Mumbai University misses August 15 deadline too, 1.5 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed

THE UNIVERSITY of Mumbai has missed yet another deadline to declare the final year results. With around 1.5 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed and only 330-odd test results being declared so far, the university failed to meet the August 15 deadline that Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had committed to agitating Yuva Sena members earlier this month.

Of the 1.5 lakh unassessed answersheets, officials said, the largest chunk was from the commerce stream. The number of teachers assessing the papers is low compared to the large number of students in the stream. Moreover, assessment of taxation papers were pending as chartered accountants were not available until last week. A five-day period of holidays has furthered slowed down the process with few teachers reporting for assessment.

mumbai university, mumbai university result, mumbai university result 2017While Deshmukh has been sent on forced leave by Governor and Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, acting V-C Devanand Shinde said new strategies had been implemented with the help of a new technical taskforce. “We cannot commit on a deadline but we are doing our best. Our focus is to get correct results,” he said.

With the current rate of assessment — a few hundred teachers assessing 15,000 papers a day — the work could drag on till the end of August, said sources. The assessment had picked up pace during the non-instructional week with over 3,000 teachers assessing 1.5 lakh papers a day. However, the university cannot afford to announce any more non-instructional days as it would affect the current academic calendar, said Shinde.

Teachers, however, are worried that with the spillover of assessment work, the existing students would suffer. “The academic calendar and teaching period has been reduced drastically, especially with a week-long non-instructional period. We will have to rush through our portions to be able to complete the syllabus for the semester exams,” said a professor of the university on the condition of anonymity.

Forced to dance for living, these transwomen will soon become paramedics

Twenty-four-year-old Jiya was once forced to dance at gunpoint. Now the plucky transwoman from West Bengal is blazing a trail of success as a trainee in an operation theatre (OT) technician’s course. Thanks to a collective effort by queer activists, social workers and healthcare experts, along with Jiya, transwoman Debdutta is also being trained to become an OT technician, not only empowering her community but also bridging the deficit in India’s paramedical personnel sector.

At the School for Skills: Allied Health Sciences located in the Sirona Hospital Group premises in East Midnapore district’s Panskura, Jiya and Debdutta are studying hard with a batch of 50 paramedical course trainees to equip themselves with the right set of skills for a stable career.

“Usually people have an idea that transgenders beg, dance for livelihood. I come from a very poor family and despite being a graduate, I had to face obstruction to eke out a living due to my gender identity. I started to dance in Bihar villages… this continued for three to four years. I also earned money through painting alpanas(traditional patterns) in villages,” Jiya told IANS.

“Now, I feel we have a choice for a career,” said Jiya, who hails from Malda.

“The idea was to have freedom of choice. Just because they are transgender, it doesn’t mean they are not educated and can only beg for a livelihood. They now have an option to be a part of the technical staff of a hospital,” said Mimo Koushik, who identifies himself as queer and is a social entrepreneur with the NGO Prantakatha.

Koushik, also the founder of Sathrangi, a transfeminine clothing, home decor and stationery brand, said the transwomen are being trained free of cost as part of a pilot.

“If we can give them access to opportunity then they can be skilled and trained to work in the healthcare sector. The sector needs people in large numbers and the working conditions are dignified for women,” said Satadal Saha, a general surgeon, also the CEO of the hospital group.

The course fee of Rs 25,000 for a year has been waived for Jiya and Debdutta.

Upon completion, they will be placed with the hospital, said Saha, who is spearheading the training programme along with his team as part of JSV Innovations, that works towards livelihood creation among rural youth with low formal education through training and skilling of a large number of allied health professionals.

transgender, transwomen, education of transgender“Initially, we have taken only two from the community under our wing. We did not know how they would feel… how others would feel and how they will cope with the course. From the next batch we will able to take in more students. They are learning very fast and it is encouraging to see how they have accepted everyone and everyone has accepted them… they never sit alone… they are surrounded by friends,” said Saha.

They are learning about anatomy, infection control, how OTs function and things needed to run an OT among others, said Saha. The course is affiliated with the National Skill Development Corporation. The hospital takes care of boarding and lodging.

According to Bappaditya Mukherjee of Prantakatha, their training also ensures creation of infrastructure for the community. “Often in hospital settings, doctors have inhibitions about treating transgender patients, so having trained people from the community would ensure access to treatment,” Mukherjee said.

As for Jiya, there is no looking back now.

“I find the training interesting. If I don’t do this I will have to go back to my life of dancing. I have resolved to show my family and community that we can do this and we are like anyone else,” she said.

IISER to set up academia industry cell to boost student entrepreneurship potential

The students and faculty members of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata will now get a boost to their entrepreneurship potential as the institute is aiming to set up an academia industry interaction cell, through which interested students can explore manpower training directed by various industries.

