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MSBSHSE fouls up, allots more students at exam centres than intake capacity

A total of 3.54 lakh students from the MSBSHSE’s Mumbai division, which includes Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad, are appearing for the Class 10 exams.

A Chembur-based school with a seating capacity of 250 students was allotted 500 students for the Class 10 examinations. The principal was finally forced to start online classes for the school’s regular students from Classes 1 to 9 and take over a primary section to accommodate all the examinees. A similar situation has been observed in many other Mumbai schools, and teachers’ unions have expressed their displeasure in this regard. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 05, 2023 01:25 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

St Xavier’s students recreate ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’ song, win accolades

A group of students at St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, has recreated the hit song ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’ from the movie ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na’, which was shot on the campus, prominently featuring the college’s galleries, hallways and the iconic central quadrangle

St Xavier’s students recreate ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’ song, win accolades
Published on Mar 02, 2023 01:48 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

City Kolis express fears about their vanishing dialect

Mumbai: The Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya in Dadar is currently featuring an exhibition of the literature of over 50 dialects of Maharashtra

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Published on Mar 01, 2023 01:21 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

E-cigarettes, the dangerous new addiction of the youth

E-cigarettes are the ostensibly innocuous siblings of regular cigarettes. Although touted as many things—a “safer” alternative, a weaning tool or handy at places where cigarette smoking is not allowed—e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is not only addictive but is also a highly toxic chemical that can adversely affect any organ of the body

E-cigarettes, the dangerous new addiction of the youth
Published on Feb 27, 2023 01:55 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit & Manish Pathak

It takes a village: How residents of a Jalna taluka have united to stop a teacher’s transfer

When the school was set up on a small hill in 2004, it had two classrooms, sans doors and windows, with 15 students. Today the fully functional primary school has eight classrooms with 149 students. In the past, villagers who belong to the Banjara tribe, were on the move at all times, leading to frequent dropouts

In promoting education, Kude is looked upon as a reformer. As Chavan said, “There was no awareness in the village – no one thought about educating girls after Class V. Kude changed this mindset,” he said, emphasising that ‘beti bachao beto padhao’ became an ambition in the hamlet, way before it became a national slogan. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 12:47 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Colleges all set for ‘copy-free’ exams amid non-teaching staff strike

In Mumbai division, 3,44,744 students have registered for the exam – an increase by 30,000 as compared to last year.

Educational institutes, meanwhile, were also preparing to cope with conducting exams in the midst of a non-teaching staff strike. The strike is for various demands such as applying the Old Pension Scheme to post-2005 employees and applying the salary scale of the 7th Pay Commission, among others. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 12:44 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Parliamentary SC/ST committee to discuss IIT-B suicide

The parliamentary standing committee for the welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (SC/ST) has called a meeting on February 22 to discuss the recent suicide of 18-year-old Darshan Solanki at IIT-Bombay

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Published on Feb 19, 2023 01:54 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai

BMC schoolkids build Pico satellites to be launched at KARC

The kids’ adventure began when the BMC held an open examination, based on the science textbooks of Class 5 to Class 8, to select children for the satellite-building project

BMC schoolkids build Pico satellites to be launched at KARC
Published on Feb 19, 2023 12:40 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Seven years later, fight against ‘lack of facilities’ for SC/ST students still on

Mumbai: Professor AK Suresh’s committee which was appointed to investigate the suicide of a student in 2014 at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), had talked about the lack of facilities for SC/ST students at the institute and what facilities should be created for them

Seven years later, fight against ‘lack of facilities’ for SC/ST students still on
Updated on Feb 18, 2023 01:00 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Suicide on IIT-B campus: Athawale, Solankis demand probe; students’ body claims lack of institutional support

Three days after Darshan Solanki, an 18-year-old B.Tech student at IIT-Bombay allegedly died by suicide, on Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale visited the campus and demanded a thorough probe into his death and the allegations of caste discrimination

Calling it a “serious incident”, Athawale said, “In 2014, a Dalit student ended his life in a similar way. Six months back, another student outside IIT-B died by suicide. Such incidents are increasing and require probe.” (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2023 02:26 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Maulik Pathak

‘Faced caste discrimination’: Family of deceased IIT-Bombay student

The student died after he allegedly jumped off the eighth floor of his hostel building at the Powai campus of the institute on Sunday afternoon.

IIT Bombay in Powai (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 16, 2023 04:24 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Maulik Pathak, Mumbai/ahmedabad

How schools and students are fighting bullies

Bullying is common in schools across the country. A 2019 survey conducted by The Teacher Foundation and Wipro Applying Thought in Schools (WATIS) in nine cities in India has shown 42% students between Classes 4 and 8 and 36% students between Classes 9 and 12 have experienced it

How schools and students are fighting bullies
Published on Feb 15, 2023 01:48 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

MU to have book on mapping Mumbai’s culture and diversity

Mumbai: So far, many books have been published about Mumbai

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Published on Feb 14, 2023 12:36 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

MU bags Indian patent for low-cost Colorimeter

It is a low-cost device to detect adulteration, which will be used in pathology, chemistry and life science laboratories.

