Fareeha Iftikhar

Fareeha Iftikhar is a principal 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.

Articles by Fareeha Iftikhar

Centre fixes fee slabs for private technical institutes after panel report

The education ministry has accepted an expert panel report that recommended price bands for private technical and management institutions
The revision comes more than six years after the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) put a cap on the maximum fee private technical institutes could charge students . (File photo)
The revision comes more than six years after the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) put a cap on the maximum fee private technical institutes could charge students . (File photo)
Updated on May 18, 2022 09:03 AM IST
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UGC writes to envoys over tie-ups with global varsities

In April, the commission announced amended regulations for academic collaborations between Indian and foreign higher education institutions (HEIs).
New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar leaves after meeting Ministry of human resource development (MHRD) secretary Amit Khare, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar leaves after meeting Ministry of human resource development (MHRD) secretary Amit Khare, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:46 AM IST
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JNVs ban mobiles for students

The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), an autonomous body under the Union ministry of education that runs over 600 residential JNVs across the country, last month, wrote to all its regional offices informing them about the new policy on mobile phones.
The Central government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) have issued a revamped policy and banned the use of mobile phones by students at campuses, including dormitories. (Agencies/Representative use)
The Central government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) have issued a revamped policy and banned the use of mobile phones by students at campuses, including dormitories. (Agencies/Representative use)
Published on May 13, 2022 11:02 PM IST
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DU at 100: The nursery of political luminaries

The Delhi University Students’ Union has been inextricably linked with national politics, with student leaders from various ideologies fighting for the seats on its prestigious panel
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was elected DUSU president in 1974. (HT Archive)
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was elected DUSU president in 1974. (HT Archive)
Updated on May 05, 2022 01:00 AM IST
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ByFareeha Iftikhar and Risha Chitlangia

Think tank recommends: ‘Need agency to regulate institutes linked to admissions’

The recommendations are part of ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on regulatory mechanism against malpractices in admissions in schools, colleges and universities in India and abroad’
Think tank recommendation: ‘Need agency to regulate institutes linked to admissions’
Think tank recommendation: ‘Need agency to regulate institutes linked to admissions’
Updated on May 01, 2022 06:10 AM IST
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Centre: New school curriculum to be ‘rooted in Indian, local context’

The document advocates incorporating Indian knowledge systems, heritage and traditions in the education system.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, along with state ministers CN Ashwathnarayan, B C Nagesh and other dignitaries, releases the 'National Curriculum Framework', in Bengaluru. (ANI)
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, along with state ministers CN Ashwathnarayan, B C Nagesh and other dignitaries, releases the 'National Curriculum Framework', in Bengaluru. (ANI)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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Centre seeks inputs from ministries for national curriculum

The education ministry has sought inputs from other Union ministries on the formulation of the National Curriculum Framework (NFC) that will lay down the broad guidelines for revision of school curriculum, officials said.
States and Union territories have also started providing inputs to NCERT based on the 25 focus areas drawn from NEP 2020. (ANI)
States and Union territories have also started providing inputs to NCERT based on the 25 focus areas drawn from NEP 2020. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 04:26 AM IST
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Centre scraps MP quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas, revises admission guidelines

Under KVS Special Dispensation Admission Scheme or MP quota, a parliamentarian could recommend up to 10 students from their constituency every academic year for admission in classes 1 to 9.
With 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 245 in the Rajya Sabha, a total of 7,880 admissions every year were possible against this quota across 1,248 KVs in India. (HT photo)
With 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 245 in the Rajya Sabha, a total of 7,880 admissions every year were possible against this quota across 1,248 KVs in India. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 05:36 AM IST
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Centre scraps MP quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas, revises admission guidelines

Under the KVS Special Dispensation Admission Scheme, a Member of Parliament had the power to recommend a maximum of 10 students from their respective constituencies in every academic year for admissions in classes 1 to 9
A class in progress at a Kendriya Vidyalaya school in New Delhi. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A class in progress at a Kendriya Vidyalaya school in New Delhi. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 11:57 AM IST
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KVS admissions: Centre scraps MP quota in KVs, revised admission guidelines out

  • The government has scrapped the discretionary Member of Parliament (MP) quota for admissions to the Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and issued revised admission guidelines on Monday.
The move comes a week after the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) had put admissions under ‘special provisions’, including the MP quota, on hold till further orders.(HT file)
The move comes a week after the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) had put admissions under ‘special provisions’, including the MP quota, on hold till further orders.(HT file)
Published on Apr 26, 2022 11:56 AM IST
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CBSE cuts Islamic empires, Cold War from board syllabi

