Ritika Chopra

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HRD seeks probe against Jamia Vice-Chancellor
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Govt has recommended that UGC conduct a probe into at least five charges, including wasteful expenditure on the NAAC visit, arbitrary introduction of a supernumerary quota in admissions for wards of university staff.

Simply put: How India’s National Education Policy evolved over the years
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

As a controversy rages around recommendations for the third education policy, RITIKA CHOPRA tracks the history of governments’ instrument to leave an imprint on the country’s education system.

HRD Ministry asks President to sack Pondicherry V-C Chandra Krishnamurthy
Sat, Jun 18, 2016

If the proposal is accepted by the Visitor, Krishnamurthy will become the second central university head to be sacked by the NDA government, and in the country’s history.

Now volunteer at any government school at the click of a button
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

The HRD Ministry has launched an initiative called ‘Vidyanjali’ to encourage youngsters to volunteer their services at any neighborhood government school

Education panel: ‘Curb politics on campus, put limits on campus stay’
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

The suggestion is significant against the backdrop of the recent protests in universities such as JNU and HCU. The HRD Ministry is currently drafting a policy document based on the report of this panel.

ICHR approves first project to map ancient India’s scientific achievements
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

India’s achievements in science and technology have been in focus ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi used examples from the Mahabharata and Ramayana to illustrate the country’s scientific temperament in ancient times.

Haryana RO rejects ‘conspiracy’ theory, asserts poll was proper
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

The results of the Haryana Rajya Sabha polls have been mired in controversy as the votes of 12 Congress legislators were declared invalid on the ground that they were inked using the wrong pen.

Poll panel refuses to cancel Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Says not enough proof of bribery, but orders FIR against Independent MLA, will write to Centre for CBI probeof bribery.

Can hold Lok Sabha, all state polls at once: Election Commission tells Law Ministry
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The Commission’s remarks are significant against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently pitching for concurrent polls to panchayats, urban local bodies, states and the Parliament at a BJP meeting in March.

RPA amendment: EC seeks legal powers on cases of bribe-for-votes
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Section 58A was introduced in the 1980s when booth-capturing was rampant during elections in many parts of the country.

Education policy: Won’t release report without feedback from all states, says Smriti Irani
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

She said when the process of drafting NEP was initiated, it was promised that before putting anything in public domain, the opinion of states would be taken.

Education policy: Make our report public or I will, TSR Subramanian to Smriti Irani
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

The 200-page report, as first reported by The Indian Express on May 28, contains close to 90 suggestions including reinstating detention of students beyond Class V.

The exam factor: Why RTE’s no-detention provision is on test
Sun, May 29, 2016

18 states believe the Centre should do away with the RTE’s no-detention provision, and a panel on new education policy suggests it should end at Class VI, even though governments cite falling learning outcomes

New policy proposal: Can fail kids after Class V, let foreign universities in
Sat, May 28, 2016

T S R-led panel proposal: IAS-like service for education

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.