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K Sandeep Kumar

K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

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U.P. Board: Learning intricacies of science with everyday items

Teachers will be trained based on this newly prepared module from the new academic session starting from April 1

Chemistry lab experiments (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 05:25 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Two UP-born among 4 IAF officers selected for Gaganyaan

The four officers underwent rigorous training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia.

Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

MCA degree holders may also become computer asst teachers in U.P.

Candidates holding valid Master of Computer Applications (MCA) degrees may also get appointments as assistant teachers (LT grade) of computer subject in 2,355 government-run high schools and inter colleges of Uttar Pradesh provided a proposal in this regard gets green signal of the Uttar Pradesh government

A computer lab at a government inter college in Prayagraj. (For Representation)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Special handbook developed for early stage English teaching in UP schools

The foundational stage, according to the new national education policy (NEP)-2020, includes the first five years of schooling ie the three years of pre-primary stage or the Bal Vatika and classes 1 and 2, said the officials

Special handbook developed for early stage English teaching in UP schools (pic for representation)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:43 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

20 MNNIT Btech students bag 63.7 lakh Oracle offer

This session has also recorded until now the best-ever placement for MTech candidates with currently 60% of students having received at least one offer, informed MNNIT director, Prof RS Verma

 MNNIT campus (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board Exams: Biology remains preferred choice over mathematics among science students

Out of the 25,77,997 candidates registered for the intermediate exam, with 14,28,323 boys and 11,49,674 girls, over 15.50 lakh have selected the science stream.

UP Board headquarters in Prayagraj (HT File)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 05:20 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

GBC 4.0: Investments of 97 billion to provide employment to 25,000 in Prayagraj

A total of 149 companies, which signed agreements at the GIS 2023, are now ready for the groundbreaking ceremony

An inside view of a new water tank manufacturing plant set up in Naini in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 05:24 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Over 16K U.P. govt primary schools shine in NIPUN test

16,169 govt primary schools in U.P. excel in NIPUN test with 80% pass rate for classes 1-3. Prayagraj leads, while Badaun lags behind. Mission aims for foundational literacy by 2026.

A teacher with her students at a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 08:53 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Process to start construction of buildings of NLU, Prayagraj, begins

The university’s own campus is to be constructed on a 28.599-acre land and it would finally be spread across 33.58-acre.

The university is currently functioning from the campus of an engineering college in Phaphamau. (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Working women hostels in 5 U.P. cities planned

The central government will support the construction of hostels for working women in Prayagraj, Varanasi, Aligarh, Moradabad, and Firozabad. The government will send the final proposal for approval. Municipal corporations will provide the required land.

Working women hostels in 5 U.P. cities planned (Pic for representation)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 06:52 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

What it takes for a city of two million to play host to 400 million

The administration must do everything it can to prepare for the grand event. A look at the monies and effort it takes to enable the world’s largest congregation

Pilgrims and saints at Sangam during Kumbh-2019 in Prayagraj ((HT File Photos) )
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 09:35 PM IST

Mahakumbh-2025: Thematic lighting to welcome visitors to mega fair

Prayagraj Municipal Corporation has already begun efforts in this regard by inviting an ‘expression of interest’ from interested firms

A thematic streetlight. (For Representation)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

In a first, photo attendance sheets in U.P. Sanskrit Board exams

Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Sanskrit Shiksha Parishad exams will have photographs and details of students on admit cards matched with attendance sheets to prevent impersonation. The exams will be conducted at 229 centres across the state over 13 working days, with a total of 49,375 students registered for the exams.

Attendance sheets with photographs have been sent to all the districts already by the board, said officials. (For Representation)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 06:49 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. school teachers to be trained, tested before giving career guidance to students

Teachers in government-run and government-aided schools in Uttar Pradesh will be trained to guide students on their career paths. The online training program, developed by the state project office of Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan and UNICEF, will be available from February 5. Principals and nodal officers must obtain a minimum of 85% marks in a self-assessment after completing the five-module course. Certificates will be issued to those who complete the training. The aim is to increase career awareness among students in classes 9 to 12.

Students studying at a government higher secondary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:16 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Alopshankari temple to get touches of Southern architecture style as part of Mahakumbh-2025 preparations

A plan in this regard has been prepared on the instructions of Mahant Yamunapuri, secretary, Mahanirvani Akhara, tourism department officials said

Alopshankari Devi temple in Prayagraj (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 05:17 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board exams-2024: Online monitoring of exam centres from Lucknow control room

Computers being procured from different divisions for the state-level control room to keep a watch on centres during exams starting February 22

Prayagraj-based UP Board headquarters. (Ht file)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 10:37 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Allahabad University to begin efforts to make its 112-yr-old clock tick again

Initiative part of plan to renovate senate hall of the univ from ₹15 crore grant secured from HEFA

The senate hall building and the tower clock of Allahabad University. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Prayagraj women show more interest than men in voter registration

Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Prayagraj has seen an increase of 65,579 voters, with the number of women voters rising in every assembly constituency. The new voter list shows a maximum increase of 13,207 voters in Karachhana and a minimum increase of 655 voters in Phaphamau. The number of transgender voters has decreased from 644 to 619.

