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Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city
The Indian Express | 7 hours ago
The Indian Express
7 hours ago

Pune city police have initiated action against illegal hoardings and banners in the city. A press release issued Saturday stated that as many as 1,400 illegal hoardings and banners were identified in the Pune city limits.Pune News1Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city2Pune: A celebration of writing and reading at DAV Public School’s literature conclave3Pune Municipal Corporation elections: Woman voters outnumber men in 6 wardsMore from PuneThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe NowThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe Now

Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city
DGCA stops ops at 2 flying training schools due to safety concerns
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago
The Indian Express
20 hours ago

Aviation regulator DGCA has stopped operations of two flying training schools due to serious safety concerns, an official statement said on Saturday.The two schools are Chimes Aviation Academy in Madhya Pradesh and NMIMS Academy of Aviation in Maharashtra, it said.Chimes Aviation Academy (CAA) had in February last year inked an agreement with the country’s largest airline IndiGo for cadet pilot programme.“In one case (Chimes), it has been stopped till such time the runway is suitable for flying operations. During inspection, it was observed that it had loose gravel and uneven surface and was unsafe for flying,” said the statement by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).In the second case (NMIMS), it was observed that three aircraft of a flying school had dysfunctional fuel gauge indicators and they were still being operated, it said.“The flying operations at this school (NMIMS) has been stopped for three weeks. It will be allowed to operate only when things are in order,” the regulator noted.The DGCA said it has stopped “flying operations” at these two schools, which are located in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, respectively, due to the aforementioned “serious safety concerns”.In its statement earlier, the aviation regulator had said it has stopped “flying operations” at the two schools located in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat due to “serious safety concerns”.The DGCA had on June 16 had said it has audited 30 out of the total 32 flying training organisations (FTOs) in India since March 21 and found them violating multiple safety regulations.The regulator had found in the audit that “the facilities at the airfield/training organization are not being maintained as per the requirements, runway surface was found worn out, wind sock was found torn or nonstandard.” The pre-flight alcohol test regulations were not followed at multiple FTOs, the audit had found.“Few of the instructors, student pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers did not undergo BA (breathalyser) test or submit undertaking prior to commencement of duty/exercise of privileges,” the audit had stated.

DGCA stops ops at 2 flying training schools due to safety concerns
Maharashtra: Schools return to pre-pandemic curriculum for classes 1-12
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

With the resumption of classes, schools have decided to go back to the pre-pandemic curriculum for classes 1 to 12 which saw 25 per cent reduction for the past two years. From the academic year 2023-’23 which commenced in June, 100 per cent curriculum will now be applicable.The school education department issued a Government Resolution (GR) on Friday putting an end to the confusion over the curriculum. Since the schools reopened earlier this month, teachers had been contemplating what curriculum will be applicable this year as, over the last two years, they had been teaching a 25 per cent reduced curriculum. Students appearing for board exams were a worried lot as the academic year began without clarity on the curriculum.“From academic year 2022-’23, for classes 1 to 12; 100 per cent curriculum will be applicable. The State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will have to inform all schools, students and parents through the official website,” stated the GR issued on Friday.After the pandemic-induced closure of schools in the academic year 2020-21, the teaching and learning process had moved online. Following the limitations caused due to absence of conventional offline schools, it was decided to reduce the syllabus. The idea was to reduce the burden on students and teachers. It was applicable even for Maharashtra state board exams — SSC and HSC. A total of 101 topics have been omitted from the entire syllabus for classes 1 to 12. These included sections of different topics or lessons and not a complete lesson. As the pandemic continued, the same decision was carried forward in the academic year 2021-’22.

Maharashtra: Schools return to pre-pandemic curriculum for classes 1-12
In Sena rebel Eknath Shinde village in Satara: School, hospital absent; two helipads present
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

The Maharashtra urban development and public works minister and senior Shiv Sena leader, Eknath Shinde, has continued to be in the spotlight for raising a banner of revolt against the Chief Minister and Sena president, Uddhav Thackeray, and engineering a stunning split in the party by getting more than two-thirds of its total 55 MLAs to rally behind his leadership, which has pushed the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to the brink of collapse.Having staked his claim to the post of the Sena Legislature Party leader from his luxury hotel in Guwahati in the BJP-ruled Assam, Shinde, 58, and his supporters might have incurred the wrath of another section of Sena leaders and workers affiliated to the Thackeray camp in their constituencies, but the rebel leader’s moves have got ringing support from the residents of his native village Dare in Satara district, who hope fervently that he is going to take over as the CM.Dare, which has only about 30 houses, is situated on the banks of the Koyna river in a remote, backward belt, about 70 km from the hill town Mahableshwar, on the foothills of the Sahyadri hills. The village is skirted by the forest reserve on one side and Koyna on the other. Most of its houses are locked as their inhabitants are migrant labourers who have to work in Mumbai and Pune in the absence of any regular source of income in the village.For the past few years Shinde has started paying attention to Dare, which his father had left to shift to Thane when he was a child. “He (Shinde) and his family never missed the annual religious fair of the village earlier, but it was only for the past few years that he really started taking interest in the village,” said Laxman Shinde, Dare sarpanch, as he along with other villagers, both men and women, cutting across all ages watch Shinde operating from the centre-stage of Maharashtra politics on their television sets.Dare falls in the Wai-Mahableshwar Assembly segment of the Satara Lok Sabha consituency, both of which are currently represented by the Shara Pawar-led NCP, an ally of the MVA coalition. “The area has been an NCP stronghold and Shinde has never tried to influence the village to follow his party. He has never engaged in any political activity locally, although he has initiated some development works in the village. We villagers stand by whatever decision he takes but we have been praying that he becomes the chief minister one day and make the village proud,” the sarpanch said, adding that when in village Shinde “urges the villagers to live together in peace without getting into any kind of disputes”.Significantly, there is neither a school nor a hospital in Dare, with the nearest place for the villagers to access any educational or health facilities being Tapola at a distance of 50 kms by road or 10 kms by boat, which is situated on the other side of the Koyna river.Dare has however seen the setting up of two helipads as Shinde always arrives in the village by a chopper. “There was one helipad developed by the minister in the village which is alongside Koyna river. However, the second helipad is also ready on a hill few metres away from his house in the village and would soon be in use,” said Ashok Shinde, Eknath Shinde’s cousin, who supervises the development work in the minister’s private property there.According to his affidavit that Shinde, a four-time MLA from Thane’s Kopri-Pachpakhadi constituency, filed with the Election Commission (EC) for contesting the 2019 Assembly poll, he bought 12.45 acres of agricultural land in Dare in December 2018 at a cost of Rs 21.21 lakh while his son and Sena MP Shrikant Shinde bought 22.68 acre of land at Rs 26.51 lakh in November 2017 in the village.The family is building a palatial farmhouse on their land that will see Dera’s first concrete road linking it to the village road. Dozens of labourers have been managing the farmhouse that has cattles and ducks. “We are here all the time, our sahib (Shinde) visits the farmhouse once in a month and stays here up to two days,” said a labourer. Shinde’s longest stay in his farmhouse was for eight days last year, when he had tested positive for Covid and had come to the village to recover.A class eight student from the village, Sunny Shinde, who may not be much interested in politics but is excited to see his famous village resident being continuously in the limelight for days, said that everyone there was closely following the news as it might change their lives. “The schools have reopened but I am unable to attend it as the river is dry. It is too wide and cannot be crossed without a boat, so all children going from this part of river have been exempted, like always, from attending school (located in Tapola) as by road it is at a distance of 50 kms and the state public transport bus passes only once in a day,” he said, adding that only class ten students go to school by bus while remaining ones have been given homework and allowed absence till August 15.An elderly villager Kisan Shinde, who is a distant relative of Eknath Shinde, points to a house to say that the latter was born there but shifted to Thane along with his father, where he studied and joined politics under the influence of late Sena leader Anand Dighe. However, some of the villagers said that Shinde was born in Thane and not in the village.Anand Nalwade of Walne village near Dare said Shinde was “the only hope for the 105 villages alongside Koyna river” that have come under submergence since the construction of the Koyna dam. He said, “We have been suffering for long due to Koyna dam. There is no agriculture income nor any other source of income or facility in the area. Youths have left the villages for earning their living in cities and we manage to survive on their financial assistance. Our problems should be solved by Shinde by ensuring a decent living for us,” he said.

