K Sandeep Kumar

K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

Articles by K Sandeep Kumar

Prayagraj: Magh Mela begins in Covid shadow

Over 6.5 lakh pilgrims take holy dip in Sangam on Makar Sankranti on first day of Magh Mela in Prayagraj, Covid protocol takes a hit despite repeated appeals
Pilgrims gather at the Sangam in Prayagraj for ritual bathing on the first day of Magh Mela on Friday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT Photo)
Pilgrims gather at the Sangam in Prayagraj for ritual bathing on the first day of Magh Mela on Friday. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 08:14 PM IST
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Amid Omicron threat: Elaborate health arrangements in place for Magh Mela-2022

The Mela area has reported 39 positive cases by the night of January 12 which includes 37 policemen and security personnel
Those having latest negative RT-PCR reports are only being granted entry into the Magh mela area in Prayagraj. (HT FILE)
Those having latest negative RT-PCR reports are only being granted entry into the Magh mela area in Prayagraj. (HT FILE)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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Prayagraj region: Heart of Uttar Pradesh vital for all parties in poll race

BJP looks to extend its sway, other parties also keen to make a mark in the Prayagraj region of Uttar Pradesh during assembly polls
Prayagraj, regarded as politically, socially and academically conscious, has given many leaders to the nation and Uttar Pradesh. All parties are aware of its importance. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT PHOTO)
Prayagraj, regarded as politically, socially and academically conscious, has given many leaders to the nation and Uttar Pradesh. All parties are aware of its importance. (ANIL K MAURYA/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 09:57 PM IST
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Prayagraj: People rush for vaccines, over 3.85 lakh inoculated in first 10 days of 2022

It is estimated that 928 people have been infected during the first 10 days of 2022-with 220 new cases being found just on Monday (January 10). On January 10 evening, there were 920 active Covid cases.
Queue of eager youngsters waiting for their turn to get a jab at a vaccination centre in Prayagraj on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Queue of eager youngsters waiting for their turn to get a jab at a vaccination centre in Prayagraj on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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MNNIT experts on new mission: Developing alternatives to prevent antibiotic resistance

They are busy preparing a new-age, low-cost and effective alternative to treating bacterial infections using medicines
Project head Seema Nara in her lab at MNNIT (HT Photo)
Project head Seema Nara in her lab at MNNIT (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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PDA selected firm to maintain murals, artworks in Prayagraj for next 5 years

These creations had been installed in the run-up to the Kumbh-2019. Now, the PDA has begun a hunt for an agency which would repair and maintain these art works periodically for next five years, including the period of Mahakumbha-2025, say officials.
An artwork installed on a busy road in Prayagraj. (HT)
An artwork installed on a busy road in Prayagraj. (HT)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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NEP-2020: AU begins efforts to set up agriculture faculty

Allahabad University (AU) is planning to start agriculture faculty that would offer vocational courses related to different aspects of agriculture and associated areas, preferably from 2023-24
The agriculture faculty could come up at the Hindu Hostel campus of AU. (File photo)
The agriculture faculty could come up at the Hindu Hostel campus of AU. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2021 11:26 PM IST
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By, Prayagraj

Urdu poet’s name changed to ‘Akbar Prayagraj’ on UP site due to ‘error’

The suffixes of renowned Urdu poets were changed from “Allahabadi” to “Prayagraj” on the website of the Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Services Commission on Tuesday, prompting officials to claim the portal was hacked.
Urdu poet’s name changed to ‘Akbar Prayagraj’ on UP site due to ‘error’
Urdu poet’s name changed to ‘Akbar Prayagraj’ on UP site due to ‘error’
Published on Dec 29, 2021 12:02 AM IST
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Urdu poet ‘Akbar Allahabadi’ shown as ‘Akbar Prayagraj’ on UPHESC website

UPHESC secretary says the “error” in the information on the website came to light on Tuesday and a correction is being made through the agency that designed the website
The screen grab of the webpage of the UPHESC website that shows suffixes of famous poets changed from ‘Allahabadi’ to ‘Prayagraj’. (HT Photo)
The screen grab of the webpage of the UPHESC website that shows suffixes of famous poets changed from ‘Allahabadi’ to ‘Prayagraj’. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2021 01:01 AM IST
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MNNIT to start inter-disciplinary BTech course from 2022-23

