Priyanka Sahoo

Author at The Indian Express

Articles By Priyanka Sahoo

RUSA provides autonomy to institutes that can achieve high standards: Meeta Rajivlochan

In May, state educational institutes received funds worth Rs 390 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for improving the quality of education. State project director MEETA RAJIVLOCHAN tells us what this means

‘We are able to meet the power demand, it’s just the question of the last 500-700 MW’: Maharashtra energy dept secretary

Arvind Singh, Principal Secretary, state energy department, talks to The Indian Express about the shortage and the state’s plans for stepping up its production from renewables.

Maharashtra Energy Dept. mulls taking over RattanIndia’s Nashik power plant

The lenders of the project, primarily, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), had written to the energy department, proposing that the state generation company take over the project.

Maharashtra government collects 33% more taxes from petrol users this year

The Maharashtra government collected 33 per cent more taxes from petrol consumers in the first five months of this year compared to last year.

Maharashtra: 36 colleges eligible for autonomy

The institutes can apply to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and if granted the status, they will be eligible to get Rs 5 crore each under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).

Maharashtra: Shortfall of 500 MW, load shedding continues

Sources said distressed load shedding continued for one to four hours in the high loss zones or areas where pending bills and losses are higher than 58 per cent.

Xavier’s women cell maliciously handled sexual harassment complaint: ex-student

Kripa Fernandes, a 2016-batch Xavierite, detailed her experience with the WDC in a Facebook post on Tuesday while joining the #metoo movement, sharing her experiences of sexual harassment through social media posts like many woman across the country.

In Maharashtra, power shortage, rising demand lead to load-shedding

A senior official of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) said “high-loss zones” — areas where pending bills and losses are more than 58 per cent — saw load-shedding on Monday and Tuesday.

Maharashtra: Three years on, govt affordable housing target nowhere in sight

Struggling to achieve the target of building 19 lash affordable homes by 2022, the government has proposed the formation of the new corporation, which would be led by CM Devendra Fadnavis.

IIT-B to groom 30 women entrepreneurs for start-ups

The Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT-B has joined hands with WEE to launch a ‘Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Mentorship Program’, with support from Department of Science and Technology and NITI Aayog.

TISS rejects student union’s agenda on fee regulation for Academic Council meeting

The student union has, in a statement, expressed its disappointment and called it an ‘exclusionary treatment’ meted to union members in the Academic Council.

Number of foreign students at IIT-B halved in 2017-18

On an average, the institute earns around Rs 41 lakh from foreign students annually and as part of its plan, estimates to earn Rs1 crore annually in the next five years.

‘Alumni can be great source of brand-building and brand ambassadors. They can hire our students,’ says Shalini Bharat

Weeks after taking charge as the full-time director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, Shalini Bharat speaks to The Indian Express about the declining financial health of the institute and the plans ahead.

Xavier’s sesquicentennial celebrations: Former students oppose Aaditya Thackeray invite

The letter refers to Thackeray’s protest against the inclusion of Rohinton Mistry’s book, Such a Long Journey, in the syllabus of the University of Mumbai in 2010.

Acute coal crisis in Maharashtra may lead to power shortage like last year

With most power plants running on less than 10 days’ stock, the state energy department is staring at a possibility of load shedding, much like last year.

If there are unsubstantiated claims, it will be reviewed by a committee: AICTE chief

The AICTE has been drawing flak for endorsing the book, Bharatiya Vidya Saar, for its new elective course, Ancient Indian Knowledge Traditions, to be introduced in at least 3,000 engineering colleges across the country

AICTE book on ‘Ancient Knowledge Traditions’: Publisher says not all concepts in book proven, students should experiment

Aniket Sule from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, who had started the petition, said: “We don’t have a problem with the course but the way it is designed... the curriculum and the textbooks are not scientific.”

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize: Two IIT-B scientists awarded, say more students should get into research

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize — often cited as the highest honour for scientists in India — entails a reward of Rs 5 lakh for exemplary work in the fields of biological sciences, engineering sciences, chemical sciences, earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary sciences, mathematical sciences, medical sciences and physical sciences. 

Former TISS student alleges rape on campus

The complainant said that he had not complained about the incident last year, when it happened, for fear of being implicated under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which was still in force during the time.

Mumbai: Former TISS student alleges rape on campus

As per the complaint, the incident took place in February 2017 during a conference when an invitee (not a student of TISS) allegedly “sexually assaulted and stripped naked” the complainant.

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