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Mumbai records 584 Covid-19 cases, active tally at 5,218

Mumbai on Monday reported 584 fresh coronavirus cases but no fatalities, while the active tally crossed the 5,000 mark, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The overall tally of cases stands at 11,33,172 as of Monday and the death toll at 19,664, the BMC bulletin said. Of the 584 new cases, only 62 patients were symptomatic while the rest 522 were asymptomatic, it said. The recovery count increased by 407 and stood at 11,08,290, leaving the metropolis with 5,218 active cases. So far, 1,79,57,445 coronavirus tests have been carried out in Mumbai, including 7,258 in the last 24 hours. Civic data showed the recovery rate was 97.8 per cent and the overall growth rate in cases between August 8 and 14 was 0.062 per cent. The caseload doubling time stood at 1,101 days, as per BMC data. 

15 August,2022 06:29 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: BMC Covid-19 vaccination centres to remain shut on August 16

On the occasion of Pateti, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and government Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVCs) will remain shut on August 16. Vaccination will resume across the centres from August 17, added BMC. "The state and civic-run Covid vaccination centres in Mumbai will remain closed on Tuesday, August 16, on the occasion of Pateti. All Covid-19 vaccination services will resume from Wednesday, August 17," BMC said. Meanwhile, Mumbai on Sunday recorded 882 Covid-19 cases, which took the tally to 11,32,588, while the death toll increased by one and touched 19,664. The recovery count increased by 464 and stood at 11,07,883, leaving the metropolis with 5,041 active cases. So far, 1,79,50,187 coronavirus tests have been carried out in Mumbai, including 8,945 in the last 24 hours. Civic data showed the recovery rate was 97.8 per cent and the overall growth rate in cases between August 7 and 13 was 0.057 per cent. The caseload doubling time stood at 1,213 days, as per BMC data.

15 August,2022 03:17 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Coaches involved in Sunday's incident were LHB-class upgraded ones

Mumbai: Kurla LTT- Bhagalpur express train coaches uncouple

An express train got uncoupled and parted between Atgaon and Thansit stations on Sunday afternoon.  “Train 12336 Kurla LTT- Bhagalpur got uncoupled between 2nd and 3rd coach on down line between Atgaon and Thansit stations on the Karasar line at about 11.20 am. The coaches were coupled by train crew and they departed safely at 12.28 pm,” a senior official said. The incident comes just a few days after a similar incident occurred when coaches of the CSMT-Bidar Express had got uncoupled near Vidyavihar station at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday. Also read: Mumbai-Patna Express train coaches uncouple in Jalgaon; passengers safe While the coaches involved in Wednesday's incident were regular ICF-class coaches, the ones involved in Sunday's incident were LHB-class upgraded ones. “The incident at Vidyavihar also involved uncoupling of 2nd and 3rd coaches (from the engine) of the train uncoupled leaving the engine and two forward coaches to separate from the rest of the train (around 50-meter distance),” The train had been put back on its journey at 10.20 pm,” an official said. “Every alternate day, there are technical issues causing disruption of the Kalyan-Kasara double line. Is there any accountability at the railway ministry for disciplinary action on concerns? For many years no improvement in railway services, not even speeding activities of expansion of lines on this urban-rural area of Kalyan-Kasara rail route even in 75th Independence Day,” Shyam Ubale General secretary Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat railway passenger association, said.

15 August,2022 12:34 PM IST | Mumbai | Rajendra B. Aklekar
Mumbai AC local train. File Pic

Mumbai: Ten new AC local services announced by Central Railway

The Central Railway on Monday announced 10 more AC EMU services, replacing existing ones. A date would be announced at a later stage, the railways said. With this, the number of AC local train services on CR has now gone up to 66, the highest so far. The services will be operational for Badlapur, Thane and Kalyan commuters. Central Railway General Manager Anil Kumar Lahoti said, "the response to AC services has been overwhelming with six times rise in passenger numbers. The total number of 1,810 suburban services on Mumbai division will remain unchanged." Also Read: Thane: AC local trains most popular among Dombivli commuters The break up of 10 AC services: 4 Thane - CSMT- Thane (2 UP + 2 Down)4 Badlapur - CSMT- Badlapur ( 2 UP + 2 Down)2 Kalyan -CSMT - Kalyan (1 UP +1 Down)  

15 August,2022 12:13 PM IST | Mumbai | Rajendra B. Aklekar
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. File Pic

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had a sudden cardiac arrest, says treating doctor