The Prayagraj institute will be the first among all 31 NITs of India to have UG course in engineering and computational mechanics
The Prayagraj institute will be the first among all 31 NITs of India to have UG course in engineering and computational mechanics (HT file)
The Prayagraj institute will be the first among all 31 NITs of India to have UG course in engineering and computational mechanics (HT file)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 10:57 PM IST
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ByK Sandeep Kumar, Prayagraj

UP's women won't let opposition come back to power: PM Modi

PRAYAGRAJ Women in Uttar Pradesh will not allow the opposition to come back to power because the state government led by Yogi Adityanath has empowered women and provided them with security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Prayagraj on Tuesday, months ahead of assembly polls in early 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with women beneficiaries at a function, in Prayagraj on December 21, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with women beneficiaries at a function, in Prayagraj on December 21, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 07:08 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Prayagraj

UP’s daughters won’t let previous govts come back to power: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi transfers 1,000 crore to beneficiaries of Kanya Sumangala, BC-Sakhi and Antyodaya schemes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with women beneficiaries at a function, in Prayagraj on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with women beneficiaries at a function, in Prayagraj on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 08:12 PM IST
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Project Alankar: 62 buildings of UP govt high schools, Inter colleges set for revamp

In these schools, drinking water facility, boundary wall and gate construction, cycle stand, solar plant, rainwater harvesting, wall, roof, floor, window and door repairs etc would be undertaken
A dilapidated building of a government secondary school in Prayagraj. (HT)
A dilapidated building of a government secondary school in Prayagraj. (HT)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 01:13 AM IST
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Rajju Bhaiya Univ begins efforts to set up many new faculties: VC

Prof Rajendra Singh (Rajju Bhaiya) State University (PRSU), Prayagraj, is gearing up to expand the range of courses offered by it by setting up many new faculties on its campus soon. 
PRSU campus. HT file
PRSU campus. HT file
Published on Dec 11, 2021 10:49 AM IST
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By, Prayagraj

22 years on, UPRTOU close to bagging NAAC grading

  • Peer team’s three-day inspection of campus from Dec 15, to become country's only 3rd open university to have NAAC grading
UPRTOU campus at Phaphamau in Prayagraj.(HT File)
UPRTOU campus at Phaphamau in Prayagraj.(HT File)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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BHOG scheme in Prayagraj: Now, prasad to be prepared under FSDA guidelines at 2 Hanuman temples

Across Uttar Pradesh, 17 districts including Prayagraj, have been included under BHOG scheme, said an official
Devotees at Bade Hanuman temple near Sangam in Prayagraj. (Ht Photo)
Devotees at Bade Hanuman temple near Sangam in Prayagraj. (Ht Photo)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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Omicron threat: IIIT-A halts phased opening of campus for now

  • The institute allows 200-odd students already in hostels to stay, continue with online classes
Omicron threat: IIIT-A halts phased opening of campus for now
Omicron threat: IIIT-A halts phased opening of campus for now
Published on Dec 05, 2021 10:51 AM IST
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Prayagraj: New 37 cr modern academic building to come up at MNNIT

The new academic building would be constructed for a cost of 37 crores. According to MNNIT director, Prof Rajeev Tripathi, the Union Ministry of Education has approved a budget for the building.
MNNIT (HT PHOTO)
MNNIT (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 10:42 PM IST
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UPPSC Prelims Results 2021: Candidates unhappy as commission skips own criteria

  • A total of 6,91,173 candidates had applied online for the PCS-2021 examination that was held on October 24.
UPPSC declares PCS (Pre)-2021 results; 7,688 candidates successful
UPPSC declares PCS (Pre)-2021 results; 7,688 candidates successful
Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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Maruthi 2.0 to deliver drugs, blood to remote sites

Maruthi 2.0, the invention of two alumni of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, aims to save lives in remote and interior regions
Maruthi drone in flight (HT Photo)
Maruthi drone in flight (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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AU to relaunch language proficiency courses for students, outsiders

  • A committee has been set up with senior faculty member Prof Ram Sewak Dubey as convener and heads of the language departments along with some other faculty members from these departments as members.
AU campus (HT File Photo)
AU campus (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 11:39 AM IST
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No appointment letters for 55 candidates, even 7 months after results in UP 

