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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.

First special round of FYJC admissions from today
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

After data processing on December 23, the junior college allotment list for admissions will be prepared and the cut-off will be displayed by 11 am on December 24. Students can check their allotments and confirm admissions till 6 pm on December 26.

Many Pune schools to suspend online classes for 3 days to protest non-payment of fee
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Representatives of Federation of Unaided Private Schools Association of Maharashtra made the announcement on Monday afternoon that the protest is a warning against a bigger shutdown in the coming months, unless "capable parents" pay up.

Third round of FYJC admission begins
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Currently, of the 84,284 seats available through CAP in 304 junior colleges for FYJC, 33,163 have been filled until the second round, while 51,121 seats are vacant

In first step towards transitioning to ‘school system’, SPPU appoints additional directors
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Under the new system, university departments which are inter-disciplinary will come under the common umbrella of one school. While the existing departments will have their functional heads, together they will form a board with the director of the respective schools.

Over 31,000 of 1.7 lakh SPPU students take backlog exams on Day 1
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

This is the first online proctored exam where students are required to keep their front mobile or laptop camera turned on during the exams. Access to other browser tabs or windows would be closed and a student would get a maximum of 20 warnings.

Maharashtra govt lifts ban on filling up 6,000 vacant teaching posts across state
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

In the first phase, teacher recruitment will be implemented for more than 2,000 posts from class IX to XII, and the selection list of teachers will be announced in the new year, according to the school education department.

SPPU: Over 31,000 of 1.75 lakh students take backlog exams on day 1
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

This is the first online proctored exam where students are required to keep their front mobile or laptop camera turned on during the exams. Access to other browser tabs or windows would be closed and a student would get a maximum of 20 warnings.

‘It’s not the same anymore’: chorus by students, teachers after classrooms open with Covid rules
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

However, most teachers at the school agreed that the bigger concern for them are the students who are missing from classrooms completely, both online and offline.

SPPU publishes 6,000 revised marksheets
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Meanwhile, as the university is set to conduct proctored online examinations for the first time for at least 1.5 lakh students who are to take their backlog examinations, students were given the option of giving an online mock test for practice from Thursday.

Ranjitsinh Disale, world’s most exceptional teacher, shares half of $1 mn prize money with other teachers
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

This is not the first international recognition for Ranjitsinh Disale. He has earlier been recognised by Microsoft as the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and also won the National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2018.

PM lauds Parbhani student’s ‘exceptional talent’ in personal letter after receiving a sketch of himself
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

The student had sketched Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sent the portrait to the Prime Minister's Office in the last week of October.

MTDC’s newest facility at Koynanagar to open for tourists this month
Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Currently, there are six residential MTDC properties under the Pune division, Mahabaleshwar, Panshet, Matheran, Malshej, Karla and Bhimashankar. The resort at Koynanagar has now become the seventh.

Beaten by guards for recording videos of ill treatment, says SPPU student
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

University officials said an "incident" did take place, but denied that the student, Aditya Tangade Patil, was beaten up.

Pune: After thousands of students complain of errors, SPPU to release corrected results by Dec 3
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

The Indian Express had reported on November 20 that an analysis of 18,000 marksheets at SPPU had revealed that 10,000-odd students had not logged into the system or attempted their exams.

Another 148 schools in Pune district open,12,580 students back in school
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

"The state government has instructed that RT-PCR tests are mandatory for teachers and the support staff before a school is reopened. Since test reports of many are pending, it is taking time to reopen schools," said Zilla Parishad Education Officer Ganpat More.

Low turnout in Pune district as schools reopen, worried parents keep wards away on first day
Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Worried parents keep wards away on first day, compulsory RT-PCR tests for teachers pending.

Pune city schools to remain shut till December 13, Pimpri-Chinchwad schools till Nov 30
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Following a review meeting and keeping in mind the spike in COVID 19 cases post-Diwali, it was decided to further postpone reopening of schools.

Maharashtra govt’s WhatsApp initiative to assess online learning outcomes among students gets poor response
Sat, Nov 21, 2020

The programme, which was launched in the beginning of November, aims to evaluate the performance of students in state board-affiliated schools from classes I to X.

18,000 students marked absent or given zero in SPPU exams, 8,000 results under review
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

While almost 10,000 students didn't even log in to the system and were absent, according to university officials, the results of as many as 8,000 students are being reviewed.

Students from Pune college claim errors in paper correction led to “failed” results
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Scores of students from Nowrosjee Wadia College who wrote the Public Finance paper on October 17 have complained that even though they attempted the exams and their papers went well, they have either been marked absent or scored zero

Pune: Online education system ‘CDX’ inaugurated at SPPU
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

SPPU, through its eCDLIC, is providing a learning management system (LMS) that is moodle-based and customised to the needs of academic institutions in the University.

Pune: Over 36,000 demanded re-tests, but SPPU says not even 50 pc turned up for them
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Figures from the examination department of SPPU show that on any of the three given dates for re-exams, which took place between November 5 and 7, fewer than 50 per cent students expected for the exam actually took the re-test.

Maharashtra minister announces plan for school reopening for older students, but parents wary of Covid risks
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

While Maharashtra's school Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad did specify that parent's consent is mandatory, many parents said they preferred the online education mode to classroom lectures due to the threat of Covid-19 infection.

Woman staffer alleges misbehaviour by Maharashtra higher education director, employees stop work
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

The woman also complained about the “workplace harassment' to state Higher Education Minister Uday Samant, alleging that Dhanraj Mane ― who is the director of higher education, Maharashtra ― had verbally abused her in a public place, causing her mental trauma.

Explained: Why Maharashtra govt started online classes for FYJC students
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

For over a month, FYJC admissions across the state have been at a complete standstill.