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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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Delhi University plans to cap sports, ECA disciplines

The university’s committee on undergraduate admission policy has received recommendations on limiting the choice of sports and co-curricular activities for aspirants.

(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 19, 2019 12:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU mulls online marks calculator, hike in admission cancellation fee

In a meeting on Thursday, members of the standing committee also recommended that the “same formula” should be set and followed by all DU colleges while calculating the best-four percentage for any course.

The committee recommended introducing the “online calculator” on the admission software to automatically arrive at the “best-four” percentage.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 19, 2019 06:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘We plan to increase intake of women’:Jamia’s vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar

Jamia’s newly appointed vice-chancellor says her focus will be on gender equality and introducing job-oriented courses

Najma Akhtar, who was appointed vice-chancellor (V-C) of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), scored a historic double — not only was she the first woman to hold the post, but she was also the first woman to head any central varsity in the national capital.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 06:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi

To enrol third gender, DU will reach out directly to aspirants

The centre was established in north campus last April to guide transgender aspirants. No transgender student has enrolled in a regular course since DU introduced the third gender category in 2015.

Transgender students, pursuing education through distance learning, often cite humiliation meted out to them as a reason for not opting the regular stream.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2019 06:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

In Northeast Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, resolving snarls priority for all parties

The Pusta Road in Northeast Delhi is one for the most congested corridors in Delhi as it connects the capital with Uttar Pradesh border and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE).

The 155-km corridor, approved by the Union transport ministry in January, will provide seamless connectivity between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2019 12:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU’s Ramjas College magazine bans political articles

Delhi University’s Ramjas College has asked students to refrain from writing articles on politics while inviting entries for publication in its annual magazine.

Ramjas College at Delhi University in New Delhi. Image for representation.(Hindustan Times file photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 07:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Two years on, DSSSB fails to recruit teachers for differently abled students

The DSSSB, which conducts recruitment exams for government schools in the city, also informed the court that of the 1,540 notified posts of such teachers for schools run by the civic bodies — east, north and west — in 2017, only 31.3 % posts (482) were filled.

(HT File)
Published on Apr 12, 2019 01:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Despite HC stay, parents accuse south Delhi school of hiking fee

A group of around 100 parents Monday protested outside the St George School in Alaknanda alleging “arbitrary” fee hike.

Schools have been demanding an increase in fee to pay the higher salaries under the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)
Updated on Apr 09, 2019 12:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

In this Delhi school, 4000 students, 4 shifts, no recess

According to officials at the directorate of education (DoE), this school is perhaps the only school in Delhi that works in four shifts—two in the morning, for girls, and two in the evening, for boys. The reason: One of the two school blocks, which had 10 rooms, is being rebuilt to create more space for its 3,850 students.

According to officials at the directorate of education (DoE), this school is perhaps the only school in Delhi that works in four shifts.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Waterless in first free wi-fi village in Delhi

According to locals, around 100 cases of dengue were reported from the village last year. However, in the absence of any government hospital and medical dispensary, the residents struggled.

Roads were paved and lit in the village adopted by MP Manoj Tiwari, but water and proper medical care is wanting(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 07:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Private schools built on public land in Delhi can’t raise fees till April 8: High Court

The court directed the schools not to charge an interim fee increase. “Till the next date of hearing, none of the land clause schools will proceed to collect the amount constituting the interim fee hike in terms of the October 17, 2017 circular issued by the Appellant no 1 (DoE),” the bench said,

Delhi private schools built on public land cannot raise fee till April 8(Hindustan Times Media)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 08:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka and Fareeha Iftikhar

Temporary relief on order allowing private schools to increase fee

Under the land lease agreements of these schools, they cannot increase their fees without prior approval from the DoE. Once a proposal is sent, the DoE will audit their finances and they can be allowed to increase the fee only if they are found to be struggling to manage their expenses.

The school had claimed that they needed to increase their fees to enable them to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on salaries for teachers and other employees.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 04, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka and Fareeha Iftikhar

Girls in JNU ask DJs to stop playing ‘sexist songs’ during cultural nights

The campaign, ‘Dekho magar consent se’, will put out a ‘no-play list’ of songs that objectify women: Organisers

JNU has 18 hostels across the campus, and each organises an annual cultural night at the end of every academic year.(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 02, 2019 05:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

JNU: Left vs Right contest heats up in poll season

University’s right-wing groups bank on nationalism and Pulwama attacks while Left-leaning students are focussing on unemployment and the farm crisis to win support.

Victorious Left student groups take out a march after campus elections last September. Traditionally a Left politics stronghold, JNU has seen rising support for right-wing ABVP in recent years.(Amal KS/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 31, 2019 09:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

6,000 to get a second chance at education starting Monday

A first generation learner, Asif couldn’t even identify alphabets when he was admitted to the Special Training Centre (STC) at the Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar last year.

Asif, Nitish and Manish at the Special Training Centre at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar, on Friday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2019 02:11 AM IST
New Delhi | By

No guest teachers, crisis looms over new school session

The Delhi high court on Friday could not hear a government application seeking a six-month extension of their services.

