Ritika Chopra


After nearly 6 years, IIT Council to discuss rising student suicides
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

According to sources, directors of 23 IITs will be urged to undertake a number of new initiatives, in addition to the existing measures, to stem this unsettling trend.

After HRD intervention, UGC NET test stays with CBSE for now
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

The Ministry is learnt to have decided that CBSE will conduct NET until the proposed National Testing Service (NTS) is set up by the government.

Disqualify MPs and MLAs chargesheeted for poll bribes: Election Commission
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

The poll watchdog’s proposal is the latest in a series of demands made by it from the government to deal with rising incidents of graft in elections in recent years.

Delhi SPA chief to PM: Don’t move us to Urban Development
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Speaking to The Sunday Express, the SPA, Delhi, Chairperson confirmed that he had written to the PM.

NCERT set to review its school textbooks after more than 10 years
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The NCERT had set up 21 expert committees to review the NCF towards the fag end of the UPA government’s tenure in 2014.

Need interest-free loan, not fee waiver, for the poor: IIT chiefs
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

According to IIT directors, the institutes are also keen on starting a one-year M.Tech programme for working professionals. The IITs have proposed to charge tuition fee at market rates for this course.

100 pc paper trail voting planned in Gujarat, Himachal elections
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM. The printout is deposited in a box and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the election.

Techie who questioned EVMs back: ‘EC’s latest challenge is a mistake’
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Though not keen to take up the EC challenge this time, Prasad continues to maintain that EVMs are vulnerable to hacking.

Rajya Sabha: Opposition stalls bills on OBC panel, traffic laws
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Backward classes bill sent to select committee as parties say both bills rushed

Bill to enable data collection in J-K passed in Lok Sabha
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) said, “My charge against this government is that you are creating trouble in J&K through this bill... You are violating article 370.”

Rajya Sabha: Opposition questions amendments to Factories Act
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

The Opposition questioned the government's motive for bringing a bill with a few amendments in a hasty manner when the more comprehensive Factories Amendment Bill 2014 is still alive.

Rs 89 crore on paper, actual cash seized Rs 32 lakh: EC scrapped TN bypoll
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Even the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 notes, announced last November 8, had failed to arrest cash flow in the recently-concluded assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

RK Nagar bypoll: EC scraps April 12 polling as voter bribery charges fly
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

This is the second time that the poll panel has rescinded elections following evidence of money being used to influence voters.

After architecture, HRD Ministry loses polytechnic too
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

While polytechnics are set up by the state governments, the Centre has been assisting them financially through four schemes.

Rs 8,000 crore in old notes lying unused with district cooperative banks, farm credit hit, says Sharad Pawar
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

After PM Narendra Modi announced the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 last year, DCCBs were barred from accepting deposits of the demonetised currency and even exchanging them for new ones.

To check donations in cash to parties, EC seeks Rs 20 crore cap
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

The Commission has also called for an amendment to Rule 86 under Conduct of Election Rules to make it mandatory for candidates to meet all election expenses in excess of Rs 2,000 through cheque or electronic bank transfer.

Opposition disrupts Rajya Sabha over new backward classes panel
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

On Thursday the cabinet had approved the setting up of an NSEBC and giving it constitutional powers.

Search for directors of 2 IIMs falls through
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The Indian Express has also learnt that Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has not approved the HRD Ministry’s choice for the top job at IIM Amritsar.

Jayalalithaa seat bypoll: EC freezes AIADMK symbol, party name
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

This is the second symbol dispute heard by the EC in the past three months.

CBSE seeks QCI help for accreditation framework
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

According to sources, the board has asked QCI to prepare an approach paper to grade CBSE schools.

Rajya Sabha passes bill that seeks to protect HIV patients against discrimination
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The proposed law was passed only after Health Minister J P Nadda assured the House that the government was committed to providing treatment to anyone HIV positive.

Letters for 2 years, SOS to PM, Election Commission still awaits EVM papertrail funds
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

VVPAT machines produce a printout of the vote cast using an EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel any doubts.

How EVMs work, why many parties have suspected they can be rigged
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Mayawati and Harish Rawat have alleged voting machines were tampered with. Ritika Chopra recaps a seemingly endless controversy.

HRD may lose control over Schools of Planning and Architecture
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

The HRD Ministry had strongly opposed the proposal to transfer control of architecture education to MoUD.

Urban Development, not HRD, to regulate architecture education
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The decision was taken even though the HRD Ministry had opposed the proposal in a meeting held at the Cabinet Secretariat last month.

Aadhaar, midday meals and key questions in SC
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Govt has linked Aadhaar to school midday meals, among several other schemes. The Indian Express explains details of the move, and recap the pending legal challenges to Aadhaar

EC makes a third push for tough anti-bribery law
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The CEC, who retires from his post in four months, said the government could have done more to give effect to pending electoral reforms.

More cash movement and liquor distribution in state polls this time: CEC Nasim Zaidi
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

In an interview with Indian Express, Zaidi also spoke about hate speeches related to assembly polls.

In UP last lap, BJP writes to EC: Use women cops to check voters in burqa
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

UP polls 2017: Both phases cover 89 seats in eastern UP, a region with a signficant share of Muslim voters.

IIT Council to meet in April to review tuition fee hike
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

According to HRD ministry sources, this proposal will be among the main agenda items of the IIT Council meeting on April 29.

Firing of professor will hurt Ashoka, says university faculty body as three staff exit over Kashmir petition
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

The Faculty Council, in an email sent to all teachers on October 8, said it had resisted the plan to fire Narayanan.

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.