  • Seven months have passed since declaration of the final results for the Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Examination-2020, but the 55 candidates selected for the post of senior lecturers in District Education and Training Institutes (DIETs) are still waiting for their appointment letters.
The selected candidates are not only upset, but also apprehensive that the appointment letters may be received after elections as the code of conduct for the forthcoming UP assembly elections may further delay the process.
The selected candidates are not only upset, but also apprehensive that the appointment letters may be received after elections as the code of conduct for the forthcoming UP assembly elections may further delay the process.
Published on Nov 26, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Challenging a question asked by ERA in UP exams costs 500; students upset   

  • Challenging a question asked by the Exam Regulatory Authority (ERA), UP, in an exam it conducts, is a most expensive proposition for a candidate.
The ERA conducts the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UP-TET) besides teachers’ recruitment exams for government-aided primary and upper primary schools, among others.(HT File Photo)
The ERA conducts the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UP-TET) besides teachers’ recruitment exams for government-aided primary and upper primary schools, among others.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 04:55 PM IST
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UPRTOU to start five new certificate courses to empower women   

With an aim to empower women and make them financially independent by starting small businesses of their own, officials of Uttar Pradesh Rajashri Tandon Open University (UPRTOU—UP’s lone state open varsity) has decided to launch five new vocational courses from the coming academic session.
UPRTOU campus in Phahamau, Prayagraj
UPRTOU campus in Phahamau, Prayagraj
Published on Nov 20, 2021 04:46 PM IST
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UP Board Exams 2022: Teams under DIOSs to undertake centres' mapping

The exam centres allotment policy for the proposed high school and intermediate examinations-2022 of UP Board expected to be held in the last week of March next year has been released by the state government.
Prayagraj-based UP Board headquarters(HT File Photo)
Prayagraj-based UP Board headquarters(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 03:53 PM IST
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IIIT-A to start 8-yr flexible academic programme from 2022-23

The flexible academic programme will be in accordance with the provisions of the National Education Policy-2020
The flexible academic programme will be in accordance with the provisions of the National Education Policy-2020 (HT photo)
The flexible academic programme will be in accordance with the provisions of the National Education Policy-2020 (HT photo)
Published on Nov 18, 2021 10:59 PM IST
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Abhyuday Yojana: Free coaching classes in all UP districts soon

Classes under the Mukhyamantri Abhyuday Yojana offering free coaching to economically weaker aspirants of competitive exams will now be held in every UP district instead of just at divisional headquarters
Classes under the Mukhyamantri Abhyuday Yojana offering free coaching to economically weaker aspirants of competitive exams will now be held in every UP district (HT photo)
Classes under the Mukhyamantri Abhyuday Yojana offering free coaching to economically weaker aspirants of competitive exams will now be held in every UP district (HT photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 10:49 PM IST
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ByK Sandeep Kumar, Prayagraj

UP Board declares HS, Inter improvement exam 2021 results

  • UP Board has declared the results of its high school and intermediate improvement examination 2021. Students can check the result at upmsp.edu.in.
UP Board Headquarters in Prayagraj (HT File Photo)
UP Board Headquarters in Prayagraj (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 08:59 PM IST
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UP assistant teacher, headmaster recruitment results declared at updeled.gov.in

  • UP assistant teacher, headmaster recruitment results: The results of the recruitment exam held on Oct 17 for filling up 1,504 posts of assistant teachers and 390 posts of headmasters in 3,049 govt-aided junior high schools of the state have been declared.
45,257 (16.69%) out of the total 2,71,066 candidates who had appeared for the post of assistant teacher and 1,722 (11.53%) candidates out of the total 14,928 candidates who had appeared for the post of headmasters have passed.(updeled.gov.in)
45,257 (16.69%) out of the total 2,71,066 candidates who had appeared for the post of assistant teacher and 1,722 (11.53%) candidates out of the total 14,928 candidates who had appeared for the post of headmasters have passed.(updeled.gov.in)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 08:16 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh polls: BSP panels recommend 18 names for nine seats of Prayagraj

BSP is believed to have already finalised names for the remaining three seats of Allahabad North, Phulpur and Pratappur for Uttar Pradesh polls.
According to reports, the BSP has already finalised names for the remaining three seats of Allahabad North, Phulpur, and Pratappur for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls. (File photo)
According to reports, the BSP has already finalised names for the remaining three seats of Allahabad North, Phulpur, and Pratappur for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls. (File photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 09:40 PM IST
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