One of the veteran investors of the stock market, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passed away on Sunday morning. As per the doctor he had suffered a cardiac arrest. On Sunday morning Rakesh Jhunjhunwala (62) felt unwell and complained of chest pain. He was shifted to breach candy hospital in Mumbai and was later declared dead on arrival by the doctors. Mid-day spoke to his treating doctor, Pratit Samdani, internal medicine and physician at Breach candy hospital who said, "he (Rakesh Jhunjunwala) had been taking treatment for several ailments. He had diabetes, chronic kidney disease and was on dialysis. Recently he has undergone angioplasty. On Sunday morning he was brought to us after his health deteriorated but he had already passed away. He had a sudden cardiac arrest." Also Read: India has lost a gem: CM Eknath Shinde on passing away of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Dr. Samdani added, "he was taking treatment from us for more than decade. He was the most honest and genuine guy I have ever met. Its a personal loss for us too."

15 August,2022 11:46 AM IST | Mumbai | Suraj Pandey
Amruta Fadnavis

Amruta Fadnavis: Sena is already with BJP, just two-three people are left behind

Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, chooses her words carefully, aware that anything she says will make headlines. A banker, a mother, a political spouse, a trained singer and a state-level tennis player, she’s used to breaking stereotypes: she has adopted villages in Nagpur district, was a showstopper at New York Fashion Week to spread the message of girls’ education, and walked the ramp for NIFT to promote Maharashtra’s textile crafts.  And, she says, she dislikes inhibitions – offering a contrast to her husband’s more studied public image. In a free-wheeling interview to mid-day.com, Amruta Fadnavis offers a glimpse into what makes her tick. Edited excerpts: ON BEING A POLITICAL SPOUSE Was it challenging for you to find your footing and voice because your husband is a powerful political personality?Not just me, it’s natural for any lady who has a powerful husband to exist as his shadow. She is respected tremendously, but isn’t recognised as an individual and that is obvious because you have a stronger person at home. So, that doesn't really deter me or affect me. The only thing to remember is that I continue to be the individual I always was. Some recognise it, a few don't. And that doesn't bother me. I'm comfortable in my own skin and happy if I can even inspire even a few people to help the ladies in their own homes find their ground. As an independent working woman and professional singer, what motivates you?I believe we have just one life and we need to achieve all that we can in this one journey. The inspiration for a girl starts from her own mother. When I was a child, I looked up to my mother. She is a doctor and has been taking care of the family too; she is my inspiration. And later, Devendra ji has been my biggest motivation. I am thoroughly inspired by the kind of social work he's doing through politics. He's using it as a tool for development. There are people who cast aspersions on us, but my mother and husband have been my support system. Read Also:Har Ghar Tiranga: PM Modi’s campaign creates employment opportunities for youth, say Mumbai flag manufacturers Does your husband encourage you to take a more active role in politics? My husband works round-the-clock. As we have a family, there are other responsibilities. I have a family to look after, along with other professional commitments. Along with my job (as vice-president at Axis Bank), I ensure I don’t neglect my passion for music. I have other social activities also that need my attention. And I have a young daughter to take care of. So, I think one person supporting the other from behind the curtains is important and I am happy in my role. I am focused on my career and home. And what is politics? Isn't it a tool for social change? In a way I'm trying to bring about social change through participating in village development and looking after street children and the less fortunate. This is a part of politics, which is social work, which I'm taking care of. I think I'm using political power and making a difference in the lives of the needy. In a way, I am into politics. It doesn't matter to me whether I'm noticed by the media or not. What holds importance is whether I can make a positive difference or not. ON STATE POLITICS AND THE SENA SPLIT Devendra Fadnavis has returned to power in Maharashtra as the deputy CM. Your comments. We all know Devendra ji was backstabbed big time two years ago when it was already pre-decided that he would be side-lined, but he didn’t see that coming as he's a soft-hearted person and believes in humanity. From the day this was done to him, it was unacceptable, but from the very next day, he stood up and started his work as an opposition leader. That is what gained additional respect for him, because he did not brood over it even for a day and he was always ready to meet people, to find the points required for an opposition leader. That's what he did; he performed his duty.  