Yojana Yadav

Yojana Yadav

Yojana Yadav is senior news editor at Hindustan Times, Chandigarh. She oversees the production of HT editions for states north of Delhi. She’s been with HT since 2003. During her two-decade-long career, she’s worked at The Tribune, Chandigarh; PTI, Delhi; and TOI, Ahmedabad.

Articles by Yojana Yadav
Established in 1875, Government Mohindra College, Patiala, is the oldest institution of contemporary learning in north India. The grand colonial structure, shaped like an ‘M’ in honour of its founder Maharaja Mohinder Singh, is a blend of oriental and occidental architecture. It is said that it cost Rs 9 lakh and took state masons and jail labour nine years to build.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Established in 1875, Government Mohindra College, Patiala, is the oldest institution of contemporary learning in north India. The grand colonial structure, shaped like an ‘M’ in honour of its founder Maharaja Mohinder Singh, is a blend of oriental and occidental architecture. It is said that it cost Rs 9 lakh and took state masons and jail labour nine years to build.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Patiala’s Government Mohindra College: From a regal institution to rural feeder college

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By Yojana Yadav, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2018 02:19 PM IST
The college was set up a century and a half ago to provide free education as the region was educationally impoverished; today, it continues to be a big draw for quality yet affordable education for youngsters from villages adjoining Patiala
Ankita Singla plays volleyball, basketball and lawn tennis. She believes staying fit makes one sharper and more successful in taking on challenges.(Sant Arora/HT)
Ankita Singla plays volleyball, basketball and lawn tennis. She believes staying fit makes one sharper and more successful in taking on challenges.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘We are a young nation and must have a new mindset’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2018 02:07 PM IST
Ankita Singla wants to serve society and has faith in the potential of youngsters; she believes India is the best place to live and explore.
Komal loves chemistry as much as art. She has an ear for Bollywood music and likes reading inspirational quotes in her free time.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Komal loves chemistry as much as art. She has an ear for Bollywood music and likes reading inspirational quotes in her free time.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Punjab govt schools need attention, accountability’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 02:37 PM IST
Having topped her school in Kurali with 91.78% in the PSEB Class 12 exam, non-medical student Komal Rani is upbeat but urges youngsters not to get stressed about competition and follow their passion
SPIRITED FIGHTER: Titiksha Sharma striking a confident pose in Panchkula. She urges youngsters not to settle for what they don’t deserve. Fight back and don’t get bogged down by setbacks is her advice.(Sant Arora/HT)
SPIRITED FIGHTER: Titiksha Sharma striking a confident pose in Panchkula. She urges youngsters not to settle for what they don’t deserve. Fight back and don’t get bogged down by setbacks is her advice.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Why remember soldiers only as martyrs?’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 04:28 PM IST
Changemaker: She believes India’s biggest strength is human resource with a predominantly young population. Hear what Titiksha Sharma feels about turning 18:
CONFIDENT LEADER: Niharika Kaushal, the outgoing captain of DC Montessori Senior Secondary Smart School, Chandigarh, finds dancing a stress buster and believes in celebrating womanhood.(Karun Sharma/HT)
CONFIDENT LEADER: Niharika Kaushal, the outgoing captain of DC Montessori Senior Secondary Smart School, Chandigarh, finds dancing a stress buster and believes in celebrating womanhood.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Empower girls, don’t treat them like victims’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 04:15 PM IST
Agent of change: Niharika says educated youngsters can lead the change our country needs, particularly in clean administration and gender equality.
Shruti Pathania, the head girl of Saint Soldier International School, Chandigarh, loves to read and wants to write a book on women during Partition. She believes in equal opportunities for women.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Shruti Pathania, the head girl of Saint Soldier International School, Chandigarh, loves to read and wants to write a book on women during Partition. She believes in equal opportunities for women.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Can’t stand anyone degrading women’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2018 09:33 AM IST
Shruti believes India is on the cusp of change but finds changing mindsets tough, particularly when it comes to gender equality
A humanities student, Tarannum Pratap, has a passion for reading, loves music and learning languages.(Karun Sharma/HT)
A humanities student, Tarannum Pratap, has a passion for reading, loves music and learning languages.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Encourage independent thinking from childhood’

