Neelam Pandey

Neelam Pandey

Neelam Pandey covers education sector and gender issues for Hindustan Times. She is a policy wonk with a keen interest in politics.

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) is likely to end norms that prevent candidates with direct PhDs from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) after bachelor’s degrees from teaching at universities, people aware of the possibility said.(HT File Photo)
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is likely to end norms that prevent candidates with direct PhDs from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) after bachelor’s degrees from teaching at universities, people aware of the possibility said.(HT File Photo)

UGC likely to ease teaching norms for direct PhD holders from IITs

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 01, 2018 07:59 AM IST
IIT Kanpur professor Dheeraj Sanghi said it was an anomaly as PhD is a higher degree. “So if one has attained that why ask for a master’s? I am glad the UGC is looking into it.
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Officials said it may start as a pilot project from March 2019 and, depending on its success, could be extended to the Class 12 board exams.(HT File Photo)
Officials said it may start as a pilot project from March 2019 and, depending on its success, could be extended to the Class 12 board exams.(HT File Photo)

CBSE Class 10 maths exam to have two test paper options

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 01:47 PM IST
Students appearing for the CBSE Class 10 board exams in 2019 are likely to have the option to choose whether to answer a standard-level or a higher-level mathematics question paper.
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In 2018, the CBSE board exams were held in March and April.(PTI Photo)
In 2018, the CBSE board exams were held in March and April.(PTI Photo)

Class 10 and 12 CBSE Board exams may begin in February next year

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2018 07:01 AM IST
Around 2.8 million students are registered to appear for CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 examinations in 2019.
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The UGC held a consultative meeting on September 6 with the expert committee and representatives from over 60 universities/institutes,.(File Photo)
The UGC held a consultative meeting on September 6 with the expert committee and representatives from over 60 universities/institutes,.(File Photo)

UGC panel for exam reform rules out ability test for graduates

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 12:04 AM IST
The UGC committee on exam reform suggested that 75% of internal assessment should be used in conjunction with 25% of external assessment, as it would counter negligence and carelessness by external examiners.
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Manipur University Student's Union (MUSU) protest in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Manipur University Student's Union (MUSU) protest in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

HRD ministry suspends Manipur University V-C citing concerns over campus peace

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, Imphal
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 11:50 PM IST
The Manipur University vice-chancellor was earlier granted one-month leave on the advice of the HRD ministry amid demands for his removal over alleged administrative negligence.
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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

‘But it was your rule’: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman counters Congress on Rafale deal

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 07:06 PM IST
The Defence Minister has also held the previous UPA government responsible for HAL being overlooked for the jet deal. Sitharaman said both HAL and Dassault could not agree on production terms. “It is not for us but the UPA to answer as to why the agreement between Dassault and HAL did not happen,” she said.
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Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman(ANI/Twitter)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman(ANI/Twitter)

Nirmala Sitharaman on Rafale LIVE: Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Pakistan army chief demoralised Indians

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 04:49 PM IST

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is addressing the media at Indian women’s press corps in Delhi.Here are the live updates:

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HRD minister Prakash Javadekar during a press conference in New Delhi.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar during a press conference in New Delhi.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)

HRD ministry to review performance of all central universities

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 07:58 AM IST
The review is taking place in the context of an MoU that was signed between universities, the MHRD and the University Grants Commission.
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Youngsters playing Pokemon Go a mobile app based game at Gateway of India in Mumbai, India, on Saturday(Arijit Sen/ Hindustan Times)
Youngsters playing Pokemon Go a mobile app based game at Gateway of India in Mumbai, India, on Saturday(Arijit Sen/ Hindustan Times)

HRD ministry asks education bodies to issue warnings against ‘Momo challenge’

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2018 11:31 PM IST
Earlier, the Blue Whale challenge created panic among parents of teenaged kids as it gave players a series of tasks which include watching horror movies, waking up at unusual hours and self-harming to the extent of committing suicide
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In February, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced that NCERT syllabus would be reduced in the next one or two years.(PTI File)
In February, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar announced that NCERT syllabus would be reduced in the next one or two years.(PTI File)

School syllabus may be cut by 15% next academic year, says HRD minister Javadekar

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 09:45 AM IST
NCERT is working towards giving the final touches to a curriculum rationalisation programme which will apply to all schools affiliated to the CBSE and state boards that follow NCERT syllabus, the minister said.
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Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.(Mint File)
Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.(Mint File)

