Fareeha Iftikhar

Fareeha Iftikhar

Fareeha Iftikhar joined HT Editorial team (metro) on August 27, 2018, as a senior correspondent. She covers everything related to education for HindustanTimes in Delhi.

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Delhi has 1,030 government schools and at least 1,700 private schools.(PTI)
Delhi has 1,030 government schools and at least 1,700 private schools.(PTI)

Delhi will have its own school education board

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 01:05 AM IST
  • Unlike other states, Delhi does not have its own state education board. There are about 1,500,000 government school students in Delhi.
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Delhi University.(HT file)
Delhi University.(HT file)

DU, College of Art faculty oppose merger with Ambedkar University Delhi

UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 12:12 PM IST
DU will write to the Delhi government on Thursday, asking it to follow the “due process”, said Dean of Colleges Balram Pani.
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A healthcare worker prepares to administer a COVAXIN vaccine, developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech, at a private hospital in New Delhi.(AP)
A healthcare worker prepares to administer a COVAXIN vaccine, developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech, at a private hospital in New Delhi.(AP)

Private hospitals account for 74% of vaccines given on Day 2 of drive

By Anonna Dutt, Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Of the 11,655 such persons who received the jab on Tuesday, 74% went to centres in private hospitals, according to government data. The government hospitals immunised 3,063 such persons on Tuesday.
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A recent study released by the Azim Premji University revealed that 92% of primary school children have suffered from the learning loss of at least one specific language ability during the lockdown.(Raj K Raj/HT File)
A recent study released by the Azim Premji University revealed that 92% of primary school children have suffered from the learning loss of at least one specific language ability during the lockdown.(Raj K Raj/HT File)

School shut, digital divide: How Covid upended education

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:29 AM IST
As schools started reopening in several states in a staggered manner after 10-11 months, stakeholders including principals, teachers, students and parents said that the education system has been changed “forever”.
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The 308 vaccination sites are located in 192 hospitals across the city – 136 private hospitals that can charge up to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>250 for each jab and 56 government hospitals where the shot will be administered for free.(Bloomberg)
The 308 vaccination sites are located in 192 hospitals across the city – 136 private hospitals that can charge up to 250 for each jab and 56 government hospitals where the shot will be administered for free.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19: Over 6,100 in Delhi get jabs on 1st day of expanded drive

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 02:22 AM IST
On the day when registrations had started on the Co-WIN 2.0 portal, 5,176 people over the age of 60 years received the vaccine. There were 1,009 people over the age of 45 with one of the 30 listed co-morbidities who also received their first dose of the vaccine on Monday.
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Officials at the Venkateswara College said they have not received any communication either from their management or the Andhra government yet.(HT file photo)
Officials at the Venkateswara College said they have not received any communication either from their management or the Andhra government yet.(HT file photo)

Andhra govt seeks to affiliate Venkateswara College with Andhra University

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Srinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:20 AM IST
According to an official from the Andhra Pradesh(AP) chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s office, the CM had written a letter to Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on February 12.
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Andhra govt seeks to affiliate Venkateswara College with Andhra University; students and teachers hold protest

By Fareeha Iftikhar and Srinivasa Rao Apparasu, New Delhi/hyderabad
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:13 PM IST
The Andhra Pradesh government has written to the Union ministry of education seeking to disaffiliate Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi, from Delhi University (DU) and affiliate it with the Andhra University (AU) in Visakhapatnam
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DU currently follows the merit-based admission process for admission to all undergraduate programmes excluding nine courses for which NTA conducts entrance exams every year.(HT file)
DU currently follows the merit-based admission process for admission to all undergraduate programmes excluding nine courses for which NTA conducts entrance exams every year.(HT file)

DU ready to consider combination of test, Class 12 marks for UG slots

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:31 AM IST
Last December, the Union ministry of education constituted a seven-member committee to recommend modalities for the Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for admission to undergraduate courses across central universities in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.
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DU likely to adopt combination of entrance test score and class 12 marks for admissions from this year

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:46 PM IST
With the Central government likely to hold a common entrance test for admissions to undergraduate courses at all the central universities, starting this upcoming session, officials at Delhi University (DU) said they are ready to adopt it immediately in combination with the class 12 score of aspirants
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How riots — and the pandemic— tore apart the lives of children of north-east Delhi

By Fareeha Iftikhar & Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Mohammad Kaif was preparing for his CBSE class 12 exams last February when communal riots broke out in north-east Delhi, where he lives with his family
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On Tuesday, a group of 30 to 40 parents and students gathered outside KR Mangalam World School in Greater Kailash-2, protesting against the school’s decision to conduct in-person examinations for these classes, even though it had already conducted the exams online. (Representative Image)(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
On Tuesday, a group of 30 to 40 parents and students gathered outside KR Mangalam World School in Greater Kailash-2, protesting against the school’s decision to conduct in-person examinations for these classes, even though it had already conducted the exams online. (Representative Image)(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Schools, parents split over in-person exams

