Education

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. 
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Modi govt’s NEP could have mandatory counselling of parents to help students fight stress

According to HRD ministry data, nearly 10,000 students have committed suicide between 2016 and 2018 every year, with the highest number registered in Maharashtra.
IIT Delhi | Commons

IIT Bombay & Delhi break into top 50 engineering colleges in QS World Rankings by Subject

This is the first time an Indian institute, much less two, has made it to the top 50 bracket in the QS World Ranking.
Representational image of the Delhi University Arts Faculty | Photo: Commons

School for climate change, hostels with shops — how DU plans to become Institute of Eminence

Delhi University, classified as an Institute of Eminence in 2019, has submitted a detailed outline of its upgrade plan to the HRD ministry.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

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.