It is used for measuring the transmittance and absorbance of light passing through a liquid sample. Hospitals and laboratories also use it for analysing biochemical samples such as urine, cerebrospinal fluids, plasma, biochemical samples, and serum. Because of this, the Colorimeter is of special importance in the field of science. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:39 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Schools pull out all stops to ease students’ stress before boards

The techniques range from regular deep breathing to five minutes of meditation right before they begin writing an exam paper. Parents, on their part, are taught ways to reduce their children’s stress

Schools pull out all stops to ease students’ stress before boards
Published on Feb 09, 2023 12:53 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

ITI students bag job offers from foreign firms

Mumbai: Job offers from foreign countries to IIT students are common, but for the first time, Industrial Training Institute (ITI) students from rural Maharashtra have secured offers from Japan and Germany

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Published on Feb 08, 2023 12:43 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

IIT Bombay students oppose cameras in hostel corridors

A students’ group at IIT Bombay has strongly objected to the institute’s decision to install cameras in the hostel corridors and link the identity card with the mess facility (Mess-I system), calling it a violation of privacy and an increase in surveillance

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Published on Feb 07, 2023 12:38 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai

Education allocation drops even as school enrolments go up

SLUG: BMC BUDGETMumbai: The BMC has reduced its allocation towards education from ₹3,370 crore last year to ₹3,347 crore in its budget for 2023–24

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Published on Feb 05, 2023 12:33 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

BMC school student points out error in science text book

Gaurav Shukla received a congratulatory email from Balbharati for pointing out the error and informed him that the mistake will be corrected in the textbook’s next edition. On Friday, his school and the civic body felicitated Shukla in its Currey Road office

BMC school student points out error in science text book
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:47 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

March 31 deadline for colleges to start NAAC process

Mumbai: The state higher education department has issued a circular that colleges without the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rating should start the accreditation process by March 31 or face action

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Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:40 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

State gets its song in ‘Jai jai Maharashtra majha’ celebrating its spirit

Mumbai The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday designated ‘Jai jai Maharashtra majha’ as the state song

State gets its song in ‘Jai jai Maharashtra majha’ celebrating its spirit
Published on Feb 01, 2023 01:18 AM IST
BySaurabha Kulshreshtha and Niraj Pandit

New MPSC rules could knock most candidates out at prelim stage

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) has announced its largest-ever recruitment drive, but certain changes in the eligibility criteria could dash the hopes of unemployed youth looking for government jobs

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Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:59 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Despite protests, TISS students screen BBC documentary on campus

Mumbai : Despite a warning by the administration and a BJP Yuva Morcha protest, a mass viewing of the BBC documentary, ‘India: The Modi Question’, was held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on Saturday in the presence of the institute’s security and police officials

The saffron party’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, staged a protest outside the campus at 5.45 pm with around 50 activists. After TISS and the police assured the Yuva Morcha that the documentary would not be screened, Yuva Morcha Mumbai chief Tajindar Singh Tiwana called off the protest at around 6.45 pm. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 12:11 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Poor safety and fractured limbs at firemen recruitment drive in Mumbai

The physical includes running 800 m under three minutes, doing 20 pull ups, shimmying down a 20 ft rope and jumping from a height of 19 feet, which is nearly two storey-high. It’s during this manoeuvre that things have been getting hairy for the participants

Tushar Kumbhare, 30, from Nagpur is one of those who jumped and the canvas safety gave way. He fractured his left leg. The number of injuries at the recruitment centre are so high that by the time Kumbhare fell, the on-site doctor had even run out of any analgesic spray. (HT Photos)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:42 AM IST
ByJeet Mashru & Niraj Pandit

Kids asked to draw on PM’s pet projects for contest

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Education Commissionerate has announced Season 6 of Priksha pe Charcha, inviting students between Classes IX and XII to participate in a painting competition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with students of this demographic every year, just before they take their respective board exams. This year, the PM will speak to them on January 27. However, before he does so, various activities are organised across the states. On Saturday, the commissionerate announced the painting contest to be held on January 25, where the participants will be allowed to take a pick from ten subjects. (PTI)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 12:38 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

How citizens are using kattas to reflect afresh on the Constitution

At Panvel’s Khanda Colony, 42-year-old IT professional Pravin Jathar has been organising the Samvidhan Katta since August 15 last year, with the help of local anti-caste campaigners, who are organised under Babasaheb Ambedkar Samajik aur Sanskrutik Mandal

The katta, conducted in Marathi and inaugurated on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, has drawn in over 450 participants. At least half are regulars, and about a third so far have been women. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 24, 2023 12:38 AM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai and Niraj Pandit

Hard landing for fire service hopefuls as poor safety net leads to 100+ injuries

About a hundred men have ended up with fractured limbs owing to poor safety nets provided by the Mumbai fire brigade in the course of its ongoing recruitment drive

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Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:21 PM IST
ByJeet Mashru & Niraj Pandit, Mumbai

Action against 674 unrecognised schools under RTE

Taking a serious note of 674 unrecognised schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act across the state, director of secondary and higher secondary schools, Krishnakumar Patil, has ordered the officials concerned to initiate action against these schools

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Updated on Jan 23, 2023 12:49 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Pollution causes huge rise in swollen adenoids and tonsillitis in children

Across the city and suburbs, the abysmal Air Quality Index (AQI) has been very hard on children who have been routinely falling sick not just with the standard winter ailments but more serious infections like tonsillitis and swollen adenoids

Pollution causes huge rise in swollen adenoids and tonsillitis in children
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:40 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Somita Pal

Seven lakh students register in class 10 and 12 in Mumbai division

With a decrease in the incidence of Covid cases, the exams will be held in examination centres as was the case before the pandemic. The board has clarified that the exam will be conducted on 100% of the syllabus this year and that no extra time will be given

Subhash Borse, Secretary, Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Mumbai Division, said, “Examination centres, meeting arrangements, and other complete preparations for the class 10 and 12 examinations are complete (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:37 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit
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