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Fareeha Iftikhar

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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NCERT prepares manual on ‘Viksit Bharat’, highlights govt policies

The module has also been designed with the aspiration of integrating “significant achievements of the country into the school curriculum as supplementary reading,” officials said

The module’s topics include Make In India, Startup India, Swachhata Hi Seva, Swadeshi Apnao. (HT photo/ representational image)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India shifted from jobless to job-led growth in 10 years: MoS Chandrasekhar

The focus will now be on skilling people in future requirements, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors

Around 45 million youth have been trained under various government schemes between 2014 to the time before the pandemic, the minister said. (Ayush Sharma)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 02:12 AM IST

NTA likely to bring key changes in CUET-UG examinations

The changes might include a switch from a computer-based to a hybrid mode and reduction in the number of subjects a candidate may choose

Students arrive to appear for the first slot of CUET-UG at North campus in New Delhi on July 15, 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Nari Shakti Vandan NCERT module praises key schemes on women

Nari Shakti Vandan is third in a series of special supplementary reading material prepared by the council

The new module has been divided into seven units on themes that include empowering women and political participation of women for equality. (Representative file image)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 04:50 AM IST

UGC encourages universities to adopt diverse revenue streams

The various modes of revenue generation have been suggested by the commission in its guideline for Institutional Development Plan (IDP) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

The commission shared the guidelines with all its affiliated universities and colleges on February 6. (UGC website | File photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 01:56 PM IST

Interim budget: Centre slashes allocation for education, UGC funding cut by 61%

The interim budget for education in India has been reduced by 7%, with the allocation for the UGC slashed by 61%

The interim budget presented on Thursday set aside <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.2 lakh crore for education. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 06:46 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt enhances target to help 30 mn women become ‘Lakhpati Didis’: Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman also spoke about the other initiatives by the government in the last 10 years for the empowerment of women

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other officials outside the Finance Ministry ahead of the presentation of Interim Budget in New Delhi (PTI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 01:15 PM IST

UGC releases draft rules for funding of colleges

The draft guidelines have been prepared in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020

Ludhiana, India - 18, 2019 : Students of Government College for Girls coming out of the college premises from gate number 2 it was reopened after five years in Ludhiana on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. (Photo by Gurminder Singh/Hindustan Times) (HT file)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Higher education institutions not to be graded during accreditation: NAAC

According to a statement issued by the NAAC, the decision to bring reforms in the present system was taken during its executive council meeting on Saturday.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council logo
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Women comprises 48% of overall enrollment in higher education: AISHE report

The representation of female students in higher education in India marks its all time high at 2.07 crore in 2021-22, AISHE report.

Women comprises 48% of overall enrollment in higher education: AISHE report(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 27, 2024 08:21 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Female enrolment in higher education increased to 2.07 crore in 2021

Female enrolment in higher education has increased by 32% since 2014-15

At the undergraduate level, Arts subjects have 1.13 crore students, out of which 51% are female and 49% are male (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 12:22 AM IST

Three key takeaways from AISHE report 2021-22

The latest AISHE report indicated a 4.58% increase in higher education enrollment, a narrowed gender gap and improvement in admissions of SC/ST and OBC students

 The Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) saw a hike from 23.7 in 2014-15 and 27.3 in 2020-21, to 28.4 in 2021-22.
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 03:04 AM IST

Higher education enrolment increased by 4.58% in 2021-22: AISHE report

The Gross Enrolment Ratio also rose, with the government aiming to increase it by 50% by 2035.

Female enrolment increased to 20.7 million in 2021-22 from 20.1 million a year ago, marking a jump of almost 3%, it said (HT)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 02:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

ICSSR invites research proposals on history of traditional art forms

The Indian Council of Social Science Research has for the first time invited research proposals on the history and sociology of traditional art forms across the country that highlight the “unifying Bharatiyata or Indianness”

HT Image
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt set to roll out twice-a-year board exam on optional basis

The option of appearing for board exams two times a year will be provided to students of Classes 10 and 12 from the next academic session, a senior official at the ministry of education said

The framework, which was released by the ministry in August last year, also proposed that the students be given the option to write their board exams twice a year (HT)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Language skills dip, maths slightly better: ASER data

The report is based on a survey of 34,745 people between the ages of 14 and 18 in both government and private institutes across 28 districts in 26 states.