Got over 1 lakh suggestions on reducing NCERT syllabus, says Prakash Javadekar

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 08:32 AM IST
The Union HRD minister hoped that in the new academic session 10-15% of the NCERT syllabus would be reduced.
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Students attend a class at the ‘madrasa’ of Vasi Ullah mosque, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.(PTI File Photo)
Students attend a class at the ‘madrasa’ of Vasi Ullah mosque, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.(PTI File Photo)

Panel discusses how to improve minority education in India

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2018 08:38 PM IST
The National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) had held a meeting on July 6 and the minutes were issued on August 20.
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The JNU administration has said that it is working on a proposal to introduce a sports quota for admissions.(HT File Photo)
The JNU administration has said that it is working on a proposal to introduce a sports quota for admissions.(HT File Photo)

JNU may start sports quota in admissions

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2018 12:08 AM IST
Unlike other institutions, Jawaharlal Nehru University does not give any weightage to a student’s performance in sports while granting admission .
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Of the 31,988 students who qualified for admission to IITs/ NITs/IIITs, among other institutes,parents of 796 students were illiterate(HT Photo)
Of the 31,988 students who qualified for admission to IITs/ NITs/IIITs, among other institutes,parents of 796 students were illiterate(HT Photo)

Parents’ literacy, income level no bar for IIT entry, study shows

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 08:13 AM IST
An analysis done by IIT Kanpur shows that the annual parental annual income of 8,531 students out of 31,988 who qualified for JEE Advanced was up to 1 lakh per year, the report accessed by HT shows.
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The panel was set up in June 2017. It was supposed to submit its report by December 2017 but was given an extension till March 2018. Later, it was given another extension till August, which has now been extended by another two months.(Picture for representation)
The panel was set up in June 2017. It was supposed to submit its report by December 2017 but was given an extension till March 2018. Later, it was given another extension till August, which has now been extended by another two months.(Picture for representation)

National Education Policy maybe delayed for fourth time since announcement

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2018 10:56 PM IST
The National Education Policy (NEP) is likely to be delayed for the fourth time since it was first announced, with the government-appointed committee entrusted with the task of drafting the policy getting yet another extension till October 2018, officials said.
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Jawaharlal Nehru, freedom movement icon and India’s first prime minister.
Jawaharlal Nehru, freedom movement icon and India’s first prime minister.

Manmohan Singh urges PM Modi not to change ‘nature, character’ of Nehru library

UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 08:17 PM IST
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru belongs to whole of India, not just the Congress, says Manmohan Singh in letter.
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A group of flood affected people, mostly children, sit together to have a meal at a relief camp set up inside a school in Kochi.(AP Photo)
A group of flood affected people, mostly children, sit together to have a meal at a relief camp set up inside a school in Kochi.(AP Photo)

CBSE to offer help to those who lost Board certificates in Kerala floods

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 07:16 AM IST
The board exam certificates are crucial for higher education, while seeking jobs or even as a proof of date of birth. There are more than 1300 schools affiliated to CBSE in Kerala.
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UGC is also set to permit universities to launch a special ad–mission drive to fill vacant seats by setting their own criteria.(HT File Photo)
UGC is also set to permit universities to launch a special ad–mission drive to fill vacant seats by setting their own criteria.(HT File Photo)

UGC to ease norms to admit more SC/ST students in PhD

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2018 11:04 PM IST
If seats for SC/ST/OBC remain unfilled despite this relaxation, universities will launch a special admission “for that particular category within one month from the date closure of admission of general category”.
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Students attend a class at Shaheed Balwant Singh Government Model Senior Secondary School , in Ujholi , Kot Kasim, of District Alwar , Rajasthan(HT File Photo)
Students attend a class at Shaheed Balwant Singh Government Model Senior Secondary School , in Ujholi , Kot Kasim, of District Alwar , Rajasthan(HT File Photo)

States push for attendance to be given weightage in schools

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 11:22 PM IST
Rajasthan has specifically suggested that instead of teaching the entire syllabus to students who do not perform at age-appropriate levels, only specific core competencies should be developed
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The Centre on Tuesday announced the dates for various exams to be conducted by the National Testing Agency till May 2019.(HT file)
The Centre on Tuesday announced the dates for various exams to be conducted by the National Testing Agency till May 2019.(HT file)

