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

‘Casteist question’ in Delhi board’s exam for primary school teachers causes uproar

The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board said it was an ‘inadvertant error’.

A teachers’ forum has sought the removal of chairperson of DSSSB, which conducted the exam for recruitment of primary teachers for Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Saturday.(AFP File/ Representative image)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 07:32 AM IST
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Delhi University’s transgender Centre fails to attract aspirants

It has been over six months since the centre was established at Delhi University’s North Campus to offer counselling to transgender students. No transgender student enrolled in a regular course this year.

The SOL, which offers graduate and post-graduate courses through correspondence, does not maintain any record of transgender student enrolment. Their admission form includes a third gender category, too.(HT Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Oct 07, 2018 02:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi government schools facing shortage of Punjabi, Urdu language teachers

According to Delhi Minority Commission chairperson, officials at several government schools said Urdu and Punjabi languages are not being taught there.

File photo of a government school in Delhi.(HT File / Representative Image)
Published on Oct 03, 2018 12:29 PM IST
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Universities and colleges across Delhi celebrate ‘surgical strike’ day

Even though the colleges across the Delhi University (DU) organised their individual programmes, the university administration also held a talk session by retired army officers and defence experts on the strike..

An NCC cadet looks at portraits of fallen soldiers during an event to celebrate the second anniversary of the surgical strike at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Saturday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 30, 2018 08:50 AM IST
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In a first, 5 women strive to form an all-girls football team at JNU

Since the Jawaharlal Nehru University does not have a women team, Sharma had been practising football with the boys’ team for the last one year.

The five women now practise on weekends between 6am and 8am at the JNU sports stadium.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2018 03:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Govt teachers aggrieved over new rule for pay hike

Guidelines of the 7th Pay Commission makes it compulsory for teachers to have “very good” remark for their performance in the last five years to get hikes and promotions.

The teachers said the criterion cannot be applied for the last five years as the 7th Pay Commission was implemented only two years back, in 2016.(HT Archive)
Published on Sep 22, 2018 03:53 AM IST
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Delhi universities, colleges gear up to observe ‘surgical strike day’

The day will mark the second anniversary of the Indian Army’s strike at terror pods across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

JNU and DU plan to organise lectures on the contribution of the armed forces in defending the country.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 22, 2018 03:11 AM IST
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JNU students’ body decides to defy restrictions, says freedom curtailed

The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) took the decision after door-to-door checks were reportedly conducted in their hostel rooms on pretext of looking for ‘outsiders’ late on Tuesday night.

Students of JNU on Wednesday protest against ABVP for allegedly indulging in violence on campus.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 20, 2018 02:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Tight security at JNU, students say ‘virtual emergency’ imposed

Delhi Police, CRPF personnel guard all gates to ‘prevent the entry of outsiders’ on the campus.

Heavy security was deployed at the university’s three gates to prevent the entry of outsiders.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 08:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

JNUSU elections: After a long night of tension, jubilation

Slogans and the sound of daflis and drums filled the air at 2pm inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on Sunday after it was announced that the United Left had swept all four seats

Supporters of United Left celebrate after their success in Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) elections, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, September 16, 2018.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2018 02:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

JNUSU election records 67.8% polling, results expected on Sunday

Competition is expected to be tough between United Left — consisting All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students Federation (DSF) and All India Students Federation (AISF) — and ABVP.

As polling began at 9:30 am, supporters of all political groups were spotted shouting slogans and dancing to beats of tambourine outside the polling booths.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2018 09:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Note ban, lynchings, activists’ arrests mark JNU pre-election debate

Wednesday’s presidential debate saw national-level issues — cases of mob lynching, demonetisation, anti-national forces and the recent arrests of activists — being raised by the candidates instead of local campus related concerns.

Supporters of different parties shout slogans in support of their candidates during the presidential debate, at Jawaharlal Nehru University.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2018 02:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Faulty EVMs, ruckus delay counting in DUSU elections

The counting process, scheduled to begin at 8:30am, was delayed by more than one hour due some technical glitch in an EVM. The second hitch occurred around 11:20am, when the display of an EVM malfunctioned. The counting resumed after a gap of 50 minutes when a new display panel arrived.

Around 1pm, supporters of all political groups — Congress’ student wing NSUI, RSS-affiliated ABVP and the newly formed alliance of Left-backed AISA with Aam Aadmi Party’s youth wing CYSS — started raising slogans against the administration for allegedly ‘tampering’ with the EVMs.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 10:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

ABVP wins president, VP and joint secy posts in DUSU election, NSUI takes secretary

The results from the Delhi University Student Union election were declared on Thursday night after counting of votes were suspended for a short while. Ankiv Baisoya won the president’s post.

Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidates for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election (from right) Ankiv Baisoya for President, Shakti Singh for Vice President, Sudhir Dedha for Secretary and Jyoti Chaudhary for Joint Secretary during their introduction at a press conference at ABVP office, in New Delhi, on September 5, 2018.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Vatsala Shrangi

DUSU elections: Students vote for free and safe campus, eminence tag

Affordable accommodation and transportation, a violence-free campus, ‘Institution of Eminence’ status for their university and women security were major issues on which students voted in Wednesday’s the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections.

Some students said the DUSU elections this year is like a “trial match” for all political student groups before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as it will gauge the electoral mood among the youth.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 10:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

More students vote in tense 3-way contest in DU polls. Results today

In morning shift colleges and departments, the turnout was 43.8 %, slightly higher than last year’s overall polling of 43%.Counting will begin at 8 am on Thursday and results will be declared by the afternoon. Delhi University has not touched the 50% mark in the last six years.

Members of both the Congress’ students’ wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidhayarthi Parishad (ABVP) said the elections were like a “trial match” for them to set the stage for 2019.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 09:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Interviews for MPhil and PhD in Delhi University from next week

Admissions to research courses were delayed by one-and-a-half months following protests over a new norm that made it mandatory for candidates to score 50% marks — for both general and reserved candidates — in the entrance exam to be qualified for the interview.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had laid down the new rules for MPhil and PhD admissions in May 2016.(Picture for representation)
Published on Sep 12, 2018 04:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

North Delhi schools start exams, but parents say no teachers to take classes

North MCD acknowledged that the schools were faced with a shortage of teachers, but said steps were being taken to address the issue.

A school in Jahangir Puri area of Delhi(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2018 10:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Nandini Sundar’s ‘controversial’ book likely to be part of Delhi University’s reading list

The renowned sociologist’s book was allegedly dropped from the department’s reading list last year after some members of the rightwing teachers’ group, National Democratic Teachers’ Front, objected to its content.

Sociologist Nandini Sundar’s book ‘The Burning Forest: India’s war in Bastar’ was the subject of intense controversy. (Ramesh Pathania/Mint photo).
Updated on Sep 08, 2018 03:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Suggested readings in Delhi University’s history syllabus trigger row

Even in the past, a few books and essays were dropped from the reading lists of the university’s history and the sociology departments after objections from a section of academic council.

Faculty members believe some reading material is “not suitable” for students. (Khyati Mehta / HT File)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Farmers make beeline for Delhi demanding loan waiver, better wages

Thousands of farmers and workers took out a protest march in the national capital Wednesday demanding remunerative prices for farm produce as per the Swaminathan Committee recommendations

Workers and farmers of various unions raise slogans during 'Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally' at Parliament Street, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 03:42 AM IST
New Delhi | ByFareeha Iftikhar and Soumya Pillai

JNU polls: BAPSA campaigners will be from ‘margins’

The Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students ‘Association (BAPSA) was established in 2014 by members of the United Dalit Students’ Forum (UDSF), to practice Ambedkarite politics on campus.

BAPSA is contesting all four positions in the upcoming JNU students’ elections.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2018 08:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

30% students at ‘model’ govt school in Delhi without books

Seventeen months ago, a Sarvodaya school in Rohini was hailed as example for all other government schools, but today it has fallen behind.

At least 800 students from private schools in the vicinity had moved to the government co-ed senior secondary school in Rohini Sector 22 because of better facilities last year(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 04, 2018 08:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU unlikely to overhaul PG courses this year

Several departments are yet to restructure and submit their syllabi despite the academic session starting two months ago.

Delhi university aspirants fill ing their admission forms for the new academic session 2018-19 at Daulat Ram College, in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2018 11:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Campus politics in Delhi hots up as parties eye 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Student leaders in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Delhi University (DU) are busy strategising ahead of the prestige battles for control of the unions. New alliances are being formed, and issues beyond campus politics are finding a place in manifestos.

The administrative block of JNU.(HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 30, 2018 09:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Now, attendance clause in JNU scholarship forms

The Delhi high court, while hearing a contempt petition filed by some JNU students on August 9, had asked the varsity to avoid enforcing the rule in any form.

Only those who have a minimum attendance criterion of 75% will be considered for fellowships and scholarships, the forms state.(HT file)
Published on Aug 30, 2018 01:34 AM IST
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UGC ‘stops’ DU’s funds over delay in signing grants pact

The MoU —to be signed between the varsity, the MHRD and the UGC — was first sent to the DU and other educational institutions in October last year.

The Delhi University (DU) has not received any grant from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the ongoing academic session.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 29, 2018 01:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi
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