There were so many projects in Mumbai that were stalled by the earlier government. Now, those should be restarted. And that's what Devendra ji’s government is doing. I'm happy about it. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), with 25 million people, is the largest city after Tokyo. And I think lots of infrastructure is needed here. We need sustainable development. But in terms of infrastructure, all the projects which are going on, including the Mumbai Metro, the transharbour link and the coastal road project, all of them should be started again at a different speed altogether. That's what will make a difference in the lives of Mumbaikars.  And also, sustainable development is what they have to think of. If we think of Mumbai rivers, they are in bad shape. We have to rejuvenate the Dahisar, Poisar, Mithi rivers. We have to see to it that mangroves are sustained. But at the same time, we have to see the convenience of Mumbai’s citizens, and for that, we need state-of-the-art infrastructure, the speed of which needs to be increased so that we have comfort in our lives.Read Also:Maharashtra politics: Time changes for everyone, Uddhav Thackeray warns BJP Do you believe the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is responsible for its own downfall in Maharashtra?That's what Devendra ji had once mentioned in his interview: due to their internal conflicts, MVA will lose power, and that’s what happened. They sidelined Devendra ji, who was like a brother to them, two years ago, so life comes full circle. Karma comes back. It has happened with them and I feel sorry for them also. But that's the way they conducted themselves. The most deserving of them all is still in power. and I think Eknath Shinde ji is a gem of a person in terms of the way he works, and he's at the right position. I think both Eknath ji and Devendra ji will do good for the city and for Maharashtra.  Should the Sena talk to the BJP for a patch-up? Is there any possibility of reconciliation?The Sena is already with the BJP. I do not know about two-three people who are left behind; they do not make the Sena. The BJP and Sena are already together. What is your message to the opposition?There are no lifetime enemies in politics and shouldn't be. Timing plays an important role; sometimes people are here, sometimes people are there. I would just urge everyone that whatever developmental goals the new government has, please support them. There might be issues, but they can be resolved though meetings and discussions. Read Also:Maharashtra: 'Original' Shiv Sena and BJP will contest civic polls together, says CM Eknath Shinde ON THE AAREY METRO SHED CONTROVERSY Do you think the Eknath Shinde-led government is being misled on the Aarey metro car shed issue?There is a lot which was explained by Ashwini Bhide ji. It is not the way it has been showcased.  There is a little parcel of area, which requires the cutting of trees. Just like the greenery at Nagpur Metro car shed, we can replant trees at the Aarey car shed too. So, nature and development can coexist. I think we don’t have to do away with the greenery. And wherever possible, we should keep planting trees. We have Aarey with us, but only a patch of land we need for the car shed [is being cleared]. That is for the convenience of the citizens of Mumbai. ON MARRIAGE AND MOTHERHOOD How has the journey of marriage been so far?Oh, it is as it is for most couples; sometimes roses, sometimes thorns, but that respect for each other is all that matters. Understanding and knowing each other is more important than just texting 24x7. Was it a conscious decision to shield your daughter from the public, given that she has high-profile parents?She's so busy with her school life, sports and extracurricular activities that she has no time to be in the media. I don’t think she even has the inclination towards the glamour world. These are not years where she needs to be seen on camera. She has been raised like any other normal child. During their growing years, children don’t need such exposure. The child needs to just strengthen their own fundamental attributes to later traverse the journey of life beautifully.  