Niraj Pandit
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UGC directs state univs to celebrate ABVP founder’s centenary

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities in Maharashtra to commemorate the centenary of Dattaji Didolkar, founder of the ABVP. The Yuva Sena has demanded the withdrawal of the directive, accusing the UGC of political pressure.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2023 07:40 AM IST

Lack of Aadhaar bars registration of 450 street children on govt portal

Civic and aided schools in Mumbai are facing difficulties in registering over 450 children on the UDISE+ portal due to the lack of Aadhaar numbers. These children, who were admitted to schools during a special drive, are unable to access government benefits and other essential facilities. NGOs are also struggling to enroll children without Aadhaar and relevant documents. The education department is working to resolve the issue by providing necessary assistance and collecting details for Aadhaar registration.

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Updated on Nov 28, 2023 07:24 AM IST

State edu board to discontinue 16 bifocal courses

From the academic year 2024-25, popular bifocal courses in Mumbai will be converted into employment-oriented specialized courses in line with the National Skill Qualification Framework. The decision aims to align education with evolving technology and improve educational standards. The Maharashtra government has issued a resolution mandating the introduction of these new vocational courses. Existing teachers will receive training to continue instructing the current courses, while new teachers must meet the prescribed qualifications. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will organize examinations for the new syllabus.

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Updated on Nov 27, 2023 08:02 AM IST

27-year-old, who topped LLB merit list, moves HC after MU denies admission

Walunj, who is categorised as OBC, emphasised that his family’s yearly income is below ₹8 lakh, qualifying him as a non-creamy layer candidate. He further states that a mistake by a clerk in the admission section, who overlooked the state certificate, led to his disqualification

27-year-old, who topped LLB merit list, moves HC after MU denies admission
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 07:54 AM IST

PhD scholars at IITB protest abrupt hostel eviction order

Senior PhD scholars at IIT Bombay protest against a directive requiring them to vacate their hostels. They demand an open house to address their concerns about shared accommodation.

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Updated on Nov 25, 2023 07:46 AM IST

FIR lodged against ARMIET college for alleged fee irregularities

The administration of ARMIET in Mumbai is facing an FIR for allegedly collecting excessive fees from tribal category students. An inquiry revealed irregularities in the college's management, including submitting a fake affidavit for increased government benefits. The FIR implicates officers from AICTE, University of Mumbai, and Directorate of Technical Education. The college is accused of collecting an extra ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 per student annually. The police have registered a case under various sections of the IPC.

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Updated on Nov 25, 2023 07:18 AM IST

Attendance bot to track students in govt schools from Dec 1

Government schools in Maharashtra will implement an online attendance registration system called the "attendance bot" to enhance transparency and efficiency. The system, which will cover students from classes 1 to 10, requires teachers to download a specific mobile application for seamless entry of attendance data. The system aims to serve as a comprehensive platform, offering real-time updates on attendance and academic records. Some schools have expressed reservations about the new system. The control room for the system will be set up in Pune.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2023 09:26 AM IST

Mumbai University awarded Class 1 Univ status

The University of Mumbai (MU) has been granted Class 1 graded autonomy by the UGC, allowing it to start new courses and institutes without UGC permission. MU can also offer skill-based courses, establish research parks and incubation centres, and appoint foreign teachers. This status will facilitate the internationalisation of education and empower distance and open learning institutes.

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Updated on Nov 23, 2023 09:02 AM IST

IITB library grapples with staff shortage, limited space

The library at IIT Bombay, despite being ranked number one, is struggling with staff shortage and limited space, according to a report in the institute's student magazine. The library has faced challenges in meeting students' demands due to retirements and lack of replacements, with students calling for extended hours, more resources, and improved facilities. Professor S. Shankaranarayanan, convener of the library committee, highlighted the need for expansion and proposed doubling the capacity within 6-12 months after renovation work is completed.

