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HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. | ANI Photos

HRD ministry working on reducing school syllabus & hours of instruction, invites suggestions

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ tweets that his ministry is working on a plan after receiving requests from teachers and parents.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

HRD increases exam centres from 3,000 to 15,000 for pending board exams for grade 10, 12

According to the guidelines, there will be no exam centre in containment zones & states will be responsible for making transport arrangements for students.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

How coronavirus education crisis has made HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘more visible’

Long missing from the limelight even when the HRD ministry lurched from one crisis to the other, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ routinely makes the headlines these days.
IIIT Bhagalpur is one of the five institutes that is set to get the 'national importance' tag | Photo: iiitbh.ac.in

Lok Sabha passes bill to give 5 IIITs ‘national importance’ tag, power to grant degrees

The 5 institutes covered under the IIIT (Amendment) Bill are those in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.
File photo of HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

Modi govt won’t allow universities to become centres of politics: HRD Minister Pokhriyal

Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, who was in Kashmir as part of Modi govt’s outreach programme, also said the govt has decided to ensure free education for all in J&K.
Window pane broken during Sunday's attack in JNU | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

HRD ministry meets JNU officials to take stock, Vice-Chancellor skips meeting

The govt on Sunday sought an immediate report from JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar after the attack on students and teachers took place.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. | ANI Photos

HRD minister ‘Nishank’ urges JNU students to maintain peace, ministry seeks report

HRD ministry asks JNU registrar Pramod Kumar to file an immediate report on the attack on students and teachers by a masked mob Sunday.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal

JNU fee hike is to meet expenditure on hostel maintenance, says HRD Minister

In a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal pointed out that JNU had last increased hostel room rents around 40 years ago.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. | ANI Photos

Newton didn’t, Indian scriptures first mentioned ‘gravity’, says HRD minister

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ seeks more research in IITs & NITs on ancient knowledge, says India was ahead in all fields including science and technology.

Why Hindi is causing stress for officials in Ramesh Pokhriyal’s HRD ministry

New HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal prefers Hindi over English and that has sent officials scampering for translators and Google Translate.

On Camera

Illustration | Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Modi’s chest-thumping ministers, and not Congress, are an irritant in dealing with China

If PM Modi had launched ‘surgical’ and air strikes to punish Pakistan in 2016 and 2019, his ministers are now outdoing him in pounding China with verbal strikes.
People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.