Maximum 13,207 voters have increased in Karachhana assembly area located in trans-Yamuna region of Prayagraj. (For Representation)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 08:21 PM IST

PCS-2023: Women candidates register biggest success in 11 years

33.46% of women candidates were selected in the PCS-2023 exam, the highest in 11 years. However, women's performance in the top 10 list declined compared to last year.

UPPSC headquarters in Prayagraj (File photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

UPPCS-2023: Women candidates register biggest success in 11 years

The results of the PCS-2023 exam in Uttar Pradesh show a significant increase in the number of women candidates selected compared to previous years, although their representation in the top-10 list has decreased. Out of 251 candidates selected, 84 are women. The increase in women's success in the exam is seen as a milestone for girl education and women empowerment. However, only two women made it to the top-10 list this year.

UPPSC headquarters in Prayagraj (HT FIle)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 08:06 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board exams: 75 observers to monitor exam centres in districts

Observers have been deployed to ensure facilities at exam centers for the UP Board's High School and Intermediate Examinations-2024, with 75 senior officers overseeing the process. CCTV cameras will be installed for surveillance, and officers will inspect and report on the centers by February 10. The exams will take place from February 22 to March 9, with over 5.5 million students registered to participate.

 (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 07:49 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

SSC’s constable (GD) recruitment: Over 47.45 lakh in race, reveals RTI reply

Online applications for this recruitment aimed to filling 26,146 vacant posts were accepted from November 24 till December 31, 2023. The computer-based test is set to be conducted between February 20 and March 12, 2024

SSC headquarters. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 08:33 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

UP Board exams 2024: Night vision cameras to monitor question papers

Additional chief secretary, secondary education, Deepak Kumar has sent instructions to all DMs, police commissioners, district police chiefs, director of secondary education, secretary of UP Board and divisional joint directors (education) to maintain confidentiality of question papers

Prayagraj-based UP Board headquarters. (HT file)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 07:19 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

Hackathon to help tackle challenges ahead of Mahakumbh

Mela authority in collaboration with IIIT-A to bring the best of minds together to help organise the fair smoothly

Saints and seers heading for the dip during a shahi snan of Kumbh-20219 in Prayagraj. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. primary students’ wait may stretch as approval for NCERT books awaited

Books for classes 3 to 8 will be available on time for the new academic session of 2024-25 starting April 1. However, it will take longer for the new books to reach the students of classes 1 and 2

Students in a government primary school in Prayagraj. (HT file)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

‘Boom in growth of colleges offering traditional courses in U.P’

Private degree colleges offering traditional courses in higher education in Uttar Pradesh are increasing, with an average of 196 new colleges being opened every year. The number of self-financed private colleges in the state increased from 6,192 in 2017-18 to 7,372 in 2022-23. This has led to an increase in the gross enrollment ratio and more opportunities for students to pursue higher education in the state.

Higher education directorate in Prayagraj (HT File Photo) (HT File photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 05:08 PM IST
By, Prayagraj

U.P. kids to learn Tamil greeting along with ‘Pranam’, ‘Salaam’

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books of English, Hindi and Mathematics of classes 1 and 2 are to be used in more than 1.14 lakh government-run primary schools running under the UP Basic Education Council in the state. In the context of UP, permission was sought to use the words ‘Pranam’ and ‘Salaam’ in place of ‘Vanakkam’ in Chapter 2 on ‘Greetings’ of Class 1 English textbook. NCERT has given permission to print the words ‘Pranam’ and ‘Salaam’ but has also asked to include ‘Vanakkam’ so that students can be introduced to the diversity of the languages in India, as per officials of SIE-Prayagraj .

Students studying in a government-run upper primary school in Prayagraj (HT FILE)
Published on Jan 16, 2024 08:09 PM IST

Magh Mela begins: Lakhs brave cold, take dip in Sangam on Makar Sankranti

The bathing took place smoothly and no untoward incident was reported during the day, said Magh Mela Adhikari Dayanand Prasad

By 6pm, 20.90 lakh people had taken the holy dip in Sangam, said officials. (Anil K Maurya/HT)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:10 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Ahead of Ram Mandir consecration: It’s an early Diwali for artisans, traders!

Potters, traders dealing in firecrackers and Ramnami flags, patakas and duppatas are doing brisk business

A potter busy making earthen lamps in Prayagraj. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 01:31 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

MAGH MELA 2024: 175 saints, seers visiting Prayagraj seek security, say cops

Applications sent to Police Lines by Prayagraj Mela Authority, cover to be provided based on inputs from LIU

Saints and seers on the banks of Sangam ahead of the Magh Mela-2024 in Prayagraj on Friday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Prayagraj
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