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Shreya Bhandary is a Special Correspondent covering higher education for Hindustan Times, Mumbai. Her work revolves around finding loopholes in the current education system and highlighting the good and the bad in higher education institutes in and around Mumbai.

Articles by Shreya Bhandary

St Xaviers’ Malhar festival attracts hundreds of students

Held over two days on August 28 and 29, over 1,300 students from more than 22 participating colleges made their way to the St Xavier’s campus this year

College students wait in a queue to enter St. Xavier's College for the annual Malhar festival on Monday (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 30, 2022 12:33 AM IST

Three teachers from city who go beyond classroom, awarded

Mumbai: In 2020, as the country went under lockdown to spread the curb of the Covid-19 pandemic, 40-year-old Shashikant Kulthe was one of the few teachers of his zilla parishad school in Beed who visited the homes of each of his 32 students to teach them

Three teachers from city who go beyond classroom, awarded
Published on Aug 28, 2022 12:42 AM IST

State nominates additional chief sec Anand Limaye to find next VC

Mumbai: Two weeks before the current vice chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Suhas Pednekar, is scheduled to retire, the Maharashtra state higher education department has finally announced their nomination as part of the VC search committee

State nominates additional chief sec Anand Limaye to find next VC
Published on Aug 27, 2022 01:06 AM IST

Despite lift on visa ban, medical students unsure of returning to China

Nearly two months after the Chinese government decided to lift the two-year visa ban on Indian nationals, 22-year-old Mahrukh Shaikh is still unsure how and when she will get back to her university in Wuhan to complete her final-year MBBS in physical mode

In September 2021, MBBS students enrolled in Chinese universities had held protests across the country, urging the government to facilitate their return to campuses. HT Archives
Updated on Aug 25, 2022 09:33 PM IST
By, Mumbai

BKC school will breathe easy as garbage dump gets cleared

On August 24, HT had reported that a mountain of garbage had begun to pile up in the past two years in a plot right next to one of the most expensive schools in the city

BMC workers seen removing the heap of garbage and construction debris near Ascend International School on Wednesday (Vijay Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 25, 2022 12:36 AM IST

IIT admissions to commence on Sept 12 with six rounds of seat allotment

Mumbai: Admissions to premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are all set to begin on September 12, this year, a day after results for the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) is released

Mumbai, India - June 26, 2018: Main gate of the IIT Bombay Powai in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 25, 2022 12:21 AM IST

More students opt for diplomas leading to high seat vacancies in junior colleges, say experts

Admissions to FYJC seats were delayed this year as DyDE waited for class 10 results of all school education boards to be released before starting the process.

Colleges attributed this increase in seat vacancy to the trend of non-state board students opting to continue their class 11 and 12 studies in their own schools. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 24, 2022 12:33 AM IST

At posh Ascend, a hill of garbage raises a stink

The ground, which lies between the school campus in BKC-F block and the Mithi River, for many years stayed vacant and abandoned.

Garbage dumped near Ascend International School. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 24, 2022 12:19 AM IST

GSB mandal gets 316.40 crore insurance cover

While the city’s ganpati mandals are set to welcome devotees after a two-year hiatus, GSB-Seva Mandal in King’s Circle, has already generated a buzz with an insurance cover of ₹316.4 crore

Of the corpus, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>31.97 crore has been set aside as risk insurance cover for gold, silver and other jewellery, and a personal accident insurance of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>263 crore for volunteers, priests, cooks, personnel deployed for valet parking and security guards (Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 23, 2022 12:26 AM IST

Cut-offs at top colleges reach 95-97%, nearly 5-8% points higher than previous merit lists

Mumbai: The third merit list of a junior college in the city has ended at 97%, nearly 6 percent points higher than the first merit list this year

Cut-offs at top colleges reach 95-97%, nearly 5-8% points higher than previous merit lists
Published on Aug 22, 2022 10:33 PM IST

Vacant posts, lack of basic amenities: MU staff highlight troubles ahead of VC’s retirement

Recently, members of the University of Mumbai Academic Staff Association (UMASA) approached the VC’s office with their demands

Pednekar, who took over as the VC of the university in April 2018, is all set to retire on September 8. (Bhushan Koyande/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 11:35 PM IST

Can extra classes, shorter breaks make up for academic loss?

Several colleges have started planning to conduct extra lectures, or cut-short Diwali vacations to make up for the loss of academic time.

Representative image
Published on Aug 20, 2022 12:36 AM IST

City college students to pocket 2.95 lakh for 2-month internship

For a batch of 237 students, 312 offers were received from 41 companies, with maximum offers coming from the FMCG sector, followed closely by consulting companies.

