Big scam in recruitment of postmen in Maharashtra unearthed

Big scam in recruitment of postmen in Maharashtra unearthed

HIGHLIGHTS A mega scam in recruitment for over 2,400 vacancies has been unearthed in Maharashtra. Police are interrogating the project managers from Manipal Technologies Ltd (MTL), which had won a bid in 2015 to conduct the recruitment process. The Economic Offences Wing said that the selection process had been cancelled in Maharashtra. MUMBAI: The vigilance department of the Department of Posts has unearthed a mega scam in recruitment for over 2,400 vacancies, in Maharashtra. The Mumbai police registered an FIR in August against Manipal Technologies Ltd (MTL), which had won a bid in…

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Medical Admissions: 50% of Seats in Deemed Institutes of Maharashtra Are Vacant

Medical Admissions: 50% of Seats in Deemed Institutes of Maharashtra Are Vacant

Maharashtra medical institutes are not happy with the response they have received in the first round of seat allotment. The allotment was carried by the Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS) and they have not been able to fill up seats. Medical and Dental aspirants are claiming the seats allotted to them in various institutes of Maharashtra, but few colleges are worried as not enough students are taking admissions. 50% of seats in deemed institutes of Maharashtra are vacant. Deemed institutes expect the seats to fill up in the second counselling….

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Experts divided over ban on integrated coaching in Maharashtra

Experts divided over ban on integrated coaching in Maharashtra

The education department’s decision to ban colleges from offering integrated courses from June 2018 has evoked mixed reactions from experts and coaching classes. While some lauded the move saying it would put an end to the ‘unhealthy’ nexus between colleges and coaching classes, others said compulsory attendance in colleges will add to the students’ stress. However, a few activists pointed out that the ban alone was insufficient and the decision must be backed with long-term solutions. “Integrated courses are illegal. Why should the government wait till next year to end…

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New FYJC admission schedule delays classes by 5 days in Maharashtra

New FYJC admission schedule delays classes by 5 days in Maharashtra

The state’ school education department revised the schedule for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) on Thursday evening, which was the last day to submit applications. While the FYJC classes will now begin on August 9, five days later than previously scheduled, the general and first merit lists will be declared on July 4 and 10. Directorate of secondary education, Pune, released the new schedule after it gave students, who could not apply for admissions as the website kept crashing last week, two more days to fill applications,…

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Maharashtra second in distance education students’ strength

Maharashtra second in distance education students’ strength

PUNE: Delhi attracts the maximum students and Maharashtra comes a close second in the enrolment with both public and private universities offering distance education. Over 38 lakh students have taken up distance education in India as per 2015-16 statistics. From the ease of studying at their own time while keeping a job, to availability of all kinds of courses, many factors work favourably for distance-mode educators. The Internet is a big boon for students without options to study. The all-India survey on higher education for 2015-16 report said six states…

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3 lakh quota students in Maharashtra deprived of scholarship

3 lakh quota students in Maharashtra deprived of scholarship

Over three lakh students from various reservation categories in Maharashtra did not get scholarships even as the academic year comes to an end. Despite repeated follow-ups, the affected students and their educational institutes have failed to get their dues. Lack of funds and a continuous software glitch in the scholarship portal are being cited as two main reasons for the deadlock. Over three lakh students from the underprivileged communities of schedule castes, other backward classes, denotified and nomadic tribes are anxious and disappointed. “Several colleges have been unable to submit…

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Now, admissions for class 12 in Maharashtra colleges to go online

Now, admissions for class 12 in Maharashtra colleges to go online

From the coming academic year, 2017-18, Class 12 admissions to state-run junior colleges will be conducted online; much like first-year junior college (FYJC) online process, said the state’s education department. The move is aimed at making Class 12 admissions transparent and curbing malpractices such as donations and non-merit-based admissions. This means students aspiring to switch colleges in Class 12 will need to fill out an application form that will soon become available on the portal mumbai.11thadmission.net. But colleges are waiting for the official circular before following this process. Many students…

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Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 4: With poor infrastructure, underqualified teachers, education takes a backseat

Tribal schools of Maharashtra Part 4: With poor infrastructure, underqualified teachers, education takes a backseat

Primary and secondary schools run in tribal areas are by-and-large a neglected topic in our everyday discourse. The following is the fourth part of a five-part series that seeks to explore some of the issues that affect these schools. The room is about an inch or two wider than the space occupied by two double bunk beds lined up one after another. One has to walk sideways to pass through the space in between the beds. Bed sheets are sullied. There is no ventilation and the light hardly comes through even…

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No student can ‘fail’ Maharashtra scholarship exam

No student can ‘fail’ Maharashtra scholarship exam

No student will be declared failed in the upcoming March 2017 Maharashtra school scholarship exams for Classes 5 and 8. The Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) will not mention ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ on the students’ marksheets. Instead they will be pronounced as eligible or ineligible for scholarships, stated a recent government resolution. This is one of the many changes made to the upcoming exam format on the recommendations made by an expert committee. “The committee decided to drop the word ‘fail’ from the marksheet as it demotivates students,” said…

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Deemed medical colleges in Maharashtra to take autonomy battle to SC

Deemed medical colleges in Maharashtra to take autonomy battle to SC

Deemed medical and dental institutes in Maharashtra are ready to take the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) back to the Supreme Court (SC). This time, to fight to safeguard their autonomous status. The 10 medical and dental institutes in the state have been objecting to the DMER’s proposal to the state medical education department requesting that deemed universities be brought under the purview of the admission regulation Act for private institutes as the move will mean that deemed institutes will automatically lose their autonomous status. “Why should…

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