“The process of setting up an incubation cell for promoting entrepreneurial potential of our students and faculty members has been initiated,” IISER Kolkata said in a statement.

The institute was set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2006 with an aim to help budding entrepreneurs begin their business ventures by minimising the risk and to research basic and frontier areas of science with a focus on interdisciplinary areas for students at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

IISER,, iiser research, iiser admission 2017, iiser courses, iiser pune, IISER GIAN, education news, indian express“Presently we have national and international collaborations with various national and international institute/universities from the perspective of student and faculty exchange and fruitful scientific collaborations,” the statement said.

The institute is also tapping the talent pool of scientists an entrepreneurs from across the globe through the Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) after establishing physics and chemistry societies. Four GIAN programmes have been conducted till date.

About 78 sponsored research projects and 16 young faculty fellowship programmes are being pursued by the institute with the sponsorship coming from government and non-government agencies. IISER has recieved 223 research projects so far and has Rs 100 crores sanctioned, according to the statement.

IGNOU OPENMAT 2017: Last date to submit application form extended

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has extended the last date for the submission of the entrance test application form for OPENMAT to August 21, 2017. The entrance exam will be held on September 24, 2017.

Admission to the management programmes of IGNOU is done through OPENMAT entrance test which is held twice a year. To appear in the OPENMAT, a candidate has to fill up an application form which is provided along with the student handbook and prospectus. They have to send it in the same envelope by registered/ speed post to reach the IGNOU Headquarters in New Delhi on or before the last date. No other document is required to be submitted along with this form.

IGNOU,, openmat,“The programmes on offer for this session are: MBA, PG Diploma in Human Resource Management, PG Diploma in Financial Management, PG Diploma in Operations Management, PG Diploma in Marketing Management, PG Diploma in Financial Markets Practice,” said Prof. Madhu Tyagi, Director, School of Management Studies, IGNOU.

In case the application form is being filled online, the candidates have to send a demand draft (DD) of Rs 1050 drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at New Delhi.

Exam pattern: The entrance test consists of questions on the following topics general awareness, English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning.

Student elections in Rajasthan on August 28

Student union elections in all higher educational institutes of Rajasthan will be held on August 28, state education minister Kiran Maheshwari said today. The ballot-paper based elections will be conducted for four posts — president, vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary  — from 8 am to 1 pm and the results will be announced later that day, Maheshwari told reporters here.

“The elections will be based on the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee and all vice-chancellors and principals have been directed to ensure there is no violation of the recommendations,” said the state higher education minister.

rajasthan university, rajasthan elections, BJP, university elections 2017The Lyngdoh Committee recommendations laid down guidelines for a free and transparent student election, which include the eligibility criteria of candidates, transparency in election expenditures, as well as barring candidates from re-contesting, irrespective of whether they have won or lost the previous election.

The voter’s list will be published on August 21 and objections will be accepted on August 22, after which the final voters’ list will be released on the same day. Filing of nomination papers will commence on August 23 and the final list will be published on August 24, she added.

Osmania University MBA Tech mgmt May/June exam results 2017 declared at

Osmania University has declared the results for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Technology Management exams which were conducted in May and June 2017. Candidates who have appeared for the exam can check their results from the official website.

Those who complete on year of the course requirements are awarded the postgraduate diploma in technology management (PGD TM) and students who successfully complete two years in the course are awarded the MBA in tech management. The course is conducted in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Andhra Pradesh, and the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), New Delhi.

Candidates will require their 12 digit hall ticket number in order to view their May/June exam results 2017.

Osmania university, osmania university result,, osmania mba result 2017, osmania mba, mba tech mgmt, osmania, education news, indian expressSteps to check Osmania University MBA Tech mgmt May/June exam results 2017:

Step 1: Go to the official website for Osmania University (

Step 2: Click on the tab for the “examination results”.

Step 3: Click on the link for “MBA (Tech. Mgmt) May/June-2017 Results”.

Step 4: Enter your 12 digit hall ticket number in the field provided.

Step 5: Click on “submit”.

Step 6: Download the results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

Maharashtra Board HSC supplementary results date and time: Results to release at

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is likely to release the results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) class 12 supplementary exams this week. While the Board has not confirmed a date of declaration but the results are expected to release end of this week. Students who have appeared for the papers can check their results from the official site and this page to stay updated.

The supplementary exams were conducted in the state from July 11 for students who had failed to clear the main HSC exams which were conducted earlier this year. The results for the main exams were declared on May 30 and more than 15 lakh candidates had registered for the exam.

Among those who appeared, 89.5 per cent had cleared all subject papers. Girls had fared better than boys with 93.5 per cent of those who appeared passing the exams while about 86.65 per cent of the boys passed.

