Mumbai University misses results deadline again, wants 5 more days now

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WITH OVER 2.94 lakh answersheets yet to be assessed, the University of Mumbai missed the Monday deadline set by Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. The future of over 4.5 lakh students is now uncertain with the university saying it needs at least five more days to come out with the results.

Even as the results of third-year science students were declared Monday, students of most major streams, including commerce, engineering and law, will have to wait longer for their final year results. Registrar M A Khan said the university would now ensure all results were declared by August 5.

Of the 477 exams conducted in March and April this year, the university has so far declared results 171-odd papers, despite the Maharashtra Public Universities Act mandating that results be declared within 45 days of the exams.

The delay has been attributed to the hasty implementation of the ‘onscreen assessment process’ for correcting final year answersheets this year. The process requires answersheets to be scanned and then evaluated, leaving no room for tampering. But the university failed to appoint an agency in time to help with the technology and infrastructure. The agency was finally appointed on April 27. As a result, paper assessment, which usually starts three days after the exams, was delayed by more than a month after the exams.

Following the unprecedented delay in the declaration of results, Governor Rao had on July 4 pulled up officials and directed the university to declare all results by July 31.

He had also asked Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh to complete the assessments on war footing and ensure all technical glitches in the new onscreen assessment system were smoothened out.

Following the governor’s directive, the university has delegated part of its assessment work to other state universities, including those in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. However, technical glitches in the system and the difference in syllabi have hindered the work. On Monday, Savitribai Phule Pune University kicked off the process by allotting nearly 50 teachers for the purpose. However, not more than 100 papers could be corrected in a day, said an official in the university. Similar complaints were reported from other universities too.

Students, meanwhile, will bear the consequences of the university’s failure to declare results in time. Several students who have applied to universities abroad and colleges within the country may have to drop a year as it is past the deadline of most of these colleges to accept marksheets. Those seeking jobs too are unable to join or apply without their final year results.

The delay, which has put the future of students in jeopardy, has also led to uproar in the ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly. The Shiv Sena and the Congress have also demanded the resignation of Education Minister Vinod Tawde as well as V-C Deshmukh over the fiasco.

“A privilege motion would be moved against Vinod Tawde for his failure to meet the promise given on the floor of the House,” said Shiv Sena leader in the Legislative Council Anil Parab.

Amid the chaos over result declaration, economics professor Neeraj Hatekar has decided to take voluntary retirement. Making the announcement through a Facebook post, Hatekar claimed that he was distressed over “whatever is going on at the University of Mumbai”, and said he wanted to fight for the university’s betterment from the outside.

Meanwhile, the Bombay University College and Teachers’ Union has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against the university seeking the court’s intervention against the “arbitrary, subjective and hasty decisions” of the V-C to implement the onscreen assessment system.

Mumbai University results to release by August 5: Chief Minister

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The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly on August 1 that theresults of the Mumbai University (MU) will be out by August 5. The MU results were initially sloted to release on July 31, a deadline announced by the Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao earlier.

Due to delay in declaring the results has stopped many students to apply in foreign universities. In the Assembly, the Shiv Senasought the removal of the MU Vice Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh. “The work for assessing around 17 lakh papers is undertaken in one go, which could have been implemented in phases. It (phase-wise assessment) could have helped in avoiding the current mess,” the chief minister said. The Minister said while 14 lakh papers have been assessedbut the results cannot be announced unless all the papers are evaluated. “The university has also completed (the assessment of) results of 171 exams, but all the results will be declared by August 5,” Fadnavis said.

The Minister said while 14 lakh papers have been assessed but the results cannot be announced unless all the papers are evaluated. “The university has also completed (the assessment of) results of 171 exams, but all the results will be declared by August 5,” Fadnavis said.

The varsity will issue the certificates by August 15 for those students who are keen on going abroad, he said. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar blamed the  government for the entire mess over the results. “The minister has failed completely. The results of 306 exams are still awaited because of the delay in the online assessment,” Pawar added.

Shiv Sena MLC Anil Parab moved a breach of privilege motion against Education Minister Vinod Tawde in the Legislative Council over the delay in declaration of results.

“The education minister had assured the House that results will be declared on time, which did not happen. I am thus moving a Privilege Motion against him,” the Sena leader said.

Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt said if the online assessmenthad to be done, it should have been carried out in phases anda pilot project should have been launched involving a fewthousand students.

