Shyna Kalra

Senior Sub-editor with The Indian Express. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal. Tweets at @ShynaKalra.

Articles By Shyna Kalra

TISS-Hyderabad fee hike protest: Students move high court against indefinite shut down

The protest has been going on since July 8. Several students have been on hunger strike of which three have fallen sick. At present, four students are observing hunger strike, of which one is observing since the first day of protest. A total of 50 students are still protesting.

JNU security guard cracks varsity’s entrance exam, to study Russian language

Having to drop out of graduation due to financial crises faced by his family, Ramjal Meena, has at 34 cracked JNU entrance exam for admission to BA (Honours) Russian language. He already holds bachelor's degree in distance mode from Rajasthan University and is in the final year of MA Political Science.

JEE Advanced: Why there are still fewer girls in IITs?

JEE Advanced: The number of females appearing and clearing the JEE Advanced is low as compared to male candidates. Out of those who are offered admission at IITs, many females opt out due to social constraints - despite supernumerary seats and separate merit list. Experts claim the situation can be improved by having equal opportunities and training at the school-level.

Foreign registrations at DU multi-fold despite introducing fee, over 1000 already enrolled

DU admissions 2019: The number of registrations in foreign quota category reaches over 6000, while only 2200 applied due to the introduction of application fee. Over 1000 students have already enrolled, as compared to 456 last year. Admissions for PhD programmes in the category still on.

DU second-cut off 2019 to remain high, several options still available

DU admissions, second cut-off 2019: The cut-off marks are unlikely to go down, as per the DU officials. Expert advice on how to pick course among those available what are the second-best choices.

DU admissions 2019: Why is number of registrations falling at Delhi University?

While the Delhi University officials claim that the fall is due to curb on multiple application filling, they also admit that foreign tie-ups and 'fancy' course names have attracted students towards emerging private universities.

16 institutes apply for accreditation with the Yoga Certification Board

Over 8000 trainers have appeared for certification exam held by the Yoga Certification Board so far. Lately, 16 institutes have also applied for certification and accreditation. The YCB has set an expiry date for the certification institutes are given to ensure regular assessment and upgrading.

No JEE Main, reserved seats: Yet IITs fail to woo foreign students

Despite supernumerary seats, direct entrance for JEE advanced, the number of foreign students appearing for IIT entrance is low. A total of 807 foreign-based students applied for JEE advanced, of which 53 appeared and only one qualified. Last year too, only 51 foreign students registered for the exam and 36 students appeared for it; of which only four qualified

AIIMS MBBS topper Bhavik Bansal is also NEET AIR 2

Bhavik Bansal has not only scored a 100 percentile in AIIMS MBBS entrance exam but also got 700 out of 720 in NEET as well as 93 per cent marks in his class 12 board exams. He participated in biology olympiad and is in the race for the final contenders from India for Hungary-based international competition.

DU admissions 2019: HC seeks clarification from Delhi University over change in eligibility criteria for B.Com, BA Economics

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Charanpal Singh Bagri, practising advocate has demanded to quash the new eligibility criteria stating that the timing of the announcement is not apt and might prove to be disadvantageous to many students.

Despite difficult exam, UPSC Civil Services 2019 cut-off to go higher than last year

The UPSC CSE prelims cut-off has been on the decline since 2016. In 2016, the cut-off for the unreserved category was 116 marks out of 200 which declined to 105 in 2017 and 98 marks in 2018. The trend is expected to reverse and the cut-off is likely to rise again. Experts believe the cut-off this year will be over 100 marks.

NEET 2019 AIR 2 believes AIIMS MBBS exam more challenging, wants to pursue research

Bhavik Bansal believes that NCERT is the core of NEET. He believes that AIIMS tests skill sets of the aspirant better. Having a rank higher or lower does not make one any more knowledgeable, he said.

Students demand rollback as DU changes eligibility criteria for BA Economics, BCom

Mathematics to be considered among one of the 'best of four' for admissions to BA (hon) Economics and for admission to BCom courses one needs to secure at least 50 per cent in class 12 mathematics. Earlier, one only needed to pass in the subject for admission to both the courses. Parents and students claim that this would drop their percentage and reduce the chances of admission.

CBSE Class 12th re-evaluation result 2019 before June 14 to allow time for DU admissions

DU admissions 2019: To allow enough time to students to make changes in the DU application form, the CBSE re-evaluation result for class 12 will be declared in the June first week. CBSE had also written a letter to DU to adjust their admission dates accordingly thus the DU admissions were delayed.

#MenstrualHygieneDay: Menstruation cycle in Bihar schools’ syllabus from July

Under the scheme, which is expected to affect over 6000 schools, at least one female teacher from every school is being trained by master trainers. Four teachers from each district were chosen as a master trainer. The weekly classes (every Saturday) on menstruation hygiene will begin from July. The course is expected to decline the drop-out ratio among girls.

Punjab to have board exams for classes 5 and 8 from 2020

Under the SCERT regime, many goof-ups were reported during class 8 exams. Further, board exams for as young as class 5 students might increase the stress levels in students and parents.

Why are Delhi University admissions 2019 being delayed?

DU admissions 2019: Last year the admissions began from May 15 but now in the third week of May, the dates are not even decided. Here is what is making Delhi University delay its admissions even when both state and central boards have declared results early to match with its admission process.

Daughters who are raised like ‘sons’: Success story of Haryana Board Class 10 toppers

One of the toppers, Isha Devi is the daughter of a labourer and aspires to be the Prime Minister. Another joint topper, Sanju is the daughter of a carpenter and wants to be an IAS officer while Shalini Sharma- daughter of a government teacher - wants to become a doctor. All three secured AIR 1 with 99.4% marks.

DU admissions 2019: NTA to conduct entrance exam for Delhi University

The proposal for DU's entrance exam has been approved by the admissions committee and has reached NTA who has given a nod to the proposal. The rules for the exam will be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the academic council (AC) only after the approval will this be implemented, as per the varsity rules.

No faculty, but Rajasthan University’s centre of journalism and mass communication will function

Since the centre for mass communication runs on self-finance mode, there is no question of recruiting any staff, said Rajasthan University's vice chancellor. The centre has no teacher after its former head retired and students have been asked to attend classes in another varsity, 15 kilometers away from the campus.