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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

Maha schoolkids poor in Mathematics

Mumbai: Apart from a sharp drop in children’s ability to read, the ASER survey also revealed that overall, the understanding of mathematics was found to be weaker as compared to 2018 when its last report was published

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Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:49 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

State plans to regulate fees of private universities

Since private universities are completely self-financed, this decision is opposed by the administration of private universities.

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Published on Jan 18, 2023 12:53 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

MU’s IDOL sees a dip in enrolment

Mumbai: University of Mumbai’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) has reported a decline in the number of admissions over the years

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Published on Jan 16, 2023 12:45 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Nanded girl gets National Bravery Award for saving brother’s life from electric shock

Mumbai: Laxmibai Ananda Yedlewar of Thadisawali village in Nanded district was conferred the ‘National Bravery Award’ by the Indian Child Welfare Council in New Delhi on Saturday for saving her younger brother Arun’s life from being electrocuted

Nanded girl gets National Bravery Award for saving brother’s life from electric shock
Published on Jan 14, 2023 10:41 PM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

KJ Somaiya prof forces students to strip; hits them with shoes

The professor was shouting, abusing and hitting the door with his hand and kicking,” said a student who was present in the camp. “No one dared to open the door. But as soon as a student took the initiative and opened the door, he gave the student a hard knock. The professor started kicking and beating all the students with slippers

KJ Somaiya prof forces students to strip; hits them with shoes
Updated on Jan 14, 2023 12:42 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

No fees, no exam, Sharadashram Class 2 student told

Shardashram, incidentally, is where Sachin Tendulkar schooled and from where he began his cricketing journey with classmate Vinod Kambli.

Mrigendra Rane, the child’s father who runs a small store in Dadar, enrolled her in the recently added International wing of Sharadashram, where the primary school fees are <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>77,000 per year, to give her an “excellent” education. He said the exam experience had traumatised her. “She feels awful because while her peers were sitting in one room writing their exams, she was sitting in another,” he said. “She can’t even comprehend why this happened to her. She was unable to sleep last night.” (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 12:57 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

JJ School of Art turns away kids from art competition due to huge crowd

Alumni of the JJ School of Art organise an open painting competition for school and college students every year.

Students came from as far away as Akola, Nashik, Amravati, Pune, Satara, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Nagpur districts of the state. Many returned disappointed. A parent of a Class 10 student from Pune said, “In the morning, there was a stampede-like situation at the entrance of the college. We waited till 10.45 to get inside. As the crowd did not reduce, we had to turn back. So many children were dejected. It’s unfortunate that they have to experience this at this age.” (Anshuman Poyrekar/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 12:48 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Unpaid bills: 9,278 schools sans electricity in Maharashtra

As per the official data, electricity bills worth ₹25 crore are pending from these schools. While the power supply to 6,752 schools has been cut off from the main line, the electricity meter in the remaining 2,526 schools was disconnected.

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Updated on Jan 08, 2023 05:43 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Experts can now teach as professors: State govt

Mumbai: To enable the students to learn from the experience of experts in professional fields, the state government has approved the implementation of ‘Professor of Practice’ policy, directed by the University Grants Commission’s (UGC)

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Published on Jan 07, 2023 12:29 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

500 aided teachers to teach in BMC schools

The process of adjusting surplus teachers in private aided schools in Mumbai to vacant posts in municipal schools has kicked off. As part of the drive, these vacant posts in the BMC-run schools will now be filled with the surplus teachers on a temporary basis.

500 aided teachers to teach in BMC schools
Published on Jan 05, 2023 12:18 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Around 60% colleges in state without NAAC rating

The NAAC is a national body for evaluating the quality of universities and colleges, and is considered important to identify the quality of education, infrastructure and other facilities provided by colleges.

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Published on Jan 04, 2023 12:26 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Govt to introduce vocational edu degrees, signs MoU with TISS

Mumbai: To encourage vocational education in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Maharashtra school education department under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has signed an MoU with the School of Vocational Education (SVE) at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to provide various Bachelor of Vocational (B

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Updated on Jan 01, 2023 12:02 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Hefty fines drive school bus operators to change stops

According to members of School Bus Owners’ Association (SBOA), in November alone, 950 school buses were fined. The bus owners have been facing the brunt from the traffic department since the last six months

Navi Mumbai, India - September 26, 2019: Fr. Agnel Multipurpose School, Vashi in Navi Mumbai, India, on Thursday, September 26, 2019. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 12:57 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

State owes private schools 1,200 crore towards RTE fees

Mumbai: A day after the state education minister announced in the ongoing assembly winter session about making a ₹200-crore provision from the budget for the Right to Education (RTE), private schools in Maharashtra have raised their concern about the non-payment of earlier RTE fees, amounting to a whopping ₹1,200 crore

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Updated on Dec 29, 2022 01:04 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Guinness cert for Pune-born researcher’s lithium-ion battery

Mumbai: A Pune-born researcher has made it to the Guinness World Records for building a lithium-ion battery (LIB) that can function at the extremely low temperature of minus 100°C

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Updated on Dec 28, 2022 01:42 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Over 600,000 chose to study abroad in 2022

According to the data shared by the ministry, the number of students who went to study abroad showed a significant rise from 4,54,009 in 2017 to 5,86,337 in 2019. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number fell by half, reaching 2,59,655 in 2020

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Published on Dec 27, 2022 12:37 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Beloved kiddie mag Thak Thak back after eight years in a new form

The story of Thak Thak began in 1987 when Anand and Nita Toraskar, a Mahim-based couple, created the comic with city children in mind.

