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Wilson College requests EC for relocation to ease space constraints

Wilson College's principal requests relocation of election commission office due to space constraints impacting exams. Election office to move temporarily.

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024 08:28 AM IST

Fiat on student selfies with CM’s note sparks row

Schools were asked to upload the photos on within 24 hours, beginning 9am on Monday (February 26). Over 2.11 crore students from more than a lakh schools in the state have been enlisted for the initiative

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Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:00 PM IST

Dhirubhai Ambani International School tops IB schools ranking worldwide

The school has a whopping 11 toppers in 2023 with a maximum score of 45 points.

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Published on Feb 25, 2024 01:05 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Dhirubhai Ambani International School ranked first among the top IB schools worldwide

DAIS Mumbai named top world IB school with 11 toppers scoring maximum of 45 points. IB website recognizes 22 schools with top students globally.

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Updated on Feb 25, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Edu body mandates teacher training sessions amid exams

SCERT faces criticism for scheduling teacher training during Class 10 exams in Maharashtra, drawing objections from educators.

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Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Ambedkar students’ association enters eighth day of protest against inadequate facilities and fund mismanagement

The Ambedkar Students’ Association entered is in its eighth day of protest at the Sant Eknath Government Boys’ Hostel, Chembur. Students highlight grievances over what they perceive as inadequate stipends and facilities for marginalised students in Maharashtra

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Updated on Feb 22, 2024 07:22 AM IST

Maha univs receive grants of 540 crore under PM-USHA

Maharashtra universities receive ₹540 crore grant for educational and infrastructure development under PM-USHA scheme, benefiting 11 universities.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Awaiting stipend, PhD scholars launch protest

The disbursal of fellowships was suspended in 2022, following the state government’s decision to cap the number of fellowships at SARTHI, BARTI and MJPRF at 200 each

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Updated on Feb 20, 2024 07:16 AM IST

264 new colleges from 2024-25 session

The Maharashtra government has issued a letter of intent for 264 new colleges under non-agricultural universities, with 82 of them being for women under SNDT Women's University. The aim is to increase women's gross enrolment ratio in higher education from 35.3% to 50% by 2035. The new colleges will offer courses in humanities, commerce, and science.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, Mumbai

‘No free private schools for EWS kids in Maharashtra if govt school nearby’

Educational experts criticised the move and said it appears to be contradicting the RTE Act.

School children are waiting eagerly for CBSE’s Class 12 Board results, but the Delhi high court ruling against the scrapping of the moderation policy for this academic year has created some confusion over the result release dates.(Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 02:51 AM IST

No posh schools for disadvantaged kids anymore

Students from economically backward homes in Maharashtra will have no access to private schools from the 2024-25 academic year, as the state’s school education department has amended the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, (RTE)

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Updated on Feb 16, 2024 05:44 PM IST

Why BVoc graduates from TISS are jobless

Over the last two years while many have found employment with private imaging centres, those seeking employment in government hospitals have faced a roadblock

Campus of TISS Deonar, Mumbai Pic: Kedar Bhat
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Applications for teachers’ positions exceed six times

The school education department in Maharashtra has received over six times the number of applications for teaching jobs compared to the advertised vacancies. The recruitment drive comes after irregularities were found in the Teacher's Eligibility Test in 2018-19. A total of 1,36,795 candidates have locked their school preferences on the department's portal. Despite the high number of applicants, school managements may face challenges in finding candidates with specific subject expertise and in conducting interviews.

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Updated on Feb 14, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Annual exams may be affected due to deployment of teachers on poll duty: Principals

Around 3,000 teachers from BMC schools and 1,500 teachers from private schools in Mumbai have been notified that they will be deployed for election duties. This has raised concerns among principals and management, as board exams are approaching. The teachers' union has written a letter urging the election officer to postpone the deployment until after the exams. Some teachers have threatened to boycott the election work.

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Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:50 AM IST

BMC school denies admission to 7 students

Seven students from Dharavi, Mumbai, who were expelled from private schools for nonpayment of fees, have been denied admission to a BMC-run school despite legal provisions. The parents of the affected students, who are daily wage workers, sought help from the civic body's education officer and the child rights commission, but were unsuccessful. The private school management refused to issue school leaving certificates until the pending fees were cleared. The parents then approached the BMC-run school, but the principal asked the children to take an exam before admission and ultimately refused them entry.

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Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:42 AM IST

IIT-B students complain of construction noise

Construction noise at IIT Bombay's Hostel-11 is disrupting students' studies and sleep. The noise exceeds permissible limits and efforts to address the issue have been limited.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Now, pre-primary, primary kids can catch up on sleep, start school at 9 am

All private and government schools in Maharashtra have been asked to change the timings of pre-primary and primary sections. Classes will now start at 9am and end at 2pm, causing concerns for school managements and parents. The change comes after a study on the impact of early morning classes on young children's sleep deprivation. The government has mandated that the change does not disrupt teaching hours. School managements and parents have expressed anxiety over the decision, with logistical challenges and concerns about the entry age for nursery. Some suggest schools should have the flexibility to decide on the matter.

