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Fareeha Iftikhar

Fareeha Iftikhar is a Special 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.

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In less than 2 yrs, 278 industry experts hired as college professors

Survey by the University Grants Commission found 278 professionals hired as professors of practice in various disciplines to bridge academia-industry gap in Indian higher education.

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Updated on Apr 18, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Rahul, Akhilesh share stage: ‘BJP will get 150’

The comments came day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the BJP was going to be restricted under 200 seats.

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradeshh, India - April 17, 2024: Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav  addressing a joint press conference of INDIA parties at Kaushambi (Ghaziabad), in Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 01:29 AM IST
By, Ghaziabad

Rahul calls electoral bonds world’s biggest ‘extortion scheme’, attacks Modi

Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in Ghaziabad two days before it goes to the polls

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 02:35 PM IST

Offline CUET-UG likely for 12 subjects that get over 100k registrations

The exam, which is conducted by the National Testing Agency, will be administered in hybrid mode for the first time between May 15 and 31

More than 1.35 million candidates have registered for the CUET-UG this year, official data showed (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CBSE to launch pilot of NCrF in classes 6,9, 11; invites schools to participate

The government had last year launched the NCrF as part of the implementation of the NEP 2020 in order to ensure a seamless integration of school, higher and vocational education

A senior CBSE official said that the guidelines shared are for the pilot purpose only. (Representative file photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 12:49 PM IST

NCERT prepares bridge course guidelines to address learning gaps

NCERT is preparing new school textbooks in line with the new NCF as part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 implementation

This year, NCERT will release the new textbooks only for classes third and sixth. (NCERT)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 04:54 PM IST

NCERT adds abrogation of Article 370, revises definition of Left in textbooks

NCERT said the revised and updated content will be reflected in the textbooks to be released this month for the academic year 2024-25

The NCERT books are used by over 40 million students across the country. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 10:00 AM IST

UGC proposes NET scores for PhD admissions instead of separate entrance exams

As per existing PhD admission norms, 70% weightage will be given to the test scores and 30% to interview or viva voce

The UGC conducts NET exam through the National Testing Agency (NTA) twice a year, in June and December. (UGC website)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 04:18 PM IST

NCERT’s rationalised syllabi may continue in most classes

The council said it is highly unlikely that new textbooks for many classes, including 10 and 12, will be released ahead of the new academic session

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Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:20 AM IST

ICSSR invites research proposals on ‘Vision Viksit Bharat@2047’

ICSSR member secretary Dhananjay Singh said this is the first special theme-based call for projects in the new financial year

Viksit Bharat@2047’ is government’s roadmap to make India a developed nation by 2047 (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 01:07 PM IST

CBSE considers policy on use of AI to prepare students for future jobs

According to officials, the plan was discussed during the CBSE’s department of Skill Education meeting held in November last year

The logo of the Central Board of Secondary Education.(File)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 04:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Samagra Shiksha funds to 6 states may be stopped for not adopting PM Shri scheme

While five of these states have not signed the MoUs yet, Punjab has stopped the implementation of the PM SHRI scheme

A staff member walks inside an empty classroom of a school after Kerala state government ordered the closure of schools across the state, amid coronavirus fears, in Kochi, India March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Sivaram V (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 08:12 AM IST

Opportune time for India, US collaboration: American delegation hails NEP 2020

The delegation from the Institute of International Education is on a seven-day visit to India to explore and expand bilateral partnerships with higher education institutions between the two countries

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Published on Feb 28, 2024 02:13 PM IST

NCERT prepares manual on ‘Viksit Bharat’, highlights govt policies

The module has also been designed with the aspiration of integrating “significant achievements of the country into the school curriculum as supplementary reading,” officials said

The module’s topics include Make In India, Startup India, Swachhata Hi Seva, Swadeshi Apnao. (HT photo/ representational image)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India shifted from jobless to job-led growth in 10 years: MoS Chandrasekhar

The focus will now be on skilling people in future requirements, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors

Around 45 million youth have been trained under various government schemes between 2014 to the time before the pandemic, the minister said. (Ayush Sharma)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 02:12 AM IST

