Physical education and art classes in Maharashtra schools may become an hour longer

The state’s school education department may increase the duration of art and physical education classes in Maharashtra schools by an hour to give students more time to develop their creative and athletic skills. A delegation of teachers from across Maharashtra met education minister Vinod Tawde to demand more teaching time for these subjects. Currently, there are two-three sessions of art and physical education a week, which teachers said was insufficient. Extra-curricular subjects are important for students as they impart life skills and provide a break from the academic rigmarole, said…

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It’s raining: Avoid these trekking destinations in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra

While making trips during the monsoon season, you need to be careful where you are heading and take the necessary precautions for certain areas. On the other hand there are certain places which need to be completely avoided, as it may end up being a bad idea heading out if ultimately due to some weather conditions you end up getting stuck, ruining your holiday. 1) Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon   Exits from Nainital in Uttarakhand are often blocked in the…

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H1N1 bigger killer than dengue and malaria in Maharashtra

The H1N1 influenza virus which entered the list of infectious diseases with a global pandemic in 2009, has overtaken dengue and malaria to become the biggest killer among seasonal ailments in Maharashtra. Since its appearance, the viral infection has claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the state, about five times the fatalities caused by dengue and three times that of malaria in the same period. The viral infection is now next only to tuberculosis and AIDS in the state’s list of top contagious killer diseases. TB and AIDS together are responsible for more than 10,000 deaths…

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HC upholds two-level entry RTE rules in Maharashtra schools

  MUMBAI: The Bombay high court in an important order on Friday upheld the Maharashtra government’s rules that specified two entry levels — one at the pre primary and the second one at class 1 — for admissions under the twenty five per cent quota under the Right To Education. A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Vijay Achliya upheld the 25 per cent quota and asked the state to set up an advisory council as per provisions of the RTE law. The dispute was over the January…

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Marathi to be made the official language of Maharashtra

  The education department has decided to incorporate Marathi language in the curriculum of schools affiliated to CBSE, ICSE, IB, IGCSE and CIE boards. But as said by Vinod Tawde the education minister, Marathi will not be made compulsory. The state has decided to make amendments in the Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964. The amendments will be done to declare Marathi as the official language of the state. “Every person living in Maharashtra must know Marathi whether he comes here for work, to do business or study. Also, every student…

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Over 30 percent seats left vacant last year during admission process in Maharashtra

    The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, June 16, has directed the Maharashtra state education department to ensure that there is total transparency in the admission process. Naresh Patil and S B Shukre, who are in a division bench of justices told the state to spell out its plan about seats in colleges that will remain after three rounds of online admissions. For the next hearing on July 2, the court has asked the government to submit steps that it will take to introduce its plans. The judges said,…

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