In Sena rebel Eknath Shinde village in Satara: School, hospital absent; two helipads present
City police chief postpones annual event ‘Umang’, cites rising Covid cases
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey on Friday sent out a message informing that the annual function of the city police, known as ‘Umang’, has been postponed. Although the commissioner cited the rising Covid-19 cases in the city as the reason for pushing back the annual event, many police officers said it was rescheduled in view of the prevailing crisis that has gripped the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.Pandey posted a message on his Facebook page early on Friday saying, “Due to the increasing number of corona cases, we have decided to postpone ‘Umang’. Everyone will be informed about the next date. We are thankful to each and every police constable and officers who were actively involved in organising the event.”‘Umang’ was scheduled to take place in the Jio Garden at BKC on Sunday and around 12,000 people, including politicians, celebrities, bureaucrats and police personnel, were invited.According to police historian Deepak Rao, the programme is organised for the welfare of the junior-ranked police officers and constables.“The department started holding ‘Umang’ in the early 2000s in order to keep their junior-ranked officers and families happy,” he said.The idea behind organising ‘Umang’ was to give lower-ranked police officers, who are often seen giving security cover to politicians and celebrities, a chance to brush their shoulders with them.“These constabulary rank officers also get to perform with these Bollywood superstars which helps in boosting their morale,” an IPS officer said.Rao said, “These IPS officers and their families often meet high profile people in some function or the other. So one of these IPS officers and his wife had decided to come up with the idea of organising ‘Umang’. The idea was encouraged and it has now grown to become an annual event.”However, ‘Umang’ was conceived to be organised around Diwali and many were amazed when it was announced in the rainy season.“Diwali is a joyous occasion and it was to be celebrated during that time. Since it is a holiday season for schools and colleges, it was thought that the children of these lower-ranked officers would also get a chance to enjoy,” Rao said.However, with Pandey set to retire on June 30, he decided to hold the annual event on Sunday, June 26. Accordingly, celebrities were informed and requested to perform while invitations and entry passes were also printed and distributed.“The preparation for the programme was started weeks ago and several high-profile people were invited. However we started having second thoughts after the political crisis erupted as there is fear of a law-and-order problem cropping up and it is necessary to have as many personnel on the ground as possible,” the officer said.Another police officer said the police department cannot organise a grand event when the government is in crisis and, hence, it has been rescheduled.However, the reason cited by the commissioner for putting off the event has created resentment among the junior-ranked police personnel, with many saying that offices and schools in the state are running at full capacity. “Citing the prevailing Covid situation in the state for postponing the event does not appear convincing as government and political events, wedding ceremonies as well as other events are taking place without restrictions,” a police constable said.

City police chief postpones annual event ‘Umang’, cites rising Covid cases
Maharashtra Woman Aces Class 10 Exam 37 Years After Dropping Out
Ndtv | 3 days ago
Ndtv
3 days ago

Mr Jambhale's mother not only cleared the SSC examination, but also scored an admirable 79.6 per cent.Mumbai: There are many incidents in our country that leave us stunned but also proud. A woman who passed her Class 10 exams 37 years after giving up academics has become an inspiration to millions of people.A post has been shared on LinkedIn five days ago by her son Prasad Jambhale where he wrote how his mother had to drop out of school to help her family financially after her father died when she was just 16.Last year, Mr Jambhale's mother was at a government school for some work when a teacher inquired about her education. She told her that there is a new government programme where those who have not finished their Secondary School Certificate or SSC can reappear now. The government provides free study materials, offline instruction, and internet training, he said in the post.According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Jambhale is a Senior Software Engineer at Mastercard.His mother decided to go back to school in December 2021. Since he lives in Ireland, he had no idea that his mother attended night lessons. His mother managed to hide it from her husband and another son, who live in the same house."Whenever I was in Ireland and used to call during Indian nighttime, I used to ask where's mom? And I was told that she has gone for a walk, I thought that's odd that she got interested into walks. Little did I know that she was attending night school. She even managed to keep this secret hidden for a month from my father and brother, who stay under the same roof," he further said.Mr Jambhale stated, "Her days started with learning all lesson from the SSC curriculum," and I was shocked to see how good she is at Algebra and English.According to Mr Jambhale, even after all these years, she was still able to learn new things, and not only that, but she was also a brilliant student. She managed to multitask to the full extent required, despite the fact that her exams were in March and her son got married in February.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Jambhale's mother not only cleared the SSC examination, but also scored an admirable 79.6 per cent."Sometimes I feel I am so fortunate that I had no worries about anything and was able to get to the position, just because of the privilege I have. Who knows what my mother could have achieved more? If she had the same privilege as me. Have always been very proud of my mother and now this would always imprint a lesson in my mind, never stop learning, even if it has to take an age of 53 to pass the SSC," he added.

Maharashtra Woman Aces Class 10 Exam 37 Years After Dropping Out
FYJC admissions: Students await information booklet, college cut-off details
The Indian Express | 3 days ago
The Indian Express
3 days ago

After the publication of results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, lakhs of students across Maharashtra are waiting for the First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions. However, even as the registration process for admission is underway, students are yet to get their information booklets.Every year, information booklets are issued for students seeking admission to FYJC. The idea is to simplify the process. Additionally, the portal for admission also provides information on cut-off scores of merit lists of colleges from the previous academic year. In the second part of the form, students have to list their preferences of colleges for admission. The cut-off scores from previous years are also mentioned. In absence of both, students seeking admission FYJC and their parents are getting anxious.“Students and parents have started reaching out to us, asking for the information booklet, especially since the SSC result,” said the principal of a school at Andheri. The FYJC admission booklets are provided to students through their respective schools which also hold training sessions for their students on how to apply for FYJC admission through the centralised online system.“Generally, the FYJC admission process starts after the SSC result is out. But this year, the admissions will have to wait as the CBSE and ICSE class 10 results are still awaited. However students, who have cleared the SSC, can start listing their preference for colleges in the second part of the form,” said a senior teacher from a Dahisar school.The Director of Education (Secondary) conducts the centralised online admission system for FYJC in cities — Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Amravati. Each city has a separate online admission portal catering to students applying for junior colleges located there. This year, the FYJC admission process has already drawn criticism after its mock round was delayed in May. Since the registration process began on May 30, over 1 lakh candidates have already registered themselves for admission.Director of Education (Secondary), Mahesh Palkar said, “The process will soon allow candidates to fill the second part of the form. We are currently working with the data from Maharashtra State board.”The FYJC online admissions system sources SSC students’ data from the state board following which their marks are automatically entered into the system.

FYJC admissions: Students await information booklet, college cut-off details
Arts removed from CAP for Class XI admission in Kolhapur
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

Kolhapur: The arts stream has been removed from the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for admissions to Class XI in colleges across Kolhapur city.The first step — registration through the online portal launched by the education department has been initiated. The student who have passed the Std X from across Maharashtra are eligible for the admission to first year junior college (FYJC) in commerce and science streams.For this students will have to provide their photographs, mobile number, Aadhar number and other details. The second stage of CAP will begin after the students receive their marksheet and leaving certificate from their schools. This is when the students have to choose the colleges and stream.Under the CAP, the admission process will be held for 31 colleges in Kolhapur city having a total of 10,960 seats in commerce and science streams.Subhash Chougule, in-charge of the CAP for FYJC, said, “Last year, large number of seats had remained vacant in these colleges. We found that the number of applicants for arts stream are much lesser than the total number of seats available. Therefore, we thought that their is no need to conduct CAP rounds for the arts stream as every applicant is bound to get admission. The colleges can now start their own admission process for the arts stream.”He added, “For commerce and science, two rounds of admissions will be held as there is more demand for these streams. Last year, out of around 14,000 seats for all the three streams, 8,000 had remained vacant. Last year, the students had turned their back to colleges in Kolhapur city mainly due to pandemic. Now, as Covid cases are rising again, the colleges will have to try hard to get the seats filled.”Also, apart from CAP, the colleges can fill 5% of the totals seats available through management quota.

