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

Borivali law college refunds 57.6 lakh excess fees charged from students

Mumbai: Nearly six months after the state Fee Regulatory Authority (FRA) directed a law college in Borivali to refund excess fees they charged from students, the institute last week deposited 57,59,750 with the fee authority
The FRA agreed to bring down the deposit money to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>57.6 lakh to refund affected students. (HT PHOTO)
The FRA agreed to bring down the deposit money to 57.6 lakh to refund affected students. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 17, 2022 11:11 PM IST
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Jesuit schools to start eco-audits, aim to turn campuses green over two years

Schools that are part of Bombay Jesuits have decided to conduct an eco-audit of their campuses by ensuring the implementation of positive changes over the next two years
Most schools have already decided on at least two aspects they would like to work on over the next two years (Hindustan Times)
Most schools have already decided on at least two aspects they would like to work on over the next two years (Hindustan Times)
Published on May 16, 2022 07:29 PM IST
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Applications for MBA double in a year, back to pre-Covid times

Applications for the annual entrance test for management courses have more than doubled since last year, taking it back to pre-Covid times
The date shared by the state common entrance test (CET) cell has revealed that while pre-admission registrations in 2021 stood at 54,227, this year, nearly 1.29 lakh students have completed the project (HT File)
The date shared by the state common entrance test (CET) cell has revealed that while pre-admission registrations in 2021 stood at 54,227, this year, nearly 1.29 lakh students have completed the project (HT File)
Published on May 10, 2022 07:58 PM IST
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MBBS students await results to begin internships, MUHS gives May-end deadline

Mumbai: Weeks after completion of their exams, the final year MBBS students are still awaiting results in order to be eligible to start their internships in hospitals attached to their respective institutes
MBBS students await results to begin internships, MUHS gives May-end deadline
MBBS students await results to begin internships, MUHS gives May-end deadline
Published on May 08, 2022 11:16 PM IST
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Law exams postponed, but new schedule not shared yet: Students tell MU

  • While the University of Mumbai has clarified that LLM (semester 1) exams, originally scheduled to commence from May 10, now stand postponed, no information on the new schedule has been released yet
Officials from the exam department of the varsity told HT that a new schedule for the exams will be announced by next week(HT File)
Officials from the exam department of the varsity told HT that a new schedule for the exams will be announced by next week(HT File)
Published on May 06, 2022 07:26 PM IST
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Change in admission policy, delay led to high vacancies in PG medical seats

As many as 295 of the 1,928 postgraduate (PG) medical seats across government and private medical colleges in Maharashtra are lying vacant even after five rounds of seat allotment and four all-India quota (AIQ) rounds this year
Admissions to medical courses have been hit the worst this year, especially the ongoing PG medical admissions. HT File Photo
Admissions to medical courses have been hit the worst this year, especially the ongoing PG medical admissions. HT File Photo
Updated on May 05, 2022 09:56 PM IST
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MBBS students will have to complete internship in same institute, says MUHS

Putting an end to confusion, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has clarified that undergraduate medical (MBBS) students will have to complete their internship at the institute where they are pursuing their degree
Externship, where students can do their internship at colleges other than the institute they have enrolled in for MBBS, is not allowed anymore, says MUHS. HT File Photo
Externship, where students can do their internship at colleges other than the institute they have enrolled in for MBBS, is not allowed anymore, says MUHS. HT File Photo
Published on May 03, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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Vada pav, samosa make way for sandwiches and fruits in school canteens

Across Mumbai, schools are replacing wafers and soft drinks with fruit and buttermilk in canteens and bringing nutritionists on board to draw-up healthy snack menus.
“Fact is, children love vada pavs and samosas and even if schools stop selling these, it is very easily available outside. We need better parental control on such matters, and only when parents and school team up will such menace be stopped,” the principal of a suburban school said. (Shutterstock)
“Fact is, children love vada pavs and samosas and even if schools stop selling these, it is very easily available outside. We need better parental control on such matters, and only when parents and school team up will such menace be stopped,” the principal of a suburban school said. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 02, 2022 05:09 PM IST
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Maha to add 1,338 new colleges across state universities, 255 sites approved for MU

The approvals include both new colleges, as well as new courses/departments in existing colleges. However, a large majority of the 255 approvals are for new colleges,” said an official from MU
Maha to add 1,338 new colleges across state universities, 255 sites approved for MU
Maha to add 1,338 new colleges across state universities, 255 sites approved for MU
Published on Apr 29, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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State reserves seats for docs with 3 yrs service in govt hospitals

