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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Abha Goradia


Abha works with the Mumbai bureau and covers the education beat as well as other stories she finds interesting.

Student elections: IIT-B condemns targeting of candidates on social media
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Hours before the general elections that took place on Sunday, certain student groups used social media to target two contesting candidates. Of the two candidates, one candidate, Zakir Hussain, won.

Research plan on ‘indigenous’ cows: Scientists urge govt to withdraw programme, call it unscientific
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

The programme is called SUTRA PIC or Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows.

Coronavirus outbreak: NE students at TISS report incidents of ‘racism, harassment’
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

“This discrimination is a grim reminder of inherent racial prejudices and stereotyping of particular people based on their physical features...which is now being played out in the pretext of health concerns,” the statement issued by NE Students Forum read.

Social welfare dept seeks FIR against Mumbai University
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

In an earlier letter to MU, the department had directed it to disburse the amount within a month and send an acknowledgment to the government.

Mumbai: Civic body to set up two science curiosity centres for school students
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The BMC education department already has a curiosity centre at Vanmala Tank, Mahim, which will be restructured to set up an observatory with a digital binoculars, said BMC education officer Mahesh Palkar.

IIT-B annual elections on Feb 16: Keeping campus ‘apolitical’, promoting ‘diversity’ high on candidates’ agenda
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

The elections will be held on February 16 for the posts of general secretary for academic affairs, cultural, sports, technical and hostel affairs. The campus strength of nearly 10,000, including undergraduates and postgraduate students, will cast their vote.

Institute doesn’t endorse political views: IIT-B director
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

IIT Bombay Director Dr Subhasis Chaudhuri told the students that engaging in political activities can create divisions and bring down the name of IIT-B.

Upcoming academic year: BMC’s first ICSE, CBSE English medium schools to start operation
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

At the Tuesday meeting, presided over by committee chairperson Anjali Naik, a proposal to start 15 more English medium schools in the city, offering classes I to X, was also cleared.

Mumbai University plans to digitise documents of its famous alumni
Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Mumbai University pro-vice chancellor Dr Ravindra Kulkarni confirmed that discussion and research has been initiated on the proposal which will soon be submitted to the state government.

Quality Council of India report: In BMC schools, less focus on critical thinking in classes, more on course completion, bettering scores
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Thirty schools from different municipal wards were selected for the study. These schools have classes I to X in four different mediums — English, Urdu, Hindi and Marathi.

Treasure trove in MU library: Ambedkar’s letters, other memorabilia from student days at Columbia, LSE to be digitised
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

In one such letter, dated November 28, 1921, addressed to his wife Ramabai, Ambedkar asks her to not worry about their son Gangadhar’s illness.

Mumbai University to start ‘paperless exams’
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Push to digitise exams, audits, administrative processes

Mumbai: Anti-NRC messages to take to the sky today
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Nearly 300 such kites bearing anti-NRC messages will be flown across the city, mainly at three locations — Girgaum-Chowpatty, Carter Road and Versova Beach.

Mumbai University faculty member sent on compulsory leave for remarks against Rahul Gandhi
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

On December 14, Soman had posted a video on Facebook and Twitter, addressing Rahul. In the video, Soman is heard saying: “You truly aren’t Savarkar. The truth is, you aren’t a true Gandhi either. You don’t have any of the values.”

Mumbai varsity faculty member punished for remarks on Rahul Gandhi; BJP, Congress spar
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Yogesh Soman, the Director of Mumbai University's Academy of Theatre Arts, was sent on compulsory leave after students, backed by NSUI and AISF, staged several protests against him.

IIT-B, TISS faculty release statements condemning attack
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

By Monday night, the statement had been endorsed by over 141 faculty members. For the next 10 days, the faculty has also decided to host an open discussion every day from 6 pm to 7 pm to discuss student concerns about recent events.

Operating without Bar Council nod, MU’s Law Academy fined Rs 8 lakh
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

For the violations, the university has recently paid Rs 8 lakh to the BCI, said MU Pro Vice-Chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni.

Maharashtra: CET cell plans student-friendly admissions
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Last year, the cell had faced flak from law colleges after admissions were delayed, leaving colleges with a reduced semester period.

JNU violence: 200 students, teachers at IIT-B protest
Wed, Jan 08, 2020

The group has decided to meet every evening in the campus for the next 10 days to discuss the events that have unfolded in the past few months.

University of Mumbai’s German dept designs Marathi workbooks for nurses, rickshawallahs
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

The workbooks, which come with DVDs, will be supported by mobile applications and keep in mind the vocabulary commonly used in each profession.