practice of ‘marks moderation’ and ‘grace marks’ followed by the boards.

Jamia Millia Islamia denies allegations of financial, administrative impropriety against V-C Talat Ahmad
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

In a point-wise rebuttal, the university admin has defended the expenditure incurred on booking rooms in a five-star hotel for the stay of a team sent by the NAAC for inspection purposes.

Never a more secure election than now: US poll panel head Thomas Hicks
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Hicks was in Delhi to attend the international conference on voter education organised by the Election Commission of India.

Bulk of increase in seats should come from new IITs, say institute heads
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

All the 23 IITs were asked to assess their capacity and resources and come up with a roadmap on how to achieve the proposed increase.

Too stretched, can’t increase BTech seats, 7 IITs tell HRD Ministry
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

The older IITs witnessed their biggest hike in B.Tech seats at the time of implementing the 27 per cent OBC reservation.

President Pranab Mukherjee okays inquiry against AMU V-C Zameeruddin Shah
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Mukherjee’s nod comes within a week of approving a probe against Allahabad University V-C R L Hangloo.

‘Liberal’ Ashoka University crackdown: 2 staffers quit after signing student petition on J&K
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

The debate on curbing free speech started once the Ashoka university changed its email regulations the same week.

Prakash Javadekar does what Smriti Irani didn’t: Agrees to free IIMs via new Bill
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

According to sources in the Law Ministry, the HRD Ministry has now moved a supplementary Cabinet note proposing three more changes to the Bill.

HRD ministry tweaks norms to push world-class institutions plan
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

The committee is meant to screen applications and shortlist institutions that deserve the world-class status.

The whitewash: Probe alleges Rohith Vemula’s mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Its 41-page report was submitted by former Allahabad High Court judge A K Roopanwal in August.

HRD wants to probe vice-chancellors of AMU, Allahabad University
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

According to sources, the HRD Ministry has listed several irregularities against each V-C to justify the proposed probe.

Building ‘world-class’ institutions: NITI Aayog suggests changes to HRD plan
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is learnt to have recently written to the PMO recommending two changes to the draft UGC regulations.

HRD ministry’s plan for world-class institutes: Law Ministry questions draft provision
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

As per the draft regulations, this expert panel, once constituted by the University Grants Commission, can award world-class status independently of the higher education regulator.

HRD ministry to ask central varsities to admit more students
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The agenda was circulated by UGC to all central universities this week. Currently, there are about 40 central universities in the country.

IITs to count PhD scholars as faculty to improve student-teacher ratio
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has accepted the proposal to count five PhD students at as one faculty member at any IIT for the purpose of calculating the student-teacher ratio.

Should prisoners be allowed to vote? Election Commission panel to seek answer
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Under Section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, individuals in lawful custody of the police and those serving a sentence of imprisonment after conviction cannot vote.

Commerce wants ‘formal’ panel to decide value of rupee
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The proposition, part of a Cabinet note circulated by the ministry in July, is significant against the backdrop of the debate whether the Indian currency has been fairly valued.

Ramdev aide meets HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to renew push for vedic board
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

The board, as proposed by Ramdev, will be established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, following which government’s recognition will be sought.

Trinamool Congress to get national party status
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

This means the party will be entitled to exclusive allotment of its reserved symbol — flower and grass — to fight Assembly and Lok Sabha elections anywhere in the country.

Rajasthan government to stop attesting off-campus BITS-Pilani degrees
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

This could mean trouble for students, as authentication of academic documents is usually mandatory for those who want to study or work abroad.

Transform, teacher by teacher
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

To mark Teacher’s Day next Monday, The Indian Express tracks down national award-winning teachers from last year and from this year’s shortlist to find that education reform is being powered more by individual teachers innovating in small ways rather than the institution

Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit, says probe panel set up by HRD Ministry
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Rohith Vemula’s brother Raja, however, rejected the observation of the judicial commission.

In Textiles Ministry, a tussle brews between Smriti Irani and Secretary
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Rashmi Verma, an IAS officer of 1982 Bihar cadre and sister of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, was appointed Textiles Secretary last December.

Prakash Javadekar accepts what Smriti Irani rejected: PMO idea to let IIMs choose their chiefs
Fri, Aug 12, 2016

In May, the Ministry led by Irani, in an unprecedented move, had scrapped the shortlist sent by IIM-Ahmedabad.