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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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Even with highest cut-off of 99%, Hindu College’s Political Science seats are almost full

On Friday morning, several candidates, along with their parents and guardians were seen visiting the DU colleges throughout the day. The turnout was especially high at North Campus colleges, as well as at the South Campus Lady Shri Ram College.

DU Admissions 2019(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 30, 2019 07:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz

DU’s first cut-off list out, Hindu highest with 99%; admissions begin on Friday

The highest cut-off this year has been announced by Hindu College for BA (hons) in Political Science at 99%.

Political Science is the second most applied for course in Delhi University this year, with 1,30,240 candidates vying for 3,243 seats across all colleges.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 28, 2019 10:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz

Public school teachers in Delhi are mismanaged: Study

The study exposed how public school teachers were overburdened with tasks such as keeping records and responding to official mails and circulars, among others.

There are 1,024 government-run schools in the city, offering education up to class 12.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2019 05:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVatsala Shrangi and Fareeha Iftikhar

Delhi University first cut-off list out on Thursday, may increase by 0.5-1 percentage point

DU will announce the first cut-off list by late Thursday evening. College officials say qualification mark may go up by 0.5-1 percentage points.

DU will announce the first cut-off list by late evening. College officials say asking rate may go up by 0.5-1 percentage points.(Kunal Patil/HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 27, 2019 10:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

ECA trials for DU admissions kick off, 45% turn up on Day 1

The university had on Tuesday slotted 70 to 100 candidates each in two shifts—morning and evening —for the preliminary round trials in these disciplines. The candidates were selected by the admission committee after scrutinising their certificates

Aspirants participate in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) trials during Delhi University admissions under the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota, at Ram Lal Anand College, in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2019 07:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar & Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi

Journalism, English emerge as most popular courses in DU. Competition turns tough for admission

Data provided by the varsity shows that the course is witnessing the highest competition, with as many as 1,12,233 applications received for the 306 available seats in the course.In terms of the number of applications, BA English (Hons) was the most popular course this year — the university has received 1,42,970 applications for admission into the course.

(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 07:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKainat Sarfaraz & Fareeha Iftikhar

DU to set up a research center for public policy and governance

According to the minutes of the meeting, the centre will be known as ‘Delhi School of Public Policy and Governance’ or DSP&G. “The School is the University’s endeavour to contribute to the quality of policymaking and governance in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 23, 2019 09:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU has so far received just one third gender application for admission

The DU had last year received 101 applications from the third gender —the highest since 2015, when it introduced the category. No admission has been done in the third gender category in regular colleges till date.

DU Admissions 2019(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 08:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU admissions 2019: More seats for theatre, less for Yoga

Candidates seeking admission in Delhi University (DU) colleges under the extracurricular activities (ECA) quota will have better chances of getting a seat if they choose theatre as their discipline.

Candidates seeking admission in Delhi University (DU) colleges under the extracurricular activities (ECA) quota will have better chances of getting a seat if they choose theatre as their discipline.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Cakes, cookies likely in mid-day meals for girls in classes 9-12 of Delhi government schools

The mid-day meal branch of the Delhi government’s directorate of education had written to the Akshaya Patra Foundation on June 14, asking the NGO to carry out a a survey in the three neighbourhoods and submit a plan at the earliest.

INearly 10,000 girls studying in classes 9 to 12 in government schools located in three Delhi zones -- Jahagirpuri, Badli and Mohan Coperative -- may get muffins, cakes and cookies in their mid-day meals starting next month.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 20, 2019 07:21 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Most DU colleges hike UG course fee. Check details here

While the fee structure of most of the courses in Gargi College has been revised by ₹2500 to ₹3000, the fee for BA (Hons) Business Economics has gone up by as much as ₹14,000. The fee for the course was ₹26,875 last year. Now it is ₹41,220.

The Gargi College(Hindustan Times File)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 05:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU Admissions 2019: Fewer options of courses if you are a man

Many male aspirants visiting the university with admission related queries were surprised to know that either several courses are not available for them or they have very few college options in these courses. Courses like Psychology (Honours), Philosophy (Honours), Sociology (Honours) and Geography (Honours) are mostly available in women-only colleges.

DU Admissions 2019: Popular courses, but not for men(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 08:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Popular courses, but not for men in Delhi University

Courses, which were once considered ‘for women’, are now in demand among men but DU has no seat for them.

Many male aspirants visiting the university with admission related queries were surprised to know that either several courses are not available for them or they have very few college options in these courses.(Sanchit Khanna/HT File Photo/representative Image)
Updated on Jun 13, 2019 10:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Women are boxing all the way in Delhi University colleges

“People consider boxing as a men’s sport. However, a lot of girls are now participating in the sport. I feel very strong and fearless when I practice boxing. I wish more girls play the sport and prove that boxing rings are no longer the domain of men. Many DU colleges have also started offering the sport to women in the last few years.”

(HT)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 09:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

English Honours is top choice for DU aspirants

Of the 1.7 lakh paid applications received by the university till Sunday evening, at least 92,346 were for BA English (Hons), followed by BA Political Science (Hons) and BA (programme). Candidates are free to apply in as many courses as they want while filling online application forms for DU.

