Deepa Sharma Sood

Deepa Sharma Sood

Deepa Sharma Sood, a senior correspondent in Ludhiana, reports on education and health.

Articles by Deepa Sharma Sood
The commission suggested that the pre-board and final board examinations for classes 10 and 12 may be conducted in classrooms with strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the ministry of health and family welfare . (ht file)
The commission suggested that the pre-board and final board examinations for classes 10 and 12 may be conducted in classrooms with strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the ministry of health and family welfare . (ht file)

Child rights panel recommends online exams for nursery to Class 8 students

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 12:54 AM IST
Since Covid cases are again showing a slight surge in Punjab, the commission received phone calls and email from parents and students, requesting online exams
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‘Morning wake-up call’ order leaves govt teachers sleepless
‘Morning wake-up call’ order leaves govt teachers sleepless

‘Morning wake-up call’ order leaves govt teachers sleepless

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:05 AM IST
The heads of government schools, teachers and mentors in Punjab are sleepless over a new task at hand — to give early morning wake-up calls to students, asking them to study
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Staff of district education office elementary without masks in Ludhiana on Monday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Staff of district education office elementary without masks in Ludhiana on Monday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Ludhiana edu dept officials don’t practise what they preach, flout mask norms

By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:23 AM IST
DEO (elementary) says strict action will be taken against staff members if found violating the norms
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Only 25 students will be accommodated in a classroom to ensure social distancing. (HT file photo)
Only 25 students will be accommodated in a classroom to ensure social distancing. (HT file photo)

Punjab’s meritorious schools to reopen for Class 12 from Feb 9

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 04:20 PM IST
The Punjab government will reopen all 10 meritorious schools in the state from February 9 for which Class 12 students have been asked to submit the Covid-19 negative certificate on arrival
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The girl had stayed back in the school after classes on Monday, and her body was discovered by her schoolmates the next morning when they entered the lab. (Representative image) (HT FILE)
The girl had stayed back in the school after classes on Monday, and her body was discovered by her schoolmates the next morning when they entered the lab. (Representative image) (HT FILE)

Ludhiana school suicide: 2 days on, DEO instructs all teachers to check classes before leaving

By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:23 AM IST
Two days after a 17-year-old girl was found hanging in the biology lab of her school in Gill village, the district education officer (DEO), elementary, Rajinder Kaur, has asked all school heads to take corrective measures to avoid such incidents in the future
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Social distancing goes for a toss in a crowded classroom at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, in Ludhiana on Monday. (Harsimar Pal SIngh/HT)
Social distancing goes for a toss in a crowded classroom at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, in Ludhiana on Monday. (Harsimar Pal SIngh/HT)

Covid safety norms thrown to the wind as Ludhiana’s PAU govt school reopens

By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 11:32 PM IST
Covid safety norms were thrown to the wind as Government Model Senior Secondary Smart School, Punjab Agricultural University, reopened for students of Classes 5 to 8 on Monday
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Entry was allowed from the main gate of the school and circles were drawn to ensure social distancing . Staff were deployed for thermal screening of each student.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Entry was allowed from the main gate of the school and circles were drawn to ensure social distancing . Staff were deployed for thermal screening of each student.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Ludhiana schools record 10% attendance on Day 1 of reopening

By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:17 AM IST
Confusion among school heads over requirement of written consent from parents; strength expected to improve in coming days after Thursday’s PTM
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Students to be served mid-day meals at Ludhiana schools

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Foodgrain, along with cooking costs, will be provided to students attending classes online
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Students of Class 7 of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram, Ludhiana, undergoing thermal screening as they arrive to attend classes on Thursday for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak in March last year. Teachers ensured social distancing in classrooms.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Students of Class 7 of Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram, Ludhiana, undergoing thermal screening as they arrive to attend classes on Thursday for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak in March last year. Teachers ensured social distancing in classrooms.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Schools reopen to thin attendance in Punjab amid Covid pandemic

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:41 PM IST
On Day 1, confusion among school heads over requirement of written consent from parents; strength expected to improve in coming days after today’s PTM.
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Ludhiana schools gear up to welcome students after nine months

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:52 PM IST
The govt decided to reopen schools so that final revision can be conducted on campus before the annual exams
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Teachers and schools heads during a session with education secretary Krishan Kumar on Tuesday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Teachers and schools heads during a session with education secretary Krishan Kumar on Tuesday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Ludhiana: School heads, teachers told to achieve 100% results

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:36 PM IST
Principals will monitor the performance of students scoring between 20% to 40% marks in the mid-term exams.
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Students have been told to stay home till test results of other teachers arrive.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Students have been told to stay home till test results of other teachers arrive.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Govt school in Ludhiana shut as officiating in-charge tests positive

