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.

Articles by Fareeha Iftikhar

Amid row, over 100 academicians support revised NCERT textbooks

The development came two days after 33 academics wrote to NCERT saying that the recent rationalisation exercise of NCERT “jeopardised their creative collective effort” and asked for their names to be dropped from the books.

At least 100 academics released a statement on Friday alleging that false propaganda was being spread against the NCERT (Getty Images/representative use)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:41 PM IST
By, New Delhi

AICTE may relax qualification norms for tech institute heads

“The issue was placed before a committee of experts constituted by this Council for deliberations,” AICTE member secretary Rajive Kumar said.

A person vying for post of director or principal at an AICTE affiliated technical institute may no longer need to guide PhD candidates
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

NCERT textbook row: 73 academicians release statement; call it false propaganda

The academicians said that unlike the selection process of authors in the previous times, the selection process this time, during the rationalisaion exercise, was far more transparent and ethically justified

The statement said that ihe process of selection of scholars for this task was thoroughly liberal, democratic and humanistic. (Representative file image)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 02:06 PM IST

33 more academicians ask NCERT to drop their names from ‘rationalised’ textbooks

This comes days after two former NCERT advisors, Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar, dissociated themselves from the ‘rationalised’ political science textbooks.

NCERT is now making changes to the textbooks. These involve deletions of sentences and removal of some sections (even chapters) (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 03:16 PM IST

NCERT rejects Yogendra Yadav, Suhas Palshikar request to drop names as advisers

Yadav and Palshikar were chief advisers for the political science books for classes 9 to 12 published in 2006-07

Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar issued a fresh statement on the NCERT row.
Updated on Jun 11, 2023 01:46 AM IST

Rationalisation has ‘mutilated’ books: Chief advisers to NCERT

NCERT officials have said the changes were made to “reduce content load on students” in view of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022

'Mutilated beyond recognition...remove our names': Experts to NCERT on textbook revision.(File)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 01:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

IIT-M tops NIRF rankings, Miranda House best college

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has retained its top ranking for the fifth time in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), with IITs accounting for 35.17% of research papers published in 2021-22. The institutions were ranked under 13 categories and evaluated on five parameters, including perception and outreach. Retaining rankings indicated that Indian educational institutions had retained their brand equity while strengthening infrastructure. Top institutions included Delhi University's Miranda House, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the National Law School of India University Bengaluru. New entrants to the top 100 included the National Institute of Technology Calicut and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

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Updated on Jun 06, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NIRF rankings: IIT Madras remains India’s top-ranked institute for 5th time

Union minister of state for education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh released the eighth edition of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on Monday

File picture of Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT). (PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 01:32 PM IST

Workshop for farmers on ancient agri knowledge, animal ayurveda

Over 200 farmers in India will be trained on traditional farming practices and animal Ayurveda, including using starch and animal urine to control pests, as part of a three-day event in June. The Bharatiya Paramparik Krishi Mela will be held at Tezpur University in Assam and will include a day-long workshop on krishi parashar, an ancient Sanskrit text on agriculture. The event aims to help farmers understand alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilisers, said Ganti S Murthy, national coordinator of the Indian Knowledge System division. However, some experts have dismissed the measures as having no scientific basis.

Farmers will learn traditional Indian alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilisers. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Centre seeks reports from Bihar, MP over ‘artificial, low’ midday meal coverage

In case of Bihar, PAB observed that the coverage of students at primary and upper primary level was “very low” at 57% and 58%, respectively in 2022-23.

The PAB advised the state to take up special measures to increase the coverage and sought an action taken report by September (Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Updated on May 27, 2023 08:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre approves Karnataka’s proposal to continue eggs in meals in 8 districts

The matter was discussed during a May 15 meeting between state authorities and the project approval board of the PM POSHAN scheme under the union education ministry

The expenditure of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4,426.72 lakh in this account will be shared by the central and state governments. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 24, 2023 09:21 AM IST

Team to probe Kerala’s ‘highly improbable’ data on midday meal: Centre

Under the PM-Poshan scheme the Centre shares the cost with states and UTs in a 60:40 ratio, and contributes 100% of the funds in UTs without a legislature

A senior ministry official, who asked not to be named, said that last year also the state reported very high coverage under the scheme
Updated on May 23, 2023 01:14 AM IST

200K candidates appear for CUET, some hiccups logged

At the end of the day, officials said the NTA recorded an overall attendance of 76%. This was considerably higher than the overall CUET-UG attendance of 62% in 2022

CUET candidates go through a security check before appearing for the exam on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2023 12:30 AM IST

CUET-UG 2023 postponed in J&K, Manipur; New dates announced

NTA clarified that CUET UG will be held as per schedule in the remaining parts of the country.

CUET-UG 2023 postponed in Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur (HT Archive/For representation)
Published on May 20, 2023 08:20 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Panel favours bringing IITs under ambit of new accreditation system

The panel suggested to include all HEIs and every programme in the newly proposed assessment and accreditation system under the NEP 2020.