Hindustan Times, Yojana Yadav | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 03:51 PM IST
Tarannum believes ‘India is diverse in terms of people, beliefs and viewpoints. If there is a positive machinery to channel the potential of the young, the nation can do wonders.’
ALL-ROUNDER: Janvi Chhabri, the head girl of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh, is a non-medical student, handball player and keen debater.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)
ALL-ROUNDER: Janvi Chhabri, the head girl of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh, is a non-medical student, handball player and keen debater.(Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Chandigarh needs to be safer for women’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 12:22 PM IST
She wants to be the reason for the smile on people’s faces and wants to open an NGO. Meet Shivalik Public School’s Janvi Chhabri.
Go-getter: St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, head girl Srishti (who goes by one name) is an international-level softball player who doesn’t fear failure. She simply gets back into the game and gives her best shot.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Go-getter: St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, Chandigarh, head girl Srishti (who goes by one name) is an international-level softball player who doesn’t fear failure. She simply gets back into the game and gives her best shot.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Why fight over religion, we’re Indians first’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 01:37 PM IST
This 18-year-old believes India has its share of problems such as a fast-growing population, illiteracy, poverty, corruption and crime against women but they can be addressed with political will and changed mindset.
Pardum Verma
Pardum Verma

Turning 18 with HT: ‘We have it in us to achieve what we want’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 10:46 AM IST
Blind since birth, Pardum wants to join the civil services before he turns a leader with the mission to reform society; he urges Indians to stay united and give Hindi its due.
Harmeet Singh Ahluwalia, the head boy of Brilliance World School, Sector 12, Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)
Harmeet Singh Ahluwalia, the head boy of Brilliance World School, Sector 12, Panchkula.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT:‘We should abolish caste-based quota ’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 01:27 PM IST
Harmeet wants to join the armed forces and believes India has been a developing country for far too long due to ‘incorrect priorities’ 
Woman power: Prerna Arora, the prefect of New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, is fond of reading women-centric novels where the protagonist retains her originality yet fits into society’s scheme of things.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Woman power: Prerna Arora, the prefect of New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, is fond of reading women-centric novels where the protagonist retains her originality yet fits into society’s scheme of things.(Ravi Kumar/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Want to live in corruption-free India’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 04:04 PM IST
In two years, Prerna Arora has transformed from a shy teen to the school’s student of the year with guidance and encouragement from her teachers and parents; she is fond of debating and wants to become a human rights lawyer.
Anmol Rattan Singh, the school captain of St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, loves dancing to the bhangra beat. A student of humanities who aims for the civil services, he is a keen athlete and also the school sports captain.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Anmol Rattan Singh, the school captain of St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, loves dancing to the bhangra beat. A student of humanities who aims for the civil services, he is a keen athlete and also the school sports captain.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘No place like Chandigarh in the world’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 03:31 PM IST
Beyond borders: True to his name, Anmol Rattan Singh wants to be a valuable asset and serve humanity; he believes borders change with time so he will pursue international relations and put India on the top.
Challenger: Ishan Dhar Dangwal, the head boy of St Soldier’s School, Panchkula, is a keen sportsman and likes taking on challenges. He opted for humanities as the study of the mind fascinates him but he studies physics, chemistry and math himself as he prepares to take on the NDA entrance exam next month.(Sant Arora/HT)
Challenger: Ishan Dhar Dangwal, the head boy of St Soldier’s School, Panchkula, is a keen sportsman and likes taking on challenges. He opted for humanities as the study of the mind fascinates him but he studies physics, chemistry and math himself as he prepares to take on the NDA entrance exam next month.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘We need educated not just literate youngsters’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2018 01:27 PM IST
Nation’s pride: He wants to serve the country by joining the army’s special forces and believes nationalism should be instilled at an early age to prevent the young from falling victim to divisive politics
Pratikshit Agrahari looks forward to studying engineering at an IIT(Sikander Chopra/HT)
Pratikshit Agrahari looks forward to studying engineering at an IIT(Sikander Chopra/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Corruption is killing our democracy’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2018 10:40 PM IST
RISING STAR: Pratikshit Agrahari, the head boy of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, Chandigarh, is a national-level basketball player who loves quizzing and aces academics too.
Natural dancer: Hiti (who goes by one name) is the senior prefect of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. She says exams don’t stress her anymore for she simply puts on the music and dances away the blues.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Natural dancer: Hiti (who goes by one name) is the senior prefect of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. She says exams don’t stress her anymore for she simply puts on the music and dances away the blues.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Confide in parents to make the right choice’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2018 11:38 AM IST
Budding medico: She wants to become a gynaecologist and hopes youngsters learn to trust their parents more than their peers; she finds social media a distraction, which she can do without at this stage.
