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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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‘Accept us for who we are’: Transgender children deprived of normal school life

The lack of acceptance from peers and family leave transgender children traumatised for life, say experts.A survey found that only 15% of transgender persons in Delhi and 10% in UP had completed their matriculation.

According to a survey. only 15% of transgender persons in Delhi and 10% in UP had completed their matriculation.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2018 08:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Fake degree case: DU official to visit TN university to verify DUSU president Baisoya’s degree

Soon after Ankiv Baisoya’s election as DU students’ union president on September 13, the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) had accused him of submitting a fake degree to get admission in DU’s department of Buddhist Studies. Baisoya has denied the allegation.

DUSU president Ankiv Baisoya is at the centre of a controversy over the authenticity of his degree from a Tamil Nadu university which he submitted to get admission in Delhi University. T(Mohd Zakir/HT File)
Published on Nov 09, 2018 12:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi govt schools blame unavailability of teachers for mid-term results

Delhi government’s Directorate of Education summoned all the zonal education officers and head of schools (HoS) where results were below average and discussed a course of action

Anuj Gupta, a science student, in a classroom in absence of the Physics teacher, in New Delhi on August 2, 2017.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 11:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

IIT-Delhi to start two new centres and ‘innovation science park’

The institution aims to generate internal resources for several developmental purposes to meet standards in line with the IoE tag. However, it will get grants worth ₹200 crore per year from the government in the next five years

The two new centres of IIT Delhi will be focus on solving contemporary issues of society.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2018 11:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

As Delhi’s air quality dips, schools begin taking anti-pollution measures

Though the Delhi administration is yet to issue an advisory for schools, several government and private schools have started taking initiatives on their own. Suspension of morning assemblies and restricted outdoor activities are among the steps being taken by the schools.

Students on their way to school amid increasing pollution at Mandir Marg in New Delhi on Monday, October 29, 2018.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 31, 2018 02:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

Replace ‘Dalit’ with ‘bahujan’ in books, suggests DU academic panel

Several members of the Delhi University’s standing for academic affairs raised objections over the use of the word ‘Dalit’ in a course taught by the political science department, citing a Supreme Court order.

Some members raised objections over the use of “Dalit” word in a course taught by political science department in the varsity.((Sushil Kumar/HT Photo))
Published on Oct 25, 2018 12:16 PM IST

Govt to frame norms to make schools inclusive for transgender students

After this workshop we will collect feedback on how to make school education accessible to transgender and gender non­conforming students. Based on their feedback we will lay down guidelines and policies. SANJAY GOEL, director, Delhi govt’s Directorate of Education

The Delhi government’s said that within a year it will come up with guidelines to make its 1,100 schools “inclusive” for transgender students.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 24, 2018 11:01 AM IST

JNU mulls new ‘satellite’ campus outside NCR

“This satellite centre will focus on job-oriented courses. We also plan to have a bio-incubator and industry-funded labs on this campus. The only aim behind the move is to make JNU’s high quality education accessible to more students outside Delhi,” said JNU vice-chancellor (VC) Jagadesh Kumar.

JNU vice-chancellor (VC) Jagadesh Kumar said the satellite campus would focus on professional courses.(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 01:59 PM IST

Varsity to ‘probe’ 2016 charge against teacher

A Supreme Court bench comprising justices Madan Lokur and AK Goel had, on November 15, 2016, directed the Chhattisgarh police they would give the accused persons, including Prasad and Sundar, at least four weeks’ notice before carrying out an investigation.

File photo of JNU administrative building.((Ajay Aggarwal/HT file photo))
Updated on Oct 23, 2018 02:00 PM IST

JNU to get own weather, climate tracking system

The JNU administration has proposed to set up an automatic weather station and an environmental monitoring station at the Special Centre for Disaster Research to collect data on meteorological conditions and pollutants in the air in the national Capital.

The centre would track changes in weather patterns and notify the Delhi government before natural calamities or any major weather changes, officials said.(File Photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2018 11:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

EWS students at private schools still waiting for free books, uniforms

Under the RTE Act, 2009, 25 % of seats in entry-level classes — nursery, KG and first standard — are to be reserved for children whose parents earn less than Rs 1 lakh per annum.

Seven months into the academic session, hundreds of economically disadvantaged parents in the national capital have complained that their wards had not been provided with free books, stationery and uniforms by many private schools.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2018 07:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Many private schools in Delhi reject EWS entries even as 13,000 seats remain vacant

According to records of Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) , of the 48,122 seats reserved under the so-called economically weaker section or EWS category in private schools at the entry level, only 35,500 seats have been filled.

Records showed that as many as 74 private schools in Delhi did not admit even a single student under the EWS category in the last two academic sessions.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2018 10:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

NSUI president resigns after being accused of sexual harassment

A woman alleged that Fairoz Khan “used to sexually harass young women” for political appointments in the NSUI, the students’ wing of the Congress.

National president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Fairoz Khan(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2018 05:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi & 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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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
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