School students going to school on cold and foggy winter morning, in New Delhi, India, on Friday. (Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 04:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Teen boys twice as likely to own smartphones than girls in rural India: ASER

The ASER 2023 report focusses on youth aged 14 to 18 years in rural India by surveying 34,745 youth enrolled

The report highlights that 89% of the youth in that age group have smartphones at home while 92% of them know how to use it. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 05:43 PM IST

25% teens in age group 14-18 can’t read grade 2 text fluently: ASER report

While nearly 85% of the surveyed youth can measure length using a scale when the starting point is 0 cm, the proportion drops to 39% when the starting point is moved

Female students (76%) do better than males (70.9%) in reading grade 2nd-level text in their regional language, male students do better than female students in arithmetic and reading English text. (HT file photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2024 01:11 PM IST

Director exited over sexual harassment inquiry: IIM-C

The institute clarified that the removal was to ensure a fair inquiry and did not reflect the board's opinion on the allegation

IIM Calcutta. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 08:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

IIT, NIT expert panel to help AICTE assess engineering colleges for seat increase

The move comes after the technical education regulator last month removed the ceiling on increasing intake for well- performing institutions, provided they maintained the highest quality of education.

AICTE last year also lifted a moratorium on establishing new engineering colleges, three years after it had stopped giving approval to any new technical school since seats were lying vacant across several of its affiliated institutes. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt proposes one student ID, online school admissions

The APAAR ID will not only help monitor the lifelong learning journey of students, but also build a digital repository of education records

Students at a government school in Shimla.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2024 05:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre launches portal for students to register for tour to PM’s school in Guj

Applicants will go through a rigorous three-stage selection process and two students from each district to attend the programme in batches of 20, 10 girls and 10 boys

In June 2022, the government announced its plan to launch “Prerana”, a programme to inspire youth of the country to become “catalysts of change” (HT)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Three things that will help you understand why school kids are dropping out

Four-year data of dropout rates in class 10 shows a steady decrease. HT spoke to experts to understand why students fall out of the education system.

The data also highlights that of the nearly 19 million students who appeared for the class 10 examination in 2022, nearly 3 million students failed to progress to class 11.(Representative Image)
Published on Dec 25, 2023 09:11 PM IST

‘1 nation, 1 student ID’ to be extended to schools

The Indian government plans to extend its one nation, one student ID initiative to schools, allowing seamless integration with higher education

School students wear face masks during prayer amid rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, in Jammu on Friday(PTI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 01:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC asks varsities to integrate electoral literacy in curricular framework

UGC has asked universities and colleges to evolve a robust mechanism to fulfil the aspirational goal of the Election Commission of India (ECI) of handing over voter IDs to every eligible student

UGC has asked universities to organise mock polls and administer a pledge to vote by students. (File)
Updated on Dec 20, 2023 03:55 PM IST

Centre to launch ‘IKS Wiki’ to give authentic, traditional Indian knowledge

The idea behind starting the IKS Wiki is to provide information in a simplified language that can be understood by the common people, the official said.

To be sure, Wikipedia, the world’s largest free online encyclopedia, has extensive entries on Indian civilisation, religion, philosophy and culture.(Pixabay)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 06:35 AM IST

Research India’s traditional knowledge, space-based technologies: House Panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, chaired by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Thakur, submitted the report

The Lower House or Lok Sabha in Parliament. (ANI)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 05:49 PM IST

No ban on protests in JNU: Vice-chancellor after objections raised over manual

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit on Tuesday reiterated that all rules mentioned in the Chief Proctor Office manual were already in place

JNU vice-chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit rejected reports that a new JNU manual has restricted protests on the University campus. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 04:15 AM IST

UGC approves guidelines for introducing short-term skill courses in universities

Universities and colleges will offer short-term skill development courses in any stream with at least 12 credits and a maximum of 30 credits

Updated on Dec 07, 2023 05:35 PM IST

AAP 3-state report card: Contested 205, Lost 205

Aam Aadmi Party lost in all 205 constituencies it contested in the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh elections, failing to secure even 1% of the vote.

The Aam Aadami Party (AAP) contested in all 205 constituencies it and lost on all of them in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh assembly elections on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 08:57 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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