Shreya Bhandary

Shreya Bhandary

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
UPG College's Introduction to Hip Hop Studies will be a 60-hour certificate course. Representational Image.
UPG College's Introduction to Hip Hop Studies will be a 60-hour certificate course. Representational Image.

Mumbai college to start cert course in hip-hop

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 03:07 PM IST
Vile Parle’s Usha Pravin Gandhi College (UPG College) will be starting the first batch of this dance course in March this year.
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It is unlikely that the Mumbai University will receive a grade before the start of the next academic year.HT FILE
It is unlikely that the Mumbai University will receive a grade before the start of the next academic year.HT FILE

Mumbai university may miss NAAC grade yet again

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 01:24 PM IST
It has been almost six weeks since MU submitted its self-study report (SSR) to the NAAC committee, but there has been no response from the officials.
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The first seat allocation list for five and three-year law courses was released in the third week of February (photo for representational purpose only). (HT FILE)
The first seat allocation list for five and three-year law courses was released in the third week of February (photo for representational purpose only). (HT FILE)

Maharashtra: Admissions delayed, 1st-year law classes to begin in March

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 12:11 AM IST
Classes for first-year batches of professional courses have begun but the seat allotment process for law aspirants is yet to be finished. With the state common entrance test (CET) cell still in the process of allotting seats, classes for first-year batch in law colleges will commence only in March this year.
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University of Mumbai. (Hindustan Times)
University of Mumbai. (Hindustan Times)

Mumbai university may miss NAAC grade yet again in upcoming academic year

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 11:46 PM IST
This March will mark four years since the University of Mumbai’s (MU) National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grade lapsed
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University of Mumbai. (Hindustan Times)
University of Mumbai. (Hindustan Times)

Mumbai college to start certificate course in hip-hop from March

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:19 PM IST
Almost 14 months after the course was approved by the University of Mumbai (MU), a suburban college is all set to start the first batch in Introduction to Hip-Hop Studies
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Students of Maharashtra prefer online exams over offline exams. RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO
Students of Maharashtra prefer online exams over offline exams. RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO

Hold summer exams only in online mode: Students to Mumbai University VC

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:43 PM IST
In a letter addressed to MU VC Suhas Pednekar, students of colleges affiliated to the university have their raised concerns about offline exams.
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Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

First session of JEE Mains exam moderately difficult: Students

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:45 PM IST
The first of the four cycles of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains was conducted across the country, on Wednesday
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MU’s pro-vice chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni said that while the final decision is likely to be taken within the month, an online examination would be in the best interest of the students’ safety. (HT File)
MU’s pro-vice chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni said that while the final decision is likely to be taken within the month, an online examination would be in the best interest of the students’ safety. (HT File)

Hold upcoming summer exams in online mode only, student groups request MU VC

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:30 PM IST
  • Many of our fellow students are still in their respective hometowns and it will be difficult for them to travel back to Mumbai for physical exams," said Mandar Shirke, a student representative from Sindhudurg district.
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Colleges affiliated to Mumbai University started their Post Graduate courses barely six weeks back.
Colleges affiliated to Mumbai University started their Post Graduate courses barely six weeks back.

Mumbai University schedules 1st-yr PG exams

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 03:51 PM IST
The university is now asking all colleges to complete their first-semester exams on or before March 10.
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For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)

Teaching quality, lack of job behind rise in vacant private engineering seats: Experts

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 12:43 AM IST
Nearly 45% seats in first-year UG courses vacant in Maha; ban on new institutes did little to tackle problem, say experts
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University of Mumbai. (HT FILE)
University of Mumbai. (HT FILE)

University of Mumbai schedules PG exams 6 weeks after course begins

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 12:17 AM IST
Barely six weeks since colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai (MU) started first-year classes for masters courses, the university is now asking all colleges to complete their first-semester exams on or before March 10. Colleges said the varsity flouting the 90-day working period before conducting exams.
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Some colleges have reached out to their alumni to raise funds and help students with admission fees. HT FILE
Some colleges have reached out to their alumni to raise funds and help students with admission fees. HT FILE

Mumbai colleges, alumni help students pay their fees

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 02:20 PM IST
While fee payment in instalments and part-waiver of fees were introduced in some institutes, some colleges sought help from their alumni to raise funds for students.
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Almost 38.4% of the respondents admitted to being chain smokers, revealing that they smoked around a pack a day. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Almost 38.4% of the respondents admitted to being chain smokers, revealing that they smoked around a pack a day. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

20% students needed help for mental health issue but never sought help

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 10:04 AM IST
These figures were part of the Senior Survey released by the institute’s in-house magazine, Insight, this week.
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St Andrew's College, Bandra. (Hindustan Times)
St Andrew's College, Bandra. (Hindustan Times)

Mumbai: Amid Covid-19 pandemic colleges, alumni help students pay their fees

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 12:36 AM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic and eventual lockdown has affected the financial situation of people across sectors
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MU received confirmation letters from collectors of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane rural and other districts with MU-affiliated colleges. (HT Photo)
MU received confirmation letters from collectors of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Thane rural and other districts with MU-affiliated colleges. (HT Photo)

Affiliated colleges in districts other than Mumbai can reopen, says MU

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Two days after the University of Mumbai (MU) released a circular directing affiliated colleges in the city to postpone reopening until February 22, officials released another circular late on Sunday, stating all affiliated colleges — barring those in Mumbai city and suburbs — can reopen starting February 16
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Reopening of Mumbai University colleges deferred.
Reopening of Mumbai University colleges deferred.

