Bhubaneswar, Oct 28 (UNI) The Yearback system in the engineering colleges in Orissa, which witnessed violent demonstrations from the agitating students in the recent past, was finally abolished.
An Extra Ordinary Academic Council Meeting of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), which met here yesterday, decided to dispense with the system.
The BPUT had set up a Special Committee to look into various aspects of the systems operating in the engineering colleges and the Committee's recommendations on the promotional rules of BPUT was presented to the Academic Council which deliberated at length and decided not to dilute the academic standard of the students.
Sources said the earlier rules of clearing the prescribed subjects with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 6.00 remains unchanged.
Similarly, the maximum number of years for a student to clear the prescribed subjects with the above CGPA remained for seven years.
However, the earlier system of repeating a year based on the number of failed subjects was abolished but an extremely poor student based on a very easily achievable CGPA would have to leave studies at BPUT.
It was decided that in the first year, at the end of the second semester, if a student secures a CGPA score of 4.50 or more, he would go to second year regardless of the number of failed subjects.
However, if the CGPA is less than 4.50, he has to leave BPUT and would be allowed to join as a fresh first year student. In the second and third years, if a student secures a CGPA of less than 4.50 in three consecutive semesters, he would have to quit studies at BPUT, the council decided.
There shall be no supplementary examinations but one special examination would be held at the end of the eighth semester, only for the subjects covered in 7th and 8th semesters.
The inspection system for affiliated colleges would be made more stringent henceforth and colleges where the teachers and the infra-structure would be found to be sub-standard, liable to be de-affiliated.