Fareeha Iftikhar

Fareeha Iftikhar is a principal correspondent with the national political bureau of the Hindustan Times. She tracks the education ministry, and covers the beat at the national level for the newspaper. She also writes on issues related to gender, human rights and different policy matters.

Articles by Fareeha Iftikhar

After 3 years, AICTE lifts moratorium on new engineering colleges

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Thursday lifted the moratorium on setting up of new engineering colleges, three years after the prohibition came into force in view of low enrolment in engineering and diploma programmes

HT Image
Published on Mar 24, 2023 12:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

142 varsities to join CUET-PG 2023

The exam has witnessed significant increase in the participation this year even as it continued to remain optional for central universities.

University Grants Commission (UGC) chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said that since the schedule for both CUET-UG and CUET-PG was announced well in advance this year, universities got enough time to adopt it. (Representative photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 12:42 AM IST

Dharmendra Pradhan reviews measures for mental wellness of students in educational institutions

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to review the steps being taken by educational institutions to ensure mental health wellness of students and zero tolerance towards discrimination

Union Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan also directed the ministry to prepare a framework to further safeguard the mental and emotional well-being of students. (ANI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 12:52 AM IST

UGC proposes norms to connect artists to higher education

This would be in line with the National Education Policy 2020 that wants to bridge the gap between higher education and the arts (kala) by creating a strong bond between them, the commission said in the draft rules made public on Friday for feedback.

UGC was planning guidelines to engage practising artists in higher education institutions (Agencies/Representative use)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 02:59 PM IST
By, New Delhi

7 non-BJP states yet to ink MoUs under PM-SHRI scheme: Officials

The Centre last week reached out to authorities in seven states and UTs, mainly Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Jharkhand, urging them to adopt the scheme

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 08:27 AM IST

‘Dartmouth College looking at partnerships in India’

The Indian government’s push for global academic collaborations will provide immense opportunities to international higher education institutions and open new avenues of partnerships for them, top officials from the prestigious Dartmouth College has said.

Barbara Will (left), vice provost of academic initiatives and a professor of English at Dartmouth, and Bob Lasher, senior vice-president for institutional advancement at the Ivy League university. (HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 11:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

ICHR plans global collaboration for ‘India-centric’ research

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is looking at global collaborations to conduct “India-centric” research, and has recently signed an agreement with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK to work on India’s creative industries and cultural heritage, a top official said

The ICHR has recently signed an agreement with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK to work on India’s creative industries and cultural heritage. (HT)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 12:23 AM IST

NTA plans measures to address glitches that marred first CUET

The National Testing Agency is taking measures to smoothen glitches that marred the first edition of the Common University Entrance Test for undergraduate admissions (CUET-UG) last year, a top official said.

Students arrive to appear for CUET at North Campus in New Delhi on July 15. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 27, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CUET expanded to 24 nations with centres likely in Sydney, Washington DC

The NTA has extended the Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate admissions, or CUET-UG, to 24 countries, with centres in cities that include Washington DC, Sydney, Vienna, Cape Town and Ottawa, among others

The application process for the second edition of the CUET-UG exam is open; the last date of submission is March 12. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 01:04 AM IST

AICTE set to ease norms to boost admissions in core engg courses

The new rules will be reflected in the AICTE’s approval process handbook that is likely to be released by the end of this month.

The AICTE in the past had asked all affiliated engineering colleges to promote these courses by interacting with industry experts, introducing compulsory internships, and providing hands-on experience
Published on Feb 11, 2023 11:48 PM IST

20 score 100 percentile in JEE (Main) Session 1

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the JEE (Main) for admissions to engineering courses at centrally funded technical institutes

The first exam session was conducted between January 24 and February 1. (NTA)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 01:58 PM IST

Union Budget 2023-24: Promotion of Indian languages receives impetus

Finance minister Niramala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2023-24 has set aside ₹300.7 crore for the national institutions for the promotion of Indian languages, an increase of 20% from 2022-23

The allocation for the Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) scheme has also increased to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 crore from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crore (budget estimate) in 2022-23. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Budget 2023: Digital ecosystem for skill development gets impetus

The finance minister announced that 30 Skill India International centres will be set up across different states to train youth for international opportunities

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 02:15 PM IST

Govt goes big on tribal welfare ahead of assembly elections

The tribal population is a key constituency for political parties this year, with assembly elections scheduled to be held in nine states — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

In her Budget speech on Wednesday, the finance minister allocated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15,000 crore for the Pradhan Mantri PVTG Development Mission that will be made available in the next three years. (ANI)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 11:11 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Budget 2023: Education gets highest ever allocation to overcome learning losses

The Union Budget 2023 presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday set aside ₹1.12 lakh crore for education – the highest ever and an increase of around 8.2% than what was pegged in 2022-23.

