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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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Cannot conduct board exams twice a year under current schedule: CBSE

While main exams are held between February and April and results are declared in May, supplementary exams are held between July and August, with results declared at the end of August

The National Curriculum Framework 2023 released in line with the National Education Policy 2020 in August recommended that students be allowed to take board examinations on at least two occasions during any given school year, with only the best scores being retained (HT)
Updated on Jun 30, 2024 05:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre’s high-level panel on NTA reforms to seek suggestions from students, parents

The panel headed by former ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan will give its recommendations to the education ministry within the next 2 months

NTA panel chairperson K Radhakrishnan. (Photo from X)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 11:17 AM IST

48% of 1,563 students who got grace marks skip NEET-UG retest

While none of the two candidates from Chandigarh appeared for the exam, 219 out of 602 sat for the retest in Chhattisgarh.

Students protest against NEET-UG retest in Rajkot on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2024 05:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CBI teams rush to Gujarat, Bihar for NEET-UG leak probe

CBI investigates NEET-UG exam conspiracy, arrests made in Bihar and Gujarat. Govt not inclined for re-exam. Protests continue, SC to hear matter on July 8.

Students under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) stage a protest against the alleged NEET-UG results scam seeking a CBI inquiry(snehal sontakke)
Updated on Jun 24, 2024 12:07 AM IST

Centre removes NTA’s head, to overhaul body

The Union government on Saturday removed the head of the National Testing Authority, after the education minister said that the agency was under the scanner.

Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), students wing of All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters staged a protest against recent scam in NEET and UGC-NET exam in front of Asutosh College in Kolkata, on Saturday. (Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Education ministry forms panel to recommend reforms in functioning of NTA

The panel has been formed at a time when NTA is under scanner over the alleged irregularities during the conduct of NEET-UG this year, cancellation of UGC-NET due to paper leak on darknet and postponement the CSIR-UGC-NET

Union education minister Dharmendra Prardhan. (File)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 04:20 PM IST

NEET in crisis, NET junked, now CSIR-NET pushed back

NTA postpones CSIR-UGC-NET amidst controversy over medical entrance test irregularities, raising questions about agency processes and sparking political row.

Congress workers protest against the irregularities in NEET 2024 in Lucknow, on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 05:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NEET-UG re-exam: NTA changes centres; edu ministry officials to be present

NEET-UG re-exam for 1,563 candidates on Sunday due to earlier issues. NTA & education ministry officials to ensure smooth conduct.

Students hold protest against the alleged irregularities in the NEET examination (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 06:03 PM IST

UGC-NET paper on darknet, panel to review NTA: Pradhan

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday that a “specific question paper” for the UGC-NET was leaked on the darknet, leading to the cancellation of the exam that is used to screen PhD candidates, pick assistant professors and award Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

UGC-NET paper on darknet, panel to review NTA: Pradhan
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NET fuel to NEET fire as exam row explodes; CBI begins probe

Dharmendra Pradhan said that a specific question paper of the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) was leaked on the darknet

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan addresses a press conference in New Delhi, on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 06:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Wider NEET retest not on the cards: Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan

On Friday, Dharmendra Pradhan hit back at the allegations, saying a large number of students who cleared the NEET exam this year are from rural areas.

Students holding placards protest against the alleged irregularities in the NEET examination, in Bhopal on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 04:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NEET UG Row: Won’t tolerate malpractices in conduct of exams, says Pradhan

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan's remarks comes amid backlash from the opposition over the alleged irregularities in the conduct of NEET UG 2024.

NEET UG Row: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke amid the backlash from the opposition over the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) this year.
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:52 PM IST
By, New Delhi

NEET-UG row: NTA’s accountability will be fixed if lapses found, says Pradhan

Pradhan reiterated that there is no concrete proof to establish the allegations of paper leaks during the NEET-UG exam this year. He also met some NEET aspirants and their parents on Friday and addressed their issues

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan (File Photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 06:07 PM IST

Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan calls NEET-UG paper leak charges baseless

The comments came on the day the Supreme Court accepted the government’s suggestion for conducting a retest of 1563 students, who got grace marks due to loss of time

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan. (PTI)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 04:26 PM IST

Explained: The controversy surrounding NEET-UG 2024 results, and SC’s stance

Aspirants, parents and some educational professionals are calling for a probe, while the Supreme Court has demanded answers from the National Testing Agency

The alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination have evoked protests from students all over the country. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 08:00 AM IST

UGC allows colleges, universities to admit students twice a year

The council took a policy decision to allow Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who offer programs in regular mode to admit students twice a year, either in Jan/Feb or July/August from this session

