Ritu Sharma


Cut off by recent floods, Banaskantha village to be lost forever
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Today, after being battered by floods in 2015 and last month, the village in the northern Gujarat district of Banaskantha is inaccessible, with accumulated silt forming dune-like structures, some as high as 10 feet, across its alleys and streets.

Gujarat state board exam papers to give more weightage to subjective
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The Class X exam pattern of all subjects was changed to 50:50 objective and subjective in 2011

Dual fight for villagers — ‘proof’ for compensation and rotting carcass stench
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

As per the state records, around 13,000 cattle have died in the flood in both the districts but a ground check by The Indian Express in several villages of Banaskantha alone reveals that the actual number is certainly more.

‘Even a week later, situation is horrible’
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Having lost everything to the floods, survivors from different villages blame the Narmada canal for the destruction. The flood claimed 35 lives in Kankrej taluka alone, out of the 60 from Banaskantha district.

After the Gujarat flood fury: Tales of courage and horror surface
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

A two-room house that saved 200 lives

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani camps for 5 days in flood-hit Banaskantha
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

CM Vijay Rupani tells villagers of Gujarat's flood-hit Banaskantha district it’s time to relocate, but residents not sure

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani suggests flood-hit villages be relocated, residents unsure
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Gujarat floods: The villagers were, however, sceptical about the suggestion and cited previous instances when similar proposals were made but land was scarce.

Gujarat floods: How the deluge crippled the state
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Concentrated to a few districts and for a few days, the downpour wreaked havoc in Gujarat. Aggravating the situation were overflowing dams and a breach in the Narmada canal. Indian Express revisits the week of flood fury to understand and explain why and how the rain turned into a nemesis

Durga Vahini distribute food in flood-hit areas
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Since July 25, nearly 20 trucks of food packets and other relief materials like slippers, plastic sheets and medicines have been sent to 118 villages of Patan, Dholka, Varahi, Dharad, Bhildi and Vav from Ahmedabad.

Kamdhenu University stand-off: Now, Navsari varsity teachers, Junagadh BJP leader write to govt
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

BJP Junagadh city president Shashikant Bhimani, in his letter to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani last month, cited the ongoing research work on Gir cows and Jaffrabadi buffaloes, which would be affected due to the transfer.

Gujarat: Another ‘error’ in GSSTB Hindi textbook, terms roza ‘infectious disease’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Earlier, the GSSTB had formed an inquiry panel to look in the use of derogatory word for Jesus Christ following massive protests by the members of Christian community.

Gujarat Hindi textbook describes roza as ‘infectious disease’
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

When contacted, GSSTB chairman Nitin Pethani said, “This is a printing error. There should be haiza (cholera) in place of roza, but mistakenly both these words have been inter-changed.”

Derogatory remarks about Jesus in textbooks: Error pointed out, but not corrected, reveals probe report
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

As per the records obtained by The Indian Express, at the first stage when the first copy (photocopy) of the content that was reviewed by a team of 15 members, the error was raised as the word preceding “Jesus” was not clear.

MSU withdraws rule mandating Aadhaar Card for admissions
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The university had issued a notice on its website, which read, “Aadhaar number shall be mandatory for the admission process for all Indian nationals.”

NCERT textbooks to replace GCERT in Classes III, V and VII
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

“The state government has received approval to implement NCERT textbooks to our state board. It is not that the board will be replaced with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),” stated a senior GSHSEB official.

Tablets to replace bags, books in govt primary schools: Gujarat CM
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Claiming to be the first in the country to offer such a scheme in government schools, the state education department will roll out “Gyankunj” scheme for Class VII and VIII students in 2,051 government schools across districts by July.

Ahmedabad non-English medium schools to teach English from classes 1 and 3
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Gauging parents’ preference for English-medium schools and witnessing a decline in enrolment in municipal schools every year, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation school board has been aiming at opening more English-medium civic schools.

Ahmedabad school returns post-dated cheques of annual fee to parents
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

As per the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulations of Fees) Act 2017, the schools can only take fee of one quarter a decision on their fee structure by the fee regulatory committees.

Gujarat: Hindi-medium school on new list of 55 chosen to test NCERT curriculum
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Among the list of English-medium schools, CL India Hindi-medium school is the first and the only Hindi-medium school to be tested for NCERT books this year.

Coaching, salary, infra — justification for high fee in Gujarat’s schools
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Despite the new fee Act, many private institutes across the state continue to charge exorbitantly; and parents, apprehending their children will be targeted by school authorities, are too not openly complaining about it.

Above and beyond the limit: How Gujarat’s schools have devised ways to justify their fee structures
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

A school raises salaries of teachers by 100 % but only on paper, another shows Rs 10 lakh jump in rent and some demand a certain amount in cash — private schools in Gujarat are finding ways to circumvent the newly enacted fee regulation Act.

Twice failed, CUG hopes to start Gujarati centre
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

The only issue is that there are no takers,” said the VC.

Gujarat education fair platform to promote tablet & other schemes
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

“We are aiming at making the youth job givers not job seekers,” said CM Rupani

Varshil Shah, 99.99 percentile in the boards, is now Muni Suvirya Ratna Vijayji
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Belonging to a devout Jain family of the Shwetambar sect, Varshil's father Jigar Shah is an inspector in the Income Tax department, posted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Dropped out years ago, these women clear Class X exams
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

These women were helped by Pratham Open School Education (POSE)-Second Chance, run by a non-government organisation in Gujarat and eight other states.

Right to Education Act: Govt to probe EWS quota admissions
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

THE state government has initiated an inquiry into admissions under the Right to Education Act’s 25 per cent reservation in self-financed schools for economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged groups. “All district and taluka primary education officers have been directed today to verify all admissions done this year under the RTE Act’s 25 per cent […]

Students break mother tongue jinx, 85.06% pass
Tue, May 30, 2017

In 2016, 2.29 lakh students had failed the exam in the mother tongue. This year, the number dropped to 1.03 lakh, breaking a six-year jinx.

Kamdhenu University: Union minister raises concerns over pending accreditation
Mon, May 29, 2017

Radha Mohan Singh said accreditation of 60 agriculture universities across the country had been completed but that of Kamdhenu University was pending.

Gujarat: 24,000 engineering seats may remain vacant this year
Sat, May 27, 2017

As per the results and analysis, conducted by the education department, nearly 48,000 students have cleared GUJCET this year.

Gujarat RTE Act: Education Department failed to correct errors
Thu, May 25, 2017

Despite repeated complaints from across the state during online form submission, there wasn't any measure taken by education department.

Pakistan team skips SAARC event amid tension
Thu, May 25, 2017

Sharma added that invitations to SAARC countries, including Pakistan, were sent through external affairs ministry’s SAARC unit.

Five weddings bring joy for riot-hit families of Patan village
Mon, May 22, 2017

A Class VII dropout the groom from Mehsana has completed his secondary class and works as a daily wage labourer.

On the waiting list
Mon, May 22, 2017

The education department in Gujarat is facing deluge of complaints despite admission process becoming online this year.

NEET: Parents of English-medium students plan to meet Javadekar
Wed, May 17, 2017

“Parents of Gujarati-medium students have resorted to a false propaganda, claiming that Gujarati-medium question paper was difficult, while the paper in English was easy."

Gujarat: Last batch of GSHSEB semester system shows improvement by 2.86 per cent
Sun, May 14, 2017

With scrapping of semester system, last Class XII Science results declared with 81.89 pass per cent

Need change in Act to transfer colleges to Kamdhenu University: Gujarat minister
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

The KU was set up by a special Kamdhenu University Act in 2009 for development of veterinary and animal sciences.