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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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Touts promising medical admissions proliferate, make crores

Patil is one of eight students who were cheated of ₹ 2.5 crore collectively by a firm called Medico HelpDesk which promised admission through the management quota of a medical institute. Earlier this month, the case was transferred to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Navi Mumbai

Touts promising medical admissions proliferate, make crores
Published on Oct 17, 2022 12:06 AM IST

Why women do not use washrooms at railway stations

Mumbai: A college project by first year Bachelor of Arts (FYBA) students of St Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, has revealed startling facts about the condition of women’s toilets at Mumbai’s railway stations

Mumbai - 1st October 2010 - Public toilet at Mahim Railway Station - HT Photo (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 14, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Govt announces fee waiver for students who lost parents to Covid-19

Students whose parents or guardians have died during the Covid period should get every chance to complete their graduation or post-graduation (PG) education just like everybody else. The government will ensure this decision is strictly implemented this year as well

“Considering the interests of the students, universities and aided colleges should pay special attention to the education of such students so that there is no interruption in their education, or their education is not damaged,” added Chandrakant Patil. (Picture for representational purposes)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 10:27 PM IST

Kirit Somaiya’s son’s “speedy” Phd draws ire

Mumbai: Acquiring a PhD degree is a momentous occasion for a student, deserving accolades from family and peers

Mumbai, India - February 20, 2017: BJP Candidate ( Ward 108 ) NEIL KIRIT SOMAIYA for BMC Election 2017. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2022 12:11 AM IST

LLB paper replaced minutes before exam because of a “glitch”

First year law students, currently taking their semester two exams, had to face a one-hour delay on Tuesday as the University of Mumbai (MU) replaced the question paper originally sent to colleges

LLB paper replaced minutes before exam because of a “glitch”
Published on Oct 11, 2022 10:36 PM IST

MBBS fees remain unchanged in many medical colleges, only a handful hike it by 1 lakh

Mumbai MBBS aspirants in the state have a reason to cheer as many private unaided medical institutes in the state this year have opted not to hike their annual fees

MBBS fees remain unchanged in many medical colleges, only a handful hike it by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh
Published on Oct 09, 2022 11:06 PM IST

Day after Shinde’s rally, student group raise a stink over garbage left behind

Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said liquor bottles were found at the venue of Shinde’s rally as well as University of Mumbai’s Kalina campus

University officials, however, insisted that the campus grounds were loaned on a written request by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2022 04:21 PM IST

The case of ‘missing’ Class 11 students

Several day and night schools have noticed a higher number of students dropping out of Mumbai schools this year, either due to financial strain or their family’s decision to shift base to another city/state post the pandemic

Mumbai, India - September 29, 2022: An evening class in session at BMC-run Modern Night School, at Mumbai Central, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, September 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 02, 2022 11:54 PM IST

PG medical seats in state up 17%, first allotment list to be released tomorrow

As many as 2,212 postgraduate seats are available in the state quota across government and private medical colleges this year

PG medical seats in state up 17%, first allotment list to be released tomorrow
Published on Oct 02, 2022 12:49 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Rtd CJ of Chhattisgarh HC heads search committee for new MU-VC

Mumbai: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari appointed Yatindra Singh, retired chief justice of Chhattisgarh high court, as chairman of the search committee to select the next vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai (MU) on Thursday

HT Image
Published on Sep 30, 2022 12:45 AM IST

Govt announced 20% quota in PG medical for in-service medical officers

Until 2017, in-service medical officers had a 50% reservation of seats only in post MBBS diploma courses and not in MD/MS courses

The government resolution (GR), which was released on September 26 evening, comes nearly six months after the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led government had announced 25% reservation in PG medical admissions for MBBS graduates who serve in district hospitals for a minimum of three years and apply for PG post (HT File)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 07:39 PM IST

20% quota in PG medical for in-service officers from 2022-23: Maharashtra govt

The government order issued on Monday evening comes nearly six months after the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led government announced 25% reservation in PG medical admissions for MBBS graduates who serve in district hospitals for a minimum of three years before applying.

The move, however, has once again angered a section of students who complain that this quota will deplete the pool of seats for general category students.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 27, 2022 08:04 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maha guv yet to announce nominee for Mumbai University VC search committee

Mumbai university officials alleged that all important posts at the university are currently being held by ad-hoc members

A spokesperson for the Maharashtra governor’s office said the process is on and the governor will soon announce the chairman for the Mumbai University VC search committee. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:30 PM IST

2-10 lakh fee hike at deemed medical colleges sparks worry for PG aspirants

A course in MD Radio-diagnosis or dermatology will cost ₹35 lakh per annum at MGM Medical College in Navi Mumbai this year, as opposed to ₹25 lakh last year. Similarly, the same seat at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Wardha will cost a student ₹42.6 lakh as opposed to ₹38.95 lakh in 2021-22 academic year

 <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2-10 lakh fee hike at deemed medical colleges sparks worry for PG aspirants
Published on Sep 24, 2022 12:49 AM IST

IIT seat allotment list announced, 69 of the top JEE-Adv rank holders pick IIT B

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay) has once again attracted a large chunk of top Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) rankers, according to the first seat allotment list released by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Friday.