Arts removed from CAP for Class XI admission in Kolhapur
Govt’s free Corbevax drive to include private schools too
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

Pune: Free Corbevax shots will also be offered to eligible students (12-14 age group) studying in private schools, besides government or civic-run institutes, during the vaccination drive, state immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai said on Monday.“Private schools only need to contact the local health authority for holding the vaccination drive on school campuses. The consent letter from parents is not required. The school only needs to have a confirmed pool of students ready to take the shot so that adequate arrangements can be made,” he said.Dr Sanjay Patil, chairman of Indian Medical Association’s Hospital Board of India (HBI), said, “The Corbevax is being administered at Rs 400 per shot at handful of private centres in the state. Parents should let their children avail the benefit of free vaccination drive as it is the safest vaccine available.”Dr Suryakant Devkar, Pune city’s chief immunisation officer, said, “We plan to vaccinate 11,800 students in 12-14 age bracket at 76 schools (civic as well as private) from June 24.”Two months into the Corbevax drive for the 12-14 age group, the state has recorded 58% first dose coverage of the target population. The second dose coverage is at 27%.Nashik, Sangli and Ahmednagar currently lead in Corbevax coverage, while Pune and Mumbai numbers are below the state average. Response has also been poor in Mumbai. Pune, Thane and Nagpur. “We were unable to hold special camps in schools as they were shut. We are hoping numbers to pick up as most schools have reopened,” Dr Desai said. Low coverage has also increased Corbevax wastage in Maharashtra.

Govt’s free Corbevax drive to include private schools too
‘Discriminatory, students may go to court over MU admission decision’
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

Mumbai: Students from CBSE and ISC schools make up only 4-5% of the total aspirants applying to Mumbai University, said an official. But a principal pointed out that in some of the city’s top-rung colleges, they take up almost 40-50% seats in sought-after courses. “If admissions are based on HSC only, the cut-offs will be lower. A lot of CBSE and ISC students will become eligible in these top colleges. How many students can these colleges accommodate later? There should be space to start extra divisions,” said a principal, adding students may move court against the decision.Some of the autonomous degree colleges are taking entrance tests, and plan to give weightage to class XII scores.CBSE and ISC results are unlikely to come before July 10, say school principals. Zeenat Bhojabhoy, senior advisor, Jamnabai Narsee School, said the decision will cause agony. “The decision is totally discriminatory. Exams and results are delayed because of Covid-19. Students are already hassled. Internationally, provisional admissions are given to students. Mumbai University can probably adopt the same system. ISC exams just got over and teachers are still correcting papers,” she said.Kalpana Dwivedi, principal, Bal Bharati Public School (CBSE), said it is just a matter of a fortnight. “Admissions get delayed every year for various reasons, why is there a hurry to start admissions early this year? Every student needs to be given a fair chance based on merit,” she said, adding CBSE and ISC students are also residents of Maharashtra and the government has to consider it.Hemlata Bagla, vice-chancellor of HSNC University that includes KC and HR colleges, said they had planned to wait for all the results, but might have to rethink it. “It is better for students if all colleges come out with the cut-offs on the same date. It will help them make a better choice,” she said.Jai Hind College principal Ashok Wadia said they will take a call after discussions. “We decided to conduct entrance tests for self-financed courses to give a fair chance to all students,” he said. Fifty percent weightage will be given to board scores. St Xavier’s College also gives 40% weightage to board scores. NM and Mithibai are not planning to give weightage to board scores in self-financed courses.

‘Discriminatory, students may go to court over MU admission decision’
2023 Maharashtra board exams to be based on entire syllabus
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

PUNE: The March 2023 secondary and higher secondary examinations of the Maharashtra state board will be based on the entire syllabus and students will have to appear for the exams at allotted centres, said officials. Online classes had forced the board to reduce the syllabus by nearly 25% for the offline board exams this year. The board chairman said that the exam centres will also be allotted to students in third-party schools as against home centres this year for the convenience of students. This year, students did not have to travel long distances to their exam centres. Sudhakar Raut, a secondary school teacher, said, "Many concessions were given to the students to ensure that offline exams were conducted without any hassle. The concessions ensured that the students kept their calm while preparing for the crucial examinations." State board chairman Sharad Gosavi said, "We will have to go back to the original rules and regulations from next year onwards. We do not see any reason why the syllabus should be reduced and the same should be noted by students to prepare accordingly." The exam centres were increased this year for convenience of students. "From next year onwards, the students will be shuffled to other schools as per the traditional practice," added Gosavi. For the first time, the hall tickets had the entire schedule of exams that the students would appear viz-a-viz subjects chosen by them to avoid any confusion. The HSC exam was conducted for a total of 153 subjects. In 24 of these subjects, the pass percentage was 100%. This year, the number of cases of copying registered was 242 in entire Maharashtra. Of these, five of them were dummy cases.

2023 Maharashtra board exams to be based on entire syllabus
Explore the world of Mathematics and Statistics with MIT-WPU’s prestigious programs
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

MIT World Peace University (Formerly MIT Pune), one of India’s leading private universities with a four-decade-long legacy in education is offering B.Sc. in Financial Mathematics and B.Sc. Applied Statistics and Data Analytics programs under the aegis of the School of Mathematics. Both the programs follow an integrated approach concentrating on core elements of financial mathematics and applied statistics through an emphasis on problem-based learning, training and relevant trends in the industry. The pedagogy followed at MIT-WPU is in line with the requirements of the financial sector and nurtures industry leaders to pursue a career in this emerging field. Prof. Dr. Milind Pande, Pro Vice Chancellor, MIT WPU said, “At MIT-WPU, we always strive to provide high-quality education along with a supportive learning environment for the students to reach their full potential. Nowadays, the understanding of Financial Mathematics along with Applied Statistics and Data analytics has become one of the most crucial parts of almost any industry. Through our constantly evolving curriculum and a host of innovative teaching initiatives, our students are well equipped to pave an upward trajectory for themselves.” The B.Sc. in Financial Mathematics offered at MIT-WPU is a full-time, 3-year program focused on imparting knowledge of applied and applicable mathematics to build a solid foundation to explore the fields of finance and economics. Students pursuing the program acquire a working knowledge of models, procedures and modern financial mathematics that enable them to excel in various career avenues such as banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and financial departments of local and multinational companies. Furthermore, mastery of sophisticated mathematical techniques and a deep understanding of financial securities through the course empowers students with the confidence to face challenges at the managerial level. Students pursuing the B.Sc. Applied Statistics and Data Analytics program are nurtured and prepared for a wide range of career and educational opportunities. Further, the pedagogy aims to inculcate the spirit of hard work and research aptitude to enable students to make more informed business decisions. Expertise in applied statistics and data analytics helps improve a company’s operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, thereby offering it a competitive edge and an opportunity to increase revenue tools. Post completion of the program, students can pursue a career as a Software Analyst, Market Analyst and Risk Assessment Officer, Developer, Mathematical Modeling Expert, Insurance Underwriters, and many more. The four-year, full-time B.Sc. Computational Mathematics and Statistics is an interdisciplinary blend of vital subjects comprising Pure and Applied Mathematics Statistics, and Computer Science. The curriculum aims to develop students’ knowledge and expertise by exploring key topics such as — rigorous argument, formal proof, and power of abstract formulation of problems; combined with cutting edge programming and software engineering topics. Post completion of the program, graduates can explore career opportunities including Mathematical Modeling, Software Analyst, Application-Oriented Research, Analyst Insurance Underwriters, Actuarial Evaluation, and Risk Analysts to name a few. Students interested in pursuing programs under the School of Mathematics are required to have completed HSC (10+2) or its equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English as passing subjects with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% for Maharashtra reserved category and PH); or the completion of a 3 years diploma course after SSC from the Board of Technical Education or its equivalent. MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU, formerly known as MIT Pune) has a legacy of 4 decades of educating India’s youth. Ranked as India’s 3rd Best Private University, MIT-WPU boasts an acclaimed faculty and a network of over 1,00,000 global alumni. The university offers over 100 undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and PhD programs. It is also known for its prolific placements and career support provided to the students. Spread over 1000 acres, the MIT Group now encircles 10+ campuses across India, all equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and convenience. Over 50,000 students enrol every year for different courses, across the 65+ institutes of MIT World Peace University.To know more, visit – https://bit.ly/3HBRpxM

