Government Polytechnic, Bhaga, Dhanbad
To regularise classes and tests at polytechnics, the science and technology department on Wednesday issued a new academic calendar for 13 government-run and as many private cradles in Jharkhand.
The fresh calendar is in accordance with the yearly schedule of BIT-Sindri, the lone state-run engineering college.
The new schedule says semester exams at each of the 26 cradles will be held simultaneously. Also, evaluation of exam papers will be conducted only during summer and winter vacations to avoid disruption of classes.
BIT-Sindri director Dr S.K. Singh, who was recently appointed as the director of the science and technology department, said that exams of even semesters would be held in May, ahead of the summer break.
On the other hand, odd semester tests would be conducted in October, just before the winter vacation.
Notably, summer vacation of BIT-Sindri is scheduled from May 14 to July 4, while the winter break starts from November 14 and ends on December 30.
With the introduction of the new academic calendar, the 26 polytechnics will follow the same schedule.
“Holding exams before vacations will give teachers time to evaluate papers. Also, the move will ensure that normal classes at the institutes are not disrupted,” said Singh.
Earlier, exams at polytechnics were held at different times round the year. Apart from disruption of classes, the system caused manpower and space crunch.
“The private institutes will also need to follow the calendar like their state-run counterparts. It will be slightly difficult for the private polytechnics as their admissions are held late. But, they can manage by holding special classes,” Singh said.
Among other steps, the department has made it mandatory for principals of polytechnics to obtain permission before leaving their headquarters for evaluation work.
“The principal’s absence for long can affect the functioning of the institute. Thus, he will have to take approval from the director of the state science and technology department,” said a highly-placed source in the department.
He added that teachers for evaluation work would be deputed on rotational basis to ensure transparency.
Principal of Government Polytechnic, Bhaga, B.K. Sinha welcomed the new steps.
“The calendar will help regularise sessions that at present run late by more than a year,” he said.
Sinha also supported the department’s decision to make it mandatory for principals to take permission for being absent for evaluation work.