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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.

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Fee hike: IIT-B students to go on indefinite hunger strike from August 6

MTech and PhD students of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Powai, will go on an indefinite hunger strike starting August 6, unless their demands to roll back the proposed fee hike are met

Repeated attempts for a comment from the institute received no response (HT File)
Published on Jul 30, 2022 11:00 AM IST

Ambani school adds a new campus for junior and middle schoolers

DAIS, at present, is housed in a seven-storey building with nearly 60 classrooms, gardens and two playgrounds which will be shared with the new wing.

A view of the new second campus building of Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DIAS) under construction at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 30, 2022 12:09 AM IST

Medical students evacuated from Ukraine can appear for graduate exam: NMC

It further states that foreign medical graduates will be eligible for registration in India only after completion of CRMI. NMC has also clarified that this is a “one-time only” exception to their rule

Mumbai, India - February 26, 2022: Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra Minister Anil Parab and Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar along with relatives welcome 219 students who were brought back by an Air-India flight from war-stricken Ukraine at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, February 26, 2022. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 06:43 PM IST

IIT Bombay students threaten hunger strike from Aug 6 over proposed fee hike

Postgraduate students of the premier institute are reportedly up in arms against the administration’s decision to hike fees by nearly 35%, which students have called arbitrary

Students have also demanded for inclusion of student representatives in the fee hike committee. (File image)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 10:16 AM IST

Additional 150 MBBS, 692 PG medical seats may be added next year

Medical education in the state is expected to witness additional seats in both undergraduate as well as postgraduate admissions next year

He added that of the 150 MBBS seats approved by the central government, 100 seats will be made available in the Osmanabad GMC, which is scheduled to get its final approval and start admissions intake by 2023-24 academic year (HIndustan Times)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 11:44 PM IST

ISC results announced, Thane girl among 18 others ranking first in country

Mumbai: Results for the Indian School Certificate (ISC class 12) exams were announced on Sunday evening

Thane’s 18-year-old Upasana Nandi, a student of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School is among 18 students in the country to bag the first rank. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 25, 2022 12:30 AM IST

Local horror: commuters drenched in stations

HT visited nine stations — Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Kurla, Parel, Chinchpokli, Vidyavihar, Byculla, Sandhurst Road, Masjid Bunder and Vasai Road — and found that in many places, commuters were drenched just boarding trains, as certain platforms did not have a continuous roof cover, or it was damaged

No rooftop on some part of the platform at Sandhurst Road station, in Mumbai (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 06, 2022 12:45 AM IST
ByAroosa Ahmed and Shreya Bhandary

MBBS internship program overhauled to make way for better-trained doctors

While practical training is being taken care of by colleges, theory too has undergone changes in the past two years.

Not only are medical students being encouraged to update their skills, but students from dental, physiotherapy and Ayurveda colleges too are undergoing basic training. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 11:45 PM IST

Colleges seek ways to accommodate non-state board students

Admissions to UG degree courses this year is currently being conducted for only state board (HSC) students as class 12 students from CBSE and CISCE boards are still waiting for their results

While the circular released by the university on June 20 states that all MU-affiliated colleges, including autonomous institutes, will have to follow the admission schedule as prescribed by the varsity and accommodate students from CBSE and CISCE boards ‘in due course’, it gives no clarity on how these applications will be accommodated by individual colleges (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 07:32 PM IST

This Shinde stands firmly beside Uddhav

A staunch supporter of Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, Shinde was first attracted to the party when Bal Thackeray called for support from locals

Shiv Sena supporter Chandrabhaga Shinde leaves Matoshree at Bandra on Thursday (VIjay Bate)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 08:26 PM IST

FYJC admissions delayed as seat intake yet to be finalised, SSC students’ marks

Admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) seats is likely to begin next week as the admissions authority is still working on finalising the intake capacity for the 2022-23 academic year.

Admissions to FYJC in Maharashtra depend on pre-admission registrations, which is a two-part form. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 05:29 PM IST

In-house degree college admissions attract fewer applications this year

Mumbai: Admissions to the undergraduate (UG) degree courses in colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai (MU) have been underway for over a week now

In-house degree college admissions attract fewer applications this year
Published on Jun 23, 2022 12:18 AM IST

CBSE and ISC students likely to move court against MU’s admission plan

With no clarity, a group of parents are planning to approach the Bombay high court, while some school heads are trying to meet state minister of higher education Uday Samant for help in this matter.

A principal stated that results for recently concluded ISC exams are only expected in mid-July (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 11:33 PM IST

MU to begin first-year admissions without CBSE and ISC results

This could be the first time that the university has decided to start admissions to undergraduate degree courses before the announcement of class 12 results across school education boards.

Until 2021, HSC would be the last of the board results to be announced, making way for the admissions process to UG courses to commence immediately (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 12:30 AM IST

Colleges work to increase hostel capacity as institutes reopen with full strength

Keeping in mind the growing numbers of students opting to pursue education in the city, several higher education institutes have been working on increasing their hostel capacity.