Sporting leader: Shivani Chaurasiya, the school captain of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, is a national-level badminton player. She believes sport offers life lessons in hard work, honesty and humility.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Sporting leader: Shivani Chaurasiya, the school captain of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Chandigarh, is a national-level badminton player. She believes sport offers life lessons in hard work, honesty and humility.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘West may not like us but it needs us’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 12:05 PM IST
Bright future: A non-medical stream student who aspires to be an IAS officer, Shivani Chaurasiya is proud that India is a nation of achievers in diverse fields across the world but hopes we can rise above our differences and live in harmony with integrity
Caption WELL PREPARED: Varun Aryan Sharma, the head boy of Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, is a Class 12 commerce student who enjoys reading articles on law and past judgments as it gives him an insight into how arguments steered the case. Sant Arora/HT(Sant Arora/HT)
Caption WELL PREPARED: Varun Aryan Sharma, the head boy of Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, is a Class 12 commerce student who enjoys reading articles on law and past judgments as it gives him an insight into how arguments steered the case. Sant Arora/HT(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘India is an emerging superpower with the best talent’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2018 02:14 PM IST
Rooted in reality: Varun Aryan Sharma says fantasies don’t work out so it’s better to have a dream and work towards it; he wants to be a leading consumer affairs lawyer for whom the client’s interest comes before conscience
Aiming high: Rijul Sindhyan, a non-medical student of Class 12 at Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, is passionate about physics and loves playing cricket and table tennis besides meeting versatile people. He looks forward to being a job provider than job seeker.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Aiming high: Rijul Sindhyan, a non-medical student of Class 12 at Dikshant International School, Zirakpur, is passionate about physics and loves playing cricket and table tennis besides meeting versatile people. He looks forward to being a job provider than job seeker.(Keshav Singh/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Being patriotic doesn’t mean hating others’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2018 01:44 PM IST
On the right path: With Buddha as his role model, Rijul Sindhyan believes in humanity, compassion and in our ability to resolve differences peacefully; he aims to be a computer scientist but finding his purpose in life is the bigger aim.
STANDING TALL: Sagar Verma, a medical stream student of Class 12 at Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, Chandigarh, loves playing cricket and basketball besides working out in the gym. He looks forward to being a fit cardiologist.(Sant Arora/HT)
STANDING TALL: Sagar Verma, a medical stream student of Class 12 at Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, Chandigarh, loves playing cricket and basketball besides working out in the gym. He looks forward to being a fit cardiologist.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Use tax money for public welfare’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2018 02:47 PM IST
Straight talk: Sagar Verma also wants the focus of India’s education system to shift from rote learning to application of concepts; he says higher education should be affordable but teachers should be paid well as they are nation builders.
FASHIONING SUCCESS: Roohani Bhasin, a humanities student of Class 12 at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, is fond of psychology but wants to pursue a career in fashion communication.(Sant Arora/HT)
FASHIONING SUCCESS: Roohani Bhasin, a humanities student of Class 12 at Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, Panchkula, is fond of psychology but wants to pursue a career in fashion communication.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Don’t judge, accept differences’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2018 04:51 PM IST
She loves India’s diversity and wants us to live in country that is safe for all irrespective of religion or gender; she believes Punjabis are the most open-hearted but urges them to be open-minded, too
Charting his own course: Ishaan Sood at his school of 15 years, The Gurukul, in Panchkula. He is keen to pursue an integrated course in law with the focus on economics because it will help him write a book that answers society’s ubiquitous apathy.(Sant Arora/HT)
Charting his own course: Ishaan Sood at his school of 15 years, The Gurukul, in Panchkula. He is keen to pursue an integrated course in law with the focus on economics because it will help him write a book that answers society’s ubiquitous apathy.(Sant Arora/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Encourage creativity, independent thinking’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2018 04:00 PM IST
For a better tomorrow: Ishan Sood, a Class 12 commerce student of The Gurukul, Panchkula, believes we can evolve into a mature nation with empowerment, empathy and a never-say-die attitude.
Jahnvi Kashyap, a Class 12 humanities student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Jahnvi Kashyap, a Class 12 humanities student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Change takes time, be patient’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2018 01:34 PM IST
She wants to pursue a career in western vocal music but is also passionate about physics, particularly rockets, and believes in exploring all the options one step at a time
Aishvarya Thakur, a student of humanities, at DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Aishvarya Thakur, a student of humanities, at DAV Model School, Sector 15, Chandigarh.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘There should be no reservation for jobs’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2018 02:20 PM IST
Tomorrow’s leader: A civil services aspirant, Aishvarya counts her ability to spot and bring out the best in others as her strength but thinks India lacks promising young leaders today despite having a lot of talent.
Apala Mandal at the HT office in Mohali. A student of humanities, she wants to pursue political science with international relations and use her peacemaking skills to become a diplomat.(Karun Sharma/HT)
Apala Mandal at the HT office in Mohali. A student of humanities, she wants to pursue political science with international relations and use her peacemaking skills to become a diplomat.(Karun Sharma/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: ‘Youth should lead change they want to see’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2018 04:49 PM IST
Apala Mandal, head girl of Delhi Public School, Chandigarh believes her generation is intelligent but stifled by injustice, corruption and cut-throat competition in society
PICTURE OF CONFIDENCE: Sajneet at the HT office in Mohali.(SUSHIL KUMAR/HT)
PICTURE OF CONFIDENCE: Sajneet at the HT office in Mohali.(SUSHIL KUMAR/HT)