Thankfully, at school, she is not given VIP treatment. Her school has kept her grounded. And at home, both of us spend a great deal of time with her; we try to be friends with her. I try my best to take key updates of her day. And she has no priorities in terms of being a politician's child; we ensure that she's never given that kind of priority anywhere. I take her along with me for social work so that she knows the ground reality of how a common man struggles to make ends meet. This reality check, I believe, helps keep her grounded. Her grandparents also teach her important lessons from the Vedas, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Is Devendra Fadnavis an emotional person? Is he romantic?He is definitely an emotional person. And he really has a very soft heart. I would say he is concerned a lot about me. But he is not like those typical romantic men who will give you flowers or compliment you often. He believes in inner beauty and is always more attracted to what a person is from inside. His choice is a golden-hearted woman, rather than an hourglass body shape. I really respect him for that. Who is the boss at home?As I've always said, he's the boss and I take the decisions. After a fight, who says sorry first?Believe me when I say this, we never fight. I understand his urgencies and preferences. I always operate according to his requirements. And similarly, he supports me in whatever I need. There's no need for a fight. What kind of food does your family enjoy?We eat a balanced diet, like sabzi, roti (jowar/bajra is our preference), dal and chawal. I cook once in a while, but I instruct my cook on how the meals have to be prepared and the ingredients to be avoided.  One habit, you love and dislike about your husband.His irregular routine and odd mealtimes irk me. He has no time for exercise. But that's the kind of public life he's living. He is very honest and transparent. That's what I like about him. And as I said, he's soft-hearted. Additionally, he understands what I as a spouse would want to have in life and he respects that. Not that I need his backing, but his support helps me mentally. Describe him as a leader.It's very rare for a politician to be soft-hearted. And, that's why he's been taken for a ride. But he has come out a winner. I'm proud his hard work paid off. He has a vision for Maharashtra. And he is open to new ideas and changes. I like that quality of his. Does your husband sing well?He remembers thousands of songs and their perfect. And I easily remember tunes and forget lyrics. Whenever I forget the lyrics of a song in a family gathering, he reminds me of the lyrics. ON INDEPENDENCE DAY AND PATRIOTISM How do you define patriotism?The spirit of patriotism is always in our hearts. One should always remember that people make the nation. If you’re a responsible citizen who pays taxes on time, treasures public property, maintains cleanliness, among other factors, then it is sorted to quite an extent. These are small things but still not being done, or we wouldn’t need a prime minister to request citizens to fight the problem of littering. What will your Independence Day celebration look like?This year, we are going to hoist the flag at home, and then I have a programme with a tribal community in Thane. Also, I have to attend the launch of a start-up that produces medicines at low costs for the needy population. It's a busy day on 15th August. What is that one thing that you want to be independent from?I don’t want to have any inhibitions. There are inhibitions when you operate a certain way, because you think someone might say something, or someone might retaliate or troll. So, I want to be completely free of these inhibitions. Because somewhere I know, whatever I'm doing is in the right direction, and it will never harm anyone, it will always be good for everyone. But still, at times, I have this feeling that I am on the back foot, because this might get challenged, or that might get trolled. I want to be free of that. ON DEALING WITH TROLLS How do you deal with trolls on social media?Oh, that is disgusting. But I've learnt to deal with it positively. I think it can be a stepping stone to becoming a better or stronger person in life. And I believe trolls are politically motivated and paid by opposition parties; I look at it only that way. What matters to me is the suggestion of my near and dear ones and good friends. And I stick to their suggestions.  How do you react when people comment on what you wear?As you are in public life through social media, you are voluntarily putting your thoughts or photographs out there. It's not that I've kept it between the four walls of a house. It's a part and parcel of the game of social media. You have to accept it with a pinch of salt. It's the right of other social media handles to comment on it. ON MUMBAI AND WOMEN’S SAFETY Do you think now Mumbai is now a safer place to live in?Mumbai has always been safe to live in. There have been patches, like during the last two-and-a-half years, where the governing heads were not that strong and there were issues in terms of governance. Mumbai was always the safest city, especially for women, but there were a few years when there was dheela governance in the city. However, now there is better governance in the state. What is your message for the women of Mumbai and Maharashtra?The women of Mumbai and Maharashtra are the epitome of independence for the entire nation. They maintain a balance between their personal and work lives and I am proud of being a part of such a culture. Kudos to all the women of Maharashtra; they are the torch-bearers of our culture. Read Also:Mumbai: 'Aarey car shed a scam of enormous proportions'