NTA announces schedule for NEET, UGC NET, JEE Main, CMAT and GPAT exams

By Nilesh Mathur and Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 06:42 PM IST
The Centre on Tuesday announced the dates for various exams to be conducted by the National Testing Agency till May 2019.
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Students coming out of an exam centre in Lucknow after appearing for JEE-2018 exam.(HT File Photo)
Students coming out of an exam centre in Lucknow after appearing for JEE-2018 exam.(HT File Photo)

Dates for JEE, NEET and NET exam announced

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 05:50 PM IST
The exams for JEE Main I, JEE Main II, CMAT and GPAT, NEET (UG), and UGC (NET) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency, the human resources development ministry announced.
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The institutes include top colleges such as the Hindu College, Jesus and Mary College, Kamala Nehru College and Gargi College, a UGC official said.(HT File Photo)
The institutes include top colleges such as the Hindu College, Jesus and Mary College, Kamala Nehru College and Gargi College, a UGC official said.(HT File Photo)

UGC to withhold grants if 21 Delhi University colleges don’t appoint principals

By Neelam Pandey
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 03:18 AM IST
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has warned 21 Delhi University (DU) colleges that it would withhold their grants if they do not appoint regular principals
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JNU Students put the placard of their demands on the gate of UGC chairman on the issue of SC/ST reservations in faculty posts at UGC Office ITO in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
JNU Students put the placard of their demands on the gate of UGC chairman on the issue of SC/ST reservations in faculty posts at UGC Office ITO in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

More agencies set to accredit institutions

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 17, 2018 09:07 AM IST
Multiple government and semi-government agencies will be allowed to accredit educational institutions in addition to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA)
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So far, the NAAC has accredited close to 1,200 colleges and 59 universities, a small fraction of around 40,000 colleges and 1,200 universities that India has.(HT File Photo)
So far, the NAAC has accredited close to 1,200 colleges and 59 universities, a small fraction of around 40,000 colleges and 1,200 universities that India has.(HT File Photo)

Now govt, semi-govt agencies to accredit educational institutions

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2018 11:04 PM IST
This will be in addition to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and National Board of Accreditation.
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Every school needs to offer health and physical education as a compulsory subject from classes 1 to 10 as part of the plan.(HT File Photo)
Every school needs to offer health and physical education as a compulsory subject from classes 1 to 10 as part of the plan.(HT File Photo)

NCERT tells schools to introduce ‘yogic activities’ from Class 6

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 09:12 PM IST
The guidelines have been shared with all states and union territories for implementation.
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The proposals have been submitted to the human resource development ministry by two different IITs.(PTI File Photo)
The proposals have been submitted to the human resource development ministry by two different IITs.(PTI File Photo)

IIT Council proposes scrapping JEE advanced, allowing students to choose campus over course

UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 01:48 PM IST
One of the proposals is for scrapping the advanced test under the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), passing which is a prerequisite for admission to the 23 IITs, three persons familiar with the development said on condition of anonymity.
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At 2,270 the highest number of students are enrolled for a PhD in Hindi.(HT File Photo)
At 2,270 the highest number of students are enrolled for a PhD in Hindi.(HT File Photo)

More students opting for PhD in Indian languages, reveals new report

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 11:41 PM IST
Since 2014-15, the number of students enrolled in a PhD programme in Indian languages increased from 5,874 to 7,850 in 2017-18.
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There are 20 IIMs in the country and all are likely to benefit from the move to allow them to admit students directly for PhD after completing four year graduation or professional courses.(HT File Photo)
There are 20 IIMs in the country and all are likely to benefit from the move to allow them to admit students directly for PhD after completing four year graduation or professional courses.(HT File Photo)

IIMs set to admit graduates directly in PhD programmes

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2018 09:41 AM IST
Earlier, the IIMs were being asked to adhere to the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) norms on award of PhD degrees. As per the commission’s, notification, only people with a master’s degree are eligible to pursue PhD.
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The academic activities at the university have been under suspension for days as students and teachers are agitating for Pandey’s removal.(Twitter/Manipur University)
The academic activities at the university have been under suspension for days as students and teachers are agitating for Pandey’s removal.(Twitter/Manipur University)

Manipur varsity vice-chancellor granted leave on HRD ministry advice

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Manipur University’s vice-chancellor AP Pandey was granted one-month leave on the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry’s advice
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Students at IIT Delhi campus in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)
Students at IIT Delhi campus in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)

Expert panel to hold meet to chalk out strategy for six eminent institutes

By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 11:47 PM IST
The committee will hold a preliminary meeting through video conference in August, and a final meeting in September.
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