Explore the world of Mathematics and Statistics with MIT-WPU’s prestigious programs
Tamil Nadu HSC, SSLC results out; 93.8% pass class 12, 90.1% class 10
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

The Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examinations (TNDGE) on Monday announced the state Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC-class 12) and Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC-class 10) examination results.Of the 8,06,277 students who wrote the class 12 exams, 7,55,998 passed, ensuring a pass percentage of 93.76 per cent, up from the 92.3 per cent recorded last year. As for class 10, of the 9,12,620 students who wrote the exams, 8,21,994 passed, for a pass percentage of 90.07 per cent, down from the 95.2 per cent recorded last year.The pass percentage for class 12 girls is 96.32 per cent, higher than the 90.96 per cent recorded by boys. The gap is wider for class 10 as 94.38 per cent girls passed the SSLC examination against 85.83 per cent boys.As for class 12 core subjects, 634 scored full marks in physics, 1,500 in chemistry, 1,858 in mathematics, 47 in botany, 22 in zoology, 3,827 in computer science, 4,634 in commerce, 4,540 in accountancy, 1,146 in economics and 1,151 in business mathematics.Of the 7,499 higher secondary schools in Tamil Nadu, 2,628 secured a pass percentage of 100. Among these 246 are government schools. Peramblur, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram topped with the pass percentage among the districts.As for class 10, 3,841 students scored full marks in science, 2,186 in mathematics and 1,009 in social science.Kanyakumari, Peramblur, and Virudhunagar topped with the class 10 pass percentage among the districtsAs many as 2,824 (of the total 3,095) differently-abled and 71 (of the total 74) prisoners managed to clear the class 12 exams. A total of 31,034 failed to appear for the HSC exams this year.As many as 5,424 (of the total 6,016) differently-abled and 133 (of the total 242) prisoners also managed to clear the class 10 exams. A total of 42,519 failed to appear for the SSLC exams this year.The results were announced in the presence of School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi. He thanked the students who took measures to write their board examinations despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tamil Nadu HSC, SSLC results out; 93.8% pass class 12, 90.1% class 10
  • Maharashtra Board SSC, HSC Supplementary Exam 2022 Time Table Released; Exam to be Held in July-August
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    Maharashtra Board Supplementary Exams 2022 Schedule: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination(MSBSHSE) on Sunday released the timetable for the Higher Secondary Certificate(HSC) and Secondary School Certificate(SSC) 2022 Supplementary exams. As per the official notification, the Supplementary exams will be conducted in the month of July to August 2022.Also Read - CUET PG 2022 Registration Date Extended; Here's How to Apply at cuet.nta.nic.inStudents who were unable to pass the March-April 2022 exams can sit for the Supplementary exams 2022. State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad took to Twitter and shared the supplementary exam schedule. Also Read - Tamil Nadu SSLC, Plus 2 Results 2022: TN 10th, 12th Results Tomorrow: Check Steps to Download Marksheet“We will conduct supplementary examinations in July-August 2022 to give a chance to the students who did not get the expected success in the 10th and 12th examinations of the State Board held in March-April 2022. The schedule of these examinations has been announced by the Board @msbshse,” reads the official tweet. Also Read - JEE Main 2022: When Will NTA Release Admit Card? Check Examination Date, Other Details Hereराज्य मंडळाच्या मार्च-एप्रिल २०२२ मध्ये घेण्यात आलेल्या इ.१०वी आणि इ.१२वीच्या परीक्षेत ज्या विद्यार्थ्यांना अपेक्षित यश मिळाले नाही, त्यांना पुन्हा एक संधी देण्यासाठी आम्ही जुलै-ऑगस्ट २०२२ मध्ये पुरवणी परीक्षा घेणार आहोत. या परीक्षांचे वेळापत्रक मंडळाने जाहीर केले आहे. @msbshse pic.twitter.com/AjDeHZO6i8— Prof. Varsha Eknath Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) June 19, 2022As per the notification, the demonstration, grade, oral, and internal evaluation examination period for the Higher Secondary Certificate will be held between July 20 to August 8, 2022. The Secondary School Certificate supplementary exam will begin from July 26 till August 8, 2022. The written examination will begin on July 21 and continue till August 12, 2022. For more details, candidates can check the official website of the Maharashtra Board at mahahsscboard.in.The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Friday(June 17) declared the Maharashtra SSC 10th Result. As many as 83,060 students have scored 90 per cent and above marks. The pass percentage this year is 96.94 per cent. The Maharashtra Board conducted the Class 10 SSC exams between March 15 and April 4, 2022, across the state.The Maharashtra Board (MSBSHSE) has announced the result for the Higher Secondary Certificate exam on Wednesday, June 8. A total of 94.22 per cent students cleared the HSC, Class 12 exam this year. A total of 94.22 per cent students passed the Maharashtra 12th board exam.

  • At 96.9%, SSC results in state improve but slide slight in Pune
  • Times of India

    Pune: A reduced syllabus, home centres for the examination, and extra time allotted for writing the papers together contributed to an overall improved success rate of 1.64% as compared to 2020 in the secondary school certificate (SSC, Std X) board examination this year.Chairman of the state board Sharad Gosavi, who announced the results on Friday, said 96.94% students of the 15.84 lakh students who took the exam from Maharashtra passed this year. But the number of high scorers declined by 50% in comparision to 2020 when exams were held offline.Pune division’s results dipped from 97.34% in 2020 to 96.96% this year. Marathi had the lowest pass percentage among all the subjects at 97.48%, while pass percentage in English subject is highest at 99% for the division. Konkan division recorded the highest success rate of 99.27 % owing to fewer candidates.

  • 96.9 % clear SSC in Maharashtra; 70 from Latur bag 100% marks
  • Times of India

    Chairman of the state board Sharad Gosavi, who announced the results on Friday, said 96.9% students of the 15.8 lakh students who took the exam from Maharashtra passed this year. But the number of high scorers declined by 50% in comparision to 2020 when exams were held offline. Pune division's results dipped from 97.3% in 2020 to 96.9% this year. Marathi had the lowest pass percentage among all the subjects at 97.5%, while pass percentage in English subject is highest at 99% for the division. Konkan division recorded the highest success rate of 99.3% owing to fewer candidates. The results for 2021 were based on internal marks due to the pandemic when no written examination was conducted. Gosavi said that the improvement of the pass percentage every year was in line with New Education Policy where the focus is on encouraging students to take up higher education. Gosavi said, "The NEP wants the exam pressure on students reduced and educators to ensure that students continue to learn and take up higher education. So, if the success rate is crossing 95% consistently, then it is progressive. The evaluation process is based on a comprehensive and continuous method." Latur division set a new record with 70 of the 122 students in the state scoring 100% marks and the division was in the third place. Educators said the resurgence was because of the Latur model of studies from the 1980s where the approach is holistic and focuses on learning outcomes of students backed by solving past question papers during the fag end of the SSC preparations. The exam conducted in March and April was for 66 subjects in eight languages. There was a 100% pass percentage for 24 subjects. The state board awards extra marks to students who excel in sports, art, scout guide, performing arts, and theatre and 1,64,798 students took benefit of these extra marks.

