Bhubaneswar, Sep 14 (UNI)The Academic Council, which met here today following the agitation by the students of Biju Patnaik University of Technology to abolish the year back system, constituted a seven- member committee to make recommendtions on promotional rules, sylabus, nature of question papers and on evaluation of answer sheets.
BPUT Vice Chancellor O N Mohanty told newsmen after the meeting that the Committee would make recommendations based on the prevalent systems in the other state level Technological Universities like JNTU, VTU, Anna University, Maharashtra Technical University, West Bengal Technical University&AICTE recommendations.
The committee would comprise of two Professors from BPUT system, one Professor each from IIT and NIT systems; one functionary from AICTE; one senior official of the State Government with the Registrar of the University as the Member-Secretary.
Prof Mohanty said the Committee would submit its report within a month of its appointment.
He said BPUT would make all efforts to adhere to its academic calendar and negotiate with the IT-companies for providing Certification Courses at concesional rates.
These would be available at various colleges and the ''X'' category (detained) students could take full advantage of it and obtain certificates at the end of the training that have validity across the globe.
The arrangement would improve their employability considerably apart from helping them in their domain subjects as well, he said.
The Academic Council at its meeting decided to give B Tech degrees to 554 students from out of the detained students in both Btech regular and lateral entry batches taking into account their minimum credit point requirements.
With regard to certificates for the fourth year pass out students with back papers, the meeting decided to issue course completion Certificates mentioning the back papers.
The first year students would be allowed up to five back papers as against 4 according to the current regulation for promotion to the second year, the Vice Chancellor said.
The Academic council also decided to make answer scripts available to students of the ''X'' (detained) category. Since this number is going to be very large and would take time, at least one answer script per student would be made available as early as possible.
BPUT would take forward its initiatives on Faculty Training Programmes and also would make available both to the faculty and students, the course contents developed at IITs (based on the curricula of the large southern state technological Universities) under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
He said greater emphasis shall be given on attendance of students, making use of ''Smart Cards'' and e- Systems would be introduced for maintaining a thorough record of weekly coverage of courses by the teachers at the college level.
Internal assessment at the college level would be conducted through on-line systems and the students would be able to know their scores immediately.
Among others, Principals of the various affiliated and constituent colleges, secretaries of Science and Technology and Industries Departments were present at the meeting.