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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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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

25% teens in age group 14-18 can’t read grade 2 text fluently: ASER report

While nearly 85% of the surveyed youth can measure length using a scale when the starting point is 0 cm, the proportion drops to 39% when the starting point is moved

Female students (76%) do better than males (70.9%) in reading grade 2nd-level text in their regional language, male students do better than female students in arithmetic and reading English text. (HT file photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 01:11 PM IST

Director exited over sexual harassment inquiry: IIM-C

The institute clarified that the removal was to ensure a fair inquiry and did not reflect the board's opinion on the allegation

IIM Calcutta. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

IIT, NIT expert panel to help AICTE assess engineering colleges for seat increase

The move comes after the technical education regulator last month removed the ceiling on increasing intake for well- performing institutions, provided they maintained the highest quality of education.

AICTE last year also lifted a moratorium on establishing new engineering colleges, three years after it had stopped giving approval to any new technical school since seats were lying vacant across several of its affiliated institutes. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt proposes one student ID, online school admissions

The APAAR ID will not only help monitor the lifelong learning journey of students, but also build a digital repository of education records

Students at a government school in Shimla.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre launches portal for students to register for tour to PM’s school in Guj

Applicants will go through a rigorous three-stage selection process and two students from each district to attend the programme in batches of 20, 10 girls and 10 boys

In June 2022, the government announced its plan to launch “Prerana”, a programme to inspire youth of the country to become “catalysts of change” (HT)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Three things that will help you understand why school kids are dropping out

Four-year data of dropout rates in class 10 shows a steady decrease. HT spoke to experts to understand why students fall out of the education system.

The data also highlights that of the nearly 19 million students who appeared for the class 10 examination in 2022, nearly 3 million students failed to progress to class 11.(Representative Image)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 09:11 PM IST

‘1 nation, 1 student ID’ to be extended to schools

The Indian government plans to extend its one nation, one student ID initiative to schools, allowing seamless integration with higher education

School students wear face masks during prayer amid rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, in Jammu on Friday(PTI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 01:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC asks varsities to integrate electoral literacy in curricular framework

UGC has asked universities and colleges to evolve a robust mechanism to fulfil the aspirational goal of the Election Commission of India (ECI) of handing over voter IDs to every eligible student

UGC has asked universities to organise mock polls and administer a pledge to vote by students. (File)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 03:55 PM IST

Centre to launch ‘IKS Wiki’ to give authentic, traditional Indian knowledge

The idea behind starting the IKS Wiki is to provide information in a simplified language that can be understood by the common people, the official said.

To be sure, Wikipedia, the world’s largest free online encyclopedia, has extensive entries on Indian civilisation, religion, philosophy and culture.(Pixabay)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 06:35 AM IST

Research India’s traditional knowledge, space-based technologies: House Panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, chaired by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur, submitted the report

The Lower House or Lok Sabha in Parliament. (ANI)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 05:49 PM IST

No ban on protests in JNU: Vice-chancellor after objections raised over manual

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit on Tuesday reiterated that all rules mentioned in the Chief Proctor Office manual were already in place

JNU vice-chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit rejected reports that a new JNU manual has restricted protests on the University campus. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 04:15 AM IST

UGC approves guidelines for introducing short-term skill courses in universities

Universities and colleges will offer short-term skill development courses in any stream with at least 12 credits and a maximum of 30 credits

Updated on Dec 07, 2023 05:35 PM IST

AAP 3-state report card: Contested 205, Lost 205

Aam Aadmi Party lost in all 205 constituencies it contested in the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh elections, failing to secure even 1% of the vote.

The Aam Aadami Party (AAP) contested in all 205 constituencies it and lost on all of them in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assembly elections on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 08:57 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC seeks foreign envoys’ help in setting up campuses in India

The guidelines provide the foreign universities, which have secured a position within the top 500 in the global rankings, to set up their campuses in India

In a letter to the envoys, the higher education regulatory body has asked them to examine the UGC regulations issued last month in this regard and raise awareness on different platforms.
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 12:27 AM IST

UGC may allow PG students topick courses from other streams

UGC draft proposes flexibility in postgraduate programs, allowing students to choose subjects regardless of undergraduate discipline.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2023 05:52 AM IST

NCERT forms two panels to set Economics, Art syllabus

These two panels have been constituted in continuation of the 19-member National Syllabus and Teaching Learning Material Committee (NSTC) notified in July.

NCERT forms two panels to develop Economics and Art syllabus for classes 3 to 12 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 10:38 AM IST

Govt notifies new IIM rules; President can now dissolve board of governors

The President of India who is now the “Visitor” of each IIM, will have complete power to nominate the chairperson of the board of governors

According to the new norms, the Visitor (President) will have the final say in the appointment of the Director of any IIM. (IIM Lucknow)
Published on Nov 13, 2023 01:46 PM IST

Panel set up for Indian Knowledge System’s integration in books

According to a senior NCERT official the committee will prepare documents in three languages – Hindi, English and Urdu

Panel set up for Indian Knowledge System’s integration in books
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 05:56 AM IST

UGC issues guidelines for foreign institutions

The entry of foreign varsities is expected to provide more opportunities to Indian students and increase the depth of the higher-education sector in India.

University Grants Commission (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 04:59 AM IST
By, New Delhi

AICTE approves 21,900 seats in 300 institutes for working professional

According to data shared by the council, 9,180 undergraduate seats in 143 institutes, 1,920 postgraduate seats in 54 institutes, and 10,800 diploma seats in 169 institutes have been approved across the country

The decision was taken to ensure working professionals could continue with their education. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 06:44 AM IST

Use Bharat, not India in textbooks: NCERT panel

Critics argue that it is a political move and that the focus should be on improving education quality and filling teacher vacancies.

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Updated on Oct 26, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

NCERT panel recommends replacing ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in school textbooks

CI Issac further said that the committee, which is one of the 25 committees formed by the NCERT in 2021 to prepare position papers on various subjects and themes, has further recommended introducing ‘classical history’ instead of ‘ancient history’ in the textbooks

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) (Representative Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 01:46 PM IST

Education ministry calls for diversity and inclusivity in schools in new norms

The guidelines recommend culturally and socially accommodating curricula, teacher training to support all students, and equipping resource centers with assistive devices.

The guidelines recommended there should not be any kind of discrimination, negative dispositions and violence against or among students (HT archive)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 06:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

All you need to know about UGC draft norms that make internships mandatory

Internships are important as they will help in improving employability skills, generating competency, and professional working skills, the draft guidelines said

UGC's draft guidelines recommend mandatory internships for undergraduate (UG) students with an aim to improve their employability and help them understand the importance of research while, simultaneously, earning credits from them.(HT file)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 05:08 PM IST
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