  • At 96.9%, SSC results in Maharashtra improve but slide slight in Pune
  • Times of India

    PUNE: A reduced syllabus, home centres for the examination, and extra time allotted for writing the papers together contributed to an overall improved success rate of 1.64% as compared to 2020 in the secondary school certificate (SSC, Std X) board examination this year. Chairman of the state board Sharad Gosavi, who announced the results on Friday, said 96.94% students of the 15.84 lakh students who took the exam from Maharashtra passed this year. But the number of high scorers declined by 50% in comparision to 2020 when exams were held offline. Pune division's results dipped from 97.34% in 2020 to 96.96% this year. Marathi had the lowest pass percentage among all the subjects at 97.48%, while pass percentage in English subject is highest at 99% for the division. Konkan division recorded the highest success rate of 99.27 % owing to fewer candidates. The results for 2021 were based on internal marks due to the pandemic when no written examination was conducted. Gosavi said that the improvement of the pass percentage every year was in line with New Education Policy where the focus is on encouraging students to take up higher education. Gosavi said, "The NEP wants the exam pressure on students reduced and educators and teachers to ensure that students continue to learn and take up higher education. So, if the success rate is crossing 95% consistently, then it is progressive. This pattern is across the nation. The evaluation process is based on a comprehensive and continuous method which is reflected in the results this year." He added that the improved success rate had compromised quality. "Fewer students are getting high scores but at least we are ensuring that the students stay with education because more are clearing the examination," he added. The state board awards extra marks to students who excel in sports, art, scout guide, performing arts, and theatre. A total of 1,64,798 students took benefit of these extra marks. Gosavi said that 15 results have been reserved.

  • Maharashtra, Mumbai see best SSC exam results, but 90%+ club shrinks
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Even as the state board recorded its best-ever performance in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam at 96.4%-barring 2021 when exams were not conducted- the 90% club has shrunk to 83,060 this time from 1 lakh last year and even the number of perfect 100% scorers has halved to 122 from two years ago. In the Mumbai division, too, 10,764 Class X students scored 90% and above-a drop from 14,756 in 2020 and 15,540 in 2021. This is likely to have an impact on admissions to top-rung city colleges. The 16-lakh students had attended physical school only for about 45 days in the past two years. Exams were based on 75% syllabus and students were given 15-30 minutes extra to make up for loss of writing practice. Mumbai division, with a success rate of 96.1%, dropped to the seventh position from fourth last year, but bettered its results over previous years. Both Mumbai division- it includes Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Raigad and Palghar-and the state saw a 3% rise in their results compared to 2020. High pass rate lights hope of higher edu: BoardThree schools in the Mumbai division, which includes Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Raigad and Palghar, recorded zero per cent success in this year’s SSC results which were declared on Friday. With 94.5%, Mumbai city was at the bottom of the five districts under the division. On the other hand, 12,210 schools in the state recorded cent per cent results, up 46% from 2020. This year, too, Latur managed to get a lion’s share of cent percenters in the state. Latur and Aurangabad recorded over 6% and 5% improvement over their 2022 results. Mumbai had to be content with only one student getting the perfect score. Konkan, with only 31,536 students, recorded the best results among the nine divisions whereas Nashik and Aurangabad were at the bottom of the list. Girls outperformed boys in the state with a success rate of 97.5%. For results, the state board considers the best scores in five of the six subjects. Sharad Gosavi, chairperson of the state board, admitted the quality is compromised as a result of the improved success rate. “Lesser students are getting high scores but at least we are ensuring that students stay in the flow of education because more students are clearing the examination,” said Gosavi. “The National Education Policy says that exam pressure upon students must be reduced and educators and teachers should ensure that students continue to learn and take up higher education. So if the success rate is crossing 95% consistently, then it is a progressive sign. This pattern is seen across the nation and not just in Maharashtra. The evaluation process is based on acomprehensive and continuous method which is reflected in the results this year,” Gosavi added. The results include the performance of freshers and repeaters. “The board’s decision to allow students to write exams in their own schools took away their stress and that is reflected in the results,” said Sherly Paul, principal of M A High School, Andheri. “The results are proof of the assessment being liberal and the board taking a sympathetic approach due to the pandemic,” said Errick Elavia, principal, Lady Engineer School, Tardeo. Across the state, a total of 1.6 lakh students have benefitted from the extra marks— 15—for participating in various art, cultural activities and sports; in Mumbai, the number is 31,799. A total of 25 subjects out of 55, including regional languages, recorded cent per cent results. Performance of students in core subjects such as mathematics saw a jump of over 3% in Mumbai compared to 2020. Among languages, students performed better in Hindi and Marathi, both in Mumbai and in the state. The exams, though, had their share of malpractices with 99 cases of cheating in the state, including five in Mumbai. In most cases, students were caught with cellphones. For the upcoming admission season, all eyes are on the CBSE and ICSE results, which used to be usually announced before SSC.

SCERT bridge course: English, Urdu-medium schools struggle with incomplete content, missing modules
The Indian Express | 6 days ago
The Indian Express
6 days ago

As the new academic year has begun for schools across Maharashtra, the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has launched a specially prepared bridge course to help children cope with learning loss from the previous academic year. But apart from schools offering Marathi-medium curriculum, all others are struggling to implement the courses due to incomplete content or missing modules.The bridge courses have been launched for Classes 2 to 10 in subjects such as languages, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. This includes pre-tests aimed at gauging where the students stand on expected learning outcomes from the previous class, remedial coaching module and another set of tests.As per the schedule for these courses, declared by the SCERT, all schools were expected to hold pre-tests in the first week of reopening. Teaching of the new curriculum will start only after the second set of tests are completed. “In Maharashtra, school education is possible in eight different mediums of instruction. But when it comes to providing additional help, Marathi medium is always given preference,” said a senior teacher from an Urdu-medium school in the city.Of the total five subjects covered under bridge courses, only three have been uploaded by the SCERT for Urdu medium schools – Urdu, Mathematics and Science. There is no content for Social Science as well as the second language. In Mathematics, there is no module available for Classes 6, 7 and 8.For English-medium schools, out of five subjects, bridge course content has been made available only for four – English, Science, Mathematics and Social Science. There is no pre-test available in classes for Social Science. “Pre-test is the first step of the bridge course as remedial coaching can start only after it. In Mathematics, there is no course content available for Classes 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7,” said a teacher from an English-medium school.Only for Marathi medium curriculum, two languages are covered – Marathi, a first language paper, and English, a second language paper. For English and Urdu-medium courses, only first language modules have been provided. For schools offering other mediums of instructions, there are no bridge course modules.When contacted, SCERT Deputy Director Vikas Garad said, “The bridge course module will be made available in Marathi, Urdu and English because maximum number of schools are covered under these three mediums of instructions. We are working on war footing to complete the remaining bridge course modules.”

SCERT bridge course: English, Urdu-medium schools struggle with incomplete content, missing modules
Maharashtra: Corbevax wastage high, hopes rest on special drives
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

PUNE: Corbevax wastage continues to be high across the state with some districts registering wastage levels as high as 29%. The vaccine is currently being given to the 12-14 age group. Data till June 16 showed Corbevax net wastage was at 11.35% in the state, compared to just 2.9% for Covaxin and 0.14% for Covishield. The state's average wastage for all three continues to be 4.8%. State immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai said Corbevax wastage will continue to remain high in the state unless special vaccination drives are held for children in the 12-14 age group. “Now that schools have reopened, we are hoping to hold more vaccination drives,” he said. The 20-dose Corbevax vial has to be used up within six hours of opening. Maharashtra had requested the Centre to make it a 10-dose vial, but there has been no response, state officials said. “The process is cumbersome and won't happen easily,” one state official said. Covaxin too used to come in a 20-dose vial, but was later made smaller — into five- and 10-dose vials — to prevent wastage. In Maharashtra, only 58.29% of the 39 lakh eligible children in this age group have so far taken the first shot of Corbevax. An estimated 29% have taken both shots. Districts with the highest Corbevax first-dose coverage are Nashik (86.26%), Sangli (83.89%), Ahmednagar (83.45%), Bhandara (80.83%) and Kolhapur is 80.7%. Both Mumbai (30.60%) and Pune (53%) are below the state average. “Close-to-school vaccine camps may now improve turnout,” one official said.