SSC CGL admit card released for all regions, exam begins on Aug 5

The Staff Selection Commission has released the admit card for candidates appearing in the Combined Graduate Level Tier 1  examination.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the admit card for candidates appearing in the Combined Graduate Level Tier 1 (CGL Tier 1) examination 2017 from all the regions.

Candidates can download the admit card for CGL tier 1 examination from SSC’s official website. Click on the link for admit card on the top nav bar of the home page. Click on the link for the region from which you have applied. This will take you to the regional websites of SSC from where you can download your admit card. Key in the required details and your admit card will be displayed on the screen. Take a printout and keep the admit card safely.

Or

Click on the links given below to go to the login page of the regional websites for downloading the admit card:

Eastern Region:Admit card

Western region (Mumbai): Admit card

Madhya Pradesh Region:Admit card

Central Region:Admit card

North Western region:Admit card

Kerala Karnataka region:Admit card

North Eastern region:Admit card

Southern Region:Admit card

Northern Region:Admit card

The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam will be held from August 5 to August 24 this year. The exam is being conducted to fill up different categories of posts in various ministries, departments, and organisations in the government.

The exam will comprise a computer based examination for Tier-I and Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III, and Paper- IV), written descriptive exam for Tier-III and CPT/DEST/document verification for Tier-IV.

Questions in Paper-I will be of Class 10 level, Paper-II of Class 12 level and Paper-III of graduation level.

Candidates selected for appointment are liable to serve anywhere in India.

Note: Visit the official website of the SSC regularly for latest updates.

Is life getting to you? Here are 5 effective ways to de-stress and let it go

Meditating for just 10 minutes every day can help you de-stress and prevent the mind from wandering.

Stress is an inescapable part of daily life. Yet, if you are persistently stressed over a period of time, it can increase risk of cardiovascular disease. But don’t get worked up just yet. Research also shows that how we deal with stress is more important than the level of stresswe face. To put it simply, irrespective of how many or how few stressful events a person faces, it is how they think of the event that matters. Those who experienced a greater spike in negative emotions had lower heart rate variability and may be at a higher risk for heart disease.

So, if you are keen to deal more effectively with stress (no, hitting the bottle is not a good idea), here are some things that you can do:

1) Meditation: It is for a reason that meditation is suggested as an effective tool to de-stress. It can help you identify and consequently avoid negative thoughts, as well as improve concentration. It can also help the mind to stop wandering. And the best part: it can be practised anywhere. You can try sitting cross-legged and focus on your breathing or visualise a happy scene or chant.

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2) Socialise: Misery enjoys company, and so does stress. Meeting and talking to friends and family about your life might offer a new perspective to your problems, and make them seem not so insurmountable. Several studies have shown that people with fewer family and close friends have shorter life expectancy, with loners experiencing the stress of loneliness equivalent to a lifetime of smoking.

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3) Eat well: You can’t beat stress on an empty stomach. Instead, why not load up with stress busting foods such as leafy vegetables, oatmeal, yoghurt, nuts, chocolate and blueberries.

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4) Sleep it off: When you sleep, your mind works in putting things in perspective. Previous research by UC Berkeley suggested that sleep helps us manage difficult experiences and dreams help sort events.

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5) Listen to music: Change the soundtrack in your head by listening to music that you like. It can relax your mind and lower the levels of stress hormones. There are also meditation sound apps that play calming sounds that help you centre yourself.

You can eat healthy without ditching taste. Just follow these top 5 tricks

Olive oil is full of mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.

Small changes in your food habits go a long way. Instead of going on a crash diet or adopting the latest health fad, it’s better to make healthy choices and modify your everyday meals. We get Indizza – The Delivery Kitchen’s head chef, Bijender Singh, to show you how.

1) Say yes to smart fats:

Use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocados, and avocado seed oil for cooking, or as a salad dressing. These oils are rich stores of precious mono-unsaturated fats, which have fat burning properties.

2) Consume complex carbs:

There are many benefits of switching from simple carbohydrates to complex carbs. They contain more fibre and help boost metabolism. For instance, you can substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat or multi-grain flour. Swap rice with brown rice or cauliflower rice. It’s light and fluffy, like couscous. It’s also tender.

3) Roast, bake and steam:

Home cooks can effortlessly opt for methods like baking, roasting or steaming, over frying. A dry-heat cooking method, baking requires little-added fat. And if you use a roasting rack, any fat will drain out during cooking.

