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  • The freshers were informed that they would be introduced to their respective mentees on the orientation day. Why didn’t that happen?


    • HEAD OF STUDENT COUNSELLING PROGRAM: PROF K. C. PATI

      It wasn't possible on the orientation day as the orientation program is for the whole institute, and not specific to only the 1st years. We are planning on introducing the mentors to their mentees on a separate day, most likely in the upcoming week.


  • What is BB Cinema? How many shows are played per week? How to obtain tickets for it?


    • TEAM MM

      Kindly refer to the article ‘Icing The Weekends: The Bhubaneswar Behera Theatre’ in this issue of Monday Morning for all the details about the venture.


  • Is there any option provided to the freshers to change his/her allotted mentor, if he/she feels uncomfortable with the current one?


    • HEAD OF STUDENT COUNSELLING PROGRAM: PROF K. C. PATI

      We have planned something to solve this. During the allotments, the mentor and the mentees are provided with each others’ contact number. Within a week following that, we will have a session with all the mentors and first-year students. We will have an open discussion on the difficulties faced by the freshers in this regard. Perhaps, we,along with a few faculty members, would visit the hostel too after they get settled in their respective hostels.


  • Is Monday morning ignoring the questions of its readers on purpose? The answers of Ask-A--Question should be updated regularly. It's been a while since the late one.


    • TEAM MM

      Monday Morning understands that the readers eagerly wait for their queries to be answered. In the past, we have been answering the queries through an article. Beginning next week, a newer, more responsive system of Ask a Question will be put in place. Owing to this technical issue, we had been unable to clear many of the queries readers had posted. We assure our readers that we will be back with an improved version and regret the inconvenience caused to them until now.


  • The 1st year students were told that NSS and PE are 0 credit courses. Why, then, is the debar taken so seriously in opting for minor degree and branch change?


    • DEAN ACADEMICS: PROF. K.K.MAHAPATRA

      Although the credit is zero, it is still an academic grade and has to be reflected in the grade sheet. A student has to get a ‘satisfactory’ grade in order to opt for Minor Degree/ branch change. Moreover, the philosophy of this extracurricular activity is to keep a student fit. And if someone is bunking and fails to get a 'satisfactory’ grade, then he/she is restricted to apply for further process. Also, considering the thoughts of various students and faculties of rewarding it with a credit, can help enhance one's GPA. As it is an academic course, making it optional will ruin the basic philosophy.


  • Towards the end of last year, all theory class duration was changed from 60 mins to 55 mins. Why is this not being followed? What can be done to make sure that this is implemented?


    • DEAN ACADEMICS: PROF. K.K.MAHAPATRA

      The 55-minute class duration is still being followed. But sometimes it does happen that the teacher extends the class to make the best of it. They have to be cautious and more sensible regarding this matter, as it cannot be forcibly imposed on somebody. Also, the practical sessions should get over a bit earlier, so the students can easily reach LA to continue with their Open elective. If required, a mail can be circulated concerning this matter.


  • Can the students having a CGPA above 7.5 take up a minor degree in any branch of their preference, or will it be on the basis of their CGPA?


    • RESPONSE FROM DEAN(ACADEMICS): PROF. K.K. MOHAPATRA

      It will strictly be on the basis of their CGPA because we feel only the meritorious students having a CGPA above 7.5 are academically sound enough to cope with the pressure of an extra course which is exhausting. Also, the choices of the students with a merit-based higher CGPA will be prioritized first.


  • Recently, there have been a lot of changes made in the academic curriculum. There should be a seminar to help the students know about the changes made.What is your take on that?


    • HEAD OF STUDENT COUNSELLING PROGRAM: PROF K. C. PATI

      Yes, there have been a lot of changes made, especially for the students who have been promoted to second year from first year. Moreover, due to these changes, the registration process also got delayed. So, I agree with the fact that there should be an open house discussion in this regard. I will definitely talk to the Dean Academics or the Director about this.


  • What will be the dress code for the 16th Convocation? Considering the fact that many students were dissatisfied with the Sambalpuri dress code last year, is there any chance of rolling back to gown and cap dress code?


    • DEAN, STUDENT WELFARE PROF.SIMANCHALA PANIGRAHI

      There is a convocation committee which looks after these matters. I am one of the core members of the committee, but there is a separate section in the committee which looks after the Dress code. The Chairman of this section will finalize which dress code should be adopted for that particular convocation year. I will present my views as well the student’s views in front of the committee in the meeting. The dress code was chosen because Sambalpur is quite close to Rourkela and its culture is widespread not only across the country but also the world. Still, if it created dissatisfaction among the students, we will definitely take their opinions into consideration. I will put forth this thing in the meeting. Moreover, since we had Sambalpuri Dress code, it is likely that next time the dress code might change.


  • Will there be any limit on the number of students taking up the minor degree in a particular branch?


    • RESPONSE FROM DEAN(ACADEMICS): PROF. K.K.MOHAPATRA

      Yes, there is a limit in each of the branches. We originally thought that the maximum number of students taking up each branch should be sixty. However, the Senate unanimously decided that the maximum intake in each branch would be forty. Most of the students are desirous of a degree in the core branches (CSE, EE, ME, ECE) and hence this rule was fixed with a view that the non-core branches will also be taken up as choices for minor degree and the seats there won't be vacant.


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