Maharashtra: Corbevax wastage high, hopes rest on special drives
Wanted criminal from Maharashtra held in Surat
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

SURAT: Wanted history sheeter involved in two cases filed under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act as well as a dacoity in Dhule of Maharashtra was caught from city’s Limbayat area by Special Operation Group (SOG). Accused Akbar Ali alias Jalela Fakir has been arrested in 13 criminal cases in the past including loot, assault, theft, extortion and arms Act cases. Fakir was evading arrest by hiding in the city and during the drive to nab absconders, SOG sleuths nabbed him. Accused was earlier located in Madhi of Surat district but he escaped when Dhule police went to catch him there. Meanwhile, based on specific leads the police nabbed Fakir who looted a retired woman school teacher at knifepoint with three of his accomplices on Arpil 20 during the month of Ramzan in Chalisgaon police station limits of Dhule. Since then, he was on the run and was hiding at a relative’s place in Madhi. The accused is wanted in illegal trade of addictive syrups for which he was booked in two separate cases in Dhule police station under NDPS Act. Investigation by Dhule police revealed that Fakir sourced the addictive syrup from Surat. “The accused is a habitual offender and a hardcore criminal. He was alert and had escaped at the last moment before police reached. But this time we did not give him any chance,” said a police officer.

Wanted criminal from Maharashtra held in Surat
  • Wanted criminal from Maha held in city
  • Times of India

    Surat: Wanted history sheeter involved in two cases filed under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act as well as a dacoity in Dhule of Maharashtra was caught from city’s Limbayat area by Special Operation Group (SOG). Accused Akbar Ali alias Jalela Fakir has been arrested in 13 criminal cases in the past including loot, assault, theft, extortion and arms Act cases. Fakir was evading arrest by hiding in the city and during the drive to nab absconders, SOG sleuths nabbed him. Accused was earlier located in Madhi of Surat district but he escaped when Dhule police went to catch him there. Meanwhile, based on specific leads the police nabbed Fakir who looted a retired woman school teacher at knifepoint with three of his accomplices on Arpil 20 during the month of Ramzan in Chalisgaon police station limits of Dhule. Since then, he was on the run and was hiding at a relative’s place in Madhi. The accused is wanted in illegal trade of addictive syrups for which he was booked in two separate cases in Dhule police station under NDPS Act. Investigation by Dhule police revealed that Fakir sourced the addictive syrup from Surat. “The accused is a habitual offender and a hardcore criminal. He was alert and had escaped at the last moment before police reached. But this time we did not give him any chance,” said a police officer.

Maharashtra: Cold, cough cases up but no need for online classes, say doctors
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

PUNE: Members of the state paediatric task force, while acknowledging a recent uptick in respiratory tract ailments in children, said they had not recommended online classes for now as Covid remains mild in kids. Several parents had taken to social media recently demanding classes be moved online again due to the rise in Covid cases. But the task force members called for calm. "There are no serious Covid cases or rise in hospitalizations among children currently. So parents should not panic. Respiratory infections, in general, have risen among children because more kids are now attending schools and intermingling," said Dr Pramod Jog, a member of the pediatric Covid task force. Paediatricians TOI spoke to said there has been a 25-30% rise in flu-like cases among children in the last two weeks. But they added that recoveries were happening in just three to four days. Dr Jog said since classes were online for almost two years, it was now crucial for schools to continue offline education - "for the physiological and psychological benefit of students". "The number of children turning up at OPDs with respiratory infections (cough, cold, fever) has risen, but these ailments are self-limiting and can be managed with a paracetamol. We only urge parents to get their wards vaccinated as soon as possible," he said. Dr Suhas Prabhu, who heads the pediatric Covid task force, said, "There has been an increase in respiratory tract infections among kids, but actual incidence of Covid among such cases cannot be estimated with low testing in this set of population." Dr Naveen Thacker, president-elect of the International Pediatric Association (IPA), said, "We have so far not seen any surge in Covid hospitalizations or deaths among children in the country, even though incidence of Covid and respiratory tract infections have increased. Multiple factors have led to this, including low adherence to mask compliance and schools' reopening." Dr Sanjay Natu, chairman of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Pune chapter, said, "There has been a nearly 30% rise cough, cold, fever cases at my clinic in the last couple of weeks. All of them are improving in a few days."

Maharashtra: Cold, cough cases up but no need for online classes, say doctors
Pune SSC results: Helped by night school, they picked up books after long gaps
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

Candidates from city night school have managed to hold their own in the SSC exams, results of which were declared Friday. They found the perfect platform in Poona Night High School and Junior College, situated at Bajirao Road. The school hours are from 6 pm – 9:30 pm every day of the week.One such student, Komal Raju Kirve, who got back to studies after a gap of nine years, scored 86.40 per cent.“I suffered from depression for long but my aunt has been my pillar of support. She gave me the strength to become independent after my mother’s death, and to get back to education. During the pandemic, I worked as a Zomato rider, using my cycle and delivering parcels before 6, only to rush to school and study till 9:30. Our teachers have supported us in every way possible, working alongside studying has been possible due to the courage they gave us and the hours they put in by giving extra classes. I will be pursuing commerce now, and aspire to become a CA,” she said.Another CA aspirant, Karan Kisan Sawalkar obtained 81 per cent marks. Sawalkar said, “My brother informed me about the night school during the pandemic. When all schools were going online, and I did not have the means to do so, I turned to Poona Night High School. In the daytime, I work as a part-time gardener along with my friend and then cycled to the school for classes in the evening. The school provided me with the cycle, to save me time.”Pratham Boob, a guitar enthusiast who is a helping hand in a house of four, shared, “I work at the New Poona Bakery during the daytime, and study here at night. My father lost his job during the pandemic, and my mom got paralysed. I had to pitch in, I started working but decided to study alongside too. They are happy with my 68 per cent, as I decided to complete education after a gap of four years.” He hopes to learn French, and study hotel management.Sangita Shinde, a housemaker and a mother of three, got back to studies after 25 years and scored 68 per cent marks.“I wake up at 5 am to go work at a doctor’s clinic from 9 to 5. Then, I come to the school. My kids have pushed me to continue my education, and help me with my home business as well. I make handicrafts and sweets during festivals and sell them,” Sangita said.Another such inspiration is, Naina Vasant Vahankade from Abasaheb Atre Prashala, who obtained 78 per cent.“I am a mother of two girls. I got back to studies after 10 year because of the strength I get from my girls. I want them to look at me with pride, and learn to balance housework along with what they want out of their life,” Vahankade said.

Pune SSC results: Helped by night school, they picked up books after long gaps
Nagpur: NMC schools clock a stupendous 99.31% pass rate
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) schools have taken a big leap in the results of the SSC examination which was announced on June 17 by the Maharashtra state board of secondary and higher secondary education (MSBSHSE). With a passing percentage of 99.31, students of NMC schools have shown their resilience. Dilip Dive, education committee chairman, said, “We tried for 100% results, and almost achieved it. From the last six months, with the help of an NGO, we went to each and every school to help students with whatever difficulties they might be facing.” Moreover, the Marathi medium schools of NMC have shown that they are not trailing behind by achieving a passing percentage of 100. Furthermore, NMC schools have been fractionalized into four mediums whose results were also quite astounding, with Hindi medium at 98.45 percent and Urdu and English at 99.77 and 99.31 percent respectively. Talking to TOI, NMC education officer Preeti Mishrikotkar said, “During the pandemic period, special attention was paid to the physical and mental health as well as offline and online study of students. Tablets and internet facilities were provided to the students by NMC.” Expressing gratitude, Subhash Upase, assistant education officer, said, “The reason we were able to achieve success was due to the efforts of NMC teachers. They took online classes from the first day of school. Whereas during offline classes, teachers also took extra classes on holidays.” Pragati Dhurendra Meshram came first in all the four mediums with 92.60 percent. On the other hand, Barkha Sunil Sahu achieved 89.20 percent and took first place in Hindi medium. Nevertheless, Mahek Khan Kayyum Khan secured first position with 90.80 percent marks in Urdu medium followed by Afrin Sadaf Irshad with 90.60 percent in English medium.

