Puja Pednekar

Puja Pednekar

Special correspondent with Hindustan Times, covering education for the last seven years. Always learning.

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On Saturday, the number of vacant seats available in the upcoming round will be uploaded on the admissions site(Representational photo/HT)
On Saturday, the number of vacant seats available in the upcoming round will be uploaded on the admissions site(Representational photo/HT)

FYJC admissions: 11-day special round for leftover seats from Saturday

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2017 09:58 PM IST
The round will continue till September 12, allotting seats to those did not secure admission in any of the last seven rounds
Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid rescue operations on Thursday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)
Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid rescue operations on Thursday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

Mumbai building collapse: 50 playschool toddlers have narrow escape

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2017 01:12 AM IST
Educators say preschools and playschools — many of which are run from residences, commercial complexes or even basements — mushroom unchecked in Mumbai
Schools are worried that entering data into the drop box daily will only increase teachers’ workload.(Representational photo/HT)
Schools are worried that entering data into the drop box daily will only increase teachers’ workload.(Representational photo/HT)

Maharashtra to create online drop box to curb drop outs

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2017 07:57 PM IST
Mumbai schools raise objections, say it will create confusion and only add to the teachers’ workload
(HT File)
(HT File)

Heavy rain in Mumbai: FYJC students get extra day to confirm college seats

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2017 04:01 PM IST
Aspirants can now approach colleges and finalise their seats till 5pm on August 30. Earlier, the department had set Tuesday as the deadline for admissions.
(HT File)
(HT File)

Heavy rains shut down schools in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2017 03:03 PM IST
Many schools are allowing parents to take children home as there is waterlogging in most parts of the city.
Waterlogging near Mulunf station due to heavy rain in Mumbai on August 29.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)
Waterlogging near Mulunf station due to heavy rain in Mumbai on August 29.(Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo)

Heavy rains bring Mumbai to a halt, people stuck in massive traffic snarls

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Ketaki Ghoge, Badri Chatterjee, Neha Tripathi and Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2017 08:52 AM IST
Heavy overnight rains affected Mumbai’s lifeline, the suburban railway services, on Tuesday. The showers led to waterlogging in many areas and slowed down traffic.
Educationists and technology experts said the schools should discuss pros and cons of social media it with students and parents instead of turning a blind eye(Representational photo/Getty Images)
Educationists and technology experts said the schools should discuss pros and cons of social media it with students and parents instead of turning a blind eye(Representational photo/Getty Images)

Experts want Mumbai schools to include social media in their curriculums

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2017 08:55 PM IST
Say it will help students and their parents deal with challenges like cyber bullying and fatal online games such as Blue Whale
Besides books, stationery and other materials required by the students will also be sold at the tuck shops.(Representational photo)
Besides books, stationery and other materials required by the students will also be sold at the tuck shops.(Representational photo)

CBSE revokes diktat: Mumbai schools can sell books, stationery via tuck shops

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2017 07:39 PM IST
The latest decision was taken to augment the availability of NCERT books across all CBSE affiliated schools
t present, leftover FYJC seats are being allocated on a first-come, first-served-basis to more than 3, 500 students, who either failed to get seats or did not take admission during the previous rounds.(HT Photo)
t present, leftover FYJC seats are being allocated on a first-come, first-served-basis to more than 3, 500 students, who either failed to get seats or did not take admission during the previous rounds.(HT Photo)

Mumbai colleges to work during Ganpati holidays to complete FYJC admissions

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2017 11:44 PM IST
Circular issued by the education department asks colleges to give compensatory leaves to staff that works during the holidays
Board officials said easily accessible portal will help students to crack the competitive exams without signing up for expensive coaching programmes.(Representational photo/HT)
Board officials said easily accessible portal will help students to crack the competitive exams without signing up for expensive coaching programmes.(Representational photo/HT)

Web portals to help Maharashtra students crack competitive tests

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 09:32 AM IST
An online question bank will be created for students attempting the competitive tests, which can be accessed for free
One of the major drawbacks of the programme is that lack of clarity over actions to be taken after the tests, said experts.(Representational Photo/HT)
One of the major drawbacks of the programme is that lack of clarity over actions to be taken after the tests, said experts.(Representational Photo/HT)

