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Ritika Chopra


Quota in faculty posts: Govt panel sought waiver for IITs, panel writes to ministry
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Instead of implementing quotas in faculty positions, the panel had suggested that the 23 IITs should be exempted from reservations altogether under the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act 2019.

Government seeks voter data for vaccine drive, EC agrees
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

According to the Government’s blueprint, the vaccine will be offered first to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 50 years of age, followed by those below 50 with associated comorbidities.

Before House panel, RSS affiliate flags ‘distortions’ in NCERT school textbooks
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The meeting was attended by representatives of the department of school education, NCERT and CBSE.

Tracking India’s Toppers: They say schools stuck to textbook, didn’t prepare them for challenges outside
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Tracking India’s Toppers: Many toppers say they wish someone in school had briefed them better on options available post-school, loan programmes, and helped them with choice of colleges and careers.

‘Will have special observers for Bengal…for law and order, expenses. If needed, we can act swiftly, ruthlessly’: Sunil Arora
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

In West Bengal, we will have to have 28,000 more polling booths. The major lesson would be to ensure that these polling booths are located as near as possible to the main polling station, so that use of resources is optimised, and the deployment of security and staff can be better.

Tracking India’s Toppers: Fewer women move abroad, many cite family as factor in career — High up ladder, gender still matters
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

More girl toppers from metros than small towns where odds for boys better; gap narrowing but still sharp in Science/Tech.

School toppers (1996-2015): Who’s who — and where
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Amid soaring cut-off marks based on Class 12 Board exams, as the government, in tune with its new National Education Policy, sets up a panel to explore a national test to rejig the college admission process, the findings from the investigation are pointers to the challenges ahead.

20 years on, where are the Board toppers? Over half are abroad, most in science and technology
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Gender gap; students increasingly from outside metros; US most favoured destination, IIT popular route; minorities, SC/STs invisible: 86 CBSE, ICSE, ISC toppers 1996-2015 tell stories of change — and point to challenges as the new National Education Policy rolls out.

Explained: Why are IITs resisting quotas for teaching posts?
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Despite being centrally-run educational institutions, why and how have the IITs resisted offering quotas across teaching posts? We explain.

Open to idea of aiding vaccine drive if EC help is sought: CEC
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Sunil Arora was responding to a question asked in the context of the recent Health Ministry guidelines shared with the states, which say that the Covid-19 vaccination drive will be similar to the election process.

Explained: Why NRIs in the Gulf won’t get postal voting rights for now
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

The proposal may get implemented first for voters based in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, and South Africa.

Non-Gulf NRIs likely to be first to get postal voting rights
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

The EC and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) held a meeting last week in which the latter, sources said, agreed to the proposal, on the condition that the Commission should arrange the manpower needed at the India missions abroad to facilitate postal voting for NRIs.

Explained: Your voter card on phone? Here’s what EC wants to do
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Digital Voter ID card: Currently, the Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is only available in hard copy, and has to be produced in the original by the voter on election day. What is the proposal being considered by the poll panel?

Heads of IIMs push back against bid to control, say government plan against PM view
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

The IIM directors were reacting to a report in The Sunday Express that the MoE was exploring options that could, in effect, erode the autonomy of the institutes.

Government seeks foot in to make IIMs more easily fall in line
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

The latest move is significant given that there was a strong difference of opinion within the Government – over autonomy and accountability -- at the time of the drafting of the IIM Act.

Explained: NRIs could soon be able to vote via post. Here’s the process
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

NRI voting Explained: It’s a recent proposal from the Election Commission to the Law Ministry. How do NRIs vote in Indian elections at present? If the proposal is cleared, how will the system of postal ballots work?

Ready to let NRIs vote through postal ballots, EC to govt
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

The Commission told the Law Ministry last week that it is “technically and administratively ready” to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) to NRI voters for elections next year in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

EC counters Tejashwi’s claims: norms followed, recount in 1 seat as per process
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Tejashwi asked on Thursday why many postal ballots had been declared invalid, claiming this was done without justification, especially in seats where Mahagathbandhan candidates lost by very narrow margins.

Explained: Why was there a delay in counting of votes in Bihar amid Covid-19?
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

In the EVM era, poll trends are often clear by afternoon. How are votes counted, and what was different in Bihar that delayed the results this time? What are the rules for a recount, as demanded by some parties?

RJD alliance falls just short, alleges miscount; EC says all in order
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

The RJD, Congress and CPI (M-L) approached the Election Commission in Patna Tuesday night to lodge complaints, alleging irregularities in declaration of results.

Explained: Why were the Bihar election results slow this time?
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

By 5.30 pm, the EC had counted roughly 2.7 crore (or two-third) of the total 4.11 crore votes polled in Bihar.

More EVMs this time, counting in Bihar to wrap up late tonight: EC
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

By 5.30 pm, the EC had counted roughly 2.7 crore or two-third of the total 4.11 crore votes polled. Under normal circumstances, counting of votes would have easily crossed the halfway mark by this time.

Over past 6 years, fall in Bihar’s school learning outcomes
Fri, Nov 06, 2020

On the contrary, under Nitish Kumar, Bihar has shown remarkable improvement in facilities such as playgrounds, libraries, toilets and drinking water at government schools since 2010.

Explained: When will universities, colleges reopen in India?
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

UGC New Guidelines & Rules: While the Union government's guidelines on school reopening had left a lot to the discretion of the states, the UGC is more specific in its instructions.

Delisting Kamal Nath: SC asks EC who gave you this power?
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

“We are staying your order,” Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, heading a three-judge Bench, told Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi who was appearing for the EC.