Representational image for the mid-day meal scheme | Photo: HRD ministry | Facebook

Schools shut over COVID-19, govt plans delivery of grains or cash for mid-day meal recipients

HRD ministry is set to tell states to provide students with either food grains or cooked meals delivered to their homes, or to send cash to their parents.
IIT Guwahati | Photo: Commons

IIT Guwahati suspends two students for hunger strike, ‘misrepresenting facts’ to media

The two PhD students were protesting against IIT Guwahati administration’s decision to ask a suspended faculty member to vacate official accommodation.
Students sanitise their hands outside a school in Bikaner | PTI

Students keep distance, teachers wear masks — CBSE’s COVID-19 advisory for exam centres

The CBSE advisory, issued Tuesday, also stated that all examination centres should have rows of benches placed at a distance of one meter from each other.
Representational image of school children in India | Photo: ANI

UP to promote students of classes 1 to 8 without exams as coronavirus shuts down schools

The UP govt Tuesday extended the closure of all educational institutions, cinemas, mulitplexes and tourists places in the state till 2 April as a social distancing measure.
Mahatma Gandhi Central University | Photo: Twitter @MGCUBihar

Wasn’t aware of serious complaints against Motihari V-C candidate, says parent university

Motihari central university V-C Sanjeev Sharma taught at UP’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University, and is accused of fudging documents and of sexual harassment.
Delhi university | Commons

IIT Delhi, DU, JNU, Jamia suspend classes, IIMs put off convocation as COVID-19 cases rise

With 74 COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country, five higher education institutions — JNU, DU, IIT, JMI and IP University — suspended classes till 31 March.
IIT Bombay | Twitter

Parliamentary panel pulls up Modi govt, asks why DU, JNU get less money than IITs, IIMs

The panel’s assessment is backed by HRD ministry data, which states over 50% of govt funds for higher education went to 3% of students between 2016 & 2018.
The academic building at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in Tirupati (representational image) | Photo: Commons

How Modi govt plans to get international recognition for India’s Sanskrit universities

New guidelines will help Sanskrit universities and colleges get NAAC accreditation, which will help them be included in national and international rankings.
College students

IITs take women’s quota to 20% as govt pushes gender balance in tech education

Govt first introduced a supernumerary quota for women in IITs in 2018 with an aim to address their low participation in technical education.
IIM Rohtak

IIM-Rohtak director’s appointment under scanner for ‘gaps in educational, career record’

Dheeraj Sharma’s appointment as IIM-Rohtak director has been challenged in Punjab & Haryana High Court. 

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.