Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani picked up the prettiest pastel outfits for Mukesh Ambani’s Ganpati soiree

At Mukesh Ambani’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, our favourite stars stepped out looking their festive best. From Deepika Padukone to Jhanvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, we came across some traffic-stopping ‘desi’ fashion inspirations. Joining the bandwagon were Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani. While, the others charmed in vibrant, peppy looks, these two Bollywood celebs decided to keep it cool in soothing hues.

Priyanka Chopra picked a lovely peach and gold embellished anarkali from Abhinav Mishra for the soiree. She paired the suit with a matching peach dupatta and complemented it with a bright pink lip shade, a green bindi and heavy gold chand baalis with green work on it.

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra in Abhinav Mishra. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

We are a fan of her outfit but the styling could have been better, especially her make-up. A nude lip shade would have accentuated her beauty and she could have done away with the green bindi. Having said that, she still managed to pull off the look.

Disha Patani, on the other hand, who was seen with good friend Tiger Shroff stepped out in a baby pink ensemble from Arpita Mehta. The floral blouse with the plunging neckline made for a refreshing change and it worked beautifully with the pink lehenga with gold embellishments on it.

Deepika Padukone in this Sabyasachi gold sari reminds us of yesteryear Bollywood beauties

Whether it’s keeping up with the latest trends or creating new ones, Deepika Padukone is a pro. This Bollywood beauty is a fashion icon for a reason and right now, we are in awe of how she can turn a classic look into something sensational. Recently, the Padmavati actor was seen attending Mukesh Ambani’s Ganpati celebrations along with her co-star and rumoured beau, Ranveer Singh in a gorgeous tissue sari by Sabyasachi.

Padukone wore the gold tone sari with a high-neck black blouse with a key hole back detail, complete with elegant gold work on the sleeves. Celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani who usually dresses up this beauty accessorised her outfit with a handcrafted gold choker from Japipur Gems, and matching gold earrings and bangles from Tanishq.

Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone looked sensational in this gold tissue sari. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone wore the look well with a classic low bun, dewy make-up and a soft brown lip shade. (Source: Varinder Chawla)Deepika Padukone wore the gorgeous gold tone sari with a high-neck black blouse with a key hole back detail. (Source: Varinder Chawla)

We love how she wore the look well with a classic low bun, dewy make-up and a soft brown lip shade. She reminds us of the yesteryear Bollywood beauties like Sharmila Tagore, Asha Parekh and Waheeda Rehman who have always worn a classic look well, while adding their own variations and creating a trend in the process.

We spotted other Bollywood celebs as well gracing the occasion in beautiful saris. Kiran Rao was seen wearing a pretty mint green sari with silver embossments all over it which she paired with a bright yellow blouse.

Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor create some desi magic at Mukesh Ambani’s Ganesh Chaturthi bash

The entire country has been gripped by Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and our Bollywood stars are no different. On August 25, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani hosted a star-studded affair to cherish the festivities and seen in attendance were celebrity kids, Sara Ali Khan and Jhanvi Kapoor who are preparing for their B-Town debut. The stylish duo who opted for fuss-free looks made heads turn in ethnic wear.

Sara Ali Khan, Jhanvi KapoorJhanvi Kapoor stepped out looking absolutely smashing in a fresh-off-the runway look from her favourite designer, Manish Malhotra. The floral embroidered plunging V-neckline blouse and the matching pastel lehenga are simply gorgeous pieces. Just look at how all these pastel shades blend beautifully with each other.

Top 20 per cent higher education campuses to have greater autonomy: Prakash Javadekar

The top 20 per cent of higher education institutions in the country deserved more autonomy and the government would work towards exempting them from UGC’s review mechanism, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Indian Express on Friday. Javadekar used the words “trust”, “free from government’s clutches” and a “fund and forget” philosophy to underline the policy.

All higher education institutions, Javadekar said, will be divided into three categories, with the top 20 per cent enjoying greater academic freedom, the next 40 per cent with relatively more regulations, and the remaining 40 per cent that will remain under the UGC’s regulatory control. The top 20 per cent will be chosen on the basis of the NAAC grading system scores.

“Trust is important,” Javadekar said. “Educational institutes of eminence across the world are free from government clutches. The Parliament and the government (in our country) are now following a new philosophy of fund and forget.” He said: “The top 20 per cent on the institutions will have close to 80 per cent of the academic freedom that we have agreed to bestow on IIMs under the new IIM Bill, which is tabled in Parliament.”

Prakash Javadekar , Autonomy of higher educational institutes, higher education institutions , UGC, IIM, IIM Bill, Narendra Modi, AICTE, Indian Express news The plan to set up 20 world-class institutions — 10 government-run and 10 private — also fits into the above philosophy, according to Javadekar. The 20 will be known as “institutions of eminence”. “By April 2018, these 20 world-class institutions will come into being. I’m doing weekly follow-up (meetings) of all developments. The advertisement (calling for applications) will be issued this month. Meanwhile, an empowered committee will be constituted by a group that would have the cabinet secretary, higher education secretary and the UGC chairman,” he said.

