Alifiya Khan


Question bank for students: Most teachers ignore state’s plea for help
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Shakuntala Kale, chairperson of MSBSHSE, admitted that the response wasn’t satisfactory, but said it was only ‘in certain subjects’.

Marathi directors deny withdrawing their films from IFFI, but are contemplating protest
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The nine Marathi films include Kaasav; Ventilator, directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and produced by Priyanka Chopra; Kshitij: A Horizon by Manouj Kadaamh; Kachcha Limbu by Prasad Oak; Maza Bhirbhira by Yogesh Soman and Vivek Wagh among others.

We are not yet cashless, but trying to be: SSC board
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Shakuntala Kale, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, admitted that the board was yet to go cashless.

No cashless facility, extra hassle in paying SSC form fees: schools
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Jagrutti Dharmadhikari, principal of Saraswati Vidyalaya and president of Independent English Schools Association (IESA), said that she had to send a peon with the cash to the branch in Wakdewadi to make the payment.

Public Universities Act came into force in March: After much hype over ‘comeback’ of student elections, they are nowhere in sight
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

"The Act may be student-centric, but if there are no student representatives on elected bodies to put forward the demands of students, then what is the point,” asked Ram Satpute, state president of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Stage set for SPPU election: acceptance of names begins, final schedule released
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Arvind Shaligram, registrar of Savitribai Phule Pune University, said that it is likely that candidates are adopting a wait and watch policy.

No SSC, HSC forms will be rejected for lack of Aadhaar card: Maharashtra State board
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The board had said that many students drop out in Class 9, and though some appear for Class 10 exams as private students, others leave studies altogether, and Aadhar card details could help track them.

Dates of ‘aptitude, intelligence test’ for teachers announced
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

According to the notification, the forms for filling the online applications for the test would be available on, starting from November 2 to November 22.

GR on linking teachers’ salary hike to ‘Shaala Siddhi’, pass percentage draws sharp criticism
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Teachers say the move pushes the entire responsibility on teachers, while govt officials ‘shake off their responsibility’.

Maharashtra includes Std XI syllabus for MH-CET, students upset over change
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The state government recently announced its decision to revise the exam syllabus, and in MHCET 2018, 20 per cent questions will be based on the Class XI syllabus and the remaining will be from the Class XII syllabus.

SPPU girls’ hostel: Mess services still closed, ‘A vehicle will drop girls to refectory,’ says V-C
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

On Monday, The Indian Express had reported that since Sunday, residents of the girls’ hostel had not been provided any food at the mess, since the mess contractor had declared the services shut until October 28

Something old, something new: Diwali with a twist
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Kalyani Nagar resident Amruta Gadre-Kelkar, who participated in one of the ‘bazaar walks’ through the old city area on Tuesday, said shopping, food and photo ops were the highlights

Savitribai Phule Pune University: Two days on, girls’ hostel mess shut; students allege ‘differential treatment’
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Mess in the boys’ hostel still open; rector promises to resume services from Tuesday

State invites applications from schools for spot among 100 ‘world-class’ institutes
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

The Vidya Pradhikaran, formerly the Maharashtra State Council of Education, Research and Training, has invited applications from schools by October 25, and asked them to send ‘concept notes’ on why their schools have the potential to be part of the project.

Server issues, power cuts may delay SARAL data entry: Pune schools
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

State education dept has already extended the deadline twice.

Now parents can keep a tab on their children’s learning outcomes
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The booklet details how students with hearing, cognitive, visual and other impairments may take more time or require attention to learn.

5-yr-old organisations allowed to grant 15 marks under classical and folk arts quota
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

In a recent notification, the state education department has said that institutions that are five years old will also be able to award extra marks.

Pune students ‘draft law to protect inter-caste, inter-religious marriages’
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The draft of the Act, titled ‘Inter Caste and Inter Religion Marriages Protection and Welfare Act, 2017’, took several months to prepare, the students said, adding that they spent a lot of time researching existing laws, studying cases that were reported and registered.

Maharashtra allows competitive tests in schools again, conditions applied
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The government had imposed a blanket ban on tests by private agencies, following which several schools and organisations had written to the department, asking that these tests be allowed for the overall development of students.