Nagpur: NMC schools clock a stupendous 99.31% pass rate
Express Investigation — Part 1: From Emergency to Gujarat riots, lessons of past deleted from textbooks of future
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

DELETING REFERENCES to the 2002 Gujarat riots, dropping passages that dealt with Emergency’s draconian impact on people and institutions, removing chapters on protests and social movements, including those spearheaded by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dalit Panthers and Bharatiya Kisan Union. These are some of the most sweeping changes in social science school textbooks since the NDA government came to power in 2014.These changes result from a textbook “rationalisation” exercise undertaken by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) six months ago for all subjects. It comes ahead of the proposed revamp of the national school curriculum (National Curriculum Framework or NCF), which will see a further revision in NCERT textbooks.The Indian Express scrutinised 21 current history, political science and sociology textbooks for Classes 6 to 12 and matched their content with tables circulated within NCERT on the proposed changes. While the textbooks will not be reprinted due to shortage of time, the changes will be communicated to schools formally.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨This is the third textbook review since 2014. The first one took place in 2017, in which the NCERT made 1,334 changes, including additions, corrections and data updates, in 182 textbooks. The second review was initiated in 2019 at the then Education Minister Prakash Javadekar’s behest to reduce the burden on students.The official rationale for the latest exercise is to reduce curriculum load further to help students make a “speedy recovery” in learning, which has been hit by Covid disruptions.Consider some of the most glaring changes made to the content related to contemporary India:GUJARAT RIOTS🔴 References to the 2002 Gujarat riots have been dropped from two textbooks. First, two whole pages on the riots in the last chapter of the current Class 12 political science textbook titled ‘Politics in India Since Independence’ have been deleted. The first page carries a detailed paragraph that lays out the chronology of events — the train full of karsevaks set on fire followed by violence against Muslims — and refers to the National Human Rights Commission’s criticism of the Gujarat government for failing to control the violence. The deleted passage states: “Instances, like in Gujarat, alert us to the dangers involved in using religious sentiments for political purposes. This poses a threat to democratic politics.”The second page (now deleted) carries a collage of three newspaper reports on the riots along with an excerpt of NHRC’s observation from its Annual Report of 2001-2002 on the Gujarat government’s handling of the riots. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s famous “raj dharma” remark in this section has also been removed: “My one message to the Chief Minister (of Gujarat) is that he should follow ‘raj dharma’. A ruler should not make any discrimination between his subjects on the basis of caste, creed and religion.” Vajpayee had said this at a press conference in Ahmedabad in March 2002 with Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, sitting by his side.🔴 The second reference to the Gujarat riots has been deleted from the Class 12 sociology textbook ‘Indian Society’. NCERT has dropped a paragraph under the section titled ‘Communalism, Secularism and the Nation-State’ in Chapter 6 that describes how communalism drives people to “kill, rape, and loot members of other communities in order to redeem their pride, to protect their home turf”.The dropped passage states: “A commonly cited justification is to avenge the deaths or dishonour suffered by their co-religionists elsewhere or even in the distant past. No region has been wholly exempt from communal violence of one kind or another. Every religious community has faced this violence in greater or lesser degree, although the proportionate impact is far more traumatic for minority communities. To the extent that governments can be held responsible for communal riots, no government or ruling party can claim to be blameless in this regard. In fact, the two most traumatic contemporary instances of communal violence occurred under each of the major political parties. The anti-Sikh riots of Delhi in 1984 took place under a Congress regime. The unprecedented scale and spread of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under the BJP government.”According to the Government’s reply tabled in the Parliament, 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed, 223 were reported missing and 2,500 injured in the Gujarat riots of 2002.EMERGENCY🔴 The chapter on the Emergency in Class 12 political science textbook ‘Politics in India Since Independence’ has been reduced by five pages. The deleted content in the chapter titled ‘The Crisis of Democratic Order’ pertains to controversies surrounding the decision to impose an internal Emergency and the abuse of power and malpractices committed by the Indira Gandhi government during that time. It lists excesses such as the arrest of political workers, restrictions on the media, torture and custodial deaths, forced sterilisations and large-scale displacement of the poor. This section also mentions the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice J C Shah, set up by the Janata Party government in May 1977 to probe allegations of excesses by the Government during the Emergency.🔴 Reference to the draconian impact of the Emergency has also been deleted from Chapter 6 (‘The Challenges of Cultural Diversity’) of the Class 12 sociology textbook ‘Indian Society’. “The Indian people had a brief experience of authoritarian rule during the ‘Emergency’ enforced between June 1975 and January 1977. Parliament was suspended and new laws were made directly by the government. Civil liberties were revoked and a large number of politically active people were arrested and jailed without trial. Censorship was imposed on the media, and government officials could be dismissed without normal procedures. The government coerced lower level officials to implement its programmes and produce instant results. The most notorious was the forced sterilisation campaign in which large numbers died due to surgical complications. When elections were held unexpectedly in early 1977, the people voted overwhelmingly against the ruling Congress Party,” the now-deleted paragraph states.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox🔴 Another reference to curbs placed on all trade union activities during the Emergency has been deleted from Chapter 8 (‘Social Movements’) of the Class 12 sociology textbook ‘Social Change and Developing in India’. This reference was made in a section titled ‘Workers’ Movement’.PROTESTS & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS🔴 As many as three chapters detailing protests that turned into social movements in contemporary India have been dropped from political science textbooks across Classes 6 to 12. For instance, a chapter on the “rise of popular movements” has been dropped from the Class 12 textbook ‘Politics in India Since Independence’.This chapter traces the journey of the 1970s chipko movement in Uttarakhand, the growth of the Dalit Panthers in Maharashtra during the seventies, the agrarian struggles of the eighties, especially the one spearheaded by the Bharatiya Kisan Union. It also covers the anti-liquor movement of Andhra Pradesh, the famous Narmada Bachao Andolan that opposed the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project on the Narmada river and its tributaries in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the movement for Right to Information.🔴 NCERT has also removed the chapter ‘Struggles for Equality’ from the Class 7 political science textbook that describes how the Tawa Matsya Sangh fought for the rights of displaced forest dwellers of Satpura forest of Madhya Pradesh.🔴 The third chapter on popular struggles has been deleted from the Class 10 political science textbook ‘Democratic Politics – II’. It looks at indirect ways of influencing politics through pressure groups and movements. Apart from the movement for democracy in Nepal and the protest against privatisation of water in Bolivia, the chapter also talks about the Narmada Bachao Andolan, the non-violent Kittiko-Hachchiko (pluck and plant) protest of Karnataka in 1987, the Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation founded by Kanshi Ram and the National Alliance for Peoples’ Movements, which counts Medha Patkar as one of its founders.🔴 The only chapter on social movements in the sociology curriculum for Classes 11 and 12 has been considerably reduced. Among the several changes made in the chapter titled ‘Social Movements’ in the Class 12 textbook ‘Social Change and Development in India’ is the removal of an exercise box that asks students to discuss the recent farmers’ protests against the three farm laws passed by the Parliament.DEMOCRACY🔴 Four chapters about democracy and making of Indian democracy have been deleted on the ground that similar topics have been covered in political science textbooks of other classes. For instance, the chapter titled ‘Key Elements of a Democratic Government’ in the Class 6 political science book has been dropped. This is the first detailed introduction to the concept of democracy in middle school and talks about some of the critical elements that influence the working of a democratic government, including people’s participation, conflict resolution, equality and justice.The chapter ‘India After Independence’, which talks about the framing of the Constitution and making of linguistic states, has been removed from the Class 8 history textbook ‘Our Pasts III’ for the same reason.Also dropped are chapters on ‘Democracy and Diversity’ and ‘Challenges to Democracy’ from the Class 10 political science textbook. While the first introduces students to the concept of social divisions and inequalities along the lines of race and caste across the world, the latter talks about reforming democratic politics. These two chapters were first removed from the CBSE curriculum in April, and now it has been permanently dropped from the NCERT textbook.‘NCERT decision’🔴 Asked about the decision-making process behind these deletions, NCERT director Dinesh Prasad Saklani said: “The entire (textbook rationalisation) exercise was completed before I took charge. So I cannot comment on the nitty gritty of it.”Saklani was appointed in February this year. His predecessor Sridhar Srivastava said: “This is an NCERT decision and it’s now in the public domain. That’s all I have to say.”JAWAHARLAl NEHRU🔴 Former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s quote on Emperor Ashoka deleted from the Chapter ‘Ashoka, The Emperor Who Gave Up War’ in the Class 6 History textbook. The deleted quote states: “His edicts (instructions) still speak to us in a language we can understand and we can still learn much from them.”🔴 Nehru’s remarks on the Bhakra Nangal Dam dropped from the Chapter ‘Structural Change’ in the Class 12 sociology textbook (Social Change and Development in India). “Our engineers tell us that probably nowhere else in the world is there a dam as high as this. The work bristles with difficulties and complications. As I walked around the site I thought that these days the biggest temple and mosques and gurdwara is the place where man works for the good of mankind. Which place can be greater than this, this Bhakra Nangal, where thousands and lakhs of men have worked, have shed their blood and sweat and laid down their lives as well?”SEDITION🔴 A section describing the arbitrariness of colonial law through the example of sedition and how Indian nationalists played a role in developing a legal sphere in India is no longer part of a Chapter ‘Understanding Laws’ in the Class 8 political science book. This deleted section also carries the following exercise for students: “State one reason why you think the Sedition Act of 1870 was arbitrary? In what ways does the Sedition Act of 1870 contradict the rule of law?”NAXALISM🔴 Almost all references to Naxalism and the Naxalite movement have been deleted from social science textbooks. A full page on the peasant uprising of 1967 along with a box on the Naxalite ideologue Charu Majumdar now stands dropped from Chapter 6 titled ‘Crisis of Democratic Order’ of the Class 12 political science textbook ‘Politics in India Since Independence’.🔴 The mention of Naxalite movement has been removed from a section on “Peasants Movement” in Chapter 8 of the Class 12 sociology textbook ‘Social Change and Development in India’.🔴 An imaginary narrative titled ‘A Moral Force in Politics’, inspired by socialist leader Kishan Patnaik, removed from a chapter in the Class 10 political science book. In the narrative, four fictional women, who are members of the people’s movement, debate Kishen ji’s advice to decide whether they should form a political party.Two years ago, this page had drawn flak from the Nagpur-based anti-naxal organisation Bhumkal Sanghatan, mistaking Kishen Patnaik for the Maoist leader Kishenji, who was killed in an encounter in 2011. Bhumkal Sanghatan’s criticism had prompted former Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh to demand its removal from the textbook forcing NCERT to clarify that the story was referring to Kishan Patnaik and not Kishen ji.The latest review of school textbooks started late last year. On December 15, the then NCERT director Sridhar Srivastava wrote to heads of all concerned departments asking them to initiate a textbook review by involving internal and external experts.Srivastava made a case for the review citing the pandemic: “Though we are in the process of making our National Curriculum Frameworks, the development of new textbooks may take some time to come out. But in view of giving children the opportunity for speedy recovery in their learning continuum, NCERT needs to take a step towards rationalisation of its syllabi and textbooks for the next year across the stages. We have somewhat rationalised the textbooks at the primary stage for the next year. Given its continuity with higher stages, this exercise needs to be done in every subject area and for all the classes from VI to XII also.”The guiding principle for the rationalisation exercise is overlapping content in the same class or other classes, difficulty level, content that can be covered through self-learning and irrelevant or outdated content. Internal subject experts have conducted the rationalisation exercise with the help of external experts, but NCERT hasn’t disclosed names of those involved from outside.

