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Friday, June 05, 2020

Abha Goradia


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

Maharashtra: Tussle between schools, parents intensifies over payment of fee
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

According to the School Education department’s March 30 circular, private schools in the state cannot compel parents to pay fees during the lockdown. Another government notification issued in May warned schools against fee hike.

Operations suspended for four hrs after FedEx flight veers off runway
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

Mumbai is witnessing turbulent weather in the last eight hours, ever since Cyclone Nisarga made a landfall on Maharashtra's coast in the afternoon.   Cyclone Nisarga made landfall near Maharashtra’s Raigad district at around 12.30 pm Wednesday.

Maharashtra: Council of Architecture urges state govt to hold final exams online
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

The final semester for five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) involves thesis submissions and related activities cannot be overlooked or omitted, the council said in its letter.

Maharashtra: Govt move to cancel final-year exams comes under attack
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Among the issues they raised were the government’s ‘interference’ in a matter that is the jurisdiction of universities which are autonomous bodies.

Schools start: Pre-recorded online lectures, yoga and digital divide in Mumbai
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

To avoid connectivity issues and allow students to study at their own convenience, CBSE-affiliated Gopi Birla Memorial School sent links of pre-recorded lectures to all its students from Pre-Nursery to Class XII.

Maharashtra: No communication from state govt or colleges, Class XII students a harried lot
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Usually, the curriculum of Class XII exams is completed by November, after which the students appear for college-conducted prelims and use the time for self-study. The board exams are conducted in February.

Explore options before announcing exam procedure, timetable: Uddhav Thackeray to universities
Sun, May 31, 2020

As per the statement released by the Chief Minister's Office, Thackeray issued directives to explore the legal possibility of promoting final year students based on average marks of the previous academic year as well as conducting optional exams for students keen on improving their grades.

Mumbai: Less than half of shops, food outlets open at airport
Fri, May 29, 2020

As per the standard operating protocol laid out by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), no customer can touch any product in a shop and will be helped by a staffer. The shops need to be regularly sanitised, besides following social-distancing norms and contactless transactions.

Maharashta SSC exam: Geography marks based on average score in other exams
Thu, May 28, 2020

A similar rule will be applied in case of a vocational subject exam for differently-abled students, the state board informed. While the board has not yet announced the date for declaration of results, the assessment of answer sheets has begun, officials said.

Maharashtra: Gamut of challenges for coaching centres, teachers
Tue, May 26, 2020

Due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the peak season -- March to May -- for securing new admissions has eluded private educators and coaching centre owners, this year.

Mumbai airport handles 47 domestic flights after services resume
Mon, May 25, 2020

Several passengers who had come to the airport to catch early flights were stranded after several airlines announced cancellations. The routes of many flights also had to be re-chalked by the airlines.

Indigo cancels flight last minute, leaves students stranded
Mon, May 25, 2020

In the video circulated, several disgruntled passengers can be seen outside the booking counter with luggage, without any measures for social distancing being followed.

Mumbai: Coaching faculty tops CET for 6th time
Sun, May 24, 2020

“Since the CET cell doesn’t release its question papers or answer sets, I appear for the exam to get a feel of the questions and that helps me while I am coaching students,” he said.

TISS withholds results of over 70 students who are yet to clear dues
Sun, May 24, 2020

In a statement released Saturday, the students’ union alleged lack of transparency in additional charges being levied on students. Students claim dining hall fees have been increased at the last minute, and three days after the results were to be declared, on May 19.

Maharashtra: One-size-fits-all solution will not work, say experts
Sat, May 23, 2020

Even though School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, in recent remarks, expressed the department’s intention to begin schools as per the usual date, officials said no plan has yet been finalised.

Maharashtra: Schools, deemed varsities still charge fees; cite teachers’ salary
Fri, May 22, 2020

Some school managements have also declined to roll back fee hikes announced before the lockdown. A May 8 order issued by the state school education department had directed schools not to increase fees.

Minister’s U-turn: Uday Samant urges UGC to cancel final exams
Wed, May 20, 2020

"Final-year students are under tremendous stress as to how to face exams with the health risk they pose. We request UGC to consider cancelling all exams, including final semester," Uday Samant had tweeted.

CBSE releases timetable of pending Class 10, 12 exams, parents oppose move
Tue, May 19, 2020

While Class 10 board exams have been completed in the country except for parts of northeast Delhi, for Class 12, the exam are from July 1 to July 13.

Sigh of relief, as first special train from Delhi reaches Mumbai Central
Fri, May 15, 2020

Around 9 am, weary passengers with home quarantine stamps on their hands, started trickling out of the station with luggage, visibly relieved to have made it to Mumbai.

No spring semester from June, IIT-Bombay scraps final exam for 2019-20
Thu, May 14, 2020

“The current trend of the outbreak in Mumbai and across India makes the return of students to the IIT-B campus in the coming weeks and resumption of the spring semester highly unlikely,” stated minutes of the e-senate’s meeting on May 11.