CBSE, which released the syllabus for the 2022-23 session on Thursday, has rationalised the coursework for students of classes 9 to 12 by around 30% to reduce their burden.
The CBSE has also officially declared that it will conduct only one board examination for the 2022-23 batch, which will be held at the end of the academic session. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
The CBSE has also officially declared that it will conduct only one board examination for the 2022-23 batch, which will be held at the end of the academic session. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 05:19 AM IST
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Indian, foreign universities can now offer dual degrees

Regulations allowing some of these provisions were first announced in 2012, and subsequently modified in 2016, but with few takers among either Indian or foreign universities, have been eased further now. This, however, is the first time joint degrees are being permitted.
The regulations allow three types of degree programmes: dual (where both colleges award the degree, albeit in the same subject), joint and twinning (where part of the course is completed overseas with the upper limit being 30% in twinning programmes, and the lower limit being 30% in joint programmes) .(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The regulations allow three types of degree programmes: dual (where both colleges award the degree, albeit in the same subject), joint and twinning (where part of the course is completed overseas with the upper limit being 30% in twinning programmes, and the lower limit being 30% in joint programmes) .(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 01:51 AM IST
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UGC lets Indian, foreign universities offer dual, joint degrees: How it’ll work

The UGC on Tuesday approved the UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Educational Institutions to offer Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programmes) Regulations, 2022
Regulations allowing some of the initiatives were first announced in 2012, and subsequently modified in 2016. This, however, is the first time joint degrees are being permitted. (HT File photo)
Regulations allowing some of the initiatives were first announced in 2012, and subsequently modified in 2016. This, however, is the first time joint degrees are being permitted. (HT File photo)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 11:12 PM IST
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127,000 candidates apply for CUET in first week of registration

Data provided by NTA showed most of the applications received were from Uttar Pradesh (36,611), followed by Delhi (23,418), Bihar (12,275), Haryana (7,859), West Bengal (4,496), Madhya Pradesh (4,402) and Rajasthan (3,886)
The registration process for the exam began on April 6 and will continue till May 6. (Representational image)
The registration process for the exam began on April 6 and will continue till May 6. (Representational image)
Updated on Apr 18, 2022 01:46 AM IST
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CBSE board exams to be held once a year from academic year 2022-23: Official

  • CBSE board exams: CBSE has decided to switch to its previous practice of conducting board exams for classes 10 and 12 only once a year from the academic year 2022-23 onwards, according to people familiar with the matter.
CBSE Board exams: The board last year announced two sets of board exams for students currently in classes 10 and 12 in order to prepare for any “unprecedented situation” that could have arisen because of the Covid-19 pandemic.(HT File)
CBSE Board exams: The board last year announced two sets of board exams for students currently in classes 10 and 12 in order to prepare for any “unprecedented situation” that could have arisen because of the Covid-19 pandemic.(HT File)
Published on Apr 15, 2022 01:17 PM IST
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CBSE to return to one board exam pattern

The board last year announced two sets of board exams for students currently in classes 10 and 12 in order to prepare for any “unprecedented situation” that could have arisen because of the Covid-19 pandemic
The decision also comes at a time when school-leaving board exams will no longer be factored in for admissions to all central and several state universities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The decision also comes at a time when school-leaving board exams will no longer be factored in for admissions to all central and several state universities. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 15, 2022 05:04 AM IST
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‘No curbs, students in JNU are free to eat whatever they want’

  • The problem is that we are in a period of transition. Hence, there is a fight for space. We have a redressal mechanism, but we also have a lot of democracy.
JNU vice-chancellor (VC) Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit(HT Photo)
JNU vice-chancellor (VC) Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 11:27 AM IST
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Soon, students can take 2 college courses together

Once notified, students can pursue two undergraduate, postgraduate degree or a diploma courses at the same time as long as classes do not clash or if either one or both are being taught online
According to the draft guidelines, students can pursue two full-time degree courses in three ways. (ANI)
According to the draft guidelines, students can pursue two full-time degree courses in three ways. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 01:29 AM IST
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Soon, students can pursue two full-time degree programmes simultaneously: UGC

  • In a major reform in higher education, the Centre has decided to allow students to pursue two full-time, same-level, degree programmes simultaneously, the University Grants Commission (UGC) announced on Tuesday.
UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said that the reform is in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.(File)
UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said that the reform is in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.(File)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 07:00 PM IST
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AMU to adopt CUET, internal reservations to remain intact

