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Mumbai University experiences 20% drop in student enrolment

Amongst all the districts across the state, Mumbai saw the lowest drop in enrolment followed by Thane and Raigad.

Mumbai University experiences 20% drop in student enrolment
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According to reports, this year, amidst the pandemic, Mumbai University, which sees close to 2.3 lakh fresh students join each year, saw enrolment plummet by about 20 per cent.

Moreover, amongst all the districts across the state, Mumbai saw the lowest drop in enrolment followed by Thane and Raigad. Overall, for the seven districts, enrolment in 2019-20 stood at over 2.2 lakh and the number of first-year admissions in 2020-21 was nearly 1.9 lakh.

In the past, colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai (MU) had asked varsity officials to revoke the March 10 deadline set to hold examinations for Masters programmes. Colleges said that the pandemic restricted them from conducting online lectures for five hours a day, thus making it nearly impossible to conduct exams in two weeks after classes were reopened. MU started the admissions counselling process for aided colleges on December 30, 2020, with students joining classes in January. However, in some cases, students joined classes on Jan 27 as per a teacher at an aided institution.

On the other hand, on Sunday, March 14, Maharashtra recorded 16,620 new COVID-19 cases and 50 new deaths. With 8861 new recoveries, the cured tally of the state rose to 21,34,072. Maharashtra, which remains the worst-affected state by the coronavirus, has 23,14,413 cases of which 1,26,231 are active whereas the death toll stands at 52,861.

In view of the situation, earlier on Saturday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held an online review meeting with representatives of hotel and restaurant associations, shopping centre groups, warning them of a shutdown.

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