Education institutes that completely shut down in March 2020 following the nationwide lockdown managed to reopen starting October 2021. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 12:23 AM IST

Mumbai division: Number of students scoring 90% and above has dipped

Mumbai: The announcement of Secondary School Certificate (SSC-Class 10) results on Friday marked celebrations for schools across the state, especially in the Mumbai division, which has recorded a success rate of 96

Thane, India - June 17, 2022: Students check their results on the laptop and celebrate after their SSC Exam results were declared at their tuition class, in Thane, Mumbai, on Friday, June 17, 2022. (Photo by Praful Gangurde/HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:15 AM IST
ByShreya Bhandary and Ankita G Menon

Over 90% success rate in last online BA, BCom exams

Unlike regular exams, which are usually a mix of descriptive and brief questions, online exams were conducted in the MCQ format where students had to answer 50 to 60 questions in an hour

In 2020, TYBCom results boasted a 95% pass percentage, which in the previous years stayed around 65-70% (HT File)
Published on Jun 16, 2022 09:07 PM IST

Maharashtra SSC Result 2022: MSBSHSE Class 10 result tomorrow at 1 pm

The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will be declaring results for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC-Class 10) exams on Friday, June 17 this year. The results will be available on www.mahresult.nic.in at 1pm.

Maharashtra SSC Result 2022: MSBSHSE Class 10 result tomorrow at 1 pm
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 12:35 PM IST
By, New Delhi

State makes rural stint mandatory for MBBS students; can’t pay and skip duty

The circular further stated that without completing the rural stint, students will not be considered eligible to apply for postgraduate entrance tests

This means that the graduating batch of 2027-28 can’t get away from serving in a rural area by paying a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 lakh (HT File)
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 08:42 PM IST

Mumbai University pre-admission registrations begins, over 60k students register

More than 62,000 students have already registered as part of the pre-admission registrations process to undergraduate courses affiliated with the University of Mumbai

This process was kicked off on June 9 and as of now, these registered candidates have submitted nearly 80,000 applications (one student can apply for more than one course).(HT file)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 02:40 PM IST

Placements across sectors hit pre-pandemic levels

At least three final year BTech students from two different city institutes have been offered a job with a multinational e-commerce company offering them an annual remuneration of ₹1.17 cr to 1.22 cr

At Bandra’s Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, one final year BTech student was offered <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.17 crore (includes CTC, bonus plus stocks in the company) by Amazon UK (Getty Images)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 07:00 PM IST

State to approach Centre to accommodate Ukraine-returned medicos in Maha institutes

State medical education minister Amit Deshmukh added that the central government will be approached to accommodate such students in medical colleges in the state to avoid academic loss

The first of the evacuees were flown out of Bucharest in Romania and the flight landed in Mumbai on February 26. More than 1500 students were brought back via government flights to Maharashtra. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 08:04 PM IST

HSC results kick off MU’s pre-admission registration process for UG

Mumbai: The announcement of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results on Wednesday kicked off the pre-admission registration process for undergraduate (UG) courses at the University of Mumbai (MU), a schedule for which was announced late evening

HSC results kick off MU’s pre-admission registration process for UG
Updated on Jun 09, 2022 12:27 AM IST

HSC results declared: 89.68% in city, 93.34% in state pass

As per figures shared by the board, 10,047 students in Maharashtra managed to score above 90% this year, of whom 2,766 students are from the Mumbai division

Considering that students had little writing practice in the last two years, the board had decided to offer 30 minutes extra to students for each paper (Vijay Bate)
Updated on Jun 09, 2022 12:23 AM IST
ByShreya Bhandary and Ankita Menon

First offline board exams after two years

For 18-year-old Mohammed Bhadsorawala, lockdown or not, he knew he had to focus on his studies and ensure he is prepared for the worst

Once again, girls have outperformed boys with 91.01% of girls clearing the exam in Mumbai division compared to 88.51% of boys (Bacchan Kumar)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 11:49 PM IST

'IIT Bombay brings masks back in classrooms as Covid cases surge'

Educational institutes were shut down in March 2020 following the nationwide lockdown to check the pandemic before the reopening started in October 2021

 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 04:38 PM IST

Schools tell parents to monitor shows watched by children

The move comes after several teachers noticed behavioural changes in children, who began attending physical classes in February after two years of online classes

Education institutes that completely shut down in March 2020 following the nationwide lockdown managed to reopen starting in October 2021. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 11:25 PM IST

Enrolment in MU dipped across faculties in 2020-21, reveals RTI

Experts feel this has to do with classes beginning connected online across universities, which could have pushed students to opt for universities in tier 2 and tier 3 cities

The RTI was filed by a city-based activist, Vihar Durve, who said he aimed to find out the drop-out rate amid the pandemic. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 12:19 AM IST

Govt, private MBBS interns demand parity in stipend

While government medical colleges (GMCs) are paying a monthly stipend of ₹11,000 to their MBBS interns, several private medical institutes are not doing the same

Recently, the NMC released a circular directing all medical institutes to not charge internship fees from Indian as well as foreign medical graduates (FMG) (HT File)
Published on May 24, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Seats remain vacant across UG, PG medical, dental courses

Admissions to most medical, dental and paramedical courses ended recently and as per information shared by the state common entrance test (CET) cell, seats have been vacant across courses

Of the 6,719 seats available in MBBS colleges (both government and private), only one seat is vacant this year (HT photo)
Updated on May 20, 2022 07:35 PM IST
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