Adjucidating The Incertitude: Ask A Question 6.0
In the sixth issue of this academic year’s Ask a Question, Team Monday Morning takes the onus of answering the unresolved queries of the NITR junta. Procedural uncertainties have been elucidated, and the myriad of doubts have been cleared.
RESPONSE FROM DEAN ACADEMIC, PROF. K.K. MOHAPATRA
MM: What are the criterias to take up a minor degree which will be implemented for the students who have joined in the 2017-18 academic year?
KKM: Minor degree arrangement is for the first year batch of this academic year and a student must have a minimum CGPA of 8.5 to opt for a minor degree. An additional three credits will be added on opting a minor degree. After each semester, the students will be allocated minor degrees in various branches as per their CGPA and branch of preference.
MM: Dual degree students work for May and June along with M.Tech students. But only M.Tech students receive the stipend for that period, while Dual degree students receive it from July. What is the reason behind this?
KKM: This is a law being implemented according to the guidelines of Ministry of Human Resources and Development(MHRD), and the institute is not responsible for such disparity. The MHRD considers the academic year is from June to July for the Dual degree students. Hence they receive their stipend from July.
MM: The M.Tech. Students were supposed to receive the stipend on 22nd August, but it is yet to be deposited. When can we expect the stipend to be deposited?
KKM: The allowance is generated on that date itself, but there is a non-cooperation from many sides such as the students do not give their biometric attendance. In certain cases, the supervisor forgets to upload the attendance. That is why we wait for up to three days before depositing the stipend. It is also the responsibility of the student to remind their supervisor about the attendance and check their attendance on a regular basis.
RESPONSE FROM THE REGISTRAR, MR.SANTOSH KUMAR UPADHYAY
MM: Why is the security deposit of 2016 batch not refunded yet?
SKU: Some deductions had to be made in the security deposit of the students and we have already received the necessary papers regarding the same from the NITRAA. I have told the concerned authorities to make the deductions quickly, which will be done tentatively by the next week. Therefore, the students will be getting their money back very soon.
RESPONSE FROM SAC PRESIDENT, PROF. SNEHASISH CHAKRAVERTY
MM: Why is the budget allocation of the Technical Society made so arbitrarily with money being allotted to the workshops under a different head rather than to the individual clubs, which was practiced previous year?
SC: The budget allocation was done before July, and it has been revamped in certain areas. The then SAC President and the Vice President of the Technical Society had decided the budget allocation and I being new here just executed the previous decisions. This might be done to correct some of the wrong things that might have been happening previously.
MM: Why is there no website for SAC?
SC: Due to the lack of technical assistance, we do not have a website presently for SAC. Computer Centre cannot be allocated for the creation of a website for SAC; rather students have to participate actively to make one. Currently, I have been approached by some students for designing a website for SAC, and the work will start soon.
RESPONSE FROM DEAN STUDENT WELFARE, PROF. SIMANCHALA PANIGRAHI
MM: Is not the prescribed CGPA a bit too much for an aspirant who wants to be the student representative in the ISDC and the Senate? Why is academic merit being sought after for such a post ?
SP: A minimum of 8.5 CGPA is necessary for a student to be a part of ISDC and Senate but academic merit is not the only deciding factor. Interviews are conducted, and we choose capable representatives from the Undergraduate and the Postgraduate program. If the criteria of academic merit will be scrapped, this will result in a significant number of nominees, thus making the screening and selection procedure tedious. Therefore, a minimal level of academic standard has to be maintained.
MM: When are the passport camps going to be held?
SP: Currently, we have not decided the tentative date for the passport camp. But, soon we will organize it and let the students know about it so that they can avail its benefit.
RESPONSE FROM HOD, COMPUTER CENTRE, PROF. C.K. BISWAS
MM: What is the procedure for a club to get a website on the nitrkl.ac.in server?
CKB: For creating a website on the server the first step is that you have to write an application to the Computer Centre(CC) head saying that we want to host a website. The website has to be developed by the members of the club itself. The details about the site need to be forwarded to the SAC president who in turn recommends it to the CC. If it is possible, then the CC will look into the specifications and will provide space to the website.
RESPONSE FROM WARDEN OF MSS HALL, PROF. SURAJIT DAS
MM: The dog menace in the D-block of the MSS Hall is not solved even after repeated complaints. Why is it so?
SD: I noticed that the dog problem is persistent on the hostel premises, but I’m yet to receive a written complaint regarding the same from the students. Still, a grilled gate is being made which will be installed in the D-block entry gate within the next ten to fifteen days which will help in curbing the entry of the dogs into the premises.
RESPONSE FROM HOD, TRAINING AND PLACEMENT CELL, PROF. S.K. PATEL
MM: How does a student recommend companies to the student cell?
SKP: Mere suggestion by the student is not helpful because there will be hundreds of suggestions queued up on the table. However, if the student is ready to help in some manner or has some association with the company and can facilitate the placement drive on the campus then he/she can come and meet me in my office for further discussion. We can discuss and chalk out a plan for bringing the company to the Institute.
RESPONSE FROM THE HEAD OF HEALTH CENTRE, DR. CHAMPAK BHATTACHARYYA
MM: The institute health centre remains closed on Sundays. Is it possible that the doctors can work in shifts and still have their day off?
CB: The doctors remain available for the contacting of students on Sundays over the phone only. Currently, only three doctors are working in the dispensary, and ideally, for working in shifts, a minimum of seven doctors are required. Hence, now we are facing a shortage of manpower and there are no doctors available in the health centre on Sundays.
Note: All the answers to the questions posed to the Director have been published under the Director’s Desk of this issue and the questions posed to the Warden of the DBA Hall of Residence have been answered in the DBA Hall of Residence’s Review.