Ritika Chopra


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

From Lucknow to Delhi, parties that died with their founders
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

In this part of a series, The Indian Express finds out how a number of parties in UP, Delhi and MP faded before they were delisted by EC

New CBSE norms: Board exam is back, test for principals, three languages until Class X
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

All three decisions need the final stamp of approval from the HRD Ministry, said sources.

PM Modi in, Rajya Sabha fails to debate
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Opposition continues to demand apology, disrupts proceedings yet again.

Urdu council vice-chairman quits, cites lack of facilities in Delhi
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Hussain, who quit the post about two months ago, said the HRD ministry has accepted his resignation.

IIM-Ahmedabad prof may be next IIM-Bangalore chief
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Raghuram was the Vice-Chancellor of the Indian Maritime University from July 2012 to March 2013.

Election Commission seeks more power, rejected
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Govt says no to panel proposal seeking powers to cancel polls if voters bribed.

Act against varsities offering illegal distance courses: HRD to UGC
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

The ministry is learnt to have despatched the order in the first week of November after five earlier letters, urging the UGC to initiate stern action against erring institutions, went unheeded.

No education consul in US for 3 years, HRD again told to justify post
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

An officer posted as the education consul in Washington DC is supposed to promote closer educational collaboration between universities in the two countries

IITs estimate it will cost Rs 22,000 crore to improve global rankings
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

‘Project Vishwajeet’ was mooted by the HRD Ministry and, subsequently, passed by the IIT Council on August 24.

Indian caste system is a western construct, says scholar at ICHR lecture
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

He said that the caste system was only a "grand assumption", as there is ambiguity about the origins of such a system in India.

Row over BITS Pilani centres: HRD seeks legal opinion on validating off-campus degrees
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The ministry’s response had stated that the two off-campus centres are unapproved by the UGC, implying that attestation could be inappropriate.

IIT-Delhi: No out of court settlement with Subramanian Swamy on arrears claim
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

As per Rule 54, IIT had to only pay the difference between Subramanian Swamy’s arrears and his earnings from Harvard. The politician, however, contended that he should be deemed to have been on Extraordinary Leave (EOL).

No multiple-choice: HRD panel on board exam paper
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

The panel was set by the government after it held a meeting of all state education boards on October 29 last year.

Sanskrit is a great unifying factor for India, MoS HRD tells States at CABE meeting
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Several important resolutions, including one on dilution of the no-detention policy under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, were passed at the meeting.

Percentile score: CBSE, ICSE ‘liberal marking’ prompts rethink
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

The ministry is learnt to have held a meeting on August 3 on the practice of ‘marks moderation’ and ‘grace marks’ followed by the boards.

Jamia Millia Islamia denies allegations of financial, administrative impropriety against V-C Talat Ahmad
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

In a point-wise rebuttal, the university admin has defended the expenditure incurred on booking rooms in a five-star hotel for the stay of a team sent by the NAAC for inspection purposes.

Never a more secure election than now: US poll panel head Thomas Hicks
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Hicks was in Delhi to attend the international conference on voter education organised by the Election Commission of India.

Bulk of increase in seats should come from new IITs, say institute heads
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

All the 23 IITs were asked to assess their capacity and resources and come up with a roadmap on how to achieve the proposed increase.

Too stretched, can’t increase BTech seats, 7 IITs tell HRD Ministry
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

The older IITs witnessed their biggest hike in B.Tech seats at the time of implementing the 27 per cent OBC reservation.

President Pranab Mukherjee okays inquiry against AMU V-C Zameeruddin Shah
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Mukherjee’s nod comes within a week of approving a probe against Allahabad University V-C R L Hangloo.

‘Liberal’ Ashoka University crackdown: 2 staffers quit after signing student petition on J&K
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

The debate on curbing free speech started once the Ashoka university changed its email regulations the same week.

Prakash Javadekar does what Smriti Irani didn’t: Agrees to free IIMs via new Bill
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

According to sources in the Law Ministry, the HRD Ministry has now moved a supplementary Cabinet note proposing three more changes to the Bill.

HRD ministry tweaks norms to push world-class institutions plan
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

The committee is meant to screen applications and shortlist institutions that deserve the world-class status.

The whitewash: Probe alleges Rohith Vemula’s mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Its 41-page report was submitted by former Allahabad High Court judge A K Roopanwal in August.

HRD wants to probe vice-chancellors of AMU, Allahabad University
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

According to sources, the HRD Ministry has listed several irregularities against each V-C to justify the proposed probe.