The GR has also mandated that the change causes no disturbance in the prescribed teaching hours for the remaining classes as per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009.
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 07:42 AM IST

200 universities to introduce four-year UG programme: UGC chairman

Around 200 universities in India will introduce a four-year undergraduate program with an internship component from 2024-25, according to the chairman of the University Grants Commission. The move is part of the implementation of the New Education Policy and aims to provide students with different skill sets and job opportunities. The universities will also introduce a credit system, storing students' achievements in a digital platform called the Academic Bank of Credit. Additionally, three colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai have been granted autonomy by the UGC.

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Updated on Feb 08, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Some BMC-run CBSE schools fail to attain 50% response for admissions

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai has seen a decline in interest from parents for its CBSE schools, with some schools receiving less than 50% response for admissions. The model of having a single CBSE school in each ward is being questioned, and some parents are hesitant due to the extra financial burden and need for additional academic attention compared to state board schools. The BMC plans to conduct a lottery to allocate the available seats.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2024 06:36 AM IST

CET cell opens doors for distance university graduates in law admission

The Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell in Mumbai has announced that students who completed their degrees through open and distance learning programs are now eligible for admission to the three-year LLB course. This decision comes after a petition was filed in the Bombay High Court, challenging the previous restriction that only regular degree students were accepted. This move has been welcomed by students and law student activists.

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Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:02 AM IST

BMC announces 3,497.82 crore budget for education

BMC announced financial assistance to the 100 top scorers from BMC schools for their higher education where the civic body will provide ₹25,000 or college tuition fees whichever is higher per student per annum up to the degree education

BMC announces <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,497.82 crore budget for education
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:44 AM IST

Free higher education proposed for female students with family income below 8 lakh

The state government has principally sanctioned the provision of free higher education to female students from families with incomes below ₹8 lakh, as announced by higher and technical education minister Chandrakant Patil

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Updated on Feb 03, 2024 07:48 AM IST

BMC education budget: Civic body earmarks 3497 crores for financial year 2024

BMC has earmarked ₹3,497.82 crores for its education department for the financial year 2024-25.

BMC education budget: Civic body earmarks <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3497 crores for financial year 2024
Published on Feb 02, 2024 02:13 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Soon, VJTI to get university status, making it second tech varsity in city

A committee comprising faculty members is preparing a formal proposal based on a consensus, confirmed by multiple sources from the college. If the plan materialises, VJTI will be the second technical institution in Mumbai and the third in Maharashtra to be converted into a university

Established in 1887, VJTI is the oldest engineering college in the city. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:16 AM IST

Foreign grad faces hurdles in registering as doctor

A medical graduate from China, who passed the FMGE and completed a year-long internship, has been denied permanent registration as a medical practitioner by the Maharashtra Medical Council due to a two-year internship requirement imposed by a new notification. The graduate argues that the requirement does not apply to her since she cleared the FMGE before the notification was issued. The council has rejected her application twice and she is considering legal action. There are several similar cases pending with the council, which is currently operating without a committee.

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Updated on Feb 01, 2024 07:46 AM IST

We shouldn’t fear China, says EAM Jaishankar on geopolitics shaped in ‘China’s way’

Jaishankar emphasised the need to help neighbouring countries during difficult situations. “We are the first country who helped Sri Lanka in its crisis,” he said. He further emphasised that rather than complaining about what China is doing, he said India’s response is, “Let me do better than that”

S Jaishankar, external affairs minister,during an interaction with students at the Indian Institute of Management Mumbai on Tuesday.
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 07:30 AM IST

IIT Bombay cancels lecture by GN Devy

IIT Bombay cancels lecture by Ganesh Devy, leading to concerns among students about the institute's practice of cancelling lectures.

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Updated on Jan 31, 2024 07:12 AM IST

Invalid courses: Universal Business School in Karjat asked to repay fees to complainant students

Maharashtra's Universal Business School (UBS) has been ordered to refund fees to students after running BBA and BABM courses without permission. The education department has also fined the institute ₹5 lakh ($6,800). UBS had collaborated with Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK for the courses, but students found their degrees were not equivalent when they applied for higher education. UBS has appealed the order, but students also want equivalency for their degrees from the apex body.

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Updated on Jan 30, 2024 04:57 PM IST

Maratha survey: Ticklish questionnaire, reluctant public make exercise painful

It is a challenging task as there is confusion among a section of public about the survey while others are refusing to part with information.

Mumbai, India, Jan 23, 2024 - Government officials conducting a door to door survey in Mumbai, gathering empirical data to establish the backwardness of the Maratha Community. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced it on Saturday. Shinde directed the State administration to carry out this survey which covers Maratha and non-Maratha open categories. The BMC has deployed over 10 thousand officers and staff to conduct the survey. Jan 23, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 12:58 PM IST

BMM to introduce Maharashtra state curriculum in US schools teaching Marathi

The Brihan Maharashtra Mandal of America has signed an MoU with the State Board of Education to integrate the Maharashtra state curriculum into 80 schools across the US where Marathi is taught. This is the first time the state education board has extended its curriculum beyond national borders. The agreement aims to safeguard and propagate the Marathi language among the diaspora and connect them to their roots and culture. The curriculum and textbooks will be integrated into the educational framework for students in classes 1 to 10, and Marathi language certificate examinations will be administered for classes 1 to 5.

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Updated on Jan 29, 2024 07:44 AM IST
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