Anand Toraskar passed away during the Covid pandemic. After recovering from the grief, Nita Toraskar decided to again take charge of the comic book the two had created together with much love. “Thak Thak has been re-launched,” she said. “All the old beloved characters like Dipu The Great will once again appear in new adventures.” (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 26, 2022 12:29 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Work on Mumbai-Goa highway incomplete since 12 years

Of the many construction projects that have been fast-tracked lately, an important connector between Mumbai and Goa – NH 66 -- which started 12 years ago, has been forgotten. Approximately 2442 residents of Konkan have lost their lives in accidents between January 2010 and April 2021, while many more are suffering permanent disabilities

Approximately 2442 residents of Konkan have lost their lives in accidents between January 2010 and April 2021. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 12:04 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Sewri-Worli corridor: Affected people worry about relocation, compensation

Over the last six months, MMRDA has shifted nearly 800 project-affected people (PAP) from Sewri. While they welcome urban development, they are uncomfortable with what’s on offer – monetary compensation and physical displacement, which will affect steady businesses.

Mumbai: Projected affected people demand satisfactory compensation as 386 properties including shops and houses in Parel and Prabhadevi area will have to be demolished for the Sewree Nava Sheva Connector Project, in Mumbai.(Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 24, 2022 12:46 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit and Jeet Mashru

Koli women find new timings of Marol market fishy

Tension prevailed at the 93-year-old Marol Adhwada Bazar, a fish market in Andheri (East), on Thursday when the Koli women reached there at 4 am to start their daily business but found that the gate was locked

Mumbai, India - December 22, 2022: A general view of Marol Fish Market, at Andheri (East), in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, December 22, 2022. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 23, 2022 12:53 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai

MU asks student to pay 55,000 to obtain his final year marksheet

The imposition of the penalty by the university is contrary to a 2018 university circular which states that the fine should be collected from the college and not from students.

Prasad Karande, director of the Board of Examination and Evaluation (BoEE), said, “There is a rule to impose the fine on colleges and it is being implemented. Imposing this fine on students when they are not at fault is a mistake. But the number of such students is small and they will be given relief.” (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 21, 2022 12:24 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

State plans to hire retired teachers to run schools with low enrolments

As many as 14,985 schools, facing closure on account of low enrolments, have got a new lease of life after the state government decided to hire retired teachers to run these institutions

Students watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at a Mumbai school. (Kalpak Pathak/HT photo)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 12:43 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai

3,000 students remain absent from Bandra municipal school

The Khernagar school complex houses a total of 10 primary and secondary schools of English, Marathi, Kannada languages. The two buildings comprise 120 classrooms that accommodate 4928 students.

The rest of the floors are under construction in this building as a result classes are not held. Students have to sit in densely-packed classrooms. This is the main reason that around 3,000 students have stopped attending school. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 01:36 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Techfest at IIT-B: NASA set to put first woman, first person of colour on moon in 2025

American space agency NASA’s Artemis program is scheduled in a phased manner. In the first phase, the unmanned Moon mission Artemis-I successfully lifted off on November 16. “Artemis-II will be a 10-day mission with two orbits of the Earth before going 4,600 miles beyond the far side of the Moon,” said Lueders in her talk. After Artemis-II, the next phase of the Moon mission called Artemis-III is scheduled in 2025.

7-year-old Eric Samuel take part in the remote control car racing at the annual science and technology festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:44 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

State can have no truck with book that promotes naxalism: Kesarkar

Mumbai: A day after a controversy erupted over the withdrawal of a government award to Anagha Lele for her Marathi translation of alleged Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy’s memoir, the state government justified its decision, saying it could not endorse glorification of ‘Naxal’ literature

Mumbai, India - July 25, 2017: Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar arrive at Vidhan Bhavan on Day 2 of Monsoon Assembly session in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times) (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 12:09 AM IST
BySurendra Gangan, Prachi Bari and Niraj Pandit

Maha govt withdraws award to Kobad Ghandy memoir translator, literary world stands by her

STRAP: Anand Karandikar returns govt award, Neeraja resigns from govt committee Marathi author Anand Karandikar on Tuesday announced that he was returning his award to protest against the Maharashtra government’s withdrawal of an award to Anagha Lele for her Marathi translation of alleged Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy’s memoir

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Published on Dec 14, 2022 01:10 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai

‘Baal Veer’ actor part of 8-member dearMoon crew

The dearMoon enterprise is a mix of a lunar tourism mission and an art project, conceived and financed by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. It will use Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship on a private spaceflight flying a single circumlunar trajectory around the moon.

The first lot of selections from the one million applications received from 249 countries were done in 2021. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 13, 2022 12:54 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

Why Maha kids on the border are forced to study in Kannada

After the formation of Maharashtra in 1960, since there were Kannada speaking people in the border areas, Maharahtra government started around 1000 government and aided Kannada schools with the aim of holding them back in our state,” said Pandurang Patil, a trustee of an educational institute in Jath

Why Maha kids on the border are forced to study in Kannada
Published on Dec 09, 2022 12:20 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit

In post-pandemic classroom, schools search for ‘missing’ students

Many students are still stuck in their hometowns while some have either dropped out or are considering it When the pandemic struck and his school switched to online mode of teaching, it was not easy for eight-year-old Srikant (name changed) to stay away from the classroom ambience

In post-pandemic classroom, schools search for ‘missing’ students
Published on Dec 08, 2022 12:54 AM IST
ByNiraj Pandit, Mumbai
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