NTA likely to bring key changes in CUET-UG examinations

The changes might include a switch from a computer-based to a hybrid mode and reduction in the number of subjects a candidate may choose

Students arrive to appear for the first slot of CUET-UG at North campus in New Delhi on July 15, 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Nari Shakti Vandan NCERT module praises key schemes on women

Nari Shakti Vandan is third in a series of special supplementary reading material prepared by the council

The new module has been divided into seven units on themes that include empowering women and political participation of women for equality. (Representative file image)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 04:50 AM IST

UGC encourages universities to adopt diverse revenue streams

The various modes of revenue generation have been suggested by the commission in its guideline for Institutional Development Plan (IDP) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

The commission shared the guidelines with all its affiliated universities and colleges on February 6. (UGC website | File photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 01:56 PM IST

Interim budget: Centre slashes allocation for education, UGC funding cut by 61%

The interim budget for education in India has been reduced by 7%, with the allocation for the UGC slashed by 61%

The interim budget presented on Thursday set aside <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.2 lakh crore for education. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 06:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt enhances target to help 30 mn women become ‘Lakhpati Didis’: Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman also spoke about the other initiatives by the government in the last 10 years for the empowerment of women

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other officials outside the Finance Ministry ahead of the presentation of Interim Budget in New Delhi (PTI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 01:15 PM IST

UGC releases draft rules for funding of colleges

The draft guidelines have been prepared in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

Ludhiana, India - 18, 2019 : Students of Government College for Girls coming out of the college premises from gate number 2 it was reopened after five years in Ludhiana on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. (Photo by Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times) (HT file)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Higher education institutions not to be graded during accreditation: NAAC

According to a statement issued by the NAAC, the decision to bring reforms in the present system was taken during its executive council meeting on Saturday.

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Updated on Jan 28, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Women comprises 48% of overall enrollment in higher education: AISHE report

The representation of female students in higher education in India marks its all time high at 2.07 crore in 2021-22, AISHE report.

Women comprises 48% of overall enrollment in higher education: AISHE report(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 27, 2024 08:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Female enrolment in higher education increased to 2.07 crore in 2021

Female enrolment in higher education has increased by 32% since 2014-15

At the undergraduate level, Arts subjects have 1.13 crore students, out of which 51% are female and 49% are male (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 12:22 AM IST

Three key takeaways from AISHE report 2021-22

The latest AISHE report indicated a 4.58% increase in higher education enrollment, a narrowed gender gap and improvement in admissions of SC/ST and OBC students

 The Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) saw a hike from 23.7 in 2014-15 and 27.3 in 2020-21, to 28.4 in 2021-22.
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 03:04 AM IST

Higher education enrolment increased by 4.58% in 2021-22: AISHE report

The Gross Enrolment Ratio also rose, with the government aiming to increase it by 50% by 2035.

Female enrolment increased to 20.7 million in 2021-22 from 20.1 million a year ago, marking a jump of almost 3%, it said (HT)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 02:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ICSSR invites research proposals on history of traditional art forms

The Indian Council of Social Science Research has for the first time invited research proposals on the history and sociology of traditional art forms across the country that highlight the “unifying Bharatiyata or Indianness”

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Updated on Jan 21, 2024 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt set to roll out twice-a-year board exam on optional basis

The option of appearing for board exams two times a year will be provided to students of Classes 10 and 12 from the next academic session, a senior official at the ministry of education said

The framework, which was released by the ministry in August last year, also proposed that the students be given the option to write their board exams twice a year (HT)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Language skills dip, maths slightly better: ASER data

The report is based on a survey of 34,745 people between the ages of 14 and 18 in both government and private institutes across 28 districts in 26 states.

School students going to school on cold and foggy winter morning, in New Delhi, India, on Friday. (Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 04:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Teen boys twice as likely to own smartphones than girls in rural India: ASER

The ASER 2023 report focusses on youth aged 14 to 18 years in rural India by surveying 34,745 youth enrolled

The report highlights that 89% of the youth in that age group have smartphones at home while 92% of them know how to use it. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:43 PM IST
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