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4) Go for natural sweeteners:

Who said you can’t eat dessert if you’re trying to eat healthy? Switch from white sugar to natural sweeteners like raw honey and jaggery as they are packed with nutrients that help with good digestion.

5) Make healthy dips and spreads:

Instead of using low-calorie mayonnaise or low fat spreads, go for a healthier option of using hung curd with simple seasoning. While other dressing and dips may make you feel bloated, hung curd is actually a cooling agent that also hydrates the body. It also acts as an antioxidant.

Bill to start exams in Classes 5 and 8 on anvil: Javadekar

The government is likely to bring a bill in Parliament to start examinations in Classes 5 and 8 following the recommendation of 24 states at a meeting of CABE to hold such tests.

The government is likely to bring a bill in Parliament to start examinations in Classes 5 and 8 following the recommendation of 24 states at a meeting of CABE to hold such tests.

“We are bringing a bill to have examinations for classes 5 and 8 and I hope you will give your support to this bill,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told members in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.

He said the proposed bill will have scope for giving a repeat chance to all students who fail in March. They will be allowed to take the test again in May.

The Minister, however, clarified that the central law, once brought, will not be made compulsory on the states and it will be left to the states whether they wanted to hold such examination for students of class 5 and 8, even though 24 states already want the test.

In reply to a question, he admitted that the dropout rate in government schools was almost double than that in the private schools.

“Yes, the truth is that there is a fall in the levels of government schools and the people have started getting attracted towards private schools,” he said.

In his written reply to the question, he said, “the dropout rate of students is higher in government than in private schools. The dropout rate is nearly half in private schools in comparison to the government schools.”

Javadekar also said that there was no separate study to find out the reason for higher dropout rate in government schools as compared to private schools.

He said the real problem was in Class 9 as currently, no examination is held in classes 1 to 8 and no child fails.

He said three to four years ago, the enrolment in government schools was declining by 4% while that of private schools was rising by 8%.

“Both issues are a matter of concern and it is important to improve the standard of education in government schools and a number of steps are being taken in this regard,” he said.

Javadekar cited many states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh where efforts have been made to help check dropouts by making education informative and entertaining.

Asked whether there was a proposal to hand over government schools to the private sector to help improve their standards in education, the Minister replied in the negative.

“There is no proposal of handing over government schools to private players,” he said.

5 Effective Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff

5 Effective Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dandruff

Dry skin, yeast infection, unhealthy diet, or any other skin-related ailments, dandruff is caused due to several reasons but the tricky part is that it can be incredibly difficult to treat. To do away with the white flakes, here are some effective home remedies

. Manoj Khanna, owner of Enhance Clinic, shares some common ingredients and substances you use at home that can save the day.

1. Baking soda:

Wet your hair and then rub a handful of baking soda, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, using a mild shampoo. Baking soda will counter the growth of overactive fungi and leave you with a cleaner mane.

2. Aspirin: What makes this work? A special substance called salicylic acid that also forms an essential ingredient in a host of medicated anti-dandruff shampoos. For freedom from dandruff, crush two aspirin tablets to a fine powder and add it your shampoo. Apply this solution and leave it for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly.

3. Mouthwash:

Surprised? Don’t be because it really works. Try mouthwash for that dash of freshness and much needed respite from dandruff. First, wash your hair with regular shampoo and then give it a final rinse with an alcohol-based mouthwash. Its anti-fungal properties will inhibit the growth of dandruff-producing yeast and leave you with shiny hair. Don’t forget to use a conditioner.

4. Salt: The abrasive quality of salt can work wonders

. Just sprinkle some salt directly on to your scalp. Then, massage it using circular motions like you would with a scrub. This will cleanse the scalp and leave it spic and span, ready to be shampooed as usual.

5. Garlic: Barring the pungent smell, this is one of the best ways to beat dandruff. Its potent anti-fungal properties can fight dandruff like nothing else. To cut the odour, you can mix crushed garlic with honey. Apply this paste liberally on to the scalp before shampooing.

5 Superb Beauty Remedies for the Wedding Season

5 Superb Beauty Remedies for the Wedding Season

Weddings mean festivity, and festivity means celebration. So the great Indian wedding is all about celebration and the madness that comes along with it. In all this chaos, one has to stay focused, balanced and multi task with everything and everyone – friends, relatives, colleagues and guests.

