Ritika Chopra


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.

MP High Court hearing today: EC disqualifies MP minister, Speaker yet to act
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The Commission had passed its order on June 23 disqualifying Mishra, a senior Cabinet minister in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, for three years over submitting a false account of his poll expenditure in 2008 Assembly election.

Not consulted by govt on electoral bonds: CEC Nasim Zaidi
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said any consultation between the government and the EC before the announcement on electoral bonds would have impacted transparency negatively.

HRD wants skill courses enrolment to be taken into account in GER calculation
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The GER for 2015-15 is 24.5 per cent. However, this, does not include students enrolled in skill development courses, plumbing for example. The ministry now wants those enrolled in these courses to be counted among students pursuing higher education.

Indian Council of Historical Research: Member-secretary quits within six months
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

His appointment came one-and-a-half years after historian Gopinath Ravindran, a UPA II appointee, resigned halfway through his term in June 2015, over differences with Rao about the Council’s decision to disband the advisory committee of its journal, comprising 21 historians, including Romila Thapar and Irfan Habib.

Council of Architecture: Panel gives nod to national entrance test, members object
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The draft regulations make a national-level exam, conducted by an agency or CoA, mandatory for admission to all undergraduate architectural programmes in all government and private institutions. Currently, most institutions offering architecture programmes admit students through the NATA score.

Election Commission action against CM’s aide, cop for allegedly influencing Rajya Sabha polls
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The decision follows former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi’s complaint in which he accused Das and the BJP of in horse-trading in the run-up to the polls.

Transfer of polytechnics hits HRD roadblock
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Both the HRD Ministry and the MSD have already held meetings on how to implement the decision.

Publishers to get HRD nod on ISBN in 48 hrs
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

The HRD Ministry is learnt to have held a meeting on May 31 on issues flagged by the ISBN International Agency and decided to, henceforth, process all ISBN applications within 48 hours.

Give us contempt powers to act against those out to sully our image: EC to Govt
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

The Commission, The Indian Express has learnt, has sought amendments to the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, to empower it to punish anyone being disobedient or discourteous towards its authority.

Aligarh historians society’s seminar: Ex-chairman Irfan Habib seeks funds, ICHR says no
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Habib, who is currently appointed as professor emeritus in the history department of Aligarh Muslim University, was the ICHR chairman from September 9, 1986, to July 1, 1990.

When 90% comes too easy in CBSE exams
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Over the years, high scores in class XII results have become more and more frequent. Academics attribute it to inflation of scores by boards; an analyst looks at trends and says these lower the worth of high scores

Half of all 95s in CBSE English in Delhi’s private schools: Data
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

More than half of all Class XII students in the country who scored (exactly) 95 per cent in English (Core) this year are from private schools in the Delhi region, an analysis of the results by an engineer based in New York has found.

Poll funding: EC asks Govt to scrap new secrecy norms
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Arun Jaitley had announced the introduction of electoral bonds in his Budget speech this year.

Data analyst claims CBSE marks inflated again
Tue, May 30, 2017

Four years after flagging ‘misuse of moderation’, the analyst samples results of 25,000 students of 300 schools in two states.

CBSE may not file plea on ‘moderation’, Prakash Javadekar says results soon
Fri, May 26, 2017

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain has advised CBSE against filing an appeal in the Supreme Court

Fill posts, teachers who are free should guide research: Prakash Javadekar to JNU
Thu, May 25, 2017

JNU will admit only 242 research scholars this year, a 75 per cent drop from last year’s 970 seats.

Publishers fear red tape, censorship, Govt gets a warning
Thu, May 25, 2017

New and tough rules on ISBN prompt global body to react

CBSE results 2017: Board considers going to SC to challenge Delhi HC direction on marks moderation
Thu, May 25, 2017

Board officials, however, maintained that Class XII results will be declared by the end of this month.

Three from a party, four hours to do it: EC throws open EVM challenge
Sun, May 21, 2017

Naseem Zaidi specifies what would be ‘a failed attempt’, mum on what would happen if tampering successful

CBSE tells Delhi University: Don’t let our students suffer
Fri, May 26, 2017

CBSE has decided not to artificially “spike” marks scored by Class XII students in the board results which will be announced by May 24.

Panel shortlists 10 names for UGC chief post
Tue, May 16, 2017

The interview will be held on May 17

Dead social scientists in ICSSR collegium list
Sun, May 14, 2017

Sources in the ministry and ICSSR called it a “silly oversight” and attributed the inclusion of dead social scientists to the Council not updating the list regularly.

V K Saraswat appointed new JNU Chancellor
Fri, May 12, 2017

Saraswat succeeds former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, who completed his term on March 30 this year. Saraswat has been appointed for a term of five years.

BMC candidate’s claim of zero vote, at the centre of anti-EVM debate, turns out wrong
Fri, May 12, 2017

Shirsat says didn’t even get own vote, records show he got 11 in booth near Saki Naka residence

Will tell parties to choose EVM from strong room, test: Election Commission
Wed, May 10, 2017

The Election Commission’s response comes as it prepares the stage for the all-party meeting on EVMs on Friday.

New ICSSR chief: Caste because of invasions, Narendra Modi is best Prime Minister
Tue, May 09, 2017

Kumar succeeded Sukhdeo Thorat, who was the council’s chairman since April 2011.