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 03:35 AM IST
The CBSE, on February 11, directed all its affiliated schools to conduct annual examinations of classes 9 and 11 in the offline mode, after taking all Covid-19 related precautions. But parents are not for it.
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A man stands near burnt motorcycles in a riot-affected area, at Shiv Vihar, in New Delhi on March 2, 2020. (HT archive)
A man stands near burnt motorcycles in a riot-affected area, at Shiv Vihar, in New Delhi on March 2, 2020. (HT archive)

How riots and the pandemic tore apart the lives of children of north-east Delhi

By Fareeha Iftikhar & Kainat Sarfaraz, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:47 AM IST
As many as 53 people were killed and more than 400 injured in the riots that broke out in parts of north-east Delhi on February 23, 2020.
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DU Vice-Chancellor (acting) PC Joshi said that the recommendations will now be sent to the university’s statutory bodies — academic council (AC) and executive council (EC) — for their approval.(HT file)
DU Vice-Chancellor (acting) PC Joshi said that the recommendations will now be sent to the university’s statutory bodies — academic council (AC) and executive council (EC) — for their approval.(HT file)

FYUP may return to DU colleges this year

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 04:22 AM IST
The university had once before in 2014 introduced the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). It, however, was scrapped by the government after protests by students and teachers the same year.
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The DoE had directed schools not to deny access to online education to students unable to pay school fees due to the financial crisis caused by the the lockdown.(Representational )
The DoE had directed schools not to deny access to online education to students unable to pay school fees due to the financial crisis caused by the the lockdown.(Representational )

Can’t bar kids from e-classes over fees, Delhi govt warns schools

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:28 AM IST
The Delhi’s directorate of education (DoE) had ordered schools not to deny access to online education to students unable to pay fees due to the pandemic
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The board has also asked the schools to attempt to begin the 2021-2022 academic session from April 1, as is the norm.(HT photo)
The board has also asked the schools to attempt to begin the 2021-2022 academic session from April 1, as is the norm.(HT photo)

Class 9 and 11 examinations will be conducted in offline mode in CBSE schools

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 12:31 AM IST
Schools across the country were closed for several months since March last year as part of restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus disease crisis.
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Representational image. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Delhi: Nursery admission process to begin from Feb 18, first list on March 20

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 05:39 AM IST
The forms will be available on the websites of schools from February 18. The last date for submission of forms is March 4
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A majority of the protesters said that their eight-day rotation helps them maintain a balance between the ongoing movement and their work. Many others also find it a way to counter “anxiety and depression” among the agitators.(AP)
A majority of the protesters said that their eight-day rotation helps them maintain a balance between the ongoing movement and their work. Many others also find it a way to counter “anxiety and depression” among the agitators.(AP)

One village, 10 people, 8 days- Farmers’ formula to maintain a show of strength

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 10:54 AM IST
On November 26, thousands descended at Delhi’s border to protest against three contentious farm laws that had been passed by the Centre in September last year
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The Directorate of Education (DoE) issued the notification days after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government will soon begin the nursery admission process in private schools.(HT file photo. Representative image)
The Directorate of Education (DoE) issued the notification days after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government will soon begin the nursery admission process in private schools.(HT file photo. Representative image)

Delhi govt kick-offs process for nursery admissions

PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 07:54 AM IST
The centralised process for admissions to entry-level classes for over 200,000 seats in around 1,700 private schools, which usually commences in November or December, has been delayed by over two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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While several schools have started online classes, there have been connectivity concerns, and concerns over the amount of additional screen time children will end up being exposed to.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
While several schools have started online classes, there have been connectivity concerns, and concerns over the amount of additional screen time children will end up being exposed to.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Students left behind in wake of Covid, teachers rush to address learning gaps

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Kainat Sarfaraz, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 02:47 PM IST
  • The government has over the past few weeks reopened schools for classes 9 to 12 for the first time since classes moved online in March last year.
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People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Kandela village in Jind district in the northern state of Haryana, India,(Reuters)
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Kandela village in Jind district in the northern state of Haryana, India,(Reuters)

Will not enter Delhi, say farmers as police prepare for chakka jam

By karn pratap singh, Fareeha Iftikhar, Anvit Srivastava, Neeraj Mohan, New Delhi, Karnal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 03:29 AM IST
Home minister Amit Shah met NSA Ajit Doval to review the security situation in Delhi ahead of the farmers’ highway blockade on Feb 6.
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Will not enter Delhi, say farmers as police prepare for chakka jam