The university had initially decided to maintain status quo on its admission policy as the case on its minority status was in the courts.
The decision to adopt CUET for admissions was taken during the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)’s academic council meeting on Saturday. (Agencies file)
The decision to adopt CUET for admissions was taken during the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)’s academic council meeting on Saturday. (Agencies file)
Updated on Apr 10, 2022 07:14 AM IST
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Aligarh Muslim University to participate in CUET for admission to all UG programmes

AMU had initially decided to maintain the status-quo on its admission policy as the case on its minority status is ‘sub-judice’. However, on March 21, the Centre made it mandatory for all central universities to take undergraduate admissions solely on the basis of CUET.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Saturday announced that it will adopt the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admissions to all undergraduate courses. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Saturday announced that it will adopt the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admissions to all undergraduate courses. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 04:08 PM IST
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Common entrance test won’t affect Boards: CBSE secretary

The Union government’s decision to institute a Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for undergraduate admissions in all central universities will not affect the board examination process, said a top CBSE official.
The Centre last month announced that it will conduct a common entrance test for admission to all undergraduate courses, in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. (ANI file)
The Centre last month announced that it will conduct a common entrance test for admission to all undergraduate courses, in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. (ANI file)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 04:26 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

35 programmes across 16 varsities in QS top 100

For the “subject ranking”, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranks institutions on the basis of the individual programmes and compares them to other programmes in the world.
Among the four IoEs in the top 50, IIT Madras (30th for petroleum engineering), is India’s highest-ranking public IoE.(File photo. Representative image)
Among the four IoEs in the top 50, IIT Madras (30th for petroleum engineering), is India’s highest-ranking public IoE.(File photo. Representative image)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 02:07 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Explained: What are the revised guidelines for admission in engineering courses?

  • HT explains the changes in admission made by the All India Council for Technical Education for the academic session 2022-23. Here is everything you need to know:
The AICTE had last year left it to the universities to decide if they want to keep mathematics, physics and chemistry as mandatory subjects for admissions to engineering courses. (File Photo)
The AICTE had last year left it to the universities to decide if they want to keep mathematics, physics and chemistry as mandatory subjects for admissions to engineering courses. (File Photo)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 03:32 PM IST
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All polytechnics to reserve 2 seats for children orphaned due to Covid-19

According to the revised approval norms released by AICTE, it is no longer mandatory to study physics, chemistry and mathematics in Class 12 for admission to three engineering courses— architecture, fashion technology, and packaging technology.
The new clause has been added to the revised approval process norms of AICTE for 2022-23 that was released on Tuesday. (Archive)
The new clause has been added to the revised approval process norms of AICTE for 2022-23 that was released on Tuesday. (Archive)
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 04:39 AM IST
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AICTE reserves seats in polytechnic institutes for Covid-orphaned under PM CARES

The AICTE move to reserve two seats per course will not impact other students because institutes admitting students under this decision can increase their sanctioned intake capacity by two seats
AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabuddhe said the two seats will continue to be reserved in polytechnic institutes for as long as children approved under PM CARES are eligible for admission. (Twitter/@AICTE_INDIA)
AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabuddhe said the two seats will continue to be reserved in polytechnic institutes for as long as children approved under PM CARES are eligible for admission. (Twitter/@AICTE_INDIA)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 06:07 PM IST
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CUET won’t take away your admission powers: Education ministry to AMU

The University Grants Commission on March 21 announced that the CUET will be mandatory for all central universities for undergraduate admissions
The University Grants Commission. (HT Photo)
The University Grants Commission. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 09:19 AM IST
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All you need to know about CUET-UG 2022 registration, syllabus and guidelines

The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Saturday released the guidelines for Common University Entrance Test for Undergraduate (CUET-UG) admissions.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for all central universities to conduct undergraduate admissions only on the basis of CUET-UG. (Representational Image/HT Photo)
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for all central universities to conduct undergraduate admissions only on the basis of CUET-UG. (Representational Image/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2022 03:42 PM IST
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Common entrance test will provide level playing field for students: UGC chief

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said CUET will provide equal opportunity to students from different backgrounds and education boards.
UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar.
UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar.
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 12:40 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Common entrance test must for all central universities: UGC

CUET, which is envisaged in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, will be conducted in the first week of July, both for undergraduate and postgraduate courses by the National Test Agency (NTA).
Aligarh Muslim University officials said that the implementation of CUET at their respective universities is under consideration. (HT File/Representative use)
Aligarh Muslim University officials said that the implementation of CUET at their respective universities is under consideration. (HT File/Representative use)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 12:19 AM IST
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