Presently, universities and colleges admit students annually in July-August every year, in regular mode. (ANi file photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 12:05 PM IST

NEET-UG: Edu min constitutes high level panel to revisit results of 1563 students

The NEET 2024 results, announced on June 4, triggered a massive uproar, with several aspirants and parents demanding a probe and sought “re-exam”, alleging that the paper was leaked at certain centers where students got high scores

The NEET-UG results were announced in June 4 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 05:20 PM IST

SP has strengthened democracy by strengthening the opposition: Iqra Choudhary

Iqra Choudhary, a postgraduate from SOAS, London, is the daughter of former Member of Legislative Assembly Begum Tabassum Hasan and sister of three-time MLA Nahid Hasan

Iqra Choudhary, Lok Sabha election winner from Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana constituency (HT /Sourced Photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 11:24 AM IST

NCERT book changes, grace marks for time loss led to higher scores in NEET: NTA

Ever since the NTA announced the NEET-UG results, which is conducted for undergraduate admissions to medical colleges, parents and students have raised objections to it

The NTA reiterated that those who have got the same marks will be assigned seats using the “tie-breaking” formula. (Representative file photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 12:27 PM IST

Number of women MPs elected to the Lok Sabha drops

The 18th Lok Sabha will have 74 women Members of Parliament (MP), marking a slight dip from 2019 when 78 women MPs were elected.

The new Parliament building in New Delhi. (File)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 04:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NCERT seeks implementation of Holistic Progress Card for progress monitoring

PARAKH has so far trained faculty from the state councils of educational research and training, teachers from all the district institutes of education and training

The NCERT and the Central Board of Secondary Education conducted a pilot of HPC in select schools last year. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Published on May 27, 2024 11:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Kanhaiya Kumar’s crowdfunding approach picks up steam

Till 9.30pm on Tuesday, the drive had raised ₹48,98,451 which is 53% of the amount the goal set, i.e, ₹92,50,000

Kanhaiya Kumar (Agencies)
Updated on May 22, 2024 09:50 AM IST

Vishal Bhardwaj, Kunal Kamra among contributors to Kanhaiya Kumar’s campaign

Till Tuesday afternoon, the drive had raised ₹47,04,359 which is 51% of the goal set, ie, ₹92,50,000, with two days left for the campaign to conclude

Congress candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2024 03:31 PM IST

CUET UG : Wrong question paper was distributed at center in Kanpur, says NTA

CUET UG 2024: NTA denies allegations of paper leak at an examination center in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur.

NTA will also conduct CUET UG exam for Delhi exam centres on May 29, as the May 15 exam was postponed a night before citing unavoidable reasons. (Representative photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:41 PM IST

Girls continue to outshine boys in CBSE results; overall pass percentage rises

CBSE announced Class 10 pass percentage at 93.6% and Class 12 at 87.98%, both higher than last year. Girls outperformed boys. Changes in exam pattern cited as reason.

Like last year, girls performed better than boys in terms of pass percentages by two percentage points in Class 10 and 6.4 percentage points in Class 12. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

CBSE class 12 results: Marginal increase in pass percentage; 95% scorers soar

CBSE class 12 results announced. This year overall pass percentage has increased by 0.65 percentage points compared to last year.

CBSE class 12 results: Marginal increase in pass percentage; 95% scorers soar
Published on May 13, 2024 12:14 PM IST

As CUET-UG goes hybrid, number of centres to triple this year

NTA triples the number of CUET-UG exam centres to 2415 for 1.34M students, with hybrid format for 2023, combining offline and computer-based tests.

University Grants Commission chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar is monitoring CUET along with NTA. (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2024 06:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NCERT told to review books every session

Union education ministry directs NCERT to annually review and update school textbooks before printing, focusing on reducing content load and reflecting evolving topics.

NCERT publishes new textbooks before the beginning of each academic session though there is no fixed mandate to review content. (AP)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 03:00 AM IST

Education Ministry asks NCERT to review textbooks every year

NCERT books once published should not remain the same for many years, said an Education Ministry official, explaining the rationale behind the decision

The NCERT publishes new textbooks every year before the beginning of the academic session. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 06:28 PM IST

Plan logistics for biannual boards, Centre tells CBSE

The central government has asked CBSE to chalk out a plan to hold board exams biannually, officials aware of the matter said on Friday

The new national curriculum framework (NCF) released last year proposed the students be given the option to write their board exams twice a year. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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