Seats in top Pune colleges for first come, first served admissions

Contrary to the assumption that the first-ever first come, first served (FCFS) online admissions would largely be for seats in lesser-known colleges as most top colleges would have already completed their admissions, the vacancy list released by the Centralised Admission Committee on Saturday evening threw up some surprises. It now appears, those students who had waited until now to confirm their admissions might actually have won a lottery because a sizeable number of the 25,000-odd vacant seats remain at top city colleges.

For example, the college with the highest cut-off marks in the city, Laxmanrao Apte Prashala, has 29 seats vacant, which includes five seats in the aided section and 24 in the unaided section. Fergusson College has 46 vacant seats, which includes just one seat in the Arts faculty. But in Science faculty, it has 22 vacant seats in the aided section and 17 in the unaided section.

Pune Colleges, Pune Colleges Seats, Pune, Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsSimilarly, at most top colleges, seats are available for the FCFS round — Symbiosis (8), Sir Parshurambhau Jr College (68), S M Choksey (24), BMCC (3) and so on. Asked about the reason for such a large number of seats vacant in top colleges, admission officials say it could be because even high-scoring students cancel their admissions despite receiving admissions in the first college of their choice.

“If students have taken admission in diploma or any other course, they have the option to cancel the admission till the last round, which could be the reason for the vacant seats. In this round, students, who did not get allotment till the last round, did not confirm their admissions or cancelled or rejected admissions are eligible,” said Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune. Meanwhile, college principals are worried that if students with lesser percentage get admission into top colleges through FCFS round, then the trend would continue next year as well. “This could be a very harmful thing as students will feel they have a better chance at top colleges. Which means, not just vacancy and uncertainty for us but injustice to high scorers,” said a principal requesting anonymity.

IIT-Kharagpur accepts whistleblower professor’s resignation

IIT-Kharagpur is learnt to have accepted the resignation of Rajeev Kumar — a professor who had exposed flaws in the Joint Entrance Examination. Last month, before demitting office, President Pranab Mukherjee had quashed the compulsory retirement imposed on Kumar in 2014.

Kumar had filed a PIL in Supreme Court seeking transparency in the IIT JEE, which eventually played a crucial role in IITs introducing several changes, including permitting examinees to take back a carbon copy of their answer scripts. He was hailed as an “unsung hero” by the apex court.

The IIT-Kharagpur administration had suspended him in May 2011 after accusing him of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations.

neet, medical education, health ministry,Medical Council of India, study medical,neet exam, neet entrance test,education news, india newsThe inquiry instituted against him found him guilty and in 2014 the institute decided to impose compulsory retirement on him. Kumar approached Delhi High Court against the decision and also appealed to the President alleging bias.

Kumar, who was on leave from IIT-Kharagpur for two years, joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Once his leave expired, IIT-Kharagpur asked him to report back to work but Kumar requested that his resignation be accepted so that he can join JNU permanently. The request was turned down on the ground that Kumar’s case is still being heard in court. Meanwhile, JNU relieved him of his job.

Kumar is learnt to have asked JNU to reinstate him as his resignation has been accepted by IIT-Kharagpur. The university has not acted on his request. JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar did not respond to a call and SMS by The Indian Express on Sunday.

40% quota for girls at Navodaya-type schools for minorities: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

THERE WILL be 40 per cent reservation for girls when a proposal to build Navodaya-type schools for minorities becomes reality, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday. “There are more than 200 school buildings constructed in various minority areas under the multi-sectoral development plan (MSDP) that are lying unused. The schools will start here and there will be 40 per cent reservation for girls. Since this is not religion-based, there is no need to go to Parliament for this,” Naqvi told The Indian Express.

A high-level panel formed by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation, a government-funded agency, had in its report recently recommended a three-tier model to tackle educational backwardness among minorities, particularly Muslims. The suggested model includes creating infrastructure to impart education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels by opening 211 schools, 25 community colleges and the five institutes.

Naqvi said talks are already on with the Kendriya Vidayalaya Sanghathan to finalise the running of these schools. The panel had said the proposed schools could work on the pattern of Kendriya Vidayala or Navodaya Vidyalaya.

KEAM BSc nursing and paramedical degree first allotment results declared at and

The Commissioner of Entrance Examinations (CEE) has released the first allotment results of the KEAM BSc nursing and paramedical degree courses in Kerala at and The results were announced on August 20. The allotment is based on the online options filed by the medical aspirants from August 15 to 19. The Office of the Commissioner for entrance examinations had started the online CAP process for BSc nursing and paramedical degree courses on August 14.