Most Indian weddings start September onward. In fact, it’s almost as if we have an additional season to our annual cycle and that is the wedding season. A hectic flurry of activities never seem to end from venue selection, decorations, outfits, jewellery, grooming, gifts, catering, guest lists, pandits, themes, mehendi… and the list goes on. Stress levels are at its prime too, in anticipation of that perfect Indian wedding.

 

I believe that if you are about to get married, you need to plan in advance and work towards tying up everything well before time. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your wedding too.

Simple Tips to Keep in Mind

 

To look good and get that natural glow, you need to eat healthy and keep your skin well looked after at least six weeks before “D day”. Yes, your diet plays a crucial role and you mustn’t neglect it. Here are a few tips –

 

– Be conscientious about your liquid intake. Avoid alcohol and increase natural drinks like water, chaachlassi, fresh fruit juices and nimbu pani.

– Add at least five pieces of fruits daily to your diet and that does not mean a bit of each but a whole piece – 1 full apple, 1 full orange, 1 bowl of pomegranate, 1 bowl of papaya, etc.

 

– Lots of salads and freshly made soups are highly recommended.

– I commonly find to-be-brides and grooms suffering from dark circles. It is inevitable due to stress, chaotic lifestyle, hectic schedules and late nights. But it is a must to relax and sleep on time (it is not without reason that we call it ‘beauty sleep’), as well as take out “me time” for a little pampering.

 

– Exercise regularly to help improve blood circulation, tone up the body, get rid of those extra kilos and prevent a sluggish looking skin.

 

– I would even suggest practicing meditation to calm the nerves and relax the wound up mind which very often buzzes with a million thoughts at this time. You can start with just 5 minutes a day and you will see the difference.

Recipes for Super Skin and Hair

 

Here are time tested recipes for super skin –

 

1. For Dry Skin 

 

Take 1 tsp oatmeal, add 1 tsp of honey, milk and the paste of 5 almonds. Mix well and apply on to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and scrub off patting with just a wee bit of milk. Wash face with cold water.

 

2. For Combination Skin

 

Take 4 ground green olives, 1 tsp fresh aloe vera gel, 2 tsp orange peel powder and 2 tsp yoghurt. Mix well and apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Pat with rose water and scrub off.

 

It should be done only 3 times a week.

3. For the Body – Ubtan

 

I have tried this wonderful recipe – Ubtan – on several brides and grooms and it has had fabulous results for clean, exfoliated and super soft skin ridding the skin of all dead skin accumulation.

 

Mix 1 cup oatmeal, 50gm almond powder and 50gm rice powder. Take 4-5 tsp of it and mix it with 2 tsp honey and full cream milk to make a thick pakora-like consistency. Apply all over body and leave it on till semi dry. Dab with milk and scrub in a rotating manner, especially on the neglected areas like elbows, knees, buttocks, back, etc. Wash off with water.

 

4. For Gorgeous Hair

 

Do have regular oil massages followed by steaming, preferably with a good quality Mahabhringraj oil (the king of hair herbs) or Brahmi oil.

 

Another incredible hair paste that can be used once every ten days is –

 

1 mashed avocado mixed with a little milk and 1 tsp pure desi ghee. Apply all over hair and cover with a shower cap for an hour. Shampoo with a mild herbal shampoo.

5. Scrubs

 

Body massages and body scrubs are not mere pampering before a wedding, but an essential part of grooming. Have one every 10 days at least 2 months before the wedding date.

 

With simple, planned out grooming schedules you’ll be able to reduce your stress and look your best for that special day which comes once in a lifetime. So all the best!

5 Amazing Home Remedies for Dry Hair

5 Amazing Home Remedies for Dry Hair

Dry, unmanageable and unconditioned hair

is not a pretty sight and can lead to a lot of problems. Not only does this hair type lack lustre and shine, but is also prone to hair fall issues

. I have come across many people, both men and women, who use everything and just about anything to try and tame their hair

in an effort to make them shiny, soft and manageable. If only it was that simple!

There is no doubt whatsoever that dry hair is genetic, but it could also be the result of unhealthy lifestyle habits, which include food and drinks, sleeping hours, stress levels and exercise routine, and above all, your hair care regime. And by this, I do not mean just shampooing your hair.

 

Hair care means taking care of your hair right from shampooing and conditioning to oiling it regularly, using the right oil, natural hair masks, hair nourishers, tonics and also following a healthy diet. The hair care regime has to be a part of your weekly, if not bi weekly, routine.