IIT. (File)
Updated on May 20, 2023 02:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

DM’s nod must for employing child artiste in showbiz: NCPCR directive

New Delhi: Participation of a child in a commercial audio-visual media production or event will need a clearance from concerned district magistrate (DM), the national child rights commission said on Thursday as it issued revised guidelines for involvement of minor artistes in the entertainment industry

DM’s nod must for employing child artiste in showbiz: NCPCR directive
Updated on May 19, 2023 02:15 PM IST

NTA faces shortage of centres in J&K, Jharkhand amid surge in CUET applications

According to NTA officials, nearly 1.5mn students have applied for the national common entrance test this year, as against around 990,000 students last year.

Aspirants outside a CUET centre in August last year. (File photo)
Updated on May 18, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC launches professors of practice portal to create pool of industry experts

The PoP portal will bridge the gap between academia and industry by facilitating the hiring of experienced professionals in different domains

The objective behind introducing this is to bring in distinguished experts from various fields into academia. (UGC)
Updated on May 16, 2023 01:36 PM IST

Teachers point to Covid-19 changes as reason for drop

Officials from CBSE and educationists attributed the variations in results to the changes in evaluation processes before and after the pandemic

Students celebrate after CBSE results on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 12, 2023 11:37 PM IST

CBSE Class 10 results out; pass percentage at 93.12%, up from pre-pandemic year

The pass percentage increased by 2.11 percentage points this year in comparison to the pre-pandemic year 2019 when it stood at 91.1%

The exams were held between February 15 and March 21. (PTI photo)
Updated on May 12, 2023 05:44 PM IST

Pass percentage dips as CBSE declares Class 12 exam results

The pass percentage remained higher than in the pre-pandemic year (2019) when the exams were held in a single term

CBSE said 1660511 students appeared in the Class 12 examination this year. (Twitter)
Updated on May 12, 2023 12:31 PM IST

Why our IITs need SC/ST cells

Administrative will alone can bring discrimination in higher education institutions to light. A case study from IIT-Delhi

IIT Delhi (Agency File Photo)
Published on May 11, 2023 04:42 PM IST

Start courses in heritage to attract foreign students: UGC to varsities

The commission has shared guidelines on the introduction of courses based on Indian heritage and culture, asking the institutions to take necessary steps to start offering them.

The guidelines came months after a parliamentary panel on education in March suggested that the higher education department of the education ministry issue guidelines for universities to introduce courses on Indian heritage and culture. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

79% jump in candidates scoring in 100 percentile of JEE (Main)

The topmost score was secured by 43 students, which included one woman, up from 24 in the JEE (Main) carried out last year.

The JEE (Main) is a computerised test conducted in two sessions: the first between January 24 and February 2 and the next between April 6 and April 15. In the first session 20 students scored in the hundredth percentile.
Updated on Apr 30, 2023 04:38 AM IST

6,448 schools selected for upgrade under PM-SHRI scheme

In September last year, the Union Cabinet approved the ₹27,360-crore scheme for upgradation of 14,500 schools across the country over the next five years. The scheme is expected to benefit 1.8 million students and ensure that schools serve as model institutes and encapsulate the spirit of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.

More than 200,000 eligible schools from across the country had applied for the first round of upgradation under the scheme through an online portal launched by the Union education ministry last November (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 12:41 AM IST

The fine-print of the National Education Policy 2020

The major reforms introduced under the NEP 2020, include CUET, multiple entry-exits, and the ABC platform. HT explains

The NEP 2020 replaced an education policy that was in place since 1986, and recommended a major overhaul in India’s education system at all levels from school to higher education. (PRAFUL GANGURDE/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 05:37 PM IST

IITs told to ensure zero discrimination on campus after spate of suicides by students

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been directed to ensure "zero tolerance" for discrimination and provide robust support systems, following a spate of student suicides. The IIT council, led by the country's education minister, met for the first time in two years to discuss the issue. The council also examined ways to help students overcome language barriers and discussed possible reasons behind students dropping out.

Several incidents of death by suicide have been reported among students at IIT campuses over the last few months (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 11:52 PM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC set to release rules, portal for foreign varsity campuses in May

In January, the higher education regulator had released draft regulations allowing foreign universities to operate in the country. The draft rules sought to provide autonomy in admissions and fees.

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar says the final touches are being given to the regulations and they will be released sometime in May (PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Ramayana’s irrigation lessons among topics in UGC’s draft proposal

The draft guidelines are in accordance with National Education Policy 2020 that recommends induction of Indian Knowledge System at all levels of education.

The suggestions are made in the draft guidelines issued by the UGC on Thursday for “incorporating Indian Knowledge in Higher Education Curricula”. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 04:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Appoint SC, ST, women reps in student redressal panels: UGC

The UGC has made it compulsory to include one ombudsman in the student redressal panels

The UGC on Thursday asked all higher education institutions to comply with the new norms that seek to address problems faced by students already enrolled in any institution, as well as those seeking admission to such places
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 12:02 AM IST
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