Javadekar said this group “will identify five to six persons of eminence who will vet applications and choose the 20 world-class institutions…. We’ll give them three months for this.” The Institutions of Eminence, also mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, will be set up through a UGC regulation that will provide an enabling architecture to them to emerge as world-class institutions as the country has little representation in international rankings.

When asked if the merger of the AICTE and UGC was part of the ministry’s plan to move towards greater autonomy for educational institutions, Javadekar said there was no such proposal with the government at this moment.

Indian language autonomous bodies will not be diluted on NITI Aayog suggestion: HRD minister Javadekar

The HRD Ministry is not in favour of the NITI Aayog’s suggestion to dilute the character of autonomous bodies set up to promote Indian languages, minister Prakash Javadekar told The Indian Express on Friday. “They (the NITI Aayog) had given us a few suggestions. But we have put our point of view forward. Every language is unique. We want to promote all Indian languages. We want to preserve the unique identity of all (language) councils,” he said.

Prakash Jadvekar, good education for everyone, educations for Muslims, Education for Muslims in India, India education system, Latest news, India news, national newsAsked specifically if he wanted to preserve the unique identity of every language, Javadekar said: “Yes.” The Indian Express had reported on June 14 that the NITI Aayog had suggested a merger of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) with the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysuru.

Similarly, the National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language was recommended to be merged with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, and the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language with either the Maulana Azad National Urdu University or Jamia Millia Islamia.

First-come, first-served policy for online admissions to FYJC

For the first time since the online Centralised Admission Process (CAP) process has begun, students can now avail of the “first-come, first served” policy for admissions to the first year junior college (FYJC) seats.

At least 1,059 students have not got a single allotment in any college despite five rounds of admissions, including a special round which is currently ongoing. A higher number consists of those students who have got allotments, but have not confirmed their seats as they are unhappy with those allotted to them, which is what has prompted CAP officials to come up with this unique admission process.

On Friday, the state government gave its approval for the “first-come, first-served” online admission process which would be rolled out after August 21, confirmed Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune.

“In this process, a student who has not yet taken admission elsewhere will be able to log into the online admission website, using their existing Login ID and password. They will get an option to select their stream and once they have done so, a list of the colleges, along with their college codes, medium of instruction and all will be available. Once a student clicks on the college name, they will get the vacancy. If there is a vacant seat and the student wishes to take admission there, then they would get an option saying ‘Apply Now’. Once the student clicks on it, they will get the option to reserve that seat at that very minute. So, in the true sense, it would be a first-come, first-served basis of admissions since whichever student selects it first will get the admission,” said Raut.

Asked what would happen if a student with lesser percentage gets a seat into a college which a student with higher percentage was hoping to get, she said that it cannot be helped in all cases, but three groups of students would be prepared based on obtained marks and cut-off percentages.

“We are yet to work out these details, but we will have the admissions in phase-wise manner. On Day 1, we would keep the online admission portal open for students with above 80 per cent marks while on Day Two, students with 60 per cent and above can select seats and on the third day, all other students can take admissions. In their own group, if a student with lesser percentage takes the same seat which a student with higher percentage wanted, then it cannot be helped as this is first come, first-served round,” she added.

Centralised Admission Process, first year junior college, Pune news, Maharashtra news, Education news, Raut said that though this is the first year when such a round was being carried out, if it turns out to be a success, then it would be implemented in future as well. On August 19, CAP officials would officially declare the details of the special round of admissions, along with the details of the process to be followed.

Meanwhile, on Friday, a huge crowd of students assembled at the Deputy Director of Education, Pune office, demanding to know the status of their admissions. Most of the students assembled were those who had not got admission into any college despite five rounds. The students were assured by the CAP officials of getting a seat in the next special round of admissions.

CAP committee issues notice to Mt Carmel college

After receiving complaints from students and their parents that they have been refused admissions allotted through the CAP process at Lulla Nagar’s Mount Carmel College, the junior college authorities have been issued a notice by the Deputy Director of Education office. Taking serious view of the complaints, the college has been reminded that it is mandatory to give the admissions allotted through CAP process and the college has been given a period of one day — until August 19 — to give admissions to the students allotted through CAP who come to confirm their seats. The notice, issued on August 18, warns college authorities that if students are denied admissions, the college could face de-recognition process.

Circle Education Offices in Punjab on verge of closure

THE CIRCLE Education Offices (CEOs) in the state seem to be on the verge of closure as the entire clerical staff is being transferred to District Education Offices (DEOs) and Block Primary Education Offices (BPEOs) on the pretext of staff shortage there. Also the department is of the opinion that there was no need for these circle offices now and all the work, which used to be done here earlier by these offices, was being done at the school and DEOs level now. Even the department officials called these offices just dak (official correspondence) collection centres only.

Three CEOs are there in Jalandhar, Nabha and Faridkot districts since Independence and earlier, when Punjab was undivided, a post of Inspector General of School Education used to be there which was converted to CEO later.

