Clearing Queries: Ask a Question 1.0
Shubhra Pujari | Jun 25, 2018
Response From Dean-Academics: Prof. KK Mahapatra
MM: Why hasn’t the pre-registration taken place yet? Will there be a direct online registration this time?
KKM: Pre-registration happens during the previous semester itself so that the students can get mentally prepared and the persisting issues can be sorted out at the level of Faculty Advisor and HoD. But this year, it has been delayed due to change in the curriculum, about which the students will be intimated soon. The pre-registration and registration are expected to happen on 23rd July. Institute opening might be delayed by a day, but students are expected to be here by 23rd July.
MM: What changes have been made in the academic curriculum of NITR?
KKM: There have been some modifications made in the academic curriculum of freshmen as well as M.Tech. students. For a Dual Degree student, in the 7th semester, he/she has to take some number of M.Tech. courses. A minor degree can be given to students on completion of the 2nd semester, based on CGPA. Mathematics has been made a compulsory course for the B.Tech. students. A compulsory English course has been introduced for PhD students.
MM: What is the procedure for branch change that is supposed to be introduced from the current session? Why hasn’t there been any official mail regarding this yet?
KKM: The policy of branch change did not exist in NITR for about last 10 years. It has been re-introduced this year. The Senate has already given its consent, and the minutes are yet to be circulated. A student should have a minimum CGPA of 8.5 to apply for branch change. Also, only 5% of the existing students of a particular branch can be allowed to change their branch. But it all depends on the vacancies available. We cannot let the total strength of a particular branch exceed the maximum limit. In order to change his/her branch, a student needs to be exceptionally well at academics. Only the B.Tech. students are allowed for this, that is, Integrated M.Sc. and Dual Degree students are forbidden to apply for branch change. The portal for this will soon be made available and informed.
MM: There was a mail circulated regarding the Minor Degree course. What is the procedure for applying for it?
KKM: The current 3rd-semester students of all streams (B.Tech., Dual Degree and Integrated M.Sc.) can apply for it. Students, having a minimum CGPA of 7.5, can choose 6 subjects for Minor Degree course of any branch.
The difference between OE and Minor Degree course is that instead of rambling from branch to branch every semester, students can now select 6 subjects from the same branch.
This was done for the reason that many of the companies look for candidates having good knowledge in subjects other than the specified branch of a student. For instance, there is a company that requires candidates extremely well in Electronics, but at the same time, he/she should have enough knowledge of Mechanical Engineering. Maximum of 60 students can take up Minor Degree course in each of Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, whereas this number is 40 for rest of the branches. If a student, due to some valid reasons, cannot cope up with the courses, he/she can definitely opt out of it.
MM: Will there be a supplementary test in Open Elective for the students who get an F grade? What is it about the Minor Degree courses that the 3rd-semester students are made available to?
KKM: Yes, the students can appear for the supplementary test of such courses. Open Elective will no more exist in the new curriculum. From the third semester, eligible students can apply for Minor Degree courses. Its registration portal will be available soon in the website. But the previous academic curriculum (for the batch of 2016 and before) will continue as it is, that is, they will still be having Open Elective courses.
MM: On what grounds will a student get 0 marks in Teacher’s Assessment (TA)?
KKM: There are no fixed rules laid down for awarding TA marks. We have completely left it to the professors. Marks can be given basing on the assignments, class tests, attendance, tutorial and classroom performances etc. There cannot be a uniform way in which the professors can follow because nature of all the courses is not similar. But if stray cases arise, it is required to be brought to the notice of the administration.
MM: Can the students be provided with solutions or answers to the previous year question papers uploaded in the NITRIS portal?
KKM: The professors are necessarily required to submit the question papers in the academic section before evaluation of answer papers. But we have not asked them to give the solutions. This is because the examinations are not MCQ based, they are subjective. If students have any kind of doubt, they can consult their friends and professors.
MM: If a student has a shortage in attendance, will the grade be reduced from P to F?
KKM: Yes, whatever the grade is, if a student has a shortage in attendance, he/she will get a grade less.
MM: What is the faculty-student ratio at NITR?
KKM: This ratio strangely varies among departments. As far as the entire institute is concerned, it is 1:16, but ideally, it should be 1:12. The PhD students are not considered because they are all together in a separate stream.
MM: What is the number of PhD students enrolled in this institute?
KKM: The number of PhD students enrolling in NITR has proliferated in previous years. Presently, there are around 850 such students.
MM: The number and quality of publications and journals published by NITR are important for bagging a good position in NIRF ranking. So how does the institute keep a track of all this?
KKM: There are databases which are supposed to automatically take care of it. Besides, we ask the faculties to submit the various reports so that our records can be updated for NIRF ranking. There are databases like Scopus, Science Direct etc. which aids this work.
MM: What problems, according to you, does NITR face in comparison to other similar institutions?
KKM: The main glitch that NITR faces is that it lacks perception. Usually, students prefer NIT Trichy, NIT Warangal, NIT Surathkal and NIT Calicut over this institution. This is mainly because their placement scenario is exceptionally good. Most of the companies have their hubs nearby these colleges as in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. One of the reasons is that Rourkela lacks proper transportation facilities. Our major lacuna is that the placement statistics are not better than the above-mentioned NITs. But the fact is, we are way ahead of these colleges in terms of the number of R&D projects, the infrastructure and research work outcomes are at par with the top 5 IITs.
MM: How many sponsored research projects are being carried out in our institution?
KKM: Numerous sponsors such as DRDO, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, DST, VRNS, Ministry of Social Justice and Welfare, MNRE assist in carrying out 250+ research projects in NITR.
Responses from the Chief Coordinator:
Q. Will there be single allotment even to sophomores in VS hall from this academic year?
Team MM: No, only the H.B. Hall will be exclusively allocated single seater rooms. Sophomores (Second-year male students) will be allotted twin-seater rooms elsewhere.