Maintain 75 per cent attendance in lectures or vacate rooms: SPPU hostel authorities
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Last week, authorities had issued a letter to all department heads, seeking a detailed list of students occupying hostel rooms, along with their academic and attendance records.

SPPU Senate elections delayed: No clarity over reservations, NAAC accreditation of colleges
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Lack of clarity over reservations and how they are to be applied, and an unclear picture of how many colleges affiliated to SPPU are yet to undergo accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council are the two main reasons for the delay.

From Pune rural school classroom, a lesson in Marathi for NRI students in Australia
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

During the sessions, teachers from both schools were first introduced to the students, who then proceeded to recite Marathi alphabets, numbers, songs and stories.

Shot on borrowed mobile phone, student’s short film wins award at Bosnia-Herzegovina film fest
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

The festival had received as many as 1,600 entries, of which 89 films from 45 countries were shortlisted for competitions in three categories. Kharat’s film was shortlisted for the ‘Ecology section,’ and beat out 35 other films to win the top prize.

V-C of SPPU announces final list of Board of Studies, paving way for elections
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Arvind Shaligram, registrar, SPPU, said, “Now that this circular has been issued, we can start the process of constituting the boards as the BoS has both nominated members and elected members.."

No admissions under EWS quota until Maharashtra govt clears dues, say school managements
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

A number of schools in Maharashtra have been complaining that the reimbursement from the government, in lieu of the fees waived for the EWS children, had not been coming, as a result of which it had become difficult for them to continue operations.

Few takers for diploma for ‘untrained’ teachers, govt extends deadline
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

There are an estimated over 5.1 lakh untrained teachers in government and government-aided schools across the country. The exact numbers for Maharashtra are not known but it is believed to be in several thousands.

Zero admissions: Faced with shutdown, uncertainty looms over fate of 64 FYJC divisions in Pune
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The CAP committee has found that of the 267 junior colleges in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad that have 584 divisions, at least 64 have not received even a single admission this year.

Response to Gauri Lankesh murder farcical, says BJP
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

“The response to the murder of Gauri Lankesh is so farcical. It is play acted. At some point, the government has to hit back and say this is not the way,” said Sinha.

Maharashtra Higher education department acts on Hindu body’s objections on eco-friendly Ganesh visarjan
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

The Hindu Jan Jagruti Samiti has been claiming that Hindu tradition demanded that the immersion of idols be done in flowing water. It has argued that immersing them in tanks, because of environmental concerns, was against religious traditions

Protest on Gauri Lankesh death farcical: BJP spokesperson Tuhin Sinha
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Responding to Sinha's comments on the murder of Gauri Lankesh and the protest that followed, Chaturvedi immediately responded by saying that calling the death and protest farcical is unfortunate on part of the ruling party.

Mumbai University result delay: Tough days ahead for law colleges
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Repeated extension of admission dates due to delay by MU in declaring results; final round of admissions in November. The bigger worry that colleges have is that the number of students opting for law course admissions might be fewer.

After Mumbai building collapse: Dawoodi Bohra trust writes to PCB about Camp building
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Portions of two buildings — 1138, 1139 — at Saifee Lane in Camp that belong to the community have been declared as unsafe by the PCB, who has served eviction notices on the tenants as well as the trust.

Headed to New Zealand, Pune student ‘held back’ at Singapore over visa issue
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Simranjit Singh Ahluwalia, who had secured admission in a flying school in New Zealand, had booked a Qantas Airways flight from Mumbai to New Zealand, which had two layovers, at Singapore and in Sydney.

Journey interrupted: Unable to reach Mumbai airport, many stare at losses
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Jaykumar Prasad, a manager at Forbes Marshall, was scheduled to catch a 2.30 am flight to UK for which he left home at least nine hours early. Yet, even he had to return from the express highway.

Ban on sacrificing bulls: Low-income families look to other states to celebrate Bakrid
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Less preference for buffaloes, more takers for goats

After 24 years of service, Pune teacher to get National Award
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Meanwhile, 48-year-old Sagar, who has been a teacher for the last 24 years, recalled his initial days when he joined the school as an art teacher, when the school ran from 6-7 small rooms on the premises of a temple.