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Abha Goradia


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

RT-PCR tests for those coming from Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Delhi: Flyers, rail passengers hassled
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Even as flyers had the option to avail RT-PCR facility at the Mumbai airport at their own cost, passengers were not prepared to wait at the airport till the results were out.

Online exam cancelled by IIT-Bombay after incidents of cheating surface
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Part of the exam was unproctored, students were asked to abide by honour code

Schools reopen in nearly 25 districts of Maharashtra: Only 5% students turn up on Day 1
Tue, Nov 24, 2020

As per state School Education Department guidelines, 50 per cent students have been allowed to attend a class at one time.

SVAMITVA Scheme: Over a month later, first property card holder in Maharashtra waits for loan
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

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.

Many schools in rural areas of Maharashtra set to reopen on November 23
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

“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.

Mumbai University announces online winter examination for degree, PG courses
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The university said that all practical exams, projects and viva voce will be conducted by colleges in the online mode from December 10.

Schools in Mumbai ready to reopen from Monday, but parents reluctant
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Until Thursday, Matungabased SIES School has received signed consent letters from the parents of only two of the 250 students in Class IX.

Maharashtra education dept asks civic bodies to support schools in buying necessary Covid items
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

For students from classes IX to XII, schools and junior colleges will reopen from November 23.

Mumbai: 6 BMC school alumni dream of shooting hoops in NBA
Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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..."

Following BMC ban, owners of firecracker shops claim 70 per cent decline in earnings
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

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.

IIT-Bombay proposal on AI-based proctoring raises concern among faculty
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

AI proctoring would enable automatic identification of cases of cheating during exams.

Maharashtra govt announces SOPs ahead of reopening of schools
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

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.

Mumbai: NMIMS students write to management over online exam guidelines
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

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.

Maharashtra: Student body writes to Samant over ‘unlawful’ appointments of 5 joint directors
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

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.

Maharashtra: In search of network, students appear for online exams atop hillocks, underneath trees
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

“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."

Maharashtra: Despite Covid scare, over 2 lakh students appear for offline exams
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

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.

Kolhapur professor, team designs ‘sanitiser robot’ equipped with UV rays
Fri, Nov 06, 2020

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.

Diwali vacation for schools across Maharashtra cut down to 4 days, govt cites delayed start to academic year as reason
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

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.

Ratnagiri: Coming up, university dedicated to oceanic sciences
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

The committee has also been asked to reflect on providing employment-oriented education and the subjects to be taught, alongside deliberating on the eligibility criteria for teachers.

IIT-Bombay announces online semester for first-year UG students
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

The first week of instruction will be a "zero" week, where students will be guided on how to attend lectures and exams online, said director Dr Subhasis Chaudhuri in a post on social media.

IIT-B announces online semester for first-year UG students
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

Orientation on November 11, instruction to begin on November 16.

Mumbai University results: Over 90% students pass across courses, a 30% jump
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

MU spokesperson Vinod Malale said, “Until last year, the pass percentages ranged from 60-70 per cent for most courses. There has been a significant spike in the performance of students this year.”

Mumbai: Street vendors & their still sluggish businesses
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

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.

Online classes to start for FYJC students
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

"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.

FYJC students: Parents, principals want Maharashtra govt to issue guidelines
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Parents of students who have opted for state’s junior colleges are worried their children will lose out to peers from other boards in competitive and board exams.