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Updated on Nov 22, 2023 08:34 AM IST

TISS to intake students in 2024 through CUET PG exam, no TISS NET this time

TISS to use CUET PG for most postgrad admissions, causing concern among students. PSF-TISS condemns move, demands reinstatement of TISSNET.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2023 06:26 AM IST

IIT-B introduces guidelines for ‘political’ campus events

The guidelines specify that the external speaker review committee, appointed by the institute director, will vet external speakers

The institute recently called off a scheduled lecture by retired Delhi University professor Achin Vanaik titled ‘Israel Palestine: The Historical Context’. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 05:17 PM IST

FRA sets max limits for fees following surge in parents’ complaints

The Fee Regulatory Authority in Mumbai has issued a notice setting maximum fee limits for private medical and dental colleges in the state, following complaints from parents. Private medical institutes are now prohibited from charging fees exceeding three times the approved fees under management quotas, and up to five times under NRI quotas. Violation of these regulations will result in penal action. The notice also includes regulations for postgraduate course fees and mandates the display of approved fees on notice boards and websites.

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Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:46 AM IST

IIT Bombay denies food segregation policy, RTI reveals contradictions

IIT Bombay officially declares no segregation policy at canteens in response to RTI application. Previous incidents of fines allegedly levied contradicted.

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Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:42 AM IST

CEAT union raises concerns about arbitrary closure notices

The president of Mumbai Shramik Sangh and head of the workers' union at CEAT Tyres has raised concerns about the closure of factories to address air pollution in Mumbai. He argues that the CEAT factory is not a contributor to pollution and that the sudden closures are affecting workers' livelihoods. The union is calling for a swift resolution to the matter.

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Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:38 AM IST

How IIT-B notches key spot in global rankings

Cutting-edge research and innovation in academic courses, despite funds crunch, gives way to awards and accolades.

Full autonomy and strong support from the alumni network have also contributed to IIT-B’s success. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 04:29 AM IST

IIT-B students file complaint against professor, pro-Hamas speaker

Students from IIT Bombay have filed a police complaint against a professor and a guest lecturer who expressed support for Hamas and terrorists during a lecture. The students demanded an FIR be registered against the professor and the lecturer. The lecture took place as part of a coursework on November 6. The police have confirmed receiving the complaint and said further action would be decided later. In response to the controversy, the lecturer issued a statement on social media explaining the context of the film shown during the lecture. IIT-B has also cancelled another lecture on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Updated on Nov 10, 2023 07:38 AM IST
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Charni Rd school regains Gothic glory

The BJPCI school is one of the last remaining structures in the city built in the Gothic architectural style.

Mumbai, India –Nov 08, 2023: BJPC Institution Jr. college, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, Nov 08, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 03:47 PM IST

Teachers in a tizzy to locate 70-yr-old records in 24 hrs

Teaching and non-teaching staff in Maharashtra schools are scrambling to sift through old records to classify Maratha-Kunbi students between 1948 and 1967. The state government has mandated the submission of historical records within 24 hours. This additional responsibility is causing strain on educators, who are requesting an extension to complete the task. The data will be used to verify information given by applicants for caste certificates. The issue of Maratha reservation has dominated Maharashtra politics in recent months.

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 07:44 AM IST
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IIT Bombay cancels lecture on Israel-Palestine conflict

Vanaik, a retired professor of international relations and former head of department of political science at the University of Delhi, is known for his activism and radical views. His stance on the Israel-Palestine issue recently drew criticism, particularly after a talk he delivered at the O P Jindal University in Sonipat, Haryana, on November 1 titled ‘The History and Politics of the Palestinian Present’

Professor Achin Vanaik. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 09:38 AM IST

Midday meal: Soon, students will be served eggs and bananas

The department, which released a government resolution (GR) on Tuesday, stated that presently, under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman Yojana’, the central government has also instructed states to examine the possibility of including locally available food items, cereals, etc.

The department also plans to add soy chunks to their meals to provide a protein diet. Kesarkar further stated that the government (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 09:34 AM IST

MPCB issues closure notices to 17 factories in Kurla

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued closure notices to 17 laundries and foundries on Khairani road in Mumbai for violating environmental rules. Complaints from residents prompted the action. The board has also directed four companies in the same area to control pollution.

