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IITs to judge students on Credit-Base Performance

Posted on: January 24, 2011

By Times of India
KANPUR: Students pursuing graduation and post-graduation courses from IITs have a new reason to cheer. From the next academic session (from July), all those getting into IITs– after qualifying the Joint Entrance Exam ( JEE)– will be judged (in academics) by their ‘Credit-Base Performance’ (CBP). They will be awarded degrees based on CBP.

Though the present grading system– Cumulative Preference Index (CPI)– will continue to be one of the parameters to judge a student’s performance, major focus will be on his/her CPB.

Representing IIT-Kanpur, its director SG Dhande took part in the IITs’ council meeting held on January 21 in New Delhi. On Sunday, Dhande informed