MSBSHSE, maharashtra supplementary result,, maharashtra hsc result, 12th supplementary result,, education news, indian expressSteps to check the MSBSHSE class 12 HSC supplementary result 2017:

Step 1: Go the official website of the Board ( or visit

Step 2: Click on the notification for the HSC supplementary results 2017.

Step 3: Enter your roll number and the required details in the fields provided.

Step 4: Download your results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

CBSE’s initiative helped 135 girls clear JEE Mains 2017

With the help of CBSE’s project Udaan, 135 girl students cracked the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains 2017 for admission in engineering colleges. The scheme was launched to fill the gap between school education and engineering entrance examination.

Under the scheme, girl students who score overall 70 per cent or above and 80 percent in science and mathematics stream get assistance from the government. The beneficiary receives free of cost tutorials, mentoring from teachers, lectures and study material to prepare for the engineering entrance examinations.

Moreover, CBSE also organised virtual contact classes in 60 designated cities. They also got support of helpline services to help them solve queries and monitor student learning. The project motivates meritorious girls towards further study of science and mathematics instead of soft subjects, it hand holds them and provides necessary training.

“The scheme relies on latest technology which gives ease of learning to a girl student without having to step out of her home on a daily basis. The study materials are pre-loaded on tablets and made convenient with mobile applications,” CBSE Chairman RK Chaturvedi said.

jee, cbse results, cbseLast year, the number of qualifying girl students was 143. “It has seen that the participation of girl students in engineering entrance examinations as compared to boys is much lower. More than 75 percent of the registered candidates are boys. The idea is to mainstream girl students and prepare them for future leadership roles by removing social, economic or cultural constraints,” Chaturvedi said.

The scheme is limited for students from families with an annual income of less than Rs 6 lakh. Besides subject experts, students from IITs are also serving as mentors, and motivational tours to IIT Delhi are also arranged under the scheme.

To mitigate the gender gap, the Indian Institute of Technology has already introduced a special quota upto 20 percent for girl candidates.

Indo UK Institute of Health to be headquartered at Amaravati: CM Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid foundation for Indo UK institute of Health (IUIH) Medicity at Amaravati today. The IUIH programme was included in the joint statement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to UK in 2015.

The announcement includes the proposal to set up 11 UK Indo institutes for Health in India with an investment of Rs 17,600 cr. Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said the world’s largest health care unit of Kings College Hospital, London would be set up at Yerrubalem near Mangalagiri at a cost of Rs 1600 cr.

He requested the IUIH management to speed up the works and inaugurate the first phase of international health care system by October 2 next year. He said Amaravati would be headquarters of all the 11 IUIHs in the country.

IUIH, IUIH amaravati, amaravati education, andhra pradhesh education, education news, indian express, indo uk, india ukThe Chief Minister said Amaravati would emerge as health tourism hub with availability of international health care systems. He said three star and five star hotels are coming up in capital region to cater to the needs of tourists. He said 13 medical institutions are coming up in capital region. He said Andhra Pradesh introduced several novel schemes in health care for the benefit of people.

Participating as chief guest Union Minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel said IUIH first centre would be set up at Nagpur and the second one at Amaravati. She stressed the need for developing innovative research programmes in health care to develop the country as a medical tourism hub. She said a task force would be set up to improve health care in the country.

The IUIH MD and CEO Ajay Rajan Gupta said the Indo UK Institute of Health has a vision to provide integrated healthcare across India by partnering with global leaders in research, education, technology, manufacturing and health care delivery. He said one thousand bed hospital each would be set up in all the 11 IUIH cenres in the country.

NEET 2017: Supreme court to hear Tamil Nadu students plea for start of counselling

Tamil Nadu students have sought a Supreme Court directive to push the state government to start the counselling process for medical college aspirants soon. The students’ plea will be heard by the apex body on Thursday so that students who have appeared for and cleared the national entrance can join their preferred colleges.
Advocate Nalini Chidambaram is representing the medical aspirants who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 in the Supreme Court.
neet,, neet 2017, tamil nadu neet, neet counselling, medical school, medical entrance, medical colleges tamil nadu, education news, The Madras High Court has on May 24 stayed any proceedings on the NEET result. The Supreme Court later stayed this order with the need for the declaration of the results and the starting of the counselling process for successful students in mind.
The exam was made compulsory for all medical aspirants in the country last year and the state has sought exemption for its students from the centre. Numerous state ministers have even met Prime minister Narendra Modi on this regard and drafted an ordinance which was received by the Ministry of Home affairs on Tuesday.
NEET was conducted on May 7, 2017, at centres in 103 cities in 10 languages including Hindi, English and Tamil for admission of students to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.