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Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:46 AM IST

Students forced to sit on floor at Govandi civic school

The overcrowding issue in BMC schools has intensified since 2021, primarily due to an influx of students from private schools, prompted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Many students of Class 4 and 6 have to sit on the classroom floor as there are not enough benches and desks to accommodate all of them. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 08:04 AM IST

In a first, Hingoli district to have a medical institution

Hingoli, the only district in Marathwada without a medical college, is set to receive a new medical institution with a capacity of 100 students. The state government has allocated a budget of ₹485 crore for the construction of the college and hospital. This initiative is part of a broader development package for the Marathwada region worth ₹59,000 crore. The government aims to complete the project before the next academic year in 2024-25.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2023 08:00 AM IST

MPCB shuts CEAT Tyres factory, orders water and power cut

Last week, the body had asked Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Tata Power Co Ltd (TPCL) to reduce production by 50%, and also issued strict guidelines to Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited (RCF) in Chembur and closed down two ready mix concrete (RMC) plants in the city

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Updated on Nov 04, 2023 05:55 PM IST

MU-affiliated colleges to offer four-year degree courses

Starting from 2024-25, students in 812 non-autonomous colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai will be able to pursue four-year degree courses like BA, BSc, and BCom. This decision was made by MU's academic council in line with NEP guidelines and aims to provide innovative and employment-oriented educational opportunities. MU has formed clusters of colleges to decentralize the implementation process and promote a multidisciplinary approach to learning. The undergraduate degree program will offer multiple entry and exit points, with options for certification, diploma, and basic Bachelor's degrees.

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Updated on Nov 03, 2023 07:28 AM IST
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MPCB tells HPCL, Tata Power to cut production by 50%

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued showcause notices to Hindustan Petroleum and Tata Power for failing to comply with environmental laws. Two logistics firms have also been asked to reduce transport of hazardous chemicals by 50%. The board has also issued guidelines to Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited and closed down two ready mix concrete plants in Mumbai. The action follows the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's air pollution mitigation plan, which stated that punitive action would be taken against non-compliant companies.

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Updated on Nov 02, 2023 08:36 AM IST

NMC announces special stray vacancy round for MBBS, BDS, BSc nursing

The National Medical Council (NMC) has announced a special stray vacancy round for MBBS, BDS, and BSc Nursing courses under All-India Quota and state quotas. Eligible candidates must pay a refundable security deposit of ₹50,000 and the round will be conducted online. The decision comes after directives from the Supreme Court.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2023 07:10 AM IST

Diwali Anks register surge in demand with fresh ideas

The century-old journal has launched prominent Marathi writers like Jayant Dalvi, Narayan Dharap and Asha Bage, and poets like Madhu Mangesh Karnik. Today, young Marathi writers who have successfully sold three to four reprinted editions of their books also debuted through the Anks

A customer browsing through a Diwali ank at Majestic Book store in Dadar. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:28 AM IST

MU to hold senate elections in April

The University of Mumbai has unveiled the schedule for its senate elections, with voter registration on October 30 and the election taking place on April 21. The delay in the election has drawn criticism from youth wings of political parties, who accuse the university of acting under government pressure. The new schedule allows youth wings to prepare for the elections, after initially being excluded based on a complaint from a BJP MLA. The university has also introduced new voter registration rules, requiring all graduates to reapply online and submit offline forms.

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Updated on Oct 31, 2023 06:58 AM IST

Short film by students receive honourable mention at LA Film Festival 2023

Singh, who is also responsible for promoting the film said that when he completed the postproduction of the movie, he submitted it to the Los Angeles Film Festival. “We are thrilled that they recognised our short film, granting it an honorable mention in the Mobile Short category for October 2023. This is a significant boost for us.”

10 Hours crew (from left to right) : Apurva Singh- writer and director, Eshaan Ghosh- director, DOP and editor, Dhrit Khona- antagonist of the film, Luksh Uchil- protagonist of the film. (ht photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2023 08:18 AM IST
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