Nikhil Sharma is a staff reporter who covers Faridkot district in the Mansa region of Punjab.
Articles by Nikhil Sharma
Updated on Mar 27, 2015 12:12 PM IST
The implementation of the new education policy by the UT education department to restrict the increasing number of enrolments in government schools does not seem to be an easy job. The policy, which aimed to enrol students according to the RTE guidelines that state that there should not be more than 40 students in a section, is faced with applications from VIPs to admit their wards in the schools, affecting the strength in classrooms.
Updated on Mar 25, 2015 11:12 AM IST
Government schools in the city are likely to remain open on March 28 on the occasion of Ram Navami. For the first time ever, the government schools in the UT will remain open on one of the most celebrated and auspicious festival in the country.
Updated on Mar 23, 2015 06:23 PM IST
Despite clear violations of affiliation norms set by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) done by a few of UT's government schools, nothing much has been done by the board so far.All the government schools in the city have affiliation from the board but few do not match the conditions set by the CBSE.
Updated on Mar 20, 2015 12:22 PM IST
The well-meant initiative of the Chandigarh education department to open bank accounts for the over 1 lakh students of Classes nursery to 8 by March 31 has led to sheer mess. In a recent move, the education department had decided to deposit money for school uniforms in the accounts of the students so that they did not remain at the receiving end due to delay in getting uniforms like last year.
Updated on Mar 19, 2015 02:56 PM IST
The annual work plan and budget for 2015-16 of Chandigarh under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) has been approved in the integrated RMSA PAB (project approval board) meeting on February 12.
Updated on Mar 13, 2015 01:01 PM IST
Increasing number of students in the city’s government schools, which otherwise would be a positive sign, is apparently unnerving the education department, which is coming up with new norms to nip the problem. If officials are to be believed, the number of students in the city has overshot the number of children in the city as per census reports.
Updated on Mar 11, 2015 01:46 PM IST
The 16-month long wait by the residents of Colony Number 5, Dhanas, to have two new schools- secondary and senior secondary, is likely to end by the end of this month, March 31. UT administration has set the deadline for the construction for both the school buildings which will have around 45 class rooms each for thousands of children in the area.
Updated on Mar 01, 2015 11:55 AM IST
In order to reduce the stress during board exams, UT education department is gearing up to start extra classes for the students before or after their school. The department has asked the schools to send a list of the teachers who can volunteer to teach the students after school hours and can take classes an hour before the school in order to facilitate the students in their preparations for boards.
Updated on Feb 27, 2015 10:38 AM IST
CBSE may have introduced the facility of Centralized Toll Free Access with the aim to provide students with guidance during exams preparation but the students are yet to reap benefits from it.
Updated on Feb 25, 2015 12:15 PM IST
The UT education department has been swamped with applications for childcare leave (CCL) from female government school teachers. The two-year-old provision whereby teachers can avail of leave up to 730 days (two years) during their tenure to attend to their children’s needs has been giving school officials a hard time as they are already facing an acute staff shortage. With board and regular exams around the corner their problems have only been compounded.
Updated on Feb 25, 2015 12:08 PM IST
UT education department for the fiscal 2015-16 has demanded around `50 crore more than the previous year in its new proposed budget. However, the budget is yet to be approved.
Updated on Feb 18, 2015 09:03 AM IST
The controversy in the wake of the UT administration's orders to impose prohibitory orders on the premises of coaching centres in the city during school hours is likely to be resolved on Wednesday, a senior UT official on Tuesday said.
Updated on Feb 13, 2015 01:35 PM IST
Education is illuminating the lives of over 500 residents of Shastri Nagar, a slum located on the outskirts of Manimajra town of the city, in ways they had never thought of even in the wildest of their dreams.
Updated on Feb 09, 2015 03:48 PM IST
The UT education department has set July 1 as the deadline for all government schools to set up science park in their respective school premises.
