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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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Tamil students say CM trying to ‘create divide’, approach Election Commission

In their complaint, the students’ association alleged that the AAP had “singled out students from a particular state” in their Lok Sabha election campaign.

Tamil students say CM trying to ‘create divide’, approach Election Commission(ANI)
Published on May 04, 2019 04:12 AM IST
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Delhi Government school students post best- ever results in CBSE, 94%sail through

According to the data provided by the Delhi government, the number of schools securing 100% pass percentage has risen to 203 this year from last year’s 168 schools. Similarly, 732 schools have secured more than 90% results, higher than last year when 638 schools achieved the same.

(Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 03, 2019 03:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times. New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar girls top CBSE’s Class 12 exam

In the national capital, students from Delhi government schools did particularly well, with a record 94.24% clearing the exams even as 17,000 more appeared for it this year.

Ghaziabad: Hansika Shukla, CBSE class 12th topper, poses for a photograph with her mother after the results were declared, in Ghaziabad, Thursday, May 02, 2019. Shukla scored 499 out of 500 marks. (PTI Photo)(PTI5_2_2019_000037B)(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2019 03:25 PM IST
New Delhi | By

CBSE board 12th result 2019: 83.4% pass, Check details here

CBSE Board 12th Result 2019 Declared: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday declared the results of Class 12 examinations.

CBSE Board 12th Result 2019 Declared: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday declared the results of Class 12 examinations.(HT file)
Updated on May 02, 2019 02:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Nilesh Mathur

CBSE Class 12 results 2019 declared

CBSE Board 12th Result 2019 Declared: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday declared the results of Class 12 examinations.

CBSE Board 12th Result 2019 Declared: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday declared the results of Class 12 examinations.(HT)
Updated on May 02, 2019 03:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

It’s Delhi but doesn’t look like it

The North East Delhi parliamentary constituency, carved out of the East Delhi constituency in 2008, is also home several illegal colonies that have grown on all sides.

As the Metro train on the Red Line chugs along, with the GT Road on its right and a railway line on its left, and enters Seelampur Metro station, all one can see is the expanse of the chaos that the North East Delhi exemplifies.(Ht Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2019 10:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI | By

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In East Delhi, Rajnath invokes terror, national security

Rajnath Singh and other leaders’ speeches centred on national security issues, such as Pulwana terror attack, Balakot strike and China’s decision to withdraw its opposition to declaring Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

New Delhi, India - May 1, 2019: Union Minister Rajnath Singh addresses an election rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, at Shastri Park , in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 02, 2019 06:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Jobs, colleges, skill centres in wish list of Delhi’s youth

Delhi has around 11.2 lakh young voters, aged between 18 and 23 years, who will cast their votes in the national capital on May 12. Of these, 2.5 lakh are first-time voters.

Delhi’s youth are making sure their voices are not drowned out by the cacophony of electioneering this poll season.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2019 10:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Trans community vote in one voice: ‘We exist, treat us as equals’

Wearing a trendy round pair of sunglasses with mustard colour top tucked in her printed pants, Nisha was attending a transgender community meeting in Kashmere gate on Friday

Anjan Joshi, of NGO SPACE, said that most of the transgender voters are still male or female in their documents.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2019 09:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI | By

Lok Sabha elections 2019: A keen contest on cards in North East Delhi

Residents of North East Delhi, which comprises some of the most densely populated and deprived parts of the city, are excited about a close contest between the three candidates.

One of the most keenly contested battles this parliamentary elections in Delhi will be fought in the North East constituency.(PTI)
Published on Apr 24, 2019 04:29 AM IST
New Delhi | By

Delhi University plans on capping language enrolments

The standing committee of the DU’s academic council (AC) has recommended putting a 10% cap on the number of students a college to study a language as an optional subject against its sanctioned strength of BA/BCom (programme) courses.

Delhi University(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 23, 2019 11:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Child rights body to list schools denying entry to EWS students

The move comes after the child rights’ body received multiple complaints from parents whose wards qualify for the EWS/DG category, saying several private schools are not enrolling their children, even after their names appeared in the selected lists.

(HT File)
Published on Apr 21, 2019 08:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

IIT-Delhi wows with innovations on Open House Day

From security system that detects changes in pressure to ring an alarm, to a device that could help the paralysed to move again, the IIT-Delhi showcased around 60 innovations by its students and faculty on Saturday. Naga Jayant, an M Tech student and a co-inventor of the security system, said users can activate the system using their mobile phones.

Among the other innovations put up on display during the event, its 15th Open House Day attended by 5,000 students from 100 schools of Delhi-NCR, was a technology to “remote-control” the nervous system.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 06:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
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