In order to dissuade students from indulging in malpractices related to backlogs, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University has sought to implement ‘uniform promotion rules’ across all colleges affiliated to the university in all three centres - Hyderabad, Anantapur and Kakinada.
A 10-member committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Professor P. Jaya Prakash Rao of the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) and directors of academic planning drawn from the three university centres as well as Osmania University. The panel will frame uniform rules for promotion and credit requirements for students to be implemented from academic year 2013-14. The committee met at Hyderabad Tuesday.
According to the new set of rules, students will be required to complete 40 per cent credits during promotion from B.E second year to third year in order to reduce the number of backlogs. The university will implement the new rules so candidates fulfil the minimum requirements before being promoted to the successive year in B.E and B.Tech courses.
“We are only seeking to bring in uniformity and quality education for affiliated colleges. This will check the incidents of malpractice which students indulge in, especially when they have too many backlogs. Many students are stagnating due to backlogs and it is our attempt at streamlining the process, which is already being followed in colleges in Hyderabad. However, it has no correlation to the incident of tampering of answer sheets last year,” said Dr. N.V Ramana Rao, registrar of JNTU Hyderabad.
“The rules will also help students seeking transfer from one college to another as well as make it easier for potential employers to compare the qualifications of candidates from different university regions,” said Professor P. Jaya Prakash Rao, chairman of APSCHE.
Around 765 engineering colleges across the state are affiliated to JNTU.