Delhi university aspirants stand in queues to get admission in new academic session 2018-19 at Daulat Ram College, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 10, 2019 07:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU colleges set to hike fee this year

For instance, Ramjas College decided to revise its fee in its staff council meeting held in April. According to the minutes of the meeting, the fee has been revised under several heads.

Some colleges have already conducted staff council meetings to discuss the fee hike issue, many have constituted committees to look into the revision.(saumya khandelwal/ht archive)
Updated on Jun 07, 2019 07:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU colleges to hike fees this year

HT Image
Published on Jun 06, 2019 08:45 PM IST

EWS quota: Delhi University colleges worry over infrastructure

The colleges are planning to divide the sections from this academic session as the existing classrooms will not be able to accommodate the additional strength

The 10% EWS quota in general category will lead to an increase of seats in the Delhi University.(Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2019 10:31 AM IST
New Delhi | By

DU admissions 2019: Sports and ECA seats up for grabs

The sports and ECA trials will be held in the last week of June. The venues and timings will be uploaded on the DU website.

As many as 39 colleges in DU have requirement of basketball and volleyball players and athletes while 31 colleges want cricketers and footballers.(Sushil Kumar/HT File)
Published on May 31, 2019 11:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU online admission process begins, first cutoff list likely on June 20

The registrations for undergraduate courses in DU will continue till June 14 and the first cutoff list will be announced by the colleges tentatively on June 20.

To clear doubts of candidates and parents, the university will conduct “open days” when experts will guide them about the admission process.(Sanchit Khanna / HT File)
Published on May 31, 2019 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKainat Sarfaraz and Fareeha Iftikhar

DU Admission 2019: Cutoff relief for students as all MILs included in DU list

Delhi university has included all 21 MILs, mentioned in the eighth schedule of the Constitution, in the list of academic subjects.

(HT File)
Published on May 28, 2019 02:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

1% cut-off relief for girls in 26 DU colleges

Presently, the colleges offer 1% to 4 % relaxation to women candidates in the cut-off.

The Delhi University (DU) has decided to implement uniform relaxation criterion — one per cent relief in the cut-off — for female candidates seeking admissions in 26 co-ed colleges for undergraduate courses from this academic session onwards.(Arun Sharma / HT file photo)
Published on May 26, 2019 01:56 AM IST
New Delhi | By

59 Delhi schools get govt nod to hike fees by 5-10%

The Delhi govt gave permission to schools built on public land after an audit of their accounts; schools say hike not sufficient

According to a DoE official, the directorate has audited the accounts of 236 private schools after receiving a request for fee hike.(Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2019 07:54 AM IST

Show- cause to teachers of Delhi government schools over poor performance of students

The director of education ordered district deputy directors of education (DDEs) to issue show-cause notices to all teachers with less than 80% results in X and XII classes to explain as to why action as per CCS (CCA) Rules for Minor Penalty should not be initiated against them for poor performance

The teachers will be given a chance to improve the performance of their students during remedial classes being held in summer vacations.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 20, 2019 11:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU seeks feedback on revised undergraduate curriculum

Members of the curriculum revision committee of the Delhi University committee said one of the major focus areas will be to identify topics and texts which could trigger a “controversy”.

The Cirriculum Revision Committee of the DU invited suggestions and feedback on revised undergraduate courses syllabus )(Arun Sharma / HT File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2019 12:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | By

Yoga, cycling among disciplines missing in DU sports quota list

The association on Saturday wrote to the admission commission urging it to bring the options back on the university’s list of recognised activities

The 12 activities excluded from the list of recognised events are archery (Indian round), ball badminton, baseball (women), softball (men), korfball (male), 4x100m relay race, cross-country running, cycling, fencing, power-lifting, best physique and yoga.
Published on May 14, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Students scoring 95% double this year

In case of students scoring 95% and above, 57,256 students crossed the mark this time compared to 27,426 last year — a jump of over 108%.

Students scoring 95% double this year. Photo by Sant Arora/HT
Published on May 07, 2019 03:25 AM IST
New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz

Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Loudspeaker man’ seeks votes for AAP in Darya Ganj

Singh said he is using to loudspeaker to draw the attention of the people to Gupta’s message. As Gupta and his supporters passed through lanes,he sought votes for Gupta.

Irshad Khan, a shopkeeper, said votes of the minority community will get divided between the Congress and the AAP.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2019 07:08 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Daughter of Al Jawahar cook dishes out recipe for Class 12 board success

The 17-year-old humanities student from Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Chandni Chowk scored 97.6% overall and scored a perfect 100 in history.

A bright student right through school, Sana never wanted to switch to a private institution. She aspires to be an IAS.
Updated on May 04, 2019 12:28 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Lok Sabha elections 2019- ‘North East Delhi will vote for change this time, elect one of their own’: AAP’s Dilip Pandey

Pandey said he was so impressed by Anna, who sat on a hunger strike in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding Jan Lokpal Bill, that he also started fasting while working in Hong Kong, to show solidarity.

Lok Sabha elections 2019- ‘North East Delhi will vote for change this time, elect one of their own’: AAP’s Dilip Pandey(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 04, 2019 04:24 AM IST
New Delhi | By
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