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FYJC admissions: At 76.80%, minority cut-off for science at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s hits 5-year low

In an indication that cut-offs for junior college seats could fall this year, St Xavier’s College, Fort, closed its first merit list in the science stream for minority students at 76.80% on Tuesday — nearly 6% lower than last year. This is the lowest cut-off for science at the college in the past five years. This is also the first time in two years the science cut-off — the minimum marks needed for admissions — in the college dropped below 80%. This was unexpected, as colleges predicted higher

FYJC admission deadline in Mumbai may be extended if site glitches stay

After shutting the first year junior college (FYJC) admissions website for maintenance on Wednesday, the state’s school education department has decided to extend the application deadline if students encounter any problems on Thursday. The site will be opened at 10 am. Education minister Vinod Tawde had declared that the site was shut for a day after it repeatedly crashed over the weekend, unable to handle the load. The officials later said it had been repaired and students would be able to acc

Mumbai schools refuse to take part in Yoga Olympiad

Schools in the city have refused to take part in a Yoga Olympiad from Sunday to Tuesday, ahead of World Yoga Day on June 21 — Wednesday. Schools said they don’t have time for too many extra-curricular activities and will only mark the day with token activities. The olympiad will be held for the first time this year by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It has described the event as “an Olympic sports event or peace run in the field of yoga.” According to the min

Day 1 of Mumbai FYJC admissions: Link to fill application form activated late

On Day 1 of FYJC admissions, glitches on the new portal had students waiting hours to access application forms. By the end of the day, only a few students were able to fill the option form — where they list their college preferences. This is because the education department activated this link late. More than 2.5 lakh students are vying for first-year junior college seats. The admissions are centralised and online across the state for the first time this year.Earlier, admissions only in major

FYJC admissions in Mumbai: Quota seat applicants ineligible for general seats this year

Admissions to first-year junior colleges (FYJC) this year were meant to be simpler. The state government said it revamped the process to make it more “student friendly”, but students said this revamp has only made it tougher for them to get a seat in a college of their choice. For the first time this year, the department will conduct a ‘zero round’ before it opens admissions for the general category. The zero round is for admissions to reserved seats — in-house, minority and management quotas

SSC results 2017: Success stories from Mumbai

Saved from a dark past, six teens dream of a bright future Neha Naidu, 17, was adopted eight years ago by an NGO after she was rescued from the streets where she used to be ragpicker. On Tuesday, she scored 84.2% in her SSC boards. “I want to study hard and find a job. I want a respectable living for myself,” said the teenager. She, however, is still unsure about what she wants to pursue in college. NGO Support adopts children every year. Six of them --- Nisha Shetty, Manisha Roy, Dilip Kuma

With NEET in mind, fewer Mumbai students switch to Maharashtra board

After the abolition of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for medical admissions, the state board’s Higher Secondary Certificate is losing popularity among engineering and medical aspirants, said city schools. Earlier, students from national school boards, such as CBSE and ICSE, used to switch to state board after class 10 as MH-CET was based on the HSC syllabus. But the trend is changing now. A majority among the city’s high scorers in the class 10 CBSE and ICSE exams are sticking to th

No merit list for law courses in Maharashtra leaves aspirants in limbo

Though the results of the state’s Common Entrance Test (CET) for five-year and three-year LLB courses were declared last week, aspirants are still waiting for the consolidated merit list. A Directorate of Higher Education (DHE) official said candidates have made mistakes while providing information about themselves in the applications for the entrance test and that is causing the delay. He said the list will be made public after candidates register for the centralised admission process (CAP) an

Andheri school abuse case: Child rights panel to look into police investigation

Maharashtra’s child rights panel will take suo-moto (on its own) cognisance of the case against a Mumbai school trustee for allegedly raping a three-year-old student. On Tuesday, parents said the school had ‘ignored’ complaints made by the child’s mother before she approached the police. Parents also said the school did not have CCTV cameras in the premises, although it is now mandatory. On May 18, the girl’s mother filed a rape case under section 376 (2) of the Indian Penal Code and sections o

Mumbai students find courses that combine school, college syllabus with competitive exams stressful

Integrated courses, which combine school and college syllabi with those of competitive exams, are taking a toll on students, said school principals. There are a plethora of integrated courses available which claim to prepare students for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) or National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) along with Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). Colleges say they tie up with coaching centres to save students time claiming they don’t have to go to college if they attend these coac

Technical glitches mar Day 1 of degree college admission in Mumbai

Day 1 of the admission process in degree colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai (MU) was marred by technical glitches. Many students said couldn’t complete the online pre-admission registration. Students complained that the MU portal often became unresponsive and they had trouble registering their mobile numbers. By 8:30pm on Thursday, 20,497 students had applied on the university portal and 19,514 managed to register. But many were unable to complete the form. Students this year have

HSC results: Mumbai students beat the odds to score well

Two autistic students from Navi Mumbai overcame their disability to pass with flying colours in the HSC exams. Sabarish Shriram and Aditya Rao, both Class 12 commerce students at Fr Agnel College in Vashi, scored 78.77% and 71.69%, respectively. According to Sabarish’s family, he has a mild version of autism, which makes it difficult for him to socialise. But he didn’t have trouble with academics. “He was better in accounting than many normal students. IT was his favourite subjects,” said his g

Rumours about HSC exam result dates add to Mumbai students’ stress

On Thursday, a news website sent students and teachers in a tizzy when it said the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam results would be announced at 1pm. The same site had earlier wrongly reported that the Class 12 CBSE results would be out on May 24. Several such unconfirmed reports and messages posted by online news sites are declaring result dates for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams — a different date every day — and adding to the students’ stress. This year, the results of the C

FYJC admissions: Most Mumbai students prefer arts, but colleges have more seats for science, commerce

When it comes to first-year junior college admissions, the numbers simply don’t tell the story. There are more science and commerce seats up for grabs in Mumbai’s colleges this year — 5,600 more science seats and 3,000 more for commerce — even though their demand has been steadily dropping. There are fewer arts and humanities seats — 34,180 seats this year, lower than last year’s 35,269 — even though more and more students are choosing the stream. Educators said the arts stream was not growing
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