Mumbai: Putting an end to months of speculation, the state government on Wednesday announced that in-service medical officers will now have 25% reservation in state quota seats in postgraduate medical admissions
State reserves seats for docs with 3 yrs service in govt hospitals
State reserves seats for docs with 3 yrs service in govt hospitals
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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State govt forms committees to implement NEP 2020 recommendations

Mumbai: The state government on late Tuesday released government resolutions (GRs) on the formation of two committees to put together a strategy for implementation of recommendations made by Dr Mashelkar Committee on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020
State govt forms committees to implement NEP 2020 recommendations
State govt forms committees to implement NEP 2020 recommendations
Published on Apr 27, 2022 11:23 PM IST
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All state university exams to be held offline, says minister

This decision was taken in a meeting held between Samant and vice chancellors of all state universities, where the officials unanimously agreed to go offline for all exams between April and May
This move comes days after officials at the Nagpur University decided to postpone exams starting April 25 and conduct them online (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
This move comes days after officials at the Nagpur University decided to postpone exams starting April 25 and conduct them online (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 11:25 PM IST
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Admissions to AYUSH courses to end by May 10: Maharashtra CET cell

  • The Maharashtra CET cell announces that admissions deadline to medical courses will be April 28 this year. However, admissions to AYUSH courses will go on till May 10.
This decision comes after the National Medical Commission (NMC) announced admission cut-off date over the weekend.(HT file)
This decision comes after the National Medical Commission (NMC) announced admission cut-off date over the weekend.(HT file)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 04:14 PM IST
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Seat vacancy for nursing course dips to 2.3% in 2022 from last year’s 64%

Mumbai: After being ignored for several years, nursing course have regained its popularity among the students
Seat vacancy for nursing course dips to 2.3% in 2022 from last year’s 64%
Seat vacancy for nursing course dips to 2.3% in 2022 from last year’s 64%
Published on Apr 24, 2022 11:28 PM IST
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Share question banks, paper patterns with students, MU tells colleges

Colleges have also been asked to help with temporary accommodation for students during exams, especially for the outstation ones
This circular comes after a delegation led by school education minister Varsha Gaikwad along with members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) visited state minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant (HT PHOTO)
This circular comes after a delegation led by school education minister Varsha Gaikwad along with members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) visited state minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 22, 2022 07:43 PM IST
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Mumbai University councils nominate IIT-BHU director for VC search committee

Suhas Pednekar, the current VC of the university, is set to retire before the completion of a five-year term as he will turn 65 years old
Last year, the state cabinet cleared amendments to the Maharashtra Public Universities Act which impacts the process of hiring a new VC. (HT PHOTO)
Last year, the state cabinet cleared amendments to the Maharashtra Public Universities Act which impacts the process of hiring a new VC. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 11:15 PM IST
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Teachers turn students to navigate effects of pandemic

As the academic year comes to a close in April, and schools break for summer holidays in May, many schools have started holding workshops for teachers
Session with Dr Harish Shetty at Campion School. (HT PHOTO)
Session with Dr Harish Shetty at Campion School. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 11:09 PM IST
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Avoid anti-government posts on social media: TIFR to employees

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), one of the leading research institutes in the country, has advised its employees to refrain from making “anti-government” statements on social media.
While TIFR director S Ramakrishnan refused to comment on the circular, registrar Anthony said it was a mere reminder of the existing rules.
While TIFR director S Ramakrishnan refused to comment on the circular, registrar Anthony said it was a mere reminder of the existing rules.
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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State universities to start course on Indian Constitution: Minister

In a tweet shared on Thursday, Samant said he has informed all state university vice chancellors about introducing this course for all university students
While not much has been explained by Samant in the tweet, a senior education official revealed that a new curriculum will be prepared focusing on a few very significant and basic aspects of the Indian Constitution to curate a course of around 10-15 lectures (Praful Gangurde)
While not much has been explained by Samant in the tweet, a senior education official revealed that a new curriculum will be prepared focusing on a few very significant and basic aspects of the Indian Constitution to curate a course of around 10-15 lectures (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Apr 14, 2022 10:31 PM IST
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Give 15 extra minutes/hour to students giving offline exams, minister tells varsities

