Mumbai University law papers to be assessed by August 24

LAW STUDENTS of the University of Mumbai may heave a sigh of relief as the university has said it is confident of assessing their answer sheets 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,” said Vinayak Dalvi, a government-appointed officer on special duty responsible for the results. With assessments complete, results could be expected by the weekend.

Dalvi said that certain new strategies have been employed with the help of Rashmi Oza, university dean for Law, and N M Rajadhyaksha, principal of New Law College, Matunga. While Dalvi refused to divulge details of the strategies, university officials told The Indian Express that many teachers had not been tagged for assessment in the new system. They were, therefore, exempt from assessment duty. However, eligible teachers have now been identified and tagged.

Mumbai University, Mumbai University Law Papers, MU Law Papers, Law Papers MU, Law Papers Mumbai University, Education News, Latest Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsAround one lakh law students took their final year exams in April and May and are awaiting results. Some have not been able to apply for Masters or have lost their chance to join foreign universities or jobs this year. Three such students have filed a writ petition in the High Court against the university, over negligence and failure to perform duties. They have sought the declaration of results at the earliest or a monetary compensation of Rs 10 lakh. The university, is however, positive that results will be declared within a week.

The status of Commerce results remains unclear. Of the around 1.4 lakh answersheets that are yet to be corrected, a majority is from the Commerce stream. The problem for commerce, according to officials, is that the ratio of assessors and number of students is skewed. Moreover, several teachers were not tagged and some professional chartered accountants could not turn up for assessment duties. Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor of MU, said taxation papers were not assessed as CAs were busy with taxation work. “This has been ironed out. We are moving ahead now,” he said.

IIT-Bombay helps 160 colleges set up their own entrepreneurship cell

THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP Cell (E-Cell) of the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, has spread its wings beyond the campus and helped set up similar student-run organisations in 160 colleges across the country. IIT-Bombay’s E-Cell is a student-run organisation that introduces students to the startup ecosystem and eggs them on to realise their latent entrepreneurial instincts through workshops, seminars and investor interactions.

IIT-B boasts of a thriving startup ecosystem, especially because of active support groups such as E-Cell and the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) — a model that many educational institutes and the All India Council for Technical Education are trying to emulate. While the E-Cell works to spread awareness through workshops and speaker sessions, the SINE is an incubator that mentors startups. “It is a synergy of the two groups that has worked best,” said Hardik Patil, a spokesperson for the E-Cell.

Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, IIT Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, IIT Bombay, IIT Bombay's E-Cell, IIT Bombay's Entrepreneurship Cell, Education News, Latest Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsIn 2013, the E-Cell decided to survey foreign universities to get a better idea of the entrepreneurship-support trends outside India. It then became clear that there was a need to look beyond the boundaries of IIT-B and set up functioning E-Cells in colleges across India. Since then, the Cell has helped establish 160 similar E-Cells in 80 cities, including Mysore, Indore and Jaipur.

At the heart of this campaign is a National Entrepreneurship Challenge (NEC), which is now in its fifth edition. The annual challenge calls for participation from colleges for prizes worth Rs 6 lakh and mentorship from IIT-B. Each college has to first set up an E-Cell with at least five students. The students are then assigned tasks to complete over a period of five months. Tasks include workshops and seminars to initiate dialogue about entrepreneurship among the student community.

The fifth edition of the NEC will be launched on August 31, when the first set of assignments will be rolled out. Participants will be judged based on three milestones over the next five months. Last year’s challenge saw participation from 601 colleges from across the country.

School heads must teach too: Punjab Education department

TO DEAL with staff crunch and to bring a semblance of orderliness and discipline in its ranks, the state education department has issued orders instructing school heads, including principals/headmasters, to take classes of the subject in which they have got the promotions and also asked the lecturers, who takes classes for only Class XI and XII, to take the classes from high to middle classes if the number of periods are lesser than prescribed by government for a lecturer.

In the orders from the office of the Director of State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT), which are also signed by secretary (education), it is mentioned that it has come to light that school heads (principals and headmasters) have not been taking up any classes while as per the rule it is compulsory for them to teach their respective subject.

Punjab Education department, Punjab Schools, Punjab School Teacher, Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsThey are rather asked to take up ‘Board classes’ and mentioned the results of classes they teach in their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs). While principals have been asked to take six to 12 periods per week, headmasters have to take six to 15 periods depending upon the number of the students in their respective subjects. If the number of students are up to 200, 12 periods are must for the principals and 15 periods for headmaster and if the the number of students is more than 1,500, six periods are to be taken up by them.

Similarly, lecturers who are supposed to take senior secondary classes – Class XI and XII – have been directed to take up the classes from VI to X also if they have been assigned lesser than prescribed periods by the government. The lecturers would also mention the result of such classes in their ACRs. The orders also asked school heads to mark their attendance on the register as well, apart from mentioning the time of their arrival and leaving the schools.

JEE (Advanced) test only online from next year

The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), for undergraduate admissions to IITs, will only be conducted online from next year. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs in Chennai on Sunday, said a statement from IIT Madras.

The move, the IIT fraternity feels, will ensure quicker evaluation and reduce chances of paper leaks. This year, IITs had to award seven marks each to all candidates because of printing errors in the question paper. The decision to go digital, IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, will also prevent such errors. Sources said the meeting also discussed changes in the marking scheme for JEE (Advanced).

The JAB will set up a committee in a week to work out the roadmap for transition from the pen-and-paper format for the annual entrance test, to online. While it will be implemented by IIT Kanpur in 2018, IIT Roorkee will conduct the entrance test in 2019.

Another committee set up earlier to propose ways to reduce errors in the question paper presented its recommendations at the Sunday meeting, including a suggestion that marks be awarded to a candidate for attempting a question, even if the answer is not right. Currently, candidates get marks only if they give the right answers. The panel suggested that the online JEE Advanced allow the test takers to enter their calculations too, based on which marks could be partially awarded.

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Currently, in the pen-and-paper test for JEE (Advanced), candidates mark the correct answer in multiple choice questions by colouring appropriate bubbles in the Optical Mark Recognition or OMR sheet. The OMR sheet is then scanned by a software to tabulate results.

To take the JEE (Advanced), a candidate first has to clear JEE (Main). This year, 1,59,540 took the JEE (Advanced), out of which 50,455 qualified for admissions to IITs.

“We are trying to change with the times. Today many entrance examinations are already being conducted online. JEE (Advanced) is probably among the last few national-level tests that is still a pen-and paper test,” said a member of the JAB who attended Sunday’s meeting.

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.