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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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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
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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
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Post-Baisoya, DU principals bat for forensics experts to check certificates

The recommendations were made to the committee on undergraduate admission policy, some of whom said the Baisoya case had harmed DU’s reputation.

Post-Baisoya, DU principals bat for forensics experts to check certificates (Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 05, 2019 12:51 AM IST
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DU officials, students may meet CBSE on trans rights issue

Delhi University (DU) officials and students may soon meet with officials of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to discuss the possibility of allowing transgender students to change names and gender in their educational records.

In response to a petition filed by a former transgender student seeking to change name and gender on education records, a bench had, on February 20, expressed displeasure with the CBSE and DU for declining her request.(Picture for representation)
Published on Mar 01, 2019 02:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Education remains focus of Delhi budget, city to get two new universities

The Delhi govt has allocated Rs 15,601 crore, 26% of the total budget, for the education sector in its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal. Of the total allocated, Rs 7,818 crore will be used for various plans and schemes.

This was the fifth time in a row that the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) government has allocated the highest share of the budget to the education sector.(File Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 08:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Education the biggest gainer in Delhi budget: new schemes, courses announced, details here

“Education was, is and will always be our top priority. Keeping people illiterate has been a strategy of political parties as of now. But, our government wants to change the face of politics by brining education in the mainstream,” Manish Sisodia said.

Manish Sisodia presenting the annual budget of Delhi on Tuesday(HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2019 07:36 PM IST
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CBSE Boards 2019: 50% calls on helpline number are for exam-stress, anxiety

As per the data shared by the board, between February 1 and February 15, as many as 1,356 calls were received on their helpline numbers. “Out of these calls, 619 were made for psychological counselling,” CBSE Senior Public Relations Officer Rama Sharma, said.

CBSE helpline number receives over 600 calls related to exam stress,anxiety(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 04:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Jamia digitises rare, old books, manuscripts as part of conservation project

Jamia has a collection of around 2,500 rare books and manuscripts out of which 2,230 are digitalised under this project

The entire process was done using DSLR cameras with help from Iran Culture House in Delhi(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 21, 2019 04:29 PM IST
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CBSE eases exam norms for kids of jawans killed in Pulwama attack, armed forces personnel, here’s what

The relaxations come in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir last week.

CBSE announced relaxations for the children of military and paramilitary personnel fighting terrorism and left-wing extremism.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 21, 2019 09:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi government invites suggestions over RTE amendments in no-detention policy

The Delhi government has invited suggestions from students, teachers, parents and counsellors to help a committee constituted to look into the state’s right to education (RTE) rules in the wake of the Centre’s decision to do away with the ‘no-detention’ policy.

The Delhi government has invited suggestions from students, teachers, parents and counsellors to help a committee constituted to look into the state’s right to education (RTE) rules in the wake of the Centre’s decision to do away with the ‘no-detention’ policy.(Arun Sharma/HT file)
Updated on Feb 17, 2019 07:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Private schools admitted only 53 disabled kids in entry-level classes

As many as 207 candidates applied for 1,322 seats reserved for disabled children in entry-level classes in private schools in but only 53 got admission for the 2018-19 session, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday.

As many as 207 candidates applied for 1,322 seats reserved for disabled children in entry-level classes in private schools in but only 53 got admission for the 2018-19 session, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in an affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday.(HT file)
Published on Feb 13, 2019 06:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Sensitise kids on sexual abuse in school assembly’: DCPCR

Analysing complaints of child sexual abuse it has received in the last two years, the commission concluded that in as many as 11% cases , the school was either where the crime took place or the offender was someone from the school.

DCPCR observed that in about 70% of the cases of child sexual abuse, the offender was known to the victim(HT File)
Published on Feb 12, 2019 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

DU students call for end to Hindu College’s customary ‘virgin tree’ puja

The ritual is believed to bring ‘good luck’ with the students who participate in it ‘falling in love within the next six months and losing their virginity in the next one year’.

Every year on February 14, Valentine’s Day, students from Hindu College’s boys’ hostel flock around the Virgin Tree (V-shaped tree) on the college campus. They worship a Bollywood female actor as Damdami Mai (goddess), with her poster stuck to the tree. Last year actor Ranveer Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez were labelled ‘Love Guru’ and ‘Damdami Mai’ respectively.(Sourced)
Updated on Feb 11, 2019 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi Nursery Admission: Doorstep delivery of admission service to make it easy for parents

The scheme, which will be launched on a pilot-basis, will focus on students who have already been selected through the lottery system but may not be familiar with the admission procedure.

Delhi Nursery Admission: Delhi govt to start doorstep delivery of admission service(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 09, 2019 01:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Life at JNU: How one event changed the dynamics of campus operations

JNU Campus known for its freedom, 24X7 dhabas, hostel life, politics, protests and posters etc is all changed after the February 9, 2016 event that involved Kanhaiya Kumar and others. Security checks for outsiders, surprise checking at hostels, surveillances, and restrictions are some of the changes one can notice. Read how everything changed at the JNU campus.

