Articles by Niraj Pandit
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TISS to use CUET PG for most postgrad admissions, causing concern among students. PSF-TISS condemns move, demands reinstatement of TISSNET.
The guidelines specify that the external speaker review committee, appointed by the institute director, will vet external speakers
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.
IIT Bombay officially declares no segregation policy at canteens in response to RTI application. Previous incidents of fines allegedly levied contradicted.
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.
Cutting-edge research and innovation in academic courses, despite funds crunch, gives way to awards and accolades.
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.
The BJPCI school is one of the last remaining structures in the city built in the Gothic architectural style.
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.
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’
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”