Every Circle Education Office has seven to eight districts under them. These offices used to keep the service records of all the lecturer cadre teachers and their ACRs, too, used to be signed from here. Similarly, the records of Assured Career Progression (ACPs) of the school principals were also kept at these offices.

Circle Education Offices in Punjab, Punjab education news, Punjab news, India news, National news, Latest newsAt the Jalandhar CEO, all the nine clerks have been transferred to the DEO and BPEO.

So, the office is left with CEO Jaspal Singh, a stenographer, a superintendent and four senior superintendents now. Similarly, six clerks of Faridkot and seven of Nabha CEOs were transferred on Thursday on the orders of Director Public Institutions (DPI) secondary office.

“Several works were delegated to these offices, including the work pertaining to the counter sign on the ACRs of principals/ headmasters, work pertaining to the confirmations of the newly appointed teachers and Dak from DEOs used to be collected here but now a large number of powers have been delegated to the school principals and DEOs and it leads to no relevance of these offices now,” said a senior education department official, adding that 19 employees of ministerial staff of these three offices were transferred on Thursday.

Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association took out rallies at the district level in protest on Friday. Pawanjit Singh Sidhu, general secretary of the Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association, said the government cannot close these offices without taking the clerical staff into confidence. The clerks transferred from the circle offices are being overburdened as one clerk has to do the work of at least two BPEOs. “There are hundreds of teachers who come under one BPEO and maintaining each and every record of these teachers is not possible for a single clerk,” he said, adding that even the objectionable words are being used for the clerical staff by senior officials.

UP NEET admission round 2 counselling results 2017 declared at

The Directorate General of Medical Education and Training (DGME) of Uttar Pradesh has released the results for the second round of counselling at Candidates who have applied for admission to various medical courses in the state can check their result from the official website.

Round 2 of the counselling process for students seeking admission to (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in Uttar Pradesh began with its registration from August 6 to 10, 2017. Students had to fill in their choices on Friday, August 18.

This admission process is only for students who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 which was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 7, 2017.

Over 32,000 students have grabbed a position in the UP NEET merit list 2017. The DGME had declared the first counselling results on July 18, 2017. Round 1 of counselling began on July 9 and admissions through the same carried on till July 22, 2017.

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Step 1: Go to the official website for UP NEET (

Step 2: Click on the notification for round 2 counselling results 2017.

Step 3: Enter your details where required.

Step 4: Search for your results and save a copy of the results for further reference.

IGNOU to train 11,884 Tripura teachers, signs MoC with state for two-year diploma course

The School of Education (SOE) of the The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is collaborating with the government of Tripura on order to provide professional training to 11,884 teachers at the elementary level. The university signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with the state government for this purpose on Friday.

Only those teachers “who possess the qualifications stipulated as per the NCTE norms and are working in government o government-recognized primary or elementary schools” will be considered eligible for the programme which is a two-year diploma in elementary education. Candidates of reserved categories will be subject to relaxation of marks for eligibility, according to a press release by the university.

The course will be imparted in the form of open distance learning (ODL) and aims to “familiarize all enrolled teachers with dimensions of elementary education in Tripura.”

IGNOU,, ignou admission, ignou mooc, teacher training, ignou teacher training, ignou tripura, education news, indian express“Two years down the lane there was not much Training Learning Materials (TLMs) available for training the untrained teachers. The challenge for us was to come up with something that was meaningful and totally required to professionally upgrade the untrained teachers,” IGNOU SOE and programme coordinator Poonam Bhushan said.

The IGNOU registrar and the director of SCERT Tripura on Friday signed the MoC which would ensure that the training would be conducted in phases and will enroll only 100 students at each programme study centre.

“Now, even the SCERT has developed a lot of materials for reference and IGNOU has also emerged to be strong. The DIETS/ teaching faculty are much trained today as compared to the past two years to carry forward this programme. While the SLMs can do their job, it is the practical component that should be organized by the state government for a successful completion of training them,” Bhushan said.

Gujarat NEET UG round 2 seat allotment 2017 to be displayed today at

The Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC) of Gujarat will release the seat allotment for round 2 of admission to medical courses in the state today. Candidates who have applied for allotment can check the result from the official website.

Those who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses are eligible for the counselling process. The committee called for choice-filling for available seats from August 14 to August 17, 2017.

Those who have gained an allotment are required to report to their respective help centers and educational institutions from 10 am on August 21 to 4 pm on August 23, 2017. During this time, candidates will also be require to submit their documents at the selected help center and pay the fees.

There are 15 help centers participating in round 2 of NEET UG admissions in Gujarat. These include AMC Medical College, BJ Medical College, CU Shah Medical College, GMERS Medical Colleges, Government Medical Colleges, Gujarat Adani Insititute of Medical Sciences, MP Shah Government Medical College, PDU Medical College, Pramukh Swami Medical College, Smt NHI Municipal Medical College, Suurat Municipal Medical College and GCS Medical College and Research Institute.

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– Go to the official website (

– Click on the link for the seat allotment result.

– Enter your details in the fields provided.

– Download the results and take a print out of the same for further reference.