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Grannies Also Have Right To Learn as Ajibai Chi shala sets up in Thane




Age is no bar for learning. This was proved right when a school, named ajibai chi shala was established for grannies in Fangane village at Murbad in Thane district. Sheetal More (26) is the lone teacher for this special cause and she prides this job. Sheetal is ecstatic about her 29 students ability to sign. This was one of the objectives of the seniors’ education initiative in which all the women students, above 60 should know to sign, thereby putting an end to thumb impressions on official documents. Professor Yogendra Bangar has spearheaded this noble cause by starting the school on International Women’s Day, March 8.


Sheetal says that praising one aaji by her does not go down well with other aajis. They complain that had they got same attention and focus, they would have also produced good results. So, she began praising the entire class at once for a good result without singling anyone as special. An all along, Sheetal has learnt many aspects of teaching.”



The school has something unique to its credit. It teaches a 92-year-old student as well.

Here Sheetal has to take special care while teaching her students because each is different. One of the front benchers in her class is Kantabai More, her mother-in-law. She is at times strict with them for being less attentive. And in such cases she feels a bit upset in pulling up her mother-in-law. Sheetal feels that getting angry at them, really upsets them.


The deteriorating senses of her students is a big challenge for Sheetal to deal with. “Some hearing problem for which she has to go near them to explain things. Some aajis have poor eyesight. Another challenge she faces is dealing with her oldest student, a 92 year old aaji whose hands shiver while writing. She has to hold her hand and help her in writing.


Sheetal says that they have been focusing on barakhadi (alphabets) and numbers, to teach the students. The uniform is a pink sari. Those who had lost their husbands were unwilling to wear green sarees, which was earlier decided for them. So, pink saree was chosen for all.

The shala which operates from a village school, run by zilla parishad has classes between 2 pm-4 pm on all days, except on Thursday because aajis go to attend satsang. Gangubai Kedar (65) says, “during their time when people went to school, women were confined to their homes for handling household chores and generally the atmosphere was not conducive for women education. Still she feels glad to have got this opportunity to learn though it has come very late.


Sheetal says the main reason behind the running of this school till date is “I think the only reason we could run the school is that the aajis were and are happy about it. Unless there is some work, none of them like to miss a single day at school.” The idea for opening the shala struck Bangar’s conscience when he found that nearly all village women were illiterate and unable to recite the epics on Shivaji Jayanti.

The grannies assemble inside the school and begin the day by reciting a poem, “Me mothi zhalyavar shalet jaaein dada barobar (When I grow up I will go to school with my elder brother).” Some of them forget the lines and all of them stop abruptly. When their teacher asks why they stopped reciting the poem, all of them start giggling, like schoolgirls do.


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IIT Roorkee given 4th position among top IITs in Times Higher Education-2018



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IIT Roorkee has ranked 4 th among IITs in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies which is one of the world’s influential university rankings

IIT, Stands for Indian Institute of Technology. IIT conducts their own entrance examination ever year and it is one of the toughest in the world. By cracking this exam, you are considered to the bright students of India . IIT give engineering degree to only 9000 students in the whole country. There are 17 IIT’s at present and many more are coming up.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee which was established in 1847 and formerly known as university of roorkee located in roorkee, uttarakhand, India.IITR is one of the oldest Engineering Institute of Asia as it was established in British India times by lieutenant governor, Sir James Thomason.It is also considered of one of the most spellbinding campuses in the country.

IIT Roorkee- Rising at pace

IITR has ranked 4 th among IITs in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies. In national university/institutes it has ranked 5th. It comes next to Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. Universally, it has improved its position from 62nd   from to 56th. It has taken number one position in ‘Citations’ category, which shows that the research carried out at IIT Roorkee is widely recognized. Moreover, In Indian Institutions of ‘Overall Category,’ IIT Roorkee occupies 4th position in the revenue generated from Industry, which shows the extent of Industry- Academia Collaboration.

Theprofessorsat IITR are just like at any other IITs-mediocre at best. They are likely happy to see that their colleagues and students is getting globally recognized.Apart from studies this college also provides with the best of sports facilities and best of coaches. The campus of IIT Roorkee is the most beautiful campus among all IIT as it is nearby Massoorie, Dhanolti, Rishikesh, Shimla, Delhi, Nainital, Jim Corbet, Devaprayag, Lansdowne which are popularly known as weekend destinations.

Recently, this institute was engaged in 219 research projects and 570 industrial cooperations many of which are of national interest. IITR has upgraded itself with many changes in its academics making the IITR life more flexible for students and faculty.

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Government taking savage action not refunding withdrawal fees



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A senior HRD Ministry official says higher education institutions not returning withdrawal fees a student will soon face punitive action

Higher education is valued because of its signalling power i.e. the college experience does not form people into more valuable or learned individuals capable of doing good work, but it sorts people into groups and attaches degrees to those who were already capable.

Most of the people believe education institutions can help any hard working person. But not everyone is able to attend a college or university because of one common barrier called money. And sometimes this money in the form of fees is not returned by these educational or professional institutions at the time of withdrawal of the admission. Also some institutions deduct an extravagant amount while returning the fees.

AICTE and UGC Regulations

According to AICTE and UGC norms now institutions have to return the fees and original documents of students when a student ask for the withdrawal of the admission.

So, as to maintain the right of every student to choose their institutions and prevent them from the exploitation government will be taking punitive actions.

The Human Resource Development Ministry ordered the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take savage action against the educational institutions, including deemed varsities, who are not refunding the students withdrawal fees.

The educational institutions who will not follow the parameters of the HRD will have to face serious issues which will include withdrawal of approval and recognition of erring institutions.

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Estonia- land of new education for Indian students




Indian students can now look at Estonia in EU as a new hub to get an international qualification. Estonia, a place for independent minds situated in the Baltic region of northern Europe bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland. Many students from Indian origin travel from India to abroad for pursuing higher studies. Most of the students, generally head to the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In 2006, nearly 123,000 chosen different countries for higher studies.

Estonia, small country with 1.3 million has emerged as a global leader in e-government operations. . Its electronic ID push has created a more connected society, made public and private services more personalized and convenient, and established the capital city of Tallinn as an innovation hotspot — all while protecting individual privacy.Their citizens complete every municipal or state service online and in minutes.Tallinn their capital city is now mentioned in the same breath as Berlin, London.

Estonia – The New Student Hub

The latest statistics show that there are now more than 22,000 e-residents signed up from 138 countries and they make an enormous contribution to Estonia in return for the opportunities that they deliver to them. In fact, the weekly application rate is currently higher than Estonia’s weekly birth rate!

Voting in Estonia have become so easy that 85% are e-voters and once people go digital, they don’t go back.

Estonia produced more per capita start-ups than any other European country.They even opened up its e-government to outsiders, offering an “e-residency” that enables entrepreneurs to start a business in the country while living elsewhere.

All courses are internationally accredited and in accordance with the European Standards (ESG).University of Tartu features in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, and Tallinn University of Technology features in the QS University Rankings: EECA 2016, a ranking of the leading universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

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