Kanhaiya Kumar addresses students after his release(HT File)
Updated on Feb 10, 2019 03:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi’s first ‘Pad Yatra’ busts stigma around menstruation

Around 3,000 students from 50 government and five private schools in the city participated in the “period fest” organised by NGO Sachhi Saheli, in association with the Delhi government.

Students during ‘Pad Yatra’, a march organised by an NGO and the Delhi government, to spread awareness about menstruation, Feb 5, 2019.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 12:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Student safety at risk in MCD schools due to lack of guards

Officials from a majority of schools under Delhi’s three civic bodies — east, north and south — complain about lack of security guards.

Officials of many schools under Delhi’s three municipal corporations complain of a lack of security at the gates which put students at risk.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 12:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

PUBG, God of War, Fortnite among games flagged as ‘harmful for brain’

The DCPCR also listed the games that it considered “violent”. “Some violent games which are available on IOS, Android platforms and console platform are PUBG, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto series, God of War, Hitman series, Plague Inc and Pokemon.

DCPCR flagged PUBG, God of War, Fortnight among games as ‘harmful for brain’(HT File)
Updated on Feb 05, 2019 02:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Boards round the corner, Delhi govt schools struggling due to lack of counsellors for students

Board exams are round the corner but government schools in Delhi are struggling because of the absence of adequate number of counsellors.

Board exams are round the corner but government schools in Delhi are struggling because of the absence of adequate number of counsellors.(Burhaan Kinu/HT file)
Updated on Feb 01, 2019 01:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

DU, JNU teachers resist new quota rules, say SC/ST, OBC to be affected

The Supreme Court, last week, had upheld the Allahabad high court’s April 2017 order, which directed that the reservation in faculty positions in universities/colleges be calculated department-wise and not on the total posts in the university or college.

File photo of JNU administrative building.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 01:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Students walking to schools in Delhi at risk amid maze of cars

There are a few things that schools themselves can do to make the areas outside their campuses walkable such as hiring some traffic marshals to manage traffic and fix a designated spot for parents who come to pick their children.

Students of a government school on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, near ITO, cross the road, dodging the traffic.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2019 01:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

North Delhi civic body schools have no benches for students

Officials of the North Delhi municipal corporation school in Jahangirpuri said they have only 200 benches for around 1,100 students. The school operates in two shifts — girls in the morning and boys in the evening.

Thousands of students studying in the 765 schools under the jurisdiction of the north civic body are forced to sit on the mats because of the lack of benches in their classrooms.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2019 09:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi University unlikely to have entrance exams for undergraduate admissions till 2020

DU vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi had said last December that the university might switch to the entrance-based admission process for undergraduate courses in 2019.

The university receives more than 2.5 lakh applications for 56,000 seats every year.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 08:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi government to introduce curriculum to sensitise school teachers about transgender related issues

Hindustan Times had reported in October last year that the Delhi government was planning to formulate guidelines to make its 1,100 schools inclusive for transgender students. This is the first step in that direction, officials at the Delhi government’s directorate of education (DoE) said.

Experts working in the field of education said the move will make students feel “safe” at schools. “It will make a significant impact if the government trains its teachers in handling such issues.(Hindustan Times file)
Published on Jan 21, 2019 02:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi University to introduce 30 new courses, check all of them here

DU’s academic council (AC) has decided to introduce 30 new courses, at both the under graduation and the post graduation level, in around 20 colleges. The council has also approved to increase 232 seats in existing courses at two colleges.

Delhi University will introduce 30 new courses and increase number of seats in existing courses.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 21, 2019 02:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Principals to face heat for illegal school vans in Delhi

The government has said that school principals will be held responsible in case of a mishap while ferrying children in such vans.

A view of the school van, which was involved in an accident with a tempo resulting in the death of one student, is seen parked at Timar Pur police Station in New Delhi, India(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 28, 2018 11:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi government to carry forward 1,145 vacant seats reserved for differently abled in private schools

On Wednesday, the draw of lots were held for these seats but only 123 were filled. The DoE cited “lack of applications” for the large number of seats going vacant.

Officials in the DoE said that they are planning to organise awareness campaigns among parents to motivate them to apply.(HT File)
Published on Dec 27, 2018 12:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Fearing ‘fund crunch’, Delhi University pushes for signing of central loans pact

Under the MoU — to be signed between the DU, the MHRD and the University Grants Commission (UGC) — universities have to mention methods of internal fund generation such as “fee hike” and the amount they wish to take as loan for development from the Higher Education Funds Agency.

In September, the Delhi University’s Executive Council members had refused to sign the MoU, saying it would ‘privatise’ Delhi University.(Mohd Zakir/HT File)
Updated on Dec 21, 2018 04:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

DUSU vice-president takes charge of top post, DU poll panel says no permission given

Shakti Singh took charge as president on Tuesday evening, hours after the Delhi high court decided against holding fresh polls to the post.

Singh took charge as president Tuesday, hours after the Delhi high court decided against holding fresh polls to the post.
Updated on Dec 20, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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