Turning 18 with HT: India’s youth are too quiet, they should speak up, says YPS head girl

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2018 08:08 PM IST
Sajneet Mangat wants us to trust our youth and hopes they find a voice to end intolerance; she hopes one day her opinion will count and help resolve conflicts; and she believes in striking an intelligent conversation.
Schoolchildren from Sanghol village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and cadets with Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar (centre), a Param Vir Chakra awardee, after an interaction at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Yojana Yadav/HT)
Schoolchildren from Sanghol village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and cadets with Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar (centre), a Param Vir Chakra awardee, after an interaction at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Yojana Yadav/HT)

Param Vir Chakra winner urges Punjab village kids to join NCC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2017 08:25 PM IST
“I didn’t miss any recruitment drive and joined the army after three attempts in June 1996, when I was 23. It’s important to have an aim and even more important to have the passion to achieve it,” says Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar at Miltary Literature Fest
Schoolchildren from Sanghol village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and NCC cadets with Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar, a Param Vir Chakra awardee, after an interaction at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Yojana Yadav/HT)
Schoolchildren from Sanghol village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and NCC cadets with Naib Subedar Sanjay Kumar, a Param Vir Chakra awardee, after an interaction at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Yojana Yadav/HT)

Param Vir Chakra winner asks Punjab village kids to join NCC

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2017 04:50 PM IST
“The earlier you start the better. If you want to don a uniform, join the National Cadet Corps.”
(From right) Lt Gen A Mukherjee, Brig MS Gill, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, The Tribune editor-in-chief Harish Khare, Brig IS Gakhal and Maj Gen Shivdev Singh at the Military Literature Festival 2017 at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Friday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
(From right) Lt Gen A Mukherjee, Brig MS Gill, Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, The Tribune editor-in-chief Harish Khare, Brig IS Gakhal and Maj Gen Shivdev Singh at the Military Literature Festival 2017 at Lake Club in Chandigarh on Friday.(Anil Dayal/HT)

Henderson Brooks report on 1962 Sino-Indian War not being declassified to save political skin: Capt Amarinder

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2017 01:31 PM IST
He said the report should have been made public long back.
From left: Lt Gen Aditya Singh, Commodore (Retd) Ranjit B Rai, vice-admiral Satish Soni , and Brigadier RJS Dhillon during a panel discussion on the ‘Shape and Contours of the Indian Navy of the Future’ at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Friday.(Anil Dayal/HT)
From left: Lt Gen Aditya Singh, Commodore (Retd) Ranjit B Rai, vice-admiral Satish Soni , and Brigadier RJS Dhillon during a panel discussion on the ‘Shape and Contours of the Indian Navy of the Future’ at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Friday.(Anil Dayal/HT)

‘Indian Navy is battle arm of the future to take on China’

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Yojana Yadav
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2017 10:28 PM IST
Today, sea lanes are as crowded as Delhi’s traffic lanes, said a Brigadier at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh.
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