KEAM results 2017, here’s how to download
Step 1: Visit the homepage written above
Step 2: On the homepage, click on KEAM results link
Step 3: A new page will open displaying allotment list and rank list data under BSc nursing and paramedical degree courses
Step 4: Click on the allotment list
Step 5: A pdf file will open displaying college-wise names of the selected candidates.
Step 6: Download and take a print out

keam 2017,, keamAs per an official notification, the candidates should take a printout of the first phase allotment memo which shows the details such as name, roll number, allotted course, college, category of allotment, fee details etc.

Those candidates who have got an allotment shall have to remit the fees to be paid to the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations as specified in the first phase allotment memo at any of the designated branches of State Bank of India or by way of online payment from August 21 to 23 till 3 pm.

MSBSHSE HSC 12th supplementary July exam results 2017 declared, pass percentage at 24.96

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has declared the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or class 12 supplementary examination at today. The overall pass percentage for the supplementary exam is 24.96. The highest pass percentage is scored by Aurangabad district with 37 per cent while Pune stands at 25.89 and Mumbai at 18.74 per cent.

A total of 93,271 students registered for the exam, of which 68605 are boys while 24666 were girls. In terms of performance, girls have outnumbered boys by scoring 28.72 pass percent while girls 23.61 per cent. Among all subjects, the overall pass percentage of science is at 30.80 per cent, for arts it is 23.98 per cent while for commerce and vocational courses, it is 22.54 per cent and 24.62 per cent respectively.

The exam was held from July 19 to 28, 2017 and the students can check their subject-wise results by following steps written below:

Maharashtra Board HSC 12th results 2017, here’s how to check
Step 1: Visit the official website mentioned above
Step 2: On the homepage, click on HSC supplementary results 2017 link
Step 3: Enter the roll number and other details and click on submit
Step 4: Download and take a print out

The supplementary exam is conducted for those students who have failed in some subjects. The Board will issue the marksheet that will be distributed to students in their respective junior colleges on August 24, post 3 pm. Those students who want to opt for revaluation of marks will have to do so between August 22 to 31 along with the prescribed fees at the divisional board office.

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A total of 15,05,365 students has registered for February-March 2017 exams, of which 8,48,929 were boys while 6,56,436 were girls, appearing from 9,143 junior colleges across the state.

This year’s total pass percentage is 89.50 which is about 2.9 per cent increase from last year’s percentage.

IIT Kharagpur to open ‘India’s first’ genomics lab

With an aim to teach students the basic life science techniques and let them execute experiments, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has started a facility for a genomics laboratory. Now, students from all engineering branches of the institute can benefit from the lab which will be open 24×7.

Second year students will access the lab to learn techniques including molecular biology, microscopy-based observation, bioinformatics and protein structure and function. Meanwhile, third year students will be allowed to experiment on their own with biotechnology, bioscience, chemistry, medical science and tech and computer science and engineering department faculty members acting as mentors.

iit, iit kharagpur, iitkgp,, iit lab, iit courses, iit kgp courses, iit admission, education news, indian express,The lab will be equipped with all necessary equipment for study under various subjects including specialty sequencing, biochemistry and microscopy. It will be the first lab of its kind in India, according to lab head Sudip K Ghosh.

IIT-K is also planning to collaborate with Tata Medical Centre for interdisciplinary medical research as a part of its education, research and outreach programmes. This aims to promote collaboration and interaction among faculty, medical professionals and students.

An integrated MSc-PhD programme will focus on phase one of nuclear medicine, molecular medical biology and medical physics. Students will be required to spend a semester at each institute after which a degree will be awarded by IIT.

IIM-Ahmedabad receives fresh wave of Rs 15.5 crore restoration fund

The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Monday announced that it has received a fresh wave of Rs 15.5 crore as funds, for conservation and restoration of its heritage campus in the city. The institute said it has so far received Rs 47.5 crore that will help restore almost one-third of the campus that have traditional red-brick structures designed by legendary American architect Louis I Kahn.

The fresh wave of funding is largely from the institute’s alumni. “We have so far received Rs 47.5 crore as funds towards restoring our heritage campus. This includes a fresh round of funding of Rs 15.5 crore from Pankaj Patel, group chairman Zydus Group and a board member of IIMA, Sukumar Srinivas, founder and MD of Shankara Building Products, PP Gupta an alumnus of PGP 1974 batch and another alumnus from PGP 1883 batch. Two others which include the PGP 1982 batch and an alumnus couple have donated for restoring classrooms number two and five, respectively,” said Ashish Nanda, director of IIMA.

Over five lakh square feet of restoration work is being undertaken at the heritage campus of the IIM-A which includes the Louis Kahn Plaza, the Vikram Sarabhai Library and other spaces. So far restoration work of five classrooms, four dormitories, and Vikram Sarabhai Library have started.

IIM Ahmedabad, IIM, iima“Of the estimated five lakh square feet of restoration works that we are looking at, we can say that we have received funding for 1.5 lakh square feet which is almost one-third of the requirement,” said Commander Major Bhatt (Retired), Chief Administrative Officer, of IIMA.

