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Parents come together to fight education mafia in Mumbai

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Parents upset at schools charging high fees but not delivering on quality have joined hands to fight the system collectively. A rainbow coalition of parents and parent organisations are getting together to form the All India Federation of Parents’ Associations so that they can collectively battle irregularities in the system. The federation is in the process of getting itself registered with Mumbai’s charity commissioner.

“While commercialisation of education is rampant throughout the country, there is a growing criminalisation of the education system. We want to stop it before it spreads like cancer,” says Dr Avisha Kulkarni, the sole parent on the state government fee regulatory committee, who will be the general secretary of the federation. Incidentally, Kulkarni is involved in a legal battle against the management of her daughter’s school over fees.

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Maharashtra Government Signs Education Alliance with Microsoft

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Computer giant Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd and Maharashtra government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mutually co-operate in the education sector. Microsoft will help to adopt ICT in government schools and work toward enhancing skills of workforce in the state.

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Minister for Education, Government of Maharashtra, said, “IT education and access to the latest IT tools and software will go a long way towards giving them a competitive advantage. We look forward to Microsoft’s expertise in this area.”

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SC lets tech colleges add new seats, courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for adding more seats and introducing new courses in engineering and technical colleges in Maharashra.

A bench of Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Satasivam allowed a special leave petition filed by Indira College of Engineering, Pune, against a 2008 full bench judgment of the Bombay high court. The HC had also held that All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regulations provided that if it granted approval to additional intake capacity or new courses before June 30, then only the directive would hold good for the current year. The development in the apex court will now ensure that technical institutions in Maharashtra will not have to wait for the next year and will be able to add new seats from this academic year.

When about 10 professional colleges were seeking additional seats this year, the AICTE–the regulator of technical and business education of India–said it could not grant them the permission after June 15 since the full bench judgment of the Bombay HC had set that date as a cut-off for granting approval.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, along with advocate Hitesh Jain, representing the college in the SC said the HC order was contrary to the AICTE rules as well as to an earlier order of the SC.

Source: Times of India

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