 

Here are some home remedies to take care of dry hair –

 

1. Regular Oiling

 

I would suggest that those with dry hair problem should oil their hair at least twice a week and leave it on for at least two hours. Not only does it help condition the hair but provides nourishment as well, making it soft and promoting hair growth. A good quality Mahabhringraj or Brahmi Amla oil is recommended. Or else a good quality sesame seed oil mixed with equal quantities of almond and castor oil. Use turban therapy to allow the oil to seep into the roots.

sesame oil

2. Avocado Hair Mask

 

You can use the following natural hair mask after oiling your hair, which will nourish it –

 

1 mashed avocado

 

2tsp honey

 

2tsp triphala powder

 

2 eggs, beaten

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and apply all over your hair. Cover with a shower cap for at least 45 minutes. Wash with a mild herbal shampoo.

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3. Rose Hair Mask

 

Rose petals are known for their incredible properties for both skin and hair. Combine them with two other power ingredients – almond oil and eggs, and they can work wonders. Use –

 

2 eggs, beaten

 

1/2 cup fresh rose petal paste

 

4 tsp almond oil

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients together and apply all over the hair and scalp and leave in for about 45 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo.

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4. Natural Hair Rinse

 

If you are among those who don’t have the time for carrying out elaborate hair care regimes, why not make some natural hair rinses to use after shampooing and conditioning? Here’s how –

 

Take 200ml distilled water or spring water and add 2 tsp honey. Use this as an after shampoo rinse.

 

You can also boil 10 Marigold flowers in 1 litre of water. Let this steep for 1 hour and add 1 tsp olive oil. Strain and use as an after shampoo rinse for your hair. Not only will your hair feel softer but more manageable as well.

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5. Flowery and Fruity Hair Pack

 

Flower and fruit extracts have always had a special place in my treasure trove of beauty recipes, both for the skin and hair. This recipe is a real treat. I use it regularly and also have shared it with some of my Bollywood clients whose hair goes through a lot of turmoil and stress with the constant drying and hairstyling.

 

1 cup marigold and rose paste

 

10 hibiscus flower paste

 

10 hibiscus leaves

 

5 bay leaves

 

1 mashed banana

 

4 tsb olive oil

 

1 egg

 

1 tsp ghee or clarified butter

 

Method: Mix all the ingredients well and apply on your hair. Leave in for 1 hour with a shower cap and then steam your hair. This will help the ingredients soak into the roots and strengthen them. Shampoo after 1 hour.

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With all these wonderful natural recipes your hair will gradually transform from dry and stressed to soft and smooth. Imbibe them into your daily lifestyle and see the magic in your tresses.

5 Home Remedies to Straighten Your Hair Naturally

5 Home Remedies to Straighten Your Hair Naturally

If you wish to have straight tresses without damaging your lustrous long hair

while avoiding harmful chemicals and heated instruments, there are some ingredients in your kitchen that can help straighten your hair naturally.

You can opt for many combinations like lemon juice and coconut milk that act as cream conditioners and help in straightening your hair, or vinegar, which also helps in bringing out the perfect shine

, says Cosmetologist Anjali Chawla. She suggests that following home treatments to straighten your hair naturally –

1. Lemon juice and coconut milk paste:

Lemon juice and coconut milk are the best ingredients for straightening your hair naturally. When both are mixed together, they make a great cream conditioner.

Apply the paste and wash your hair with lukewarm water. You will notice a clear difference if done twice a week.

2. Mix of bananas, yogurt, honey and olive oil:

Mash two bananas with two tablespoons of honey, yogurt and olive oil. Mix nicely and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. Apply the paste on your hair and cover it with a towel or a shower cap. After an hour, rinse it with cold water.

3. Soyabean oil:

Mix one tablespoon of soyabean oil and two tablespoons of castor oil. Heat the mix and then slightly cool it. Once the mixture is cooled, apply the mix on your scalp and hair and massage it for sometime. Leave it for 30 minutes and later wash off the mix with a mild shampoo

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4. Eggs and olive oil:

Take two eggs and mix it with olive oil nicely. Massage your scalp with the paste and keep it for about an hour. This will not only straighten your hair but also soften and condition it.

5. Vinegar: After rinsing your hair, mix few drops of vinegar with a full mug of water and rinse your strands with the mix. Finally rinse it with clean water. This will not only help in straightening but will also help in shining.