The Covid pandemic that hit the country in 2020 wreaked havoc on basic education due to closure of schools. According to the Annual Status of Education Report released on Wednesday, the basic reading ability of children dropped to pre-2012 levels.
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 02:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Union Budget: National digital library to be set up; focus on teacher training

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the national digital library will make available quality books digitally to help children and adolescents overcome learning losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget presentation. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 12:56 PM IST

Enrolment up but women representation remains low in professional, tech courses

Even as women enrolment increased across disciplines in higher education in 2020-21, their representation remained low in professional and technical courses

Delhi University campus. (AP)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 09:09 AM IST

ICHR plans to hold exhibitions on country’s ‘unexplored dynasties’

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi.

ICHR will unveil the exhibition, “Glory of medieval India: Manifestation of the explored Indian dynasties” on January 30 at Sahitya Akademi in Delhi. (HT)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:27 AM IST

Govt to showcase education sector, NEP in first G20 meeting

According to officials, the G20 education working group will hold a seminar ahead of the meeting at the research park of the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) in Chennai on January 31 on the topic “tech enabled learning more inclusive, qualitative and collaborative at every level”

Besides, some of the G20 nations, including France, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Netherlands, will also put their best practices in the field of education on display. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Industry-relevant disciplines to be added to engg colleges: AICTE chairperson

AICTE chairperson TG Sitharam said that there is a need to set up an “institutional system” for regular feedback to bridge the gap between academia and industry

AICTE chairperson TG Sitharam took charge of India’s technical education regulator last month
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 07:07 PM IST

Jump in students taking private tuitions after Covid: ASER survey

The proportion of students from classes 1 to 8 opting for paid private tuitions increased by over four percentage points in 2022, in comparison to pre-Covid-19 levels, according to an ASER survey.

According to ASER’s 2018 report, 15.7% of children in Uttar Pradesh, 61.6% in Bihar and 36.9% in Jharkhand opted for tuitions that year.
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ASER 2022 finds sharp drop in children’s reading ability

The report details for the first time how the Covid-19 pandemic affected learning among schoolchildren.

Representational Image
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 04:32 AM IST

Sharp drop in basic reading ability of children amid pandemic: ASER report

The ASER reading test assesses whether a child can read letters, words, a simple paragraph class first level of difficulty, or a “story” class second level of difficulty.

As many as 3,74,544 households and 6,99,597 children in the age group 3-16 were surveyed. (File image | Representative)
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 02:15 PM IST

NCERT notifies India’s first national assessment regulator

PARAKH has been launched as part of the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 that envisaged a standard-setting body to advise school boards regarding new assessment patterns and latest research, and promote collaborations between them.

The regulator aims to set up assessment guidelines for all boards to help remove disparities in scores of students enrolled with different state boards. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 04:26 AM IST

Education ministry gears up for events linked to G20 presidency

India assumed the G20 presidency in December and will convene the G20 Leaders’ Summit for the first time in the country in 2023. India began its one-year journey with a unique outreach campaign called University Connect, an effort to involve youngsters in the country’s G20 presidency.

India assumed the G20 presidency in December and will convene the G20 Leaders’ Summit for the first time in the country in 2023. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 05:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC sets ball rolling for foreign varsities in India

New Delhi: India took a big stride towards allowing foreign universities to operate in the country, with the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday releasing draft regulations that will let them set up campuses in the country

HT Image
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:49 AM IST

Foreign varsities setting up campuses in India a win-win situation, says Jagadesh Kumar

Jagadesh Kumar said the commission has framed the regulations in line with the National Education Policy 2020 that envisioned facilitating operations of top universities of the world in India.

University Grants Commission chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar (Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:39 AM IST

‘Foreign varsities setting up campuses a win-win’: UGC chief

The admission procedure of these universities in India will be the same as they follow in their parent campuses.

UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar.
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 01:00 PM IST

UGC sets the ball rolling for foreign varsities in India

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said the regulations will provide Indian students access to high-quality international education

The guidelines have been prepared in line with the National Education Policy. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 11:43 AM IST

165k schools apply for PM-SHRI upgrade

The maximum number of schools that have applied for the selection are from Uttar Pradesh (37,065), followed by Rajasthan (21,317), Madhya Pradesh (19,508), Maharashtra (16,614), and Andhra Pradesh (13, 455), officials said

On September 7, the Union Cabinet approved the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>27,360-crore scheme for upgradation of 14,500 schools across the country over the next five years (Amlan Paliwal)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 12:10 AM IST
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, March 27, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals