Deepa Sharma Sood

Deepa Sharma Sood

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

Articles by Deepa Sharma Sood
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Education secy's directions on fee waiver leave schoolheads hassled

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2013 09:26 PM IST
The latest directions of the Punjab education secretary Anjali Bhawra regarding waiving off fee of girl students of Classes 9 to 12 in government schools has left schoolheads hassled.
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PTU leaves students in a fix; revaluation result undeclared

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2013 10:18 PM IST
Students studying in colleges affiliated with Punjab Technical University are in a fix, as the university has still not declared the revaluation results. While students can fill the revaluation form till April 12; students are upset as the varsity has not declared the revaluation result.
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Govt schoolchildren gear up for another roofless summer

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2013 09:34 PM IST
Having spent months shivering in the morning chill, the 90 students of Government Primary School, Kutcha Number 16, Fieldganj, Ludhiana, cannot heave a sigh of relief even in summer. The sunny mornings would prove to be of little respite to these children, as they spend day after day in a school, which has no roof, classrooms, toilets or drinking water facility.

Midday meal: Govt to reimburse for additional LPG cylinders

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2013 08:49 PM IST
It's a good news for government schools as they will get reimbursement for the additional LPG cylinders used for cooking midday meal. Earlier, the government schools were paying for the additional cylinders from their own pocket.
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Sikander Singh Maluka transfers government teacher for 'preferential treatment' to her son

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2013 12:36 AM IST
Talking note of an HT report highlighting the alleged preferential treatment to a Class-12 student of Government Model Senior Secondary School on the Punjab Agricultural University campus, who has not attended school for several months, the education minister has decided to transfer his mother, who is a Punjabi lecturer in the same school.
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School staff baffled, as principal decides to go on endless leave

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2013 12:31 AM IST
With their school principal on leave for over a month, the staff of Government Senior Secondary School, Raikot, are puzzled about the future of funds allocated to the school under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
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CBSE ON YOU TUBE

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2013 10:46 PM IST
Central Board of Secondary Education has a channel on You Tube: www.youtube.com/cbsechannel dedicated to the various activities conducted by the Board and its affiliated schools.
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Class 11 and 12 students to be trained for jobs

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2013 08:39 PM IST
To increase employment prospects of Class 11 and 12 students and make them aware of global opportunities, the school education department has decided to train students in soft-skills using Edusat from the new academic session.
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Govt school receives stale mid-day meal

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2013 10:37 PM IST
Government Primary School, Ahata Sherjang, near Division No 3, allegedly received stale food for the mid-day meal from the centralised kitchen on Monday.
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Primary school students of Haibowal Kalan served stale dal

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2013 09:32 PM IST
Several students of Government Primary School, Haibowal Kalan, fell sick on Friday after consuming the midday meal. When the schoolteachers tasted the meal they found foul smell emanating from the dal served to the students.
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'Be careful when sending assessment data'

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2013 06:15 PM IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sent a feedback on assessment data provided by schools to the board for the 2011-12 session. A circular regarding this was updated on the board's website cbse.nic.in on February 4.
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PU to restart inspection of affiliated colleges

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2013 09:20 PM IST
Panjab University (PU) syndicate decided to restart the periodic inspection of affiliated arts colleges, (government and private) and constitute committees for the purpose at a meeting held in Chandigarh on January 27.
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Absent from duty 148 Punjab teachers get notice

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2013 12:20 PM IST
Director general school education, Punjab, Kahan Singh Pannu today issued show-cause notices to 148 teachers of government schools, Punjab, for remaining absent from duty. These teachers have been absent from the duty since 1992.

CBSE cuts retention period of Class 9, 10 assessments

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2013 10:38 AM IST
The Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) have instructed its affiliated schools to preserve and keep the answer books of classes IX and X, in safe custody, at the school for at least a period of three years, in case of Class IX, and two years, in case of Class X, along with question papers and marking schemes for subsequent verification by the board.

Fauja Singh to hang boots after Australian marathon

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood and Nidhi Bhanot, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2013 12:36 PM IST
The world's oldest marathon runner Fauja Singh today said that he would hang his boots after the Australian marathon that kicks off on January 25. Deepa Sharma Sood and Nidhi Bhanot reports.
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MGM Public School to close down after current session; parents agitated

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2013 02:36 PM IST
The management of MGM Public School, urban estate, Sector 32, Chandigarh road on Monday declared that they are closing down the school after completing this academic session 2012-2013.
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CBSE starts regional call centre service

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2013 08:51 PM IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has set up a call centre for handling routine enquiries and grievances pertaining to various activities and functions of the board.
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Cold wave: No holidays for govt school students, says education minister

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2013 09:14 PM IST
Keeping in view the prevailing weather conditions, several private schools in the city have started their winter break from January 1, but the winter break in government schools is already over and there will be no extension in it.
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Private schools delay winter vacations

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2012 12:41 AM IST
In view of late winters this year, several private schools in the city have decided to postpone the winter vacations to December 31 onwards. Earlier, most private schools used to close schools for vacations after December 20.

Punjab to provide free course to Class 12 students

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2012 05:12 PM IST
To prepare students of Class XII of government schools of Punjab for competitive exams such as engineering and medical, the government of Punjab has decided to provide students with free crash course facility.
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Violating HC order, private schools increasing fee

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2012 11:53 PM IST
Despite the Punjab and Haryana high court order to private educational institutions not to increase fee and other charges, managements of several schools in Ludhiana continue to fleece parents of students by hiking charges at their own sweet will.
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Need to strengthen RTE, says Pranab

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2012 10:32 AM IST
There is a need to strengthen the Right to Education Act and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan only then we will be able to achieve milestone in the education sector. However, whenever I interact with bright students full of energy, I feel that the future of country is in safe hands, said President of India Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Ludhiana.
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Delegate power to senior-most teacher in absence: DGSE to school heads

None | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2012 01:14 AM IST
The director general school education (DGSE), Punjab, Kahan Singh Pannu has sent instructions to the heads of government schools that in their absence the charge of the institution should be handed over to the senior-most teacher.
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CBSE to conduct joint entrance exam in April

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2012 08:42 PM IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct the offline mode of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) on April 7, 2013. The online examination will be held on April 8 and 25.
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3 school teachers found drunk, suspended

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2012 11:43 PM IST
Two teachers and one lab attendant of government schools of Punjab who were recently found boozing on duty were suspended on Friday. Jagdeep Singh, physics lecturer from Ludhiana district, was found drunken during duty hours.
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Govt schools facing shortage of teachers

Hindustan Times | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2012 10:43 PM IST
All government schools in the city's periphery are facing an acute shortage of teachers. Some of these schools, in fact, are running headless in the absence of any headmaster/headmistress.
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Thieves having a field day at govt schools

None | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2012 11:48 PM IST
A spate of thefts in the district government schools in the recent months has exposed the security arrangements. It seems LCDs, computers and LPG cylinders at these schools have become an attractive and easy target for thieves.
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DGSE orders closure of special training centres

None | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2012 08:18 PM IST
The students of these centres will be brought into mainstream government schools. Ludhiana has 265 such centres with about 7,500 students
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DGSE: hold compartment exams for Class 9 students

None | By Deepa Sharma Sood, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2012 06:35 PM IST
Two weeks ahead of semester examinations for Class 9 students, director general of school education (secondary) has directed schools to hold exams for those students who have failed to clear up to two subjects.
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