In a meeting held online with vice-chancellors of various state universities on Wednesday, minister suggested that universities should give 15 extra minutes for every hour of the exam to every student
Depending on the total marks for theory exams--80 marks or 100 marks, students are allotted two-and-a-half or three hours respectively (HT PHOTO)
Depending on the total marks for theory exams--80 marks or 100 marks, students are allotted two-and-a-half or three hours respectively (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 13, 2022 11:15 PM IST
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After JEE, medical aspirants seek deferment of NEET-UG 2022

  • Medical aspirants applying for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) in 2022 have sought postponement of the exam this year citing various reasons including lack of preparation time for the test
Scheduled to take place on July 17, students have highlighted how they will need more time to prepare for the exam as several other entrance exams will also be held around the same time.(File)
Scheduled to take place on July 17, students have highlighted how they will need more time to prepare for the exam as several other entrance exams will also be held around the same time.(File)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 07:10 PM IST
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Allowing unvaccinated on campus sparks argument, colleges in two minds

With colleges across the state reopening for physical classes and exams, few institutes are still sceptical about allowing unvaccinated students
On April 7, Samant tweeted that with the recent decision of the health department lifting the double vaccination mandate and several higher education institutes opting for offline exams, college and university students need not be fully vaccinated to attend physical classes. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
On April 7, Samant tweeted that with the recent decision of the health department lifting the double vaccination mandate and several higher education institutes opting for offline exams, college and university students need not be fully vaccinated to attend physical classes. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 09, 2022 07:53 PM IST
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Ukraine-return students question lack of practical session in MUHS’s e-learning module

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Indians stuck in various Ukrainian cities were evacuated through neighbouring countries.
Many students had gone to the country to pursue medicine due to lower costs and better prospects. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Many students had gone to the country to pursue medicine due to lower costs and better prospects. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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Private dental colleges in Maharashtra stare at a large number of vacant seats

Vacancy in the year 2019-20 stood at 1,028 seats out of 2,350 seats in private dental colleges after three common admission rounds and the same figure stood at 622 in 2018
Private dental colleges in Maharashtra stare at a large number of vacant seats
Private dental colleges in Maharashtra stare at a large number of vacant seats
Published on Apr 08, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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Over half of IIT-B graduating batch preferred physical classes: Survey

According to the senior survey report released this week by the institute’s in-house magazine Insight, only 26.7% students said they attended 80-100% online classes
The survey, which includes responses from 268 students from the 2021 graduating batch, sheds light on the time these students spent on campus, their future plans as well as their personal life, to name a few (HT Photo)
The survey, which includes responses from 268 students from the 2021 graduating batch, sheds light on the time these students spent on campus, their future plans as well as their personal life, to name a few (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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Back in classroom, students find it tough to sit put. How schools are helping

As students returned to the classroom, there was a higher incidence of learning deficit attributed to both classes and examinations being held online for the past two years.
Back to the Classroom: One of the biggest challenges students faced after physical classes started was to get back to writing. (Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Back to the Classroom: One of the biggest challenges students faced after physical classes started was to get back to writing. (Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 06:11 PM IST
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CBSE students seek postponement or extra attempts of JEE Mains

  • CBSE students want the JEE Mains postponed or extra attempts since the dates clash with the boards.
CBSE students seek postponement or extra attempts of JEE Mains(HT File)
CBSE students seek postponement or extra attempts of JEE Mains(HT File)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 12:26 PM IST
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With exams nearing end, HSC students face ‘assessment’ anxiety

Students are worried by the fact that they will now be competing for seats in professional courses against their counterparts from other central and international boards
Considering the requests of state board students, MSBSHSE had promised that students will be given ample time to complete their exam papers as well as time to prepare between two papers. (HT PHOTO)
Considering the requests of state board students, MSBSHSE had promised that students will be given ample time to complete their exam papers as well as time to prepare between two papers. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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BTech registrations in Maharashtra rise to 5.03 lakh from 4.04 lakh last year

After a lull for two years owing to Covid-19, undergraduate professional education seems to be on the upswing with around one lakh more engineering aspirants having applied for the state common entrance test (MH-CET) scheduled for May
Students writing MH-CET in Pune. HT File Photo
Students writing MH-CET in Pune. HT File Photo
Updated on Mar 31, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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Mumbai’s century-old schools still popular among new generation of students

Mumbai: Amid high-rise buildings that represent Mumbai’s modern and global outlook, lie century plus old schools, basking in the charm of their colonial architecture and glorious heritage
Mumbai, India - March 03, 2022: Inside view of the Cathedral and John Connon School at Fort, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, March 03, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - March 03, 2022: Inside view of the Cathedral and John Connon School at Fort, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, March 03, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 10:53 PM IST
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