The students of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) can now heave a sigh of relief as the university has decided to amend its ‘Skip Rules’.
The decision was taken by the Academic Council of the University at the “Extra Ordinary Meeting”. The Skip Rule is applicable for BTech and BPharm students only. Out of total 212 credit points, which are spread across eight semesters, the BPUT students have to score a minimum of 200 credit points to qualify for BTech degree.
As per the Skip Rules, the students were allowed to skip one theory paper of any core subject if they had a back paper in one subject but scored more than 200 credit points.
The disadvantage of the previous rule was that the student who had a back paper in humanities or any optional subject did not qualify for a degree even if he scored above 200 points.
Many students had protested as the rule gave more importance to optional subjects instead of core subjects.
As per the new rule, the students can now skip any subject, be it core or optional, if they have scored more than 200 credit points.
The new rule will be applicable to the students who took admission on and before 2011-12 academic session.
“The previous rule complicated matters for the students as many of them could not get their degrees due to a flawed rule,” said BPUT Student Protection Council (BSPC) president Biplab Mohanty. The new rule will simplify the examination process, he added.