No guest teachers, crisis looms over new school session (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 30, 2019 08:12 AM IST
New Delhi | ByRicha Banka and Fareeha Iftikhar

Private schools on government land must take permission before hiking fee: DoE

The move comes after Delhi High Court’s March 15 ruling that quashed the DoE’s order barring these 325 schools from unilaterally hiking fees.

Private schools on government land must take permission before hiking fee: DoE(Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 29, 2019 02:49 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Pay like others or take your kid elsewhere, EWS parents say school asking full fee

St Lawrence Convent, they claimed, told them that the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, is applicable only till the completion of elementary education.

EWS parents say school asking for full fee(Hindustan Times Media)
Updated on Mar 29, 2019 09:51 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: AAP ‘failed to fulfil’ 2015 polls promises, says Rajnath Singh

Addressing an election rally in North East Delhi parliamentary constituency, Union home minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said unlike AAP, the Modi government has delivered everything it had promised.

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, at an event in North East Delhi, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 12:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi residence proof mandatory for admission to schools of excellence

The Delhi government has revised the guidelines for enrolment in its five Schools of Excellence, making it mandatory for candidates to submit a proof of residence in Delhi.

The Delhi government has revised the guidelines for enrolment in its five Schools of Excellence, making it mandatory for candidates to submit a proof of residence in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)
Updated on Mar 26, 2019 01:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Jamia to display letters written by Mahatma Gandhi

In his letter to MA Ansari, dated June 30, 1928, Gandhi wrote about the importance of “Hindu-Muslim unity” for the betterment of the university.

Jamia Millia Islamia will put five letters handwritten by Mahatma Gandhi on display for the public as a part of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2019 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Manish Sisodia urges Delhi University vice-chancellor to extend tenure of college governing bodies

The move comes after the tenure of the governing bodies (GBs) of 28 state government-funded colleges got over on March 8.

Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday again urged the Delhi University (DU) vice-chancellor, Yogesh Tyagi, to extend the tenure of the governing bodies of all state government-funded colleges of the varsity by three months with an immediate effect. Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 21, 2019 03:19 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Schools in Delhi ask parents to clear fee arrears

Move comes days after HC set aside govt’s order barring private unaided schools built on public land from hiking fee.

Days after the Delhi HC set aside the state government’s order barring private unaided schools built on public land from increasing their fees without permission, many parents on Tuesday complained that schools had started asking them to pay “arrears” .(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 20, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

With barrier-free footpaths, DU is a pedestrian’s dream

With well- maintained footpaths and visibly fewer potholes and pitfalls on the entire Chhatra Marg stretch, a large number of students prefer to walk rather than taking cycle-rickshaws or e-rickshaws.

For most students of Delhi University’s (DU) north campus, taking a walk from the Vishwavidyalaya metro station to their respective colleges and departments, has become a delightful experience in the last few years.(Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 08:44 AM IST
New Delhi | By

In Delhi University, Mother- daughter duo receive PhD degrees together

Officials at the University of Delhi said it was first time that a mother-daughter duo had completed their doctoral programme together from the institution although there have been similar cases at the postgraduate level.

Mala Dutta (left) and Shreya Mishra with their degrees(HT)
Updated on Mar 17, 2019 09:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi government will challenge High Court order on school fee hike

According to the government, the condition was part of the agreement that the government had made with such schools at the time of allotting land.

The Delhi government on Saturday said it would challenge the Delhi high court’s ruling setting aside its order barring private unaided schools built on public land from unilaterally hiking fees.(HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 17, 2019 12:10 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Delhi HC scraps govt order capping pvt school fee

The schools had sought a 15% increase in fees on grounds that they needed to raise the salaries of teachers in line with recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

The Delhi Parents’ Association (DPA) swiftly criticised the verdict.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Published on Mar 15, 2019 11:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka and Fareeha Iftikhar

Manish Sisodia tells DoE to make list of ‘unpopular schools’ allotted to kids under EWS category

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), which will be provided the list, will find out why these schools are “unpopular” among parents. The decision was taken after a large number of EWS/DG candidates did not turn up for admission last year even after they were allotted seats in private schools.

Delhi education minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has asked the directorate of education (DoE) to provide a list of private schools where parents are not willing to admit their children in entry-level classes under the economically weaker section and disadvantaged groups (EWS/DG) category.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File PHOTO)
Published on Mar 10, 2019 01:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Schools allotted to kids under disability quota in Delhi don’t have special educators: Parents

Hindustan Times had last month reported that only 53 students got admission against 1,322 seats reserved for disabled children in entry-level classes – nursery, kindergarten (KG) and class 1 -- in private schools in 2018-19. The DoE had said the applicants did not turn up for admissions even after four rounds.

A section of parents seeking enrolment of their children at entry-level classes in private schools under the disability quota say the institutes they have been allotted are not equipped to cater to the special needs of their children.(HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 09, 2019 05:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘2 of 3 girls in Delhi govt schools stay home on periods’

At least 66% of girls enrolled in government schools across the city either skip classes or take a half day’s leave when they are on their period, found a survey that covered over 10,000 girls during the 2018-19 academic session.

The survey found that 26% of schoolgirls skip classes because of a fear of staining their clothes.(Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 08, 2019 01:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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