15 August,2022 09:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Poonam Ahuja
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Maharashtra: Thane reports 332 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death

Maharashtra's Thane district has recorded 332 new Covid-19 cases, taking its infection count to 7,36,894, a health official said on Monday. With the addition of the latest cases on Sunday, the district currently has 1,446 active cases, he said. One death was also reported on Sunday, which raised the fatality toll in Thane to 11,938, he said. Also Read: Thane: Man kills 22-year-old pregnant girlfriend in Mumbra, held The count of recoveries has reached 7,23,932, he added. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 09:42 AM IST | Thane | PTI
Avani Nakate is back to her daily routine

Maharashtra: 9-year-old gets heart attack, recovers after surgery

A 9-year-old girl from Solapur suffered a heart attack, shocking doctors. Tests showed that her blood had excessive bad cholesterol, something found in some people aged around 65 years. While the child was operated upon at a Mumbai hospital in April, doctors shared the details now saying they wanted to wait till she recovered fully. The child, Avani Nakate, is believed to be one of the youngest persons in the country to have had bypass surgery. Avani’s father Atul said his daughter was active and normal till April. “While playing, she developed severe chest pain after which we took her to the doctor. The doctor advised us an angiography which showed that her arteries were abnormal. We then took her to Mumbai.”  Also read: Mumbai reported average of 98 deaths/day due to heart attack between January-June 2021: RTI report Avani was brought to HN Reliance Foundation Hospital where too, senior doctors found the case rare. They said the child was suffering from hypercholesterolemia, which leads to high levels of a particular type of cholesterol and triggers a heart attack. Her bad cholesterol level was more than 600 mg/dl against the normal range of 150 to 200mg/dl. Though some people get this condition after 65, doctors said the child’s problem had a genetic link. Dr Shivaprakash Krishnanaik, HoD, Paediatric Cardiac Sciences at HN Reliance Foundation Hospital said, “In my career of 30 years and more than 10,000 open heart surgeries in kids, this was unique as it was an adult heart disease seen in kids. Screening of children for lipid abnormalities as well as lifestyle modification should be done.” Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, cardiovascular surgeon at Reliance hospital, said, “She underwent thorough evaluation… Aggressive management with lipid-lowering and cardio-protective drugs was started. An interdisciplinary team consisting of coronary bypass surgeons, and paediatric heart surgeons performed off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting using multiple arterial grafts. she was the youngest patient who underwent CABG under his care also grafting a vessel of 0.5mm was a herculean task.”  Avani has been under regular follow-up since then and her symptoms have improved, and life is back to normal. “However, she has to continue with lipid-lowering drugs for the rest of her life to prevent further recurrence of disease,” added Dr Shivaprakash, stressing that one should not neglect chest pain and must consult a doctor. Abhishek Kulkarni, a paediatric endocrinologist from the hospital, said they are evaluating the entire family for possible genetic links.  600 MG/DLAvani’s bad cholesterol level

15 August,2022 08:05 AM IST | Mumbai | Suraj Pandey
The Navi Mumbai Metro has missed many deadlines

Now, Navi Mumbai Metro misses Aug 15 deadline

The Navi Mumbai Metro has missed another deadline. Scheduled to open on August 15, its launch has been pushed further now. The first phase—Pendhar Park to Taloja Central Park built by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO)—has been ready for operations, but is awaiting the nod from authorities despite having all permissions in place, said sources. Amit Bhivande, who travels from Sanpada to Taloja for work, said he has been eagerly waiting for the Navi Mumbai Metro to start operations. “As Taloja doesn’t have any public transport other than buses, people are forced to use private vehicles,” said Bhivande. “If we get the option of Metro, it will be a huge relief as it will be faster than road commute.”  Anil Taware from Kharghar is tired of false promises. “Every year, we hear a new deadline but it does not start. The work has been going on for many years. Now, watching the Metro run in Navi Mumbai is like a dream for us,” he said. Sources said the inauguration of the first phase on August 15 got postponed, and officials are yet to finalise a new date for the launch. The project has missed many deadlines. Dr Sanjay Mukharjee, the vice-chairman and managing director of CIDCO, did not respond to messages and calls from mid-day. Chembur resident Mahesh Shelke decided to buy a flat in the planned city of Navi Mumbai after he learnt about its Metro project. Shelke said, “Our hopes are dashed. When we bought the flat at Kharghar, people said Metro services will start soon. It’s been more than a year, but the Metro is yet to run. So we cannot move to Navi Mumbai.” Also read: Deadline to put up Marathi signboards at shops extended till September: BMC On the slow track >> First girder of Navi Mumbai Metro was placed on Dec 13, 2013>> As per plan, the route from Pendhar to Belapur is 11.1 km Voices Anil Taware, Kharghar resident‘Every year, we hear a new deadline but it does not start. The work has been going on for many years. Now, watching the Metro run in Navi Mumbai is like a dream for us’ Amit Bhivande, Kharghar resident‘As Taloja doesn’t have any public transport other than buses, people are forced to use private vehicles. Metro will be a huge relief’ Mahesh Shelke, Chembur resident‘When we bought the flat at Kharghar, people said Metro services would start soon. It’s been more than a year, but Metro is yet to run. So we cannot move to Navi Mumbai’

15 August,2022 08:02 AM IST | Mumbai | Sameer Surve
Over 31 per cent of seats in first-year diploma engineering courses were vacant, as against the total intake capacity in the state. Representation pic

