The National Institute of Technology will introduce a new credit system from the next academic session to help students clear semester examinations.
Under the new credit and cumulative grade point average system, a student would have to secure minimum 25 credits in two semesters of 10 papers in a year. At present, a student has to score minimum 40 credits a year.
Even if a student fails to secure 40 credits, he/she is promoted to the next year under the existing system. But the student has to secure 40 credits of the previous year and similar credits in the current year for promotion.
To ease the pressure on the students and curb the year-back percentage, the institute has chalked out the new credit system. Year-back means a student is not promoted. Often, students failing to secure the required credit are provided with not-fit-for-technical-education (NFTE) certificate, leading to their expulsion.
At present, students failing to secure six cumulative grade point average in two years are given NFTE certificate. Under the new system, a student has to secure six cumulative grade point average at the end of the fourth year.
“The advantage of the new credit system is that the number of students under the NFTE bracket would go down,” NIT director Asok De said.
On whether the new system would hamper the quality of education at the institute or not, Aryabhatta Knowledge University vice-chancellor S.N. Guha said: “The credit relaxation would not hamper the academic quality. Often, students taking admission to engineering colleges face problems in clearing the first-year examination because they are new to the system. But after one adapts to the education process, they do not face any hurdle. There is nothing wrong in relaxing the credit.”
If students feel that the new system is a breather and they can sit back and enjoy the college days here is the catch.
Under the new system, a student has to score 25 credits a year. Students securing less than 25 credits will not be registered for the next year. They would be given probation time to secure the credit shortfall the next year and only then they would be promoted.
This year, there were 66 cases of year-back in NIT. As many as 22 students were handed out NFTE certificates.
- Minimum 25 credits in two semesters of 10
papers a year
- Six cumulative grade point average at the end of fourth year
- Minimum 40 credits
- Six cumulative grade point average in two years
PS: 56 out of 100 marks
in a paper make six
cumulative grade point