**Biju**** Patnaik University**

**Rourkela**

**Notice No. BPUT/4129/09 dated April 11,
2009**

__NOTICE__

**Specific Academic Regulations of BPUT**

**[ Including**** Clarification on Recent
Demands ] **

Recently, a section of students have
handed over a list of demands to BPUT. A
point-by-point response would be provided here.

Before that, a few General Remarks
are required to be made so that **ALL STUDENTS of the University are
fully apprised of the background situation.** Further, the attention of
the **Parents and the General Public** is also
requested to these issues in order that every body may arrive at a rational
conclusion.

**[A] Background
**

·
**In 2007, the entire Promotion System
was reviewed** by BPUT with the help of an expert committee, also
comprising members from IIT Kharagpur and NIT
Rourkela.

- As per the recommendation of the above
committee
**the YEAR BACK system was withdrawn; along with the same, the supplementary exams. were also withdrawn since a student is now allowed to carry unlimited number of back papers and move to higher semesters.**

- The expert committee also recommended and BPUT introduced
**Special Examinations for students who have completed the 8th, Semester and still have back papers in 3**^{rd}. / 4^{th}. / 5^{th}. / 6^{th}. / 7^{th}. / 8^{th}. semesters.

- In order to ease out extremely weak students
from the BPUT system ( who would not have the
capacity to complete a degree with a prescribed minimum of a final CGPA of
6.0 ),
**the committee had recommended that a student would have to quit if he has less than 4.50 SGPA in three consecutive semesters ( this was to apply for exams. held w.e.f Odd Semester 2007 ).**

- Recently on the 28
^{th}. of March, 2009 the Academic Council met and decided to**withdraw the 4.50 SGPA rule****from the 5**; that means^{th}. semester onwards**no student would be asked to quit once he / she has crossed the 4**^{th}. semester .

- Further, in the Special Exams. after the 8
^{th}. semester,^{rd}. and 4^{th}. semesters were also included**. That means, all back papers of 2**^{nd}.; 3^{rd}. and 4^{th}. years can now be cleared in the Special Exams if a student has not been able to clear them already in the various previous regular exams. ( he carries unlimited number of back papers to higher semesters today.)

- The results clearly show that
**very few students will actually be affected by the 4.50 rule at the end of 3**and that these are truly very weak and irregular students who are not likely to complete the B.Tech. / B.Pharm etc. in 7 years with a final CGPA of 6.0.^{rd}. or 4^{th}. semesters

- The results also show
**that if the 4.50 SGPA rule continues till the 4**(Originally, the only rule was that a student with CGPA of less than 4.50 must repeat the First Year);^{th}. semesters, the students who have performed very poorly in the First Year ( 1^{st}. Sem / 2^{nd}. Sem. ) still have a good chance of climbing further without getting detained in the First Year**today he has an option due to the three consecutive SGPA rule**.

**[B] Demands
Freshly Made and Our Comments **

**Now, Fresh Demands are
being made only 9 days after the Academic Council had met and carefully
considered all the
demands for over 3 hours on March 28, 2009. **

**Even then, we would
like to take up each demand and provide our response as follows:**

** ***1. ‘Demolition of NFT system totally for 2 ^{nd}
year students.’ *

(a) If this is done, the
students going up will never be able to score the minimum CGPA required ( 6.0 ) and
will **get more and more frustrated as they move up.** Further, this
condition for NFT
( i.e. less than 4.50 SGPA consecutively in 1^{st},2^{nd}. 3^{rd} or 2^{nd}. 3^{rd}., 4^{th}.
semesters ) **is far easier to avoid than to secure minimum CGPA of 4.50 at
the end of First year, creating more
serious problems for the First Year students. Our results of
the students clearly demonstrates this point. The Academic Council
therefore decided that this rule should continue till the end of 4 ^{th}.
semester only ( the recommendation of the earlier
Expert Committee was to continue the rule for higher semesters as well, as was
notified earlier by BPUT ).**

(b) In
addition, as per the 4.50 CGPA rule, several students having **less than 4.50
CGPA in the** **1 ^{st} year**

*2. ‘We want full - fledged Supplementary
Examination’ *

(a)
The recent Academic Council of March 28^{th}, did not accept the
supplementary after a deliberation, **since this would cause a total collapse
of the University Calendar **(please
see the calculation of the total available number of days for various
activities under item #4)**.** In lieu of the same, the special
exams. after the 8^{th}. Sem.
are being provided.

(b) **The Academic Council felt that** **if the supplementary examinations are to be
re-introduced, the Year-Back system must also return. It may be noted that two
colleges which were part of BPUT until recently, viz. UCE Burla
and ITER are continuing with supplementary along with Year Back. Would the
student community of BPUT like to go back to the Year Back system
? **

** Most of the other state
level universities in other provinces have Year Back system; we are one of the
exceptions and today represent the most relaxed condition already. Therefore,
many would start doubting our credibility in the job-market particularly.**

**3.
**** ‘ The date of examination of all the
semesters shall be shifted.’**

By shifting the date of
examinations **the final year students would not be able to get their provisional
certificate by June and therefore cannot
get good placement.** Therefore, any delay in conducting the examination will
jeopardize the career opportunity for the graduating students of 2009. **In
the current market scenario, this is going create a serious problem. **Will
the Final Year students like it ? Further, this would
completely upset next year’s calendar. Thirdly, sufficient
advance information about the upcoming Exam. Schedule has been given;
why should one create
problems by shifting all dates ? **Every year, more or less around the same dates the exams. are held. **

**4 . ‘Proper gaps between two semester
examinations should be given’**

The schedule was decided
after a careful consideration. During a year that consists of 365 days, the following
events are to be conducted :

(i) Each Semester – 90 days per Sem. 2X90 = 180
days

(ii) Sundays = 52 days

(iii) Government & other Holidays = 25 days

(iv) Exam duration for Odd &
Even Sems. (30X2) = 60 days

(v) Semester-break after Odd Semester =
07 days

(vi) Summer Vacation (May 21 – July 07) =
41 days

(should be a minimum of 45 days)

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Total = 365 days

[Evaluation of answer
scripts tabulation of marks and declaration of results are also accommodated
during the above activities].

The
regular B.Tech. programme
is of 4-year duration. By giving more gaps, the duration for completing the
8-semester academic programme would have to be
extended. Considering that, further gaps in the semester examination **does
not appear feasible within the 4-year period**. However, interested students
could avail gaps
and complete the B.Tech. programme within a total of 7-years.

*5. ‘No merging of two semesters’ ***for examinations**

As described above,
there are only 30 days available for conducting odd semester (1,3,5 & 7) exams. and also 30
days for conducting even semester (2,4,6 & 8) examinations**. Prior to
October 2007,** the examinations were conducted semester-wise i.e. after
completion of examination for one semester, next semester examination was
started. Because of demands from students to get gap in between the
examinations, two consecutive odd semester or even semester exams. are held together during 2-weeks (approx.) time; this was
done to benefit the students. However, **if majority students want, the old
pattern of examination-routine could be re-implemented from the next academic
session after approval of the Academic Council.**

**Registrar I/C**