Mumbai University colleges will stay online till Feb 22

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 04:32 PM IST
University officials said a circular will be released with confirmation from civic authorities to inform colleges about the reopening protocols.
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University officials said another circular will be thereafter released with confirmation from civic authorities to inform colleges about the reopening protocols. (HT File)
University officials said another circular will be thereafter released with confirmation from civic authorities to inform colleges about the reopening protocols. (HT File)

MU colleges in Mumbai will stay online till February 22

PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Two days before colleges were scheduled to reopen, the University of Mumbai (MU) on Saturday released a circular informing its affiliated colleges to continue online classes till February 22
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For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)

Mumbai’s Chinese varsity medical students await lifting of curbs

By Shreya Bhandary and Priyanka Sahoo, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:16 AM IST
China’s visa curbs on; students hassled as they won’t get degree sans internship; apps not recognised, some miss classes too.
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Employees in PPE kits sanitise a classroom at SIES College in Sion, Mumbai. SATISH BATE/HT PHOTO
Employees in PPE kits sanitise a classroom at SIES College in Sion, Mumbai. SATISH BATE/HT PHOTO

Mumbai Colleges await final word from local bodies before reopening

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 02:15 PM IST
Staff and students will be brought to colleges in a phased manner.
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Representational picture. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Representational picture. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Maharashtra: UG medical, dental final-year exams to start from March 8

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 12:06 AM IST
HT Correspondent The Maharashtra University for Health Sciences (MUHS) on Thursday postponed final-year undergraduate medical and dental winter exams until March
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Experts at the Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) said while students applied for the course under EWS quota in February 2020, many youngsters lost jobs during the lockdown, straining family income. FILE PHOTO
Experts at the Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) said while students applied for the course under EWS quota in February 2020, many youngsters lost jobs during the lockdown, straining family income. FILE PHOTO

Maharashtra: Dip in demand for engineering; no takers for 55K college seats

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 02:38 PM IST
45% seats in first-year BTech courses vacant; vacancy in MTech courses stands at 55.2%: CET cell data.
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Employees in PPE kits sanitise a classroom at SIES College in Sion, Mumbai, on Wednesday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Employees in PPE kits sanitise a classroom at SIES College in Sion, Mumbai, on Wednesday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Mumbai colleges await final word from local bodies before reopening

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 11:49 PM IST
According to the reopening guidelines shared by the University of Mumbai (MU) on February 5, colleges should get permission from the local collectors office and as yet, no such intimation has been received by any college.
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Teachers, students say travelling in local trains in the stipulated time slots will not be feasible as they may have to wait till 9pm after classes to board trains if timings are not changed. HT FILE
Teachers, students say travelling in local trains in the stipulated time slots will not be feasible as they may have to wait till 9pm after classes to board trains if timings are not changed. HT FILE

Peak-hour train travel should be allowed for Mumbai colleges to reopen

By Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 04:31 PM IST
Students say they are midway into term, would like to carry on online; profs point to travel, work pressure
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Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education ( SIMSREE ). (HT PHOTO)
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education ( SIMSREE ). (HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra: Dip in demand for engineering; no takers for 55,000 college seats

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:45 PM IST
Demand for engineering seats is low according to the state common entrance test (CET) cell, whose data reveals nearly 45% seats in first-year, undergraduate engineering (BTech) courses remained vacant across the state this year
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The state government has recruited 1,039 medical graduates.(HT file)
The state government has recruited 1,039 medical graduates.(HT file)

MBBS admissions extended by a week to fill up vacant seats in deemed institutes

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 01:11 PM IST
  • 37 seats are currently lying vacant across five deemed institutes under non-resident Indian (NRI) and management quotas. This includes 17 vacant seats under the NRI quota at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Medical College.
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NEET: The Centre has turned down requests from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments to exempt students from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical admissions, according to the HRD Ministry.(HT file)
NEET: The Centre has turned down requests from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments to exempt students from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical admissions, according to the HRD Ministry.(HT file)

MBBS admissions extended by a week to fill up vacant seats in deemed institutes

PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 09:58 AM IST
  • Admissions to undergraduate medical courses across the country have been extended by another week following a Supreme Court order dated February 5.
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The University of Mumbai (MU) has released a circular with various guidelines for affiliated colleges to follow once colleges reopen from February 15. (HT FILE)
The University of Mumbai (MU) has released a circular with various guidelines for affiliated colleges to follow once colleges reopen from February 15. (HT FILE)

Mumbai: Continue online classes or allow peak-hour train travel, say teachers and students

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 12:33 AM IST
Days after the University of Mumbai (MU) released a circular with various guidelines for affiliated colleges to follow once colleges reopen from February 15, teachers and students have said resuming on-campus lectures is not feasible if they are not allowed to travel by train during peak hours.
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Mumbai University
Mumbai University

Call research, final-year students for physical class; online class for rest: Mumbai univ

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:34 PM IST
Days after the state minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant announced that state universities and colleges can reopen starting February 15 with not more than 50% attendance on campus at any given time, the University of Mumbai (MU), on Friday, released a circular along with guidelines to be followed
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IIT-Bombay recently called around 200 of its students from across the country to return to the campus. (HT FILE)
IIT-Bombay recently called around 200 of its students from across the country to return to the campus. (HT FILE)

IIT-Bombay starts bringing back students affected by internet troubles

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 11:59 PM IST
The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) recently called around 200 of its students from across the country to return to the campus, especially those facing internet or broadband trouble. Students from affected areas in Haryana and Delhi have been asked to travel back to their campuses.
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St Xavier’s College, Mumbai had held its placement session online in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT FILE)
St Xavier’s College, Mumbai had held its placement session online in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. (HT FILE)

BMS student from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai bags 30L annual package

By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 09:17 AM IST
City colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai (MU) have attracted a mix bag of jobs in the on-going placement season. While in some colleges the annual packages have not matched last year’s numbers, several colleges did much better than the previous year.
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