A Plethora of Changes: BOG Meeting 2017

A Plethora of Changes: BOG Meeting 2017

Jun 19, 2017 | Anshuman Bebarta Sharmishtha

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As per the circular disseminated on 17.04.2017 regarding the senate meeting held in the month of February, there were a few actions taken in the arena of academics, Board of Governors and HODs of the various departments being the members of the same. A total of ten amendments were made in the total, to which team MM presents a simplified version.

Addressing Academia

Introducing New OE Courses:

  • As dictated in the Board of Governors’ meeting, the new Humanities courses introduced for B.Tech., M.A., and Ph.D. programmes are as follows: HS 624, HS 625, HS 626, HS 627, HS 443, and HS 549.
  • Out of the above mentioned, three of them are Sanskrit courses and the remaining being, Public Economics and Policy, Social Changes in India, and Basic Econometrics.
  • Considering the fact that a major portion of the student community was dissatisfied with the current system of Open Electives and there was a dire demand to introduce relevant courses of Marketing and Economics, this decision would definitely help in fulfilling students’ demands and in making the Open Electives more interesting.

Reviving Branch Change:

  • The meritorious students of B.Tech. Programmes having a CGPA of more than 8.5 after their first year are facilitated with an option for their respective Branch change depending upon the availability of vacant seats.

Plus, there is an extra restraint for the same that the total numbers of students in parent department should not be altered by more than 5% due to the vacancy created by the change.

  • It was a long-standing demand to introduce the system of branch-change and in its absence certain students were forced to graduate in a stream, which didn’t even remotely interest them. The authorities had reasoned that if branch change is implemented, certain branches will lose a major chunk of seats. But with the maximum cap of 5%, it’s ensured that the strength of branches won’t be altered much.

Survival Protocols

Strengthening Student Termination Rules:

Every student starting from next batch onwards is supposed to abide by the rules and regulations of the institute in order to continue their studentship.

Apart from that, the students will have to keep the following things in mind to continue their studentship:

  • CGPA at the end of second semester (including summer and supplementary) < 5.0 will lead to students’ termination; CGPA 5.0-5.5 will lead to the repetition of first year; CGPA between 5.5 - 6.0 will lead to the student’s registration of slow pace.
  • CGPA less than 6.0, at the end of 3 consecutive semesters after four attempts will also lead to student’s termination.
  • Maximum time for the degree completion of B.Tech. Is 6 years and that for B.Arch., Dual Degree and Int. M.Sc. is 7 years.
  • A student is supposed to clear all the UR, X, F subjects of first, second, third, fourth semesters in order to appear for all the subsequent semesters for all the UG courses.

Beat the Heat: Summer Courses

  • Summer courses will be made viable only for first and second years. As an exceptional rule for the ongoing summer semester, all the students are allowed to appear for this one time and clear their courses.
  • All the teachers will finalise the marks before the submission as the grade boundary modification practice is to be discontinued in the coming times.
  • One time permission is accorded to all students for registration of their UR courses, if any, this summer.

Rank 12 and Growing: M.Tech and PhD Regulations

  • Hike in Leaves: The total number of permissible leaves for the PhD students has been increased by 10 leaves per year which can be accumulated and availed up to a maximum of 40 leaves per year without any extension in the earliest date of thesis submission.
  • Attending Conferences: M. Tech and PhD students will be allowed to attend a maximum of 2 and 4 national conferences respectively any time during entire duration of the courses subject to the recommendation of respective MSC/DSC.
  • Effective Date for Payment of Hiked Fellowship: The effective date for the enhanced rate of fellowship will be the same date as it was earlier subject to condition that the seminar for enhancement of fellowship is held within 3 months of that date failing which, the enhanced fellowship will be given with effect from the actual date of seminar.
  • Project Scholar to Institute Scholar: Supervisors will arrange scholarship of their project scholars from any other project after completion of the concerned project. If that is not possible, institute fellowship will be given for a maximum of 1 year if the eligibility criteria are satisfied by the scholar.
  • The PG and Ph.D. student fraternity of NITR have always complained of the stringent rules and regulations, which not only hampers their academics and research but also restricts them while attending seminars and conferences. With the new set of rules, the authorities have ensured that they are given more relaxation and are made free from facing drastic consequences like extension of course duration/thesis submission.

Presenting Presentations: Seminar and Technical Writing

The following procedure will have to be followed starting from the autumn semester of 2017-18, for the Seminar and Technical Writing course:

  • A student has to select a patent/topic in consultation with his supervisor and Professor-in-charge (PIC) of the Seminar and Technical Writing (STW)
  • The technical paper has to be submitted in a prescribed journal format to the concerned PIC.
  • The student needs to present the seminar in front of a group of faculty decided by the department and PIC.
  • The department if so desires may ask for a poster presentation in place of open seminar which will be assessed by the group of faculty including PIC, STW.

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