Ritika Chopra


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

Lone teacher to sign Kashmir petition quits Ashoka University
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Narayanan quit on December 15, a day before the semester ended. The resignation was accepted by the university’s governing body within two days.

February 1 Budget fine, don’t talk of plans, work done in poll states: EC to Govt
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

The decision came late Monday night, barely a week ahead of the Budget’s scheduled presentation.

Office-bearer of RSS history wing set to join ICHR
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

The post has been vacant for one-and-half years after historian Gopinath Ravindran, a UPA-II appointee, resigned halfway through his term in June 2015

Rethink on proposal to cancel polls over bribery: EC to government
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The EC had sought insertion of a new section, 58B, to enable it to take similar action if voters of a constituency are bribed by political parties.

HRD ministry plans national entrance test for B.Ed
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

"B.Ed cannot be the last resort for youngsters who do not qualify for other disciplines," an official said.

Election Commission proposes machines to mask voting pattern, Govt shoots it down
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi that the Committee of Ministers headed by Rajnath Singh did not accept the demand to introduce totaliser machines for counting of votes.

Model code of conduct: EC asks Govt to respond to Opposition’s Budget delay demand
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Commission sends note to Cabinet Secretary, asks for response by January 10

HRD wants National Testing Service for all higher education entrance exams
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Several governments in the past have proposed and, subsequently, shelved the idea of establishing the NTS.

Who gets the cycle? Poll panel asks Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh to prove strength
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Commission wants signed affidavits of support before Jan 9.

Assembly elections: Five states, 690 seats, results on March 11
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

From Feb 4 to March 8, phased polls in season of demonetisation and SC verdict against religion in elections.

Samajwadi Party feud: Who gets symbol? How EC decides when parties split
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

A day after he was deposed as party president by his son Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh took the war in the SP to the EC of India, staking claim to the ‘cycle’ symbol.

‘Scrap unpopular courses, reduce seats & slap penalty at IITs and NITs’
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

According to sources in the HRD Ministry, the recommendations of the committee will be placed before the IIT Council and NIT Council for consideration and approval.

HRD: Can file FIR against Teesta Setalvad
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

The three-member inquiry panel against Setalvad and her NGO was constituted in 2014 on the basis of a complaint by Rais Khan Pathan, a former aide of Setalvad’s who fell out with her several years ago.

Can file FIR against Teesta Setalvad, HRD told
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

SG concurs with probe findings on ‘hatred-filled’ writings

Mohenjodaro ‘Dancing Girl’ is Parvati, claims ICHR journal
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

The author claims that the Dancing Girl is Parvati because “where there is Shiva, there should be Shakti”.

Different faces of party leaders: disgruntled, enraged, disillusioned
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

In this part of the series, The Indian Express finds party founders who have moved on — and a sole dissenter