Ritika Chopra

Articles By Ritika Chopra

Explained: How states are split into seats

With J&K reorganised, all eyes are on how Election Commission will proceed with delimitation of constituencies. What aspects will it look into, and how often has delimitation been done earlier?

Jammu & Kashmir: EC holds internal talks on bifurcation, delimitation

Poll panel sources, however, said delimitation work in Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to begin unless the Delimitation Commission is notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

IIM off-campus in Srinagar gets HRD Ministry green light

The move comes within days of the Parliament approving a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution, and a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised IITs and IIMs for the region in his address to the nation.

Jadavpur University’s ’eminence’ tag to cost Bengal govt Rs 2,000 crore

The Union government is learnt to have written to the West Bengal chief secretary this week, informing the state of its share of cost for JU to be awarded the ‘eminence’ status.

Allow us to retain national party status till after 2024 Lok Sabha polls: TMC, CPI to EC

The poll panel had served showcause notices to TMC, CPI and NCP on July 18, and the parties had time till August 5 to respond.

In letter to Law Minister, CEC Sunil Arora pushes for pending poll reforms

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is learnt to have received a letter from Arora last week, highlighting eight pending reform proposals.

Rajnish Rai moves Gujarat HC for protection after HRD writes again to his employer IIM-A

Rai applied for voluntary retirement from the All India Services in November 2018 and has been working with IIM-A as an assistant professor of Public Systems Group since May 6 this year.

IIM-Calcutta named OCI card-holder as director, now Home has a poser for HRD: Is she eligible?

Seth, who held the position of Pamplin Professor of Management at Virginia Tech in the US, is the first female head of the IIM and was appointed to the post in November 2018.

Convicted in graft case, Sikkim CM seeks disqualification waiver

Tamang, who was appointed on May 27, needs to be elected to the Assembly within six months of his appointment. However, he is barred from contesting polls as he has been convicted in a corruption case.

VVPAT mismatch: poll panel defends criminalisation of false complaint

The provision was hotly debated during recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections when retired Assam DGP Harekrishna Deka, who after finding the discrepancy in the VVPAT did not complain, as falsity of such complaint would have led to his imprisonment and heavy fine.

Manipur V-C Adya Prasad Pandey absent from campus for almost 200 days, finds govt inquiry

Prasad’s absence, a large part of which was on account of his visits to his hometown Varanasi, could not be justified from the university records, the inquiry has concluded.

Explained: How education can be flexible

The main thrust of the draft policy is on breaking the “rigid boundaries of disciplines” in higher education and moving towards broad-based, flexible learning.

Explained: Government wish list for schools

Draft for new National Education Policy is public, open for feedback, suggestions, discussion. What does it prescribe for schools, from enhancing learning to restructuring curriculum and Board exam format?

Draft NEP: Change undermines spirit of 3-language formula, say dissenting panel members

Kasturirangan said the recommendation on having flexibility in the choice of languages was “misunderstood”, and said that there is “no coercion”, but the proposal “was understood to be otherwise”.

3-language policy: National Education Policy draft revised, 2 members object

The earlier version of the draft’s pitch for the proper implementation of the three-language formula in schools across the country drew strong reaction from the DMK, which dubbed the suggestion as an effort to “thrust” Hindi on Tamil Nadu.

In PM Modi’s 100-day education agenda, more Institutions of Eminences, faculty recruitment

The 100-day action plan for education under the new government, drafted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and approved by the PMO recently, lists nine priorities for higher education.

EC overrules Lavasa 2-1, won’t record dissent from within panel

The Indian Express had reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Election Results 2019: How EVMs travel from strong room to poll booth and back

Election Results 2019: Amid controversy over the movement of EVMs, a look at the EC procedures for storing these machines, commissioning them for polls, and how they travel from the strong room to the poll booth and back.

Sought prompt action after Supreme Court frowned on delays: Ashok Lavasa

The Indian Express had first reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.

Ashok Lavasa note pushes poll panel to rethink clean chit to NITI, PMO

The clean chit was given despite Lavasa’s request on file for further clarification from NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on whether the government think tank had indeed sought information from the collectors of Gondia, Wardha and Latur, and if the information was used for the PM’s visit.