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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.
HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. | ANI Photos

Bengal is in focus for BJP but HRD minister has no clue of state’s history

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Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is HRD minister, new education policy his top priority

A prolific writer, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is a former Uttarakhand CM, is one of the 24 new faces inducted into the union cabinet.

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File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.


USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

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.