Today's Big Q : Ask a Question 4.0
Team MM brings you another edition of Ask a Question where all your doubts and queries are clarified. In this edition, we have responses from the SAC President, Dean (Academics) and Dean (Student Welfare) regarding the queries which you had put forth. Read on to know your answers!
Response from the President SAC, Prof. Snehasish Chakraverty
MM: Will the multi-ethnic fest be held this year?
SC: There won’t be a multi-ethnic fest, but there will be a cultural festival in lieu of it. The fest will comprise of various cultural events and activities like dance, drama, music etc. It will also consist of various inter-hall competitions related to cultural activities. It will not be region wise; rather the events would be contested by a bunch of teams, formed as per the student's convenience. Earlier, the Inter-Hall events were confined to sports, and in a few of the Halls, there were other minor activities that were conducted, cultural events were not a part of inter-hall activities. The ambiance and atmosphere will be relished with highly entertaining cultural extravaganza.
MM: When will the event be conducted?
SC: The event will be conducted on weekends stretched across two weeks. Earlier, the dates had been finalized on 10-11th of November and 17-18th of November. These are entirely tentative dates. Since it is very close to the End semester examinations, the dates would probably change. If we find that this semester is getting occupied with many fests and other events, we will shift this cultural festival to next semester. The students would be notified once the dates are finalized.
MM: The nomination deadline for Dean Nominee of Innovision was extended as the candidate stood uncontested. A similar thing happened in the previous semester at where the NU convener won uncontested. Is it under the SAC policy to tweak rules without any amendment?
SC: Despite a mail being circulated, students could not make it to the interview. Since most of the interested students are from Pre-final years, they remain quite busy with their assignments and other tasks. As a result of which, many interested students could not come. We again re-circulated a mail after which 5 students turned up for the interview.
Response from the Dean, Student Welfare Prof.Simanchala Panigrahi
MM: 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?
SP: 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.
MM: A lot of first years students have complained that their elective PE was changed to NCC without consulting them and the reason meted out by the PIC concerned was that, there weren’t enough students in NCC. What can be done to make this system fairer? Can the students change their elective now?
SP: I was unaware of this thing. Even if it is done, the Professor-in-charge might have been overloaded with a lot of students. So this step might have been taken to equalize the number on both the sides. This happens even with the Open Elective courses. When a particular Open Elective gets overcrowded, we reshuffle it accordingly.
Response from Dean Academics: Prof. K.K.Mahapatra
MM: 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?
KKM: 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.
MM: 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?
KKM: 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.
Responses from Team MM
Q. 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.
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.
Q.What is BB Cinema? How many shows are played per week? How to obtain tickets for it?
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.
Q.Now that the warden of MSS has changed to Manish Okade, can Team MM make a request to him to keep the rear gate open and state the inconvenience caused at the present.
MM: Team MM will definitely look into the matter and gauge the inconvenience caused to the boarders. Once we are fully aware of the crux of the matter, the matter will be taken up with Prof. Manish Okade.
Q.When will the placement live section of MM be updated?
MM: As mentioned previously, Team MM is trying to bring substantial changes to the website. In addition, the Live section is updated in accordance with the convenience of the Training and Placement Centre to ensure smooth placements for the students. The placement database for the students of NITR only will be updated once the above issues are considered and resolved.