State sees huge drop in admissions to professional and self-financing courses

Huge vacancies in professional and self-financing courses across the state in 2021-22 were revealed in a recent report by the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU). The vacant seats reflect the fact that more students from across the state continue to stray from these courses, the authors of the report pointed out. The BUCTU report, however, says that despite this, compared to traditional courses, there is a rise in enrolment in the professional courses across the state. According to the BUCTU’s report, more than 31 per cent of seats in first-year diploma engineering courses were vacant, as against the total intake capacity in the state, while 36 per cent seats in first-year graduate level or degree engineering courses were vacant. In the case of engineering faculty, enrolment increased from 2019-20 to 2020-21. Enrolment at the diploma level is up 5.9 per cent, while enrolment at the graduate level is up 16.6 per cent. However, a huge number of vacant seats were still seen in both diploma as well as degree courses. At present, 50,550 seats in degree level of engineering remain vacant. Also read: Mumbai: JJ hospital to soon start three new courses “The number of professional course institutions, their intake capacity, and the number of students admitted in the first year of the courses for the year 2021-22 were considered by us in the study. A detailed discussion on engineering institutions and their enrolment in 2021-22 was undertaken to highlight the plight of technical education in Maharashtra in the post-pandemic period,” said Tapati Mukhopadhyay, president of Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO), who is the co-author of the report. In the case of engineering diplomas, the number of admitted students is 69,700 against the 1,02,224 available seats, so vacant seats are 31.8 per cent. At the graduate level in engineering courses, vacant seats are 50,556, which is 36.8 per cent of the total intake capacity across the state. “The number of seats in unaided engineering colleges is 1,31,424, which is 95.6 per cent of the total intake capacity, and 49,645 of these, which is 37.8 per cent are vacant. This huge number of empty seats in the un-aided section creates tremendous pressure on the institutes and several departments are now facing closure. Besides, there is a severe impact on workload as AICTE has changed the norms of the practical batch from 15 students to 20 students per batch. As a result, workload for the staff has shrunk. At the PG level, the institutions are few and intake capacity is also low. With 20.1 per cent we can see even this low intake of PG remains substantially unutilised,” added Mukhopadhyay. The study report was compiled using enrolment data from various government sources, including the admission figures shared by state universities and the data in the Economic Survey of Maharashtra. Other professional courses A severe decline in enrolment was witnessed in architecture too, where 45 per cent of the available seats are vacant. Even here the unaided institutions lead in numbers with 4,935 seats which is 95.6 per cent of the total intake capacity across the state. Out of these 47.4 per cent are vacant. With this decline in enrolment, architectural institutions are facing closure at many places, the BUCTU study points out. In the case of management studies the total intake capacity is 39,077 at present, and only 10.3 per cent seats are empty. In the case of hotel management courses which are also managed mainly by self-financing un-aided institutions, 47.1 per cent seats are vacant. “As per the new education policy, there is an emphasis on higher enrolment and bigger institutions. The minimum enrolment expected is 3,000 per institution, and each has to be multidisciplinary. In such a situation the isolated standalone institutions will not survive,” Mukhopadhyay pointed out. Traditional courses The arts faculty has recorded 36.1 per cent vacant seats of the total intake capacity in 2021-22 at the graduate level and 60.9 per cent vacancies at the postgraduate level. In the commerce faculty, the number of vacant seats as against its total intake capacity at the graduate level is 28.9 per cent while it is 23.6 per cent at the postgraduate level.

15 August,2022 07:54 AM IST | Mumbai | Dipti Singh
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

‘Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was an inspiration’

The ‘Big Bull’ of stock market, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, breathed his last early on Sunday at Breach Candy Hospital. He was cremated at Banganga based Jagannath Shankar Sheth Smashan bhoomi in south Mumbai at 10.30 pm. Union minister Smriti Irani along with others outside Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s residence on Sunday. Pic/Ashish Raje His funeral was delayed as a close relative missed their flight to Mumbai. The billionaire’s family, friends and relatives had gathered outside his residence at Kamla Nehru Park. Union minister Smriti Irani also arrived for the funeral. Along with family and friends, many from the corporate industry, share market and investors paid their last respects in the evening. Family and friends outside Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s residence on Sunday. Pics/Ashish Raje Dhruv Gala, a member of Jhunjhunwala’s family friend, said, “Jhunjhunwala sir was my grandfather’s friend.” Recalling the friendship between the families, he added, “We are two brothers, and we both wanted to go abroad for higher studies, but our parents were not ready. It was Jhunjhunwala sir who convinced my parents to let us study abroad, saying it will help us develop greater skills and give us a better future. Jhunjhunwala sir was a great man who taught us many things in life and he was an inspiration to us.” Tata Group chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran at the Jhunjhunwala residence on Sunday

15 August,2022 07:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Bakulesh Trivedi
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