Not only are institutes noticing a higher number of internships being offered but the overall stipend has increased too. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 19, 2022 12:09 AM IST

Only 20% FYJC aspirants confirm admission in four days, deadline on Wednesday

Mumbai: Blame it on the long weekend and travel plans or students refusing to alter their college preference, just 20% first-year junior college (FYJC) aspirants from the second merit list have confirmed admissions until Monday

Students in the process of getting admission at Miranda House College in New Delhi. The admission process is on for the new academic session in Delhi University. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 15, 2022 08:17 PM IST

Demand for minority quota seats in junior colleges go down

For years, several minority colleges in the city have attracted the best of the lot but over the years, this trend seems to be fading

In the 2021-22 academic year, only 34,676 seats were filled in the minority quota--leaving nearly 65% vacant. (HT File)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 07:54 PM IST

Hunger strike called off as IIT-B assures partial roll back of fee hike

As per a statement released by the IIT-B Students Against Fee Hike, the institute’s fee hike committee has proposed that hostel fee for all the students will be reduced by ₹1,500, tuition fees for MTech new entrants will be reduced by ₹15,000

This move comes after a meeting with the fee hike committee, which has proposed a partial roll back of fees. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2022 01:06 AM IST

FYJC admissions: Cut-offs dip marginally in second merit list

Some of the popular colleges attributed the marginal dip to the handful of seats left for allotment in the second common admission round.

 (Kunal Patil/HT photo)
Published on Aug 13, 2022 12:47 AM IST

1.6 lakh eligible students out of 2.5 lakh register for JEE-Adv exam

In 2020, and 2021 only 1.60 lakh students finished the registration process, and less than 1.5 lakh students eventually appeared for the test. The intake capacity across 23 IITs was over 16,000 seats in 2021.

1.6 lakh eligible students out of 2.5 lakh register for JEE-Adv exam
Published on Aug 11, 2022 11:46 PM IST

Survey: Students took up odd jobs to pay tuition fees during pandemic

5.3% of students had to take up jobs to sustain their education as well as support their families during the lockdown

Around 83% of the respondents informed that their father is the sole main earning member in the family, while 9% reported that their mother is the main earning member and in 2.7% of cases, the student themselves was the main breadwinner for the family. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 06:41 PM IST

Students confused as PG medical admission circular does not mention NMC’s 50% fee fixation

In March this year, the NMC issued guidelines for private medical colleges to offer 50% of their seats to students at fees charged by government medical colleges.

 (Sushil Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 11:51 PM IST

IIT-B, IIT-M record best placement season ever in 2021-22

IIT Bombay and Madras released their annual placement report on Monday, labelling the 2021-22 placement season as one of the best eve

Representative image (Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 11:50 PM IST

JEE (Main) 2022 Results: Amravati topper wants to pursue Computer Science

5.4 lakh students across the country appeared for the JEE-Mains session in July this year while 7.69 lakh students appeared for the exam in the June session

Shrenik Sakala from Amravati topped Maharashtra in the second JEE Mains session. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 03:04 PM IST

Fallout of delay in admissions: Medical colleges prep to accommodate two FY MBBS batches

Mumbai: Even as MBBS aspirants are waiting for the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2022, medical colleges in the city and state are prepping their classrooms and labs to accommodate two batches of first year undergraduate students

Fallout of delay in admissions: Medical colleges prep to accommodate two FY MBBS batches
Published on Aug 08, 2022 12:01 AM IST

City colleges increase intake capacity to meet high admissions demand

Considering that August 8 is the deadline to complete admissions to undergraduate (UG) degree courses, colleges are planning to upload the last merit list by Monday and fill up all vacant seats

A spokesperson for the university told HT that in most cases, colleges only had to inform the university about increasing intake by 10%. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 06, 2022 12:37 AM IST

As students demand roll back of hike, IIT-B reduces mess fee

However, students have called this move ‘correction of fees’ and not a reduction, and have clarified that they will still participate in the hunger strike unless the institute rolls back the hike

The administration has also allowed students to pay the SMA fees in two instalments (HT File)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 07:29 PM IST

‘Rising demand for engineering leads to higher seat vacancy in science courses’

Mumbai: Be it the rising demand for undergraduate engineering courses, or the chaos due to the delay in conducting admissions to UG courses in degree colleges this year, several institutes are still racing to fill up their vacant seats

Students are very clear about what they want to do after class 12, and at present, employment opportunities for engineering graduates are at a rise, which has automatically resulted in students withdrawing admissions from degree colleges and opting for admissions in engineering colleges. (Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 10:57 PM IST

FYJC first merit list out, cut-off across streams and colleges dip by 1-3% points

Mumbai: The first general merit list for first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions was released on Wednesday and despite the high scores awarded to class 10 students across boards this year, the cut-offs in most popular colleges dipped by 1-3% points this year

HT Image
Published on Aug 04, 2022 12:48 AM IST

FYJC 1st merit list out, cut-off across streams & colleges dips by 1-3% points

The first general merit list for first year junior college (FYJC) admissions was released on Wednesday and despite the high scores awarded to class 10 students across boards this year, the cut-offs in most popular colleges dipped by 1-3% points this year.

FYJC 1st merit list out, cut-off across streams & colleges dips by 1-3% points
Published on Aug 03, 2022 07:38 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Enrolment in traditional courses dips in 2020-21, more takers for law & tech: Study

In comparison to enrolment figures in 2019-20, the humanities faculty took the worst hit in 2020-21 with only 1.68 lakh students seeking admission in 2020-21—a 33.1% dip.

 (HT ARCHIVES)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 11:44 PM IST

Ukraine crisis isn’t the only one on their minds

Mumbai: The otherwise bustling Khan household in Mumbra now remains quiet through the day as their youngest member attends online classes

Ukraine crisis isn’t the only one on their minds
Published on Jul 31, 2022 12:20 AM IST
ByAnamika Gharat and Shreya Bhandary
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