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Alifiya Khan


Alifiya Khan is an Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on Higher and Technical Education, School Education, Communities and related stuff. She has worked with Hindustan Times, DNA, Midday before joining The Indian Express in 2014.

Pune: College students now raise storm demanding online exams
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Citing reasons like coronavirus pandemic, infection scare, travel issues, and problems in studying due to online lectures, students have stormed social networking sites demanding virtual exams.

Pune: Rising pressure on colleges to start lectures as more and more schools reopen
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Meanwhile, at the state-wide consultation meeting, V-Cs expressed their concern over the growing pressure from student organisations, parents and even colleges to resume physical classes.

Higher education institutes welcome Budget’s focus on research, internship; K12 section felt leftout
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Stating that the entire budget has been aligned to the roll-out of the new National Education Policy, Dr Vidya Yeravdekar, pro-chancellor of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University said allocating Rs 50,000 crores towards NRF would give Indian universities the money to invest in doing research which was lacking so far. However, educationists in the K12 sector, opined much was left out.

Pune: Schools reopen for Classes V to VIII; excited students make their way back to classroom amid social distancing
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Suresh Jagtap, additional commissioner of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said 398 of 950 schools, including private and PMC-run schools, started classes for students of Class V to VIII.

With no clarity on colleges reopening, students trend WAKEUPUDAYSAMANT online
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Many also demanded that educational institutes be directed to lower their fee and the students be given time to make the payments.

Maharashtra board exam dates for Classes 10, 12 announced
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

The exams will be conducted in compliance with Covid-19 norms, said Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaekwad

Finish a 4-kg ‘Bullet thali’, take home a Royal Enfield
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

This is the unique contest started by a restaurant in Wadgaon Nmaval, on the outskirts of Pune, where the owner is offering a Royal Enfield to any customer who can finish off the newly introduced 'Bullet thali'.

Sinhagad Fort to get a tourist resort next month, restaurant also planned
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

With five private rooms and two dormitories with a capacity of eight persons each, the resort is expected to cater mostly to trekking groups and families. The corporation will also be starting a small restaurant on site.

NIBM Annexe Road: Residents of 16 housing societies ask elected representatives to solve common issues
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

While there are nearly 30 residential buildings and societies on the affected stretch, residents of 16 of these came together to form the ‘Anandvan Parisar Residents Forum’, which had its first meeting on Sunday evening.

SPPU Senate meeting: 30% cut in exam syllabus, free vaccines to staff discussed
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

In a proposal tabled by principal Dr Sanjay Kharat, it was pointed out that there has been a considerable delay in conducting admissions, especially in professional courses offered by colleges affiliated to the university.

Debate over on-campus class resumption delay at college, varsity dominates SPPU Senate meet
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Criticising the "interference" into the decision to reopen colleges, Senate members termed the act as an “attack on the autonomy” of the university

Pune: Learning is fun again, this time in socially-distanced classroom, without PC screens
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

The number of students returning to classrooms is multiplying every day but it is not without resistance as some find it difficult to convince parents.

Maharashtra: First come first serve for remaining Class XI admissions
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Considering the delay in the admission process and the challenges before junior colleges to complete syllabus in limited rounds, Maharashtra government has now announced the return of the first-come, first-served admission rounds for all remaining FYJC seats.

Pune: Attendance in schools shows upward trend, but SPPU puts off reopening colleges
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

As normalcy returns to school classrooms, university and college students are now facing uncertainty over the prospect of returning to campus.

Vaccination, student scholarships, fee subsidies and tech on upcoming SPPU Senate meeting agenda
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Senate member Santosh Dhore mooted a proposal to waive fees of students in hostels and process refunds if fees have been taken besides proposing a policy to prevent academic loss of students who are unable to take online education.

Classroom lectures, practicals to start from January 11 across SPPU colleges
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

As far as first-year UG and PG students are concerned, classes would start in offline mode from January 11 for students enrolled in non-professional courses whose admission has not been conducted by the Common Entrance Test (CET) cell.

Only 44 of 529 secondary schools reopen in Pune, but students ‘excited to return to classes’
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

According to figures available with the local authorities, only 44 schools across the city started on Monday. Of the 529 schools in the city, 22 municipal schools and 22 private schools reopened on Monday, said Suresh Jagtap, additional commissioner of the PMC.

Pune: Low response to school reopening call; students stay out of classrooms, schools shut
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

From not receiving COVID negative test reports of teachers to delay in permission from the local body to start school and even a 'wait-and-watch approach to see if the government changes its mind on reopening schools, the reasons were varied.

Pune: Schools across city prepare to reopen for higher classes tomorrow
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

While sanitisation measures have been stepped up and physical distancing norms are being worked out, school authorities are worried about the distribution of workforce and online-offline distribution of students.

Pune: MIT-ADT University announces new PG diploma in Artificial intelligence and Machine learning
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Jointly offered in association with CloudThat Technologies, a Microsoft Gold Partner, the course is the university's foray into the new-age Data science, AI, ML, Cloud computing, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity technology domain.

SPPU signs MoU with ICAI to bridge gap between theory, practical knowledge
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

Finding a way to bridge the same, the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to impart job skills to their students.

How does a vaccine go from lab to market? Learn at Pune Knowledge Cluster’s inaugural course 
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

The course is being offered by the Pune Knowledge Cluster in association with the Serum Institute of India (SII), and will start from January 15.

‘Best time for students to pick up new certifications & skills, most courses are available at very low cost’: Nitin Karmalkar
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

DR Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, the biggest state university in Maharashtra with over 800 affiliated colleges, discusses with Alifiya Khan the challenges the university faced and what lies ahead.

Maharashtra: Satara teacher’s ‘lockdown teaching’ innovation wins award
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Teaching was done through storytelling, sometimes stories were made up by both the teacher and the students together and these were then recorded to share with other students later.

Parents, students brave cold to sit on indefinite protest at SPPU
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Affected students and their families have come from Nashik, Ahmednagar and rural parts of Pune, camping at the university premises since Wednesday as a last-ditch attempt to be heard.