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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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CAT 2017 Results ARE OUT -How To Download Score Card



IIM Lucknow has released the score card for candidates who appeared in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017. Candidates would need their login id and password to login to their account and download their score card. CAT result is declared in the form of percentile score with 100 percentile being the maximum.

How to check CAT 2017 Result?

Step one: Go to official CAT 2017 website:

Step two: Click on the link for CAT 2017 Score Card.

Step three: Enter your login id and password.

Step four: Click on Submit.

Step five: View and download your score card.

Many students may find that the website is still displaying the link for CAT 2016 Score Card. In that case, candidates are advised to clear their cache or open the website in incognito mode and access the result link for CAT 2017.

Last year, 20 students had scored 100 percentile in CAT 2016. The number of 100 percentile scorers this year remains to be seen.


Now, the IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for selection rounds. The ensuing selection process comprises Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidates are selected for selection rounds primarily on the basis of their CAT percentile and academic performance.


CAT is conducted by IIMs for admission to post graduate management programmes at 20 IIMs. CAT scores are also used by non-IIM institutes such as MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, FMS Delhi etc. CAT scores are valid for one year and can be downloaded from the website within a period of one year.


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Parliamentary Panel For Statutory Status To NCVT 




A parliamentary panel has recommended to accord statutory powers to the National Council for vocational training (NCVT). This is being done so that NCVT could play the role of a regulator for skill education, on the lines of bodies like the UGC and the AICTE.

The panel chaired by Kirit Somaiya is of the view that the NCVT should be further empowered by bringing its powers under the ambit of law since this would help it to perform better regulatory functions and oversight over the industrial training institutes (ITIs) in India. At present, there are nearly 14,000 ITIs in the country, both public as well as private, and their numbers are on the rise.


— the star rating system should not be left to be voluntarily adopted by ITIs but made applicable on all of them to improve the quality of skill training.

— an alternative approach while dealing with ITIs who fail to comply with norms related to infrastructure facilities and faculties for training instead of de-affiliation by the Directorate General of Training. This being suggested since the de-affiliation adversely impacts the trainees enrolled in such institutes.


The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship began grading the industrial training institutes across the country by giving them star ratings based on their facilities, performance and placement record last year. The government’s vocational training programmes are administered by ITIs, which cater to about 36 per cent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.


The evaluation is done in two phases, a self-appraisal followed by an in-depth assessment by the Directorate General of Training, the umbrella body overseeing the functioning of ITIs and other training institutes.

The grading of ITIs helps the students to choose from the best institutes, and employers by providing them the formal governmental recognition for the level of quality of training and facilities provided at the institutes.

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Jamia Polls won’t violate HC order: JAC



A Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students, formed to reinstate students’ union elections at Jamia Millia Islamia, has submitted the legal opinion of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde to the university administration. They have also asked the university to announce the date of elections.


In the communication, Hegde has said:

— Elections in the institute would not violate any High Court order

— Students’ union polls at Jamia have been banned since 2006, allegedly because students had started interfering in administrative matters

— The university has cited a 2012 writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court

— University argues that they cannot hold elections till the petitioner withdraws the petition


Hegde has said, “There is nothing on record to suggest that conducting student elections would violate any order of the honorable court. To the contrary, they would only be in furtherance of the assurances given to the court by JMI, in its affidavit dated July 20… for more than six years after filing of this affidavit, the matter appears not to have proceeded further in the court. Unless there is a specified direction of the court to stop the process, the university must endeavour to fulfil the general directive towards conduct of fair and free elections.”

Meeran Haider, a JAC member, who, along with others, had gone on a hunger strike for seven days over the issue, said the legal opinion had been submitted to Dean of Student Welfare. Jamia media coordinator Saima Saeed said the matter would be looked into when the university reopens on January 16.

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