Express Investigation — Part 1: From Emergency to Gujarat riots, lessons of past deleted from textbooks of future
Nagpur division is the only one in state with no 100% scorers
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

Nagpur: Nagpur division is the only one in entire state without a 100% scoring student. While such scores sound mind-boggling, many students touch the figure every year as marks from sports/arts/NCC etc are added to the tally. This year, 122 students from Maharashtra have the perfect score, with eight of them being from Amravati division. Since the statistics related to ‘zero’ performance from Nagpur division was not published in the official press note, school principals were not aware of the same. However, as information spread through media there were many principals who expressed shock. A senior academic said this seems to be very bizarre. “It’s not like we don’t have sportspersons. All I can say is that they did not have enough academic marks to back up their claim to the top spot,” said the principal, who did not wish to be named. “Marks are given for so many different activities, not just sports. So you could have an academically brilliant student also doing great in arts,” she said. Another principal, who has a few sportspersons in his school, too expressed surprise. “In my school, the sportspersons have not crossed 90%, but I am shocked that none did it in entire Nagpur division. We are talking about 1.5 lakh students appearing for the exam and not even a single one scoring the full 100% is surprising,” said the principal. Since the pandemic hit, sports events have taken a back seat. Still the state government decided to award marks based on previous performances under a pre-defined timeline. For sports category marks, performance of students in Std VII and VIII was considered. For arts category (arts etc), marks have been given as per elementary and intermediate drawing grade. This particular decision and all details related to it were included in the February 21 GR. Similarly, marks are given for NCC, Scouts & Guides participation too. The final mark list which students get includes these marks and that’s what is considered by junior colleges while giving admissions.

Nagpur division is the only one in state with no 100% scorers
SSC results: Number of top scorers declines, only 122 with 100 per cent this year
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

UNLIKE LAST year, when 957 students had scored perfect 100 per cent in the SSC exams, the number this year has dropped down significantly with only 122 students managing this feat in the SSC results declared on Friday. This year, 122 students from across the state scored a perfect 100 per cent of which one student is from the Mumbai Division. Last year, there were 32 students from the Mumbai division scoring a perfect 100 per cent.The high number of 100 percenters last year was attributed to overall inflation of scores due to cancellation of the traditional pattern of exam. In 2019-20, the number of students scoring a perfect 100 per cent was 242 in Maharashtra and 2 in Mumbai division.The number of students, who scored over 90 per cent has also reduced significantly. Only 83,060 students from the state scored above 90 per cent this year, including 10,764 from the Mumbai division. In 2020-21, a total of 1,04,633 students across Maharashtra scored 90 per cent and above including 15,540 in the Mumbai division. In 2019-20, there were 83,262 students across Maharashtra who scored above 90 per cent.Vishnu Sarvale, Principal of D S High School in Sion, said that many students who could have been in this category have scored between 80 to 90 per cent due to lack of accessibility. “We cater to several students from underprivileged backgrounds and have examples of students, who have not been able to go beyond 90 per cent due to lack of access to digital learning amid the pandemic. They received offline training only for a couple of months.” For example, Prasad Satpute and Prasanan Dhuri, who scored 95.6 and 95 per cent, respectively, would have clearly scored above 99 if they had more offline practice, he added.“Along with high-scorers, it is important to focus on those scoring less marks or failing. There is considerable increase in the number of students in the category of those scoring pass grade as well as second grade. This indicates how several students have not been completely ready to appear for the board exam,” said Sudam Kumbhar, an educationist.Kumbhar pointed out how 47,974 candidates have failed this year, which is less than 73,998 from the exam in the pre-pandemic time. In 2020-21, thanks to soaring marks, only 758 candidates had failed in the SSC exam.This year, 67,618 candidates across the state have scored below 45 per cent, including 20,983 students from the Mumbai Division. There were 61,294 students in this category from across Maharashtra in 2020-21.Jaywant Kulkarni, a senior teacher from city having several years of experience in state board assessment as well as counselling of students, said, “There is considerable loss of practice among students, thanks to the closure of schools, due to the pandemic. Another reason, this batch that appeared for SSC has experienced a smooth transition to the next class, without a strict evaluation. In the academic year 2020-21, when they were in Class 9, the entire academics was online, amid the pandemic and all proceeded to the next class based on the internal and online evaluations. During academic year 2019-20 when this batch was in Class 8, the schools were closed before they could appear for final exam and the results were declared on marks obtained in unit tests held before.”In March 2020, all education institutes were closed in Maharashtra following the Covid-19 outbreak.

SSC results: Number of top scorers declines, only 122 with 100 per cent this year