IIT seat allotment list announced, 69 of the top JEE-Adv rank holders pick IIT B
Published on Sep 23, 2022 12:55 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Mandals set the stage for city to sway this Navratri

Mumbai: With Ganeshotsav gone by, the city is now preparing to enter the thick of the festive season in a big way with Navratri

Dandiya enthusiast play garba during Navratri in Panvel. Each year the ground has 18,000 to 20,000 footfall every day. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 11:28 PM IST
ByShreya Bhandary & Payal Gwalani

IIT Bombay employee arrested for peeping into women's bathroom

Police said that they were ascertaining allegations of women students that the accused also shot their videos

An IIT Bombay spokesperson said the alertness of hotel residents led to the employee’s arrest. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 05:08 PM IST

City colleges wary as students demand elections

While the MU started welcoming nominations from all MU-affiliated institutes and planned student elections between August and September of 2019, the same had to be postponed that year due to ongoing state elections

With physical classes and work finally back, student bodies are now demanding that state universities restart election nominations (HT File)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 12:06 AM IST

Govt inquiry against college prof for ‘leaking’ questions in internal exam

Mumbai: A professor of a prominent south Mumbai college has come under fire for sharing multiple-choice questions and answers with his class before an internal examination conducted by the college in August

HT Image
Updated on Sep 17, 2022 01:01 AM IST

MHT-CET results: 27 students from state top PCM and PCB exams with 100 percentile

The list names Mumbai’s Hardik Gohil and Akola’s Sharayu Deshmukh as the male and female toppers for Physics-Chemistry-Maths (PCM) category, and Anushka Kulkarni and Siddharth Nair from Mumbai as the toppers for the Physics-Chemistry-Biology (PCB) category

MHT-CET results: 27 students from state top PCM and PCB exams with 100 percentile
Published on Sep 16, 2022 12:20 AM IST

Give govt subsidies to implement 50% fee fixation diktat: Pvt medical institutes

The government subsidies nearly 95-97% cost of medical education in government colleges whereas in unaided private colleges, all the expenses are met by the institutes themselves

In February this year, the National Medical Commission (NMC) issued guidelines for private medical colleges to offer 50% of their seats to students at fees charged by government medical colleges (HT File)
Updated on Sep 15, 2022 06:36 PM IST

Days after NEET-UG results, students highlight error in marksheets

Several students have come forward to highlight errors in their score, and some have highlighted even worse, receiving two mark sheets for the same candidate

NEET-UG 2022 recorded the highest registrations for the entrance test since its inception, with over 18.7 lakh students registering (StockPic)
Updated on Sep 14, 2022 08:08 PM IST

NMC’s circular on recognition to medical colleges annoys aspirants

The National Medical Commission’s (NMC) decision to grant recognition to medical institutes solely on the basis of an affidavit has irked many undergraduate and postgraduate aspirants who are eagerly awaiting the admissions to begin

Image for representation PTI
Published on Sep 12, 2022 07:31 PM IST
By, Mumbai

IIT-B-Tata hosp cancer therapy trials show ‘promising’ results

Mumbai: Nearly 14 months after the clinical trials of the indigenously developed CAR-T technology for blood cancer treatment was kicked off at the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), researchers have concluded the first phase of trials and called the results “encouraging”

IIT-B-Tata hosp cancer therapy trials show ‘promising’ results
Published on Sep 12, 2022 12:36 AM IST

VC accused of unfair upgrades, promoting caste disparity

In their letter, two officials—Deepak Wasave and Krishna Parad -- have alleged that the VC has “misused” his power to appoint people for senior administrative posts

Vice chancellor (VC) of University of Mumbai, Suhas Pednekar (Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 12:26 AM IST

MU vice-chancellor’s term comes to end, but several big-ticket projects remain on paper

With barely four days left before his retirement, Suhas Pednekar, vice chancellor of University of Mumbai (MU), is facing a barrage of allegations over the unfinished big-ticket projects he had ambitiously initiated in his nearly five-year tenure

Suhas Pednekar HT Archives
Published on Sep 06, 2022 10:30 PM IST
By, Mumbai

How Crime Patrol fan plotted murder of 15-yr-old; 2 arrested

Ten teams from Mumbai and Ahmedabad worked on the case. Seven days after Vanshita’s body was found stuffed in a duffle bag dumped near Naigaon railway station, Waliv police arrested the culprits from Palanpur, Gujarat, on Saturday for allegedly planning and killing the schoolgirl

Waliv crime branch, headed by police inspector Rahul Patil, tracked down the duo -- Santosh and his friend Vishal -- Naigaon station to Vaishno Devi to Rajasthan, before apprehending them from Santosh’s place of birth -- Palanpur, Gujarat
Updated on Sep 04, 2022 01:57 PM IST
ByMegha Sood and Shreya Bhandary

S Parsuraman: A “pro-people” educator, and institution builder dies at 70

Mumbai: Prominent social scientist and former director of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), professor S Parasuraman passed away early on September 2, after a prolonged illness

S. Parasuraman (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 03, 2022 12:53 AM IST

Niagaon murder: I want everyone to recognise culprits so they can be caught, says girl’s sister

On August 26, the body of the 15-year-old minor girl was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed in a travel bag that was dumped near Naigaon station.

Vanshita Rathod with her 22-year-old sister Mitali Rathod
Published on Sep 02, 2022 12:21 AM IST
ByShreya Bhandary & Megha Sood

16,598 seats across IITs, admissions to begin on September 12

Mumbai With admissions to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to start in less than two weeks, the intake capacity across 23 institutes stands at 16,598 this year

The official list was released by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) early on Thursday (HT File)
Published on Sep 01, 2022 07:44 PM IST
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