By Karn Pratap Singh, Fareeha Iftikhar, Anvit Shrivastava and Neeraj Mohan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:36 PM IST
New Delhi/Karnal Farm unions agitating against three agriculture laws announced on Thursday that no protester will enter Delhi during a three-hour nationwide highway blockade on February 6 in a bid to avoid a repeat of the clashes and violence witnesses on Republic Day
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A police officer, who wished not to be named, said the metal barricades put together, between which concrete was filled, is one barrier and this will act as a second layer of protection.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
A police officer, who wished not to be named, said the metal barricades put together, between which concrete was filled, is one barrier and this will act as a second layer of protection.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

New wall-like structure at Tikri, police reposition nails at Ghazipur

By Anvit Srivastava, Fareeha Iftikhar & Karn Pratap, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 12:20 PM IST
On Thursday, a new wall-like structure came up at the Tikri border protest site, where hundreds of farmers have been protesting against the three new farm laws for over two months
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Government officials and school authorities say the migration of thousands of families to their home states during and after the lockdown, and the sudden shift to online education are the main reasons for this.(HT Photo)
Government officials and school authorities say the migration of thousands of families to their home states during and after the lockdown, and the sudden shift to online education are the main reasons for this.(HT Photo)

166k students in Delhi fell off grid as schools moved online

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 02:21 AM IST
The data, culled from the education department of Delhi, and civic bodies that run the municipal schools, shows that these children have simply fallen off the map -- the schools say they can’t trace them.
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Classes 10 and 12 theory examinations (for all streams) will be completed in 39 days, as compared with the 45 days planned in 2020.(Mint)
Classes 10 and 12 theory examinations (for all streams) will be completed in 39 days, as compared with the 45 days planned in 2020.(Mint)

CBSE sets ball rolling with exams schedule

PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 03:20 AM IST
According to the CBSE date sheet, Class 10 board exams will end on June 7 and Class 12 board exams on June 11. The board said authorities will have to follow guidelines against Covid-19.
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Tikait said the ongoing stir against the three new farm laws will continue till the legislations are repealed.(HT Photo)
Tikait said the ongoing stir against the three new farm laws will continue till the legislations are repealed.(HT Photo)

'Kanoon wapsi nahi, to ghar wapsi nahi': Rakesh Tikait coins new slogan

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 03:45 AM IST
Farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu against the three farm laws for over two months.
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Several farmer groups joined the protesters at Ghazipur on Sunday where the Ghaziabad administration served an eviction notice to the protesters on Thursday.(PTI)
Several farmer groups joined the protesters at Ghazipur on Sunday where the Ghaziabad administration served an eviction notice to the protesters on Thursday.(PTI)

Farmers leaders take steps to ‘revive’ agitation

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 04:01 AM IST
The measures, farm leaders said, will help “revive” the protest, which met a rude jolt after the Republic Day incident.
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Farmers march with the national flag during the tiranga rally at Tikri border on Thursday. (ANI)
Farmers march with the national flag during the tiranga rally at Tikri border on Thursday. (ANI)

At Tikri border, farmers take out a ‘tiranga rally’

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 06:10 AM IST
  • At least 394 policemen were injured in violence at different spots in the city during the agitation.
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Farmer leaders address a gathering at Tikri border on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Farmer leaders address a gathering at Tikri border on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Infiltrators defamed our stir: Farmers at Tikri site

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 12:53 AM IST
  • On Tuesday, a group of farmers who started the tractor march from the Tikri border broke police barricades to veer away from the agreed-upon route between the farm unions and Delhi Police.
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Farmers vandalise a Police vehicle following clashes with Delhi Police during the tractor march from Tikri border, at Nangloi Crossing, in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Farmers vandalise a Police vehicle following clashes with Delhi Police during the tractor march from Tikri border, at Nangloi Crossing, in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Police, farmers fought pitched battle at Nangloi

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 04:40 AM IST
  • Sporadic clashes continued between till late in the evening, even as the vast majority of the protestors continued their parade without incidence.
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When the farmers reached Nangloi at 11 am, the cheer and celebration turned into clashes within 45 minutes, as some farmer groups breached their route agreement and tried to move on roads they did not have permission for.( Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
When the farmers reached Nangloi at 11 am, the cheer and celebration turned into clashes within 45 minutes, as some farmer groups breached their route agreement and tried to move on roads they did not have permission for.( Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

From farm to fist: Within hours, cheers, celebration at Tikri gave way to chaos

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:32 AM IST
  • At many places, local residents showered flower petals on the rally.
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