Ritika Chopra


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
Fri, Aug 26, 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.

Rajya Sabha to discuss Kashmir crisis today, zero hour suspended
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Although the Opposition has also demanded the Prime Minister’s presence during the discussion, the government’s decision on this remained unclear.

All products must have labels in Hindi, regional language, says committee set up by HRD Ministry in 2014
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

The panel was tasked by the HRD ministry to suggest ways to promote Indian languages.

Election Commission to govt: Need permanent powers to curb political ads
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

The Commission, in a meeting held with Law Secretary G Narayana Raju on May 27, requested that print media should also be included in Section 126 of the RP Act.

Charges of ‘irregularities’: President Pranab Mukherjee orders inquiry against Jamia V-C
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

The President’s Office apprised the complainant, Professor Obaid Siddiqui, of the “visitorial inquiry” in response to a RTI application filed by him.

IIIT Amethi campus was illegal, students were upset: Prakash Javadekar
Fri, Aug 05, 2016

IIITs, under law, are not authorised to open extension centres.

IIIT shutdown is revenge on Amethi voters: Congress
Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Opposition attacks govt for politics in education; CPI’s Raja likens Pondicherry University agitation to JNU and Hyderabad unrest, govt says don’t compare.

There is a drop in the number of students opting for pure sciences, says Dharam Vira Gandhi
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

Dharam Vira Gandhi, Lok Sabha MP from AAP, speaks to The Indian Express on declining student enrolment in pure sciences.

Prakash Javadekar meets RSS, its affiliates to discuss new education policy
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Sources told The Indian Express that the meeting was held to share the Sangh’s inputs on the new education policy and to plan measures to “instil nationalism, pride and ancient Indian values in modern education”.

Over 1,500 seats vacant across NITs
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

As per the sources, the government hasn't taken a final decision on the NIT proposal of opening up state-quota seats for outstation candidates

Resources ‘finite’, Finance Secy asks ministries to suggest alternatives to fund new schemes
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

He says new schemes must be accompanied by proposal to scrap an old one or ways to generate additional revenue

PMO dialed Election Commission, pushed for joint Lok Sabha, assembly polls: RTI
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

The topic of simultaneous polls made headlines this year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for it at a BJP meeting in March.

240 KV school principals get showcause over poor Class XII performance
Tue, Jul 19, 2016

There are 1,135 Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country which cater to the schooling needs of children of transferable Central government employees. Of these, 875 are up to Class XII.

IIM Bill: PMO, HRD meet, most issues ‘resolved’
Wed, Jul 13, 2016

The Indian Express had first reported on March 11 on the differences between the HRD Ministry and PMO over the IIM Bill.

The shrinking of Smriti Irani
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Irani's appointment as HRD Minister had made as much news as the decision now to take the portfolio from her.

Smriti Irani should have given more respect to V-Cs: AMU V-C
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

The V-C also gave credence to rumours that he could not get an appointment with Irani despite several attempts for almost a year.

ICHR to revive Saraswati debate with seminar
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

According to ICHR Chairman Y S Rao, the purpose of the seminar is to “present the findings of recent research in history and its allied disciplines and discuss their relevance to update Indian history in respect of its remote past”.

New HRD minister Prakash Javadekar signals change: I am a product of student agitation, talks can calm campuses
Thu, Jul 07, 2016

Javadekar said education was not just about employment but also about instilling values, character building and respecting professors and teachers.

What Smriti Irani leaves for Prakash Javadekar, done, undone
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Smriti Irani, the youngest Cabinet Minister in the Council, also found herself in the middle of controversies from the Rohith Vemula suicide to the JNU crisis

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.