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:28 PM IST
11 other teachers at Government High School, Lakkar Bazaar, have also been sampled.
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Jai Jawan project: Physical education teachers in Ludhiana to be trained to guide army aspirants

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:21 PM IST
The teachers will apprise govt schools students of the selection process and practical training needed
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CBSE boards from May 4: Many pvt schools in Ludhiana to hold pre-boards twice

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:19 AM IST
Majority of the private schools already conducted the pre-boards in December
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A decorated classroom at Government Primary School in Majri, Khanna.(HT PHOTO)
A decorated classroom at Government Primary School in Majri, Khanna.(HT PHOTO)

Fun facelift for pre-primary classrooms in Ludhiana dist

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The classrooms now have first aid corners, and the walls have been decorated keeping in mind the age of the students
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Covid impact: Too many tests, not enough learning, rue Ludhiana teachers

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:11 PM IST
The state education announces its decision to conduct weekly tests for classes 6 to 10;teachers say that they have not had enough time to clear students’ doubts as exams are being conducted since September
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Ludhiana: 3.8k to take recruitment test for master cadre in Punjabi, Hindi today

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:04 PM IST
The recruitment exam for English will be conducted on Monday in which over 914 candidates will appear
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Online and offline classes being conducted simultaneously at SCD Govt College.(HT FILE)
Online and offline classes being conducted simultaneously at SCD Govt College.(HT FILE)

The year of the pandemic: The year lecture halls came home in Ludhiana

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:05 PM IST
The process, necessitated due to Covid, was not without hiccups, as a section of students faced trouble accessing classes in the absence of smartphones and laptops and shaky internet connections
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Online classes have now become an accepted mode of imparting education.(Getty Images)
Online classes have now become an accepted mode of imparting education.(Getty Images)

Educational institutes in Ludhiana learn a lesson in adaptation

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 11:36 PM IST
After schools were closed in March, teachers and students had to adapt to new technology ensure learning was not disrupted
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Damaged transformers and wires at the PSPCL office in Fountain Chowk, Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Damaged transformers and wires at the PSPCL office in Fountain Chowk, Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

PSPCL office in Ludhiana’s Fountain Chowk crying for attention

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 12:06 AM IST
Long forgotten files, loose electric wire and damaged transformers can be seen collecting dust in the building that has a footfall of 50 to 80 people daily
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District Performance Grading Index: Govt schools in Ludhiana directed to upload details

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 11:20 PM IST
The school teachers will be given credit in the annual credential report (ACR) based on the marks scored by their respective schools
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2020-21 academic session: 5 Ludhiana colleges discontinue some PG courses amid few takers

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:05 PM IST
Principals said that due to financial problems amid the pandemic, many students are optingto work instead
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Three teachers of Government High School, Kailash Nagar, tested positive on Wednesday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Three teachers of Government High School, Kailash Nagar, tested positive on Wednesday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Fear grips staffers of Ludhiana government schools as teachers test positive

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:34 PM IST
Many schools have been shut down precautionary measure
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NTSE mock test: Day on, students attempt leaked question paper

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:35 PM IST
On Tuesday, State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) inadvertently put the questions and answer key for the test online
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Many sellers and dealers of school uniforms said that they have not placed new orders as unsold stock has piled up at their stores.(Harsimar Pal SIngh/HT)
Many sellers and dealers of school uniforms said that they have not placed new orders as unsold stock has piled up at their stores.(Harsimar Pal SIngh/HT)

School uniform stores in Ludhiana struggling to stay afloat

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:30 PM IST
Sellers say that most of their business comes from students of nursery to Class-8, but classes haven’t resumed for them
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SCERT puts NTSE mock test question paper, answer key online

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 11:34 PM IST
The mock test was scheduled for Tuesday, but due to Bharat Bandh called by farmers, it was postponed to Wednesday
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Students won’t be forced to appear for exams physically: Ludhiana DEO

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 12:01 AM IST
State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) had instructed school principals to conduct offline exams for students of Classes 9 to 12 from December 7
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Ludhiana: PSEB extends last date to deposit registration, continuation fees for Classes 10 and 12 to Dec 16

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:48 PM IST
The fees is Rs 900 for Class 10 and Rs 1,350 for Class 12
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NTSE mock test: Fourteen students score above 90% marks

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:58 PM IST
Nandani and Himani Sharma from Government Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, scored 99 out of 100 marks.
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Teachers conducting online and offline classes simultaneously at SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Teachers conducting online and offline classes simultaneously at SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)

Final year UG, PG students in Ludhiana govt colleges return to class

By Deepa Sharma Sood | Hindustan Times, Ludhiana, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:57 PM IST
At SCD College, 40% students turned up while only 3-4 attended at GCG.
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