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Fourth-year exit window at IIEST

The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

Students taking admission to the five-year dual-degree course at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) will be allowed to opt out after the fourth year with the BTech degree if they are found unable to cope with the integrated programme.

The five-year course, which will make its debut on the Shibpur campus this year, will lead to the twin degrees of BTech and MTech.

The institute will review the performance of students who are lagging behind at the end of the third year to decide whether they will be allowed to leave with the four-year graduation degree.

“There might be students who are not up to the mark. We will review their performance after third year and take a call on allowing them to leave with a four-year degree. We can’t force candidates struggling with the programme to try and complete the MTech,” said institute director Ajoy Kumar Ray.

The exit policy, the director pointed out, will be part of the IIEST statute.

While the institute this year will admit students to the integrated course through the state JEE, admission from next year will be through the JEE-Advanced, or the IIT-JEE.

A notification issued by the state JEE board in November — before the Bengal Engineering and Science University was upgraded to IIEST — included the Shibpur institute among the campuses that would admit students through its entrance test. “That is why the human resource development ministry has allowed the institute to stick to the state JEE this year,” said an official.

IIEST officials said they were overhauling the curricula to bring them on a par with those of the IITs.

The institute is taking inputs from the National Association of Software and Services Companies, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industries as the courses will focus on the research and development industry looks for.

The dual-degree courses save students a year if they do their postgraduation from the same institute as undergraduation. The IITs have for years been offering five-year integrated courses along with four-year BTech and two-year MTech programmes.

Director Ray said that from next year IIEST students would have to study a compulsory paper on biology.

Explaining the need for including biology among the compulsory papers, Ray said: “A lot of synergies are taking place between engineering and the health science. The two can’t live in isolation. In future maximum application of engineering would be in the field of medical science. We will prepare IIEST students accordingly.”

Next year the IIEST will start an integrated programme on bio-engineering. This year the dual-degree programme will cover 10 disciplines, including civil and mechanical.