Mumbai principals say students gain nothing from competency tests

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2017 12:28 AM IST
Although the tests will be on a bigger scale this year, with the inclusion of Class 9 and new subjects, principals are unsure whether it will make any difference
A list of more than 74,000 vacant seats was uploaded on the admissions’ website on Sunday.(Representational photo/HT)
A list of more than 74,000 vacant seats was uploaded on the admissions’ website on Sunday.(Representational photo/HT)

FYJC admissions in Maharashtra: Confusion reigns on day 1 of special round to fill 74,000 seats

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2017 09:12 AM IST
Although the admission round was open only for students who scored more than 80% and were yet to claim seats, several students cancelled their admissions to try their luck for a better seat
The special round would start on Monday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The special round would start on Monday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Mumbai colleges to allot FYJC seats on first-come, first-served basis

PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2017 01:15 AM IST
It is only for more than 3, 500 students who were either not allotted any seats or did not take admission in the previous rounds
The report stated it is the joint responsibility of the caregivers such as parents and teachers to understand stress and help students in coping with it.(File)
The report stated it is the joint responsibility of the caregivers such as parents and teachers to understand stress and help students in coping with it.(File)

Why are students committing suicide? New study provides clues

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2017 01:48 PM IST
The report, released in Mumbai by an educational group, was done after the recent incidents of suicides by teenagers in the city - one of which was attributed to the online Blue Whale Challenge.
Students whose names will feature in the box will be considered as drop-outs, no longer part of the school(HT)
Students whose names will feature in the box will be considered as drop-outs, no longer part of the school(HT)

Missed school for a month? Maharashtra government will stop benefits

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 18, 2017 12:13 AM IST
The names of these students will be uploaded on an online ‘drop box’, introduced as part of the government’s database, SARAL. This is being done to arrest the rate of drop-outs in schools
All admissions to FYJCs are being done through a centralised admission process this year, according to a government resolution issued in January.(Photo for representation)
All admissions to FYJCs are being done through a centralised admission process this year, according to a government resolution issued in January.(Photo for representation)

After special admission round, only 3,500 Mumbai FYJC college aspirants left without seats

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2017 02:29 PM IST
The Maharashtra education department will announce the next round soon
Educationists have suggested that government should lay down parameters and checks for schools to abide by while recruiting staff.(HT File)
Educationists have suggested that government should lay down parameters and checks for schools to abide by while recruiting staff.(HT File)

Mumbai parents demand policy to safeguard kids from sexual assaults on school premises

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2017 10:06 PM IST
Although the state government has a policy to reduce the weight of school bags, it is yet to frame one that focuses on children’s safety in schools
College students take a selfie as they get ready Independence Day celebrations in Matunga on Monday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
College students take a selfie as they get ready Independence Day celebrations in Matunga on Monday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Independence Day in Mumbai: Patriotic fervour brings 200 schools on one platform

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2017 09:09 AM IST
The schools hold joint celebrations to increase student turnout during such national events. It had celebrated Republic Day too.
Parents demanded that schools should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at vantage points, allowing parents and education department for random checks in schools and police verification of employees.(Representational photo)
Parents demanded that schools should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed at vantage points, allowing parents and education department for random checks in schools and police verification of employees.(Representational photo)

Mumbai parents meet at Shivaji Park, demand harsher punishment for child molesters

UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2017 10:52 PM IST
Organise rally to spread awareness among parents and students about sexual predators and how to keep children safe
A student who has not been allotted a seat or did not secure admission in the earlier rounds can apply for the special round.(HT)
A student who has not been allotted a seat or did not secure admission in the earlier rounds can apply for the special round.(HT)

FYJC special round in Maharashtra: Few seats in arts and commerce; cut-offs to rise

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2017 09:27 AM IST
Although there are fewer aspirants and more seats in this round, cut-offs (minimum marks) are expected to rise
Ensure that children are taught about good touch and bad touch regularly.(HT)
Ensure that children are taught about good touch and bad touch regularly.(HT)