According to the Bhatt, the structures in the heritage campus are over 45 years old and have developed cracks. The heritage structure consisting of the Louis Kahn Plaza, 14 dormitories, faculty wing, seminar rooms, program offices and others are yet to receive funding for restoration and conservation work. Officials said that the restoration work of the Vikram Sarabhai Library — being funded by TCS — will be completed by the beginning of next year.

The officials could not, however, put an estimate on the total amount of funds that would be needed to restore the structures within the heritage campus.

ITI admission 2017: Offline registration begins today for 1,113 seats, download form from

The Department of Training and Technical Education of the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) will begin the offline registration process today. Candidates who are seeking admission can download the application from the official website ( and submit their application to their respective ITIs.

“Offline admission would be granted to the candidates according to their merit/rank,” the department said in an official notice. There are still 1,113 vacancies in more than 40 courses at 19 ITIs for the academic session of 2017-18.

Candidates who have been verified are required to pay a registration fee of Rs 200 to “freeze” the seats available. A list of vacant seats was released on August 18, 2017 and the registration process for the same will be closed by 2 pm on August 22.

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“Registered but not verified candidates are to be verified by the individual institute before submission of application form for off line admission. Any wrong submission of information/registration form will result in cancellation of admission,” the institute said.

Mumbai University TYBA March/April results 2017 released at, more results expected

The University of Mumbai has released the results for semester five and six of the three-year bachelor of arts (TYBA) course. Students who have appeared for the exam can check their results from the official website.

The university is also expected to declare the results for the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science in information technology (BSc IT) and bachelor of management studies (BMS) soon. According to a report by HT, “even after the results are uploaded on the website, some of the students may not be able to access their results. This is because, according to a varsity official, a few results are not ready yet.”

The exams were conducted in the months of March and April, 2017. The results of the law courses are also expected to be declared soon as the university had confirmed that it will try to wrap up the assessment by Thursday.

“A very small portion of the law papers are yet to be assessed. We will be able to finish the assessment by Wednesday, or latest by Thursday,” government-appointed officer for results Vinayak Dalvi told the Indian Express.

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– Go to the official website for MU (

– Click on the link provided for the TYBA results.

– Enter your roll number in the field provided and click on “Go”.

– Download the result and take a print out for further reference.

NEET PG 2016 illegalities: Delhi High Court seeks Centre, police reply on probe plea

The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre and the police on a plea that demanded a court-monitored CBI/SIT probe into the alleged illegalities in the National Eligibility Entrance Test held in 2016 for admitting students in post-graduate medical courses. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice CHari Shankar also issued a notice to the National Board ofExamination (NBE), the Medical Council of India, M/s Prometrics Private Ltd and the CBI on a plea which sought tohand over the case to the probe agency.

M/s Prometrics Private Ltd had sub-contracted with CMS IT Services Private Ltd to hire engineers, site supervisors and other staff to prepare exam labs for conducting NEET PGexamination at 43 centres across the country. The bench also expressed concern over the delay in concluding the investigation and said “this is a very serious matter. Therefore, the authorities need to file their status report/response in one week.”

The court, which listed the matter for further hearing on September 10, was hearing a petition filed by Dr Anand Rai, who claims to be the whistleblower in Vyapam scam.

Rai, through his counsel Vaibhav Srivastava, submitted that the crime branch of Delhi Police was not competent to handle the investigation of this nature which required technical expertise. The petitioner said that at this point of time, Delhi Police was acting like a “post office, still awaiting technical data from NBE and M/s Prometrics Ltd and asking Delhi Lt Governor to provide a technical team for analysis of the technical data.”

The CBI’s special standing counsel Rajdeepa Behura said the police’s crime branch was already investigating the matter in which a FIR has been lodged and charge sheet filed. An FIR was lodged on February 1 against 11 persons and charge sheet was filed on July 9 this year under various sections of the IPC including 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) and under the Information and Technology Act.

The plea sought transfer of investigation from the crime branch to Special Investigative Team (SIT) comprising members having expertise in Computer Science and/or an investigation by the CBI or any other competent central agency.

neet, neet pg, neet pg 2016It alleged that till date, NBE and Prometrics have not cooperated with the investigation and no information with respect to technical details as sought by the police has been furnished, thus delaying the matter and providing time to the culprits to erase the evidence.

“Further, it appears that the officials of the NBE and Prometrics may be involved in the scam, thus making the present issue as sensitive and to ensure the cooperation of the NBE and Prometrics, a court-monitored investigation is warranted,” it claimed.

It has also sought direction to the NBE to initiate appropriate proceedings against the candidates whose names have been disclosed in the charge sheet for allegedly securing admissions in NEET-PG, 2017 using unfair or fraudulent means.

It also sought directions to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that NEET examination is conducted by a public authority with proper oversight and involvement of government officials.