Updated on Feb 05, 2015 03:02 PM IST
In order to facilitate government school students and reduce exam stress, the UT education department is all set to start a helpline
Updated on Feb 03, 2015 12:36 PM IST
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has decided to increase the pay scale of trained graduate teachers (TGT) who have completed 12 years in service.
Updated on Jan 28, 2015 11:37 AM IST
Counsellors in various Government Schools have been getting large number of drug abuse cases, which is giving them a hard time. As per these counselors, the students in government schools are struggling in their efforts to get rid of drug addiction. The counselors say that this is due to bad company and also negligence of the parents.
Updated on Jan 26, 2015 11:35 AM IST
With an aim to ease proess at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) office here, authorities are mulling introducing dealer-point registration programme for vehicle buyers.
Updated on Jan 25, 2015 03:31 PM IST
Stephen R Hodder, president of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), on Saturday said the vision of Le Corbusier was still incomplete as the UT administration was yet to plan building projects proposed by him.
Updated on Jan 21, 2015 04:25 PM IST
Coming down heavily on the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO), Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its latest report on midday meal scheme has highlighted the poor and unhygienic quality of food served to students at UT’s government schools.
Updated on Jan 18, 2015 05:34 PM IST
It was a day of excitement and disappointment for parents who participated in the draw of lots for Classes nursery to UKG in four convent schools of the city on Saturday.
Updated on Jan 14, 2015 03:37 PM IST
Bone-chilling cold is giving hard time to visitors at the Registration and Licensing Authority office in Industrial Area here, as long queues of visitors can be seen waiting for their turn to get the high-security number plates for their vehicle.
Updated on Jan 07, 2015 11:37 PM IST
A national-level survey has revealed that illiteracy of parents is one of the main reasons behind school dropouts in Chandigarh. A total of 1,090 children, all Dalits, have been reported as school dropouts in the survey and all have illiterate parents.
Updated on Jan 05, 2015 11:08 AM IST
The tall claims of the UT education department to provide quality education in government schools seem to have fallen flat as most of the government schools are facing acute staff shortage and the delay in hiring is affecting the students’ performance.
Updated on Jan 03, 2015 01:31 PM IST
The CBSE in association with History Channel will organise the final round of the 14th All India Heritage quiz in New Delhi on Saturday. The quiz will be telecast on History TV 18 channel at 5pm. The channel will repeat the telecast on Sunday at 3.30 pm and on Wednesday at 10am.
Updated on Dec 29, 2014 10:04 AM IST
Government schools in the district have not strengthened the security measures on campus despite the recent Peshawar massacre. The schools have not even deployed security guards at their gates. Even Government Model School, which is located next the district education office, does not have any security guards.
Updated on Dec 23, 2014 09:43 PM IST
CBI, special court, Haryana, convicted two residents of Rohtak of throwing acid on three girls, all minor, in Rohtak on June 18, 2011, on Tuesday. However, a woman, who the prosecutor had alleged, was the main instigator behind the attack was acquitted. The sentencing will be done on Tuesday.
Updated on Dec 23, 2014 03:07 PM IST
Learning lessons from the recent terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, the city police is leaving no stone unturned to assure protection of the school kids here. Authorities have formed teams of policemen, who are visiting the schools to check the safety provisions.
Updated on Dec 22, 2014 11:35 AM IST
All four missionary schools in the city -- Carmel Convent School, Sector 9; Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26; St John’s High School, Sector 26; and St Anne’s Convent School in Sector 32 -- will display the list of eligible candidates for entry-level admissions for the 2015-16 session on December 30, whereas other schools will display their lists on December 24 (Wednesday).
Updated on Dec 21, 2014 12:33 PM IST
With the arrest of five persons, the Rupnagar police claim to have cracked the sensational robbery case that took place in Pinjore last year, wherein four men robbed the CMS firm’s security staff of Rs 1.68 crore and two-double barrel guns at gunpoint after throwing chilli powder in their eyes.