Four-year-old raped by peon: Here’s 5 ways Mumbai schools can protect your child

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2017 03:16 PM IST
The early childhood association (ECA) — consisting of 200 preschools and experts — has come up with some steps that schools can follow to ensure that children are safe
Of nearly 2.3 lakh students who applied, over 2,000 students were not allotted any seat in the four rounds conducted between July and August, while 8,000 did not take admission to seats they were assigned.(HT)
Of nearly 2.3 lakh students who applied, over 2,000 students were not allotted any seat in the four rounds conducted between July and August, while 8,000 did not take admission to seats they were assigned.(HT)

FYJC admissions in Maharashtra: Students can apply for special round till Sunday

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2017 12:29 AM IST
For the special rounds, a schedule was uploaded on the admissions portal on Wednesday evening. It says that students will be allocated seats on August 16 at 5pm, and can approach colleges to finalise them on August 18 and 19. 
Child development specialists and educationists said the schools need to improve seating arrangements in classrooms and reduce the weight of the bags simultaneously.(Representational photo/HT)
Child development specialists and educationists said the schools need to improve seating arrangements in classrooms and reduce the weight of the bags simultaneously.(Representational photo/HT)

Bending over laptops, staying indoors giving Mumbai school kids poor posture: Experts

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2017 09:49 AM IST
An in-house survey by a city school revealed that poor seating and sleeping habits, and lack of physical fitness were responsible for growing number of children with a poor posture
The protest is expected to draw around 1.5lakh to 2lakh people from across Maharashtra.(File)
The protest is expected to draw around 1.5lakh to 2lakh people from across Maharashtra.(File)

Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai: Schools on route to remain shut on Wednesday

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2017 08:45 AM IST
A circular issued by the department on Tuesday afternoon states that traffic jams are expected across the city especially south Mumbai
Overall arts and commerce cut-offs remained almost identical to the ones in the third merit list, While those for science fell by by 3% to 5%.(Hindustan Times)
Overall arts and commerce cut-offs remained almost identical to the ones in the third merit list, While those for science fell by by 3% to 5%.(Hindustan Times)

FYJC admissions: Cut-offs drop in 4th round after colleges surrender vacant seats

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2017 12:06 AM IST
The education officials met on Monday to decide whether special rounds need to be held for leftover student
Another chapter on the social life during the Mughal era, which mentioned their architecture such as the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri among others has been dropped.(HT File)
Another chapter on the social life during the Mughal era, which mentioned their architecture such as the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri among others has been dropped.(HT File)

Mughals, Rajputs reduced to single chapter in history textbooks across Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2017 09:22 AM IST
At least five chapters on the rise and fall of major dynasties in India have been condensed into one chapter — India before the times of Shivaji Maharaj
Students allotted seats can finalise their admissions by August 9; they get a day extra on account of Raksha Bandhan on Monday.(File photo)
Students allotted seats can finalise their admissions by August 9; they get a day extra on account of Raksha Bandhan on Monday.(File photo)

Mumbai FYJC admissions: No seats for 9,000 after 4th round

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2017 01:01 AM IST
The state’s school education department plans to conduct more rounds in the upcoming days for these students, and will announce the dates this week
The Maharashtra government has banned schools in the state from asking its students take part in competitive exams and talent searches by private companies.(HT PHOTO)
The Maharashtra government has banned schools in the state from asking its students take part in competitive exams and talent searches by private companies.(HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra orders schools not to allow students take talent search exams

PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2017 11:38 AM IST
Maharashtra’s education department has rapped schools on the knuckles for disregarding the ban that was ordered in January.
The move will reduce air and noise pollution said activists(HT FILE)
The move will reduce air and noise pollution said activists(HT FILE)

After Dahi Handi, Maharashtra child rights panel wants to ban kids from using firecrackers on Diwali

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 05, 2017 01:12 AM IST
In 2014, on MSCPCR’s recommendation, HC had banned minors from participating in human pyramids
The race will be intense as only 93,000 seats are available in the general category.(HT)
The race will be intense as only 93,000 seats are available in the general category.(HT)

FYJC Round 4: Fewer than 1 lakh seats left, principals tell Mumbai students to choose carefully

Hindustan Times | By Puja Pednekar
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2017 09:32 AM IST
Of the 2.3 lakh applicants, more than 1.37 lakh took admission in the three previous rounds, while the rest are awaiting a seat in the upcoming round
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