Vishwanath Mujumale (58), a resident of Kondanpur village, located in Pune district's Haveli taluka, recalls fondly how the PM had complimented him for getting his sanad (deed) framed just in time for the scheme’s virtual launch on October 11.
“We are yet to have clarity on the exact number of districts that will allow reopening of schools, but we know rural areas will see a good number re-opening on Monday. Urban areas may take some time,” an official of the state School Education Department.
When contacted, Joint Municipal Commissioner Ashutosh Salil said, “I have visited some of the schools where these kids are being trained. The kids are so passionate about the sport and it has raised their confidence to another level..."
People can be seen lining up outside shops, ignoring advisories on social distancing, eager to land the best bargains. However, according to shopkeepers, the proportion of customers has dwindled and their earnings have reduced by 70 percent.
Students of classes IX to XII will attend school on alternate days to ensure a 50 per cent attendance ratio, according to the guidelines. A school day will span not more than four hours and no lunch break will be given to students.
As per the November semester examination guidelines released by NMIMS' Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce, all students have been asked to ensure stable Internet connectivity of at least 2 mbps speed.
Student organisation Prahar has alleged that the directorate of higher education had unlawfully appointed the five professors and associate professors as in charge joint directors while they were still serving a two-year probation period.
“Exams started on October 12. We couldn't find (cellphone) range in our village. So, we walked for nearly three hours to the hillock with camping equipment. We built a temporary shelter using tin sheets, cooked our food and went into the jungle to bathe."
According to data shared by the state higher and technical education department, nearly 45,500 or 65 percent of the total students at Aurangabad-based Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University appeared for their exams offline.
The robot uses sensors and artificial intelligence to detect human activity. Also, the team has used anti-collagen sensors to prevent the robot from suffering any damage if it meets obstacles while moving around in an area.
The vacation has been cut short from the point of view of completing the syllabus in the remaining academic year, which has already suffered a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the notification said.
From ear cleaners to roadside bone-setters, to barbers who used to operate from under the shade of trees — the pandemic has hit the hardest businesses that operate beyond government oversight and without labour protection.
"Until junior colleges begin, the school education department will host online lectures for arts, science and commerce students of first-year junior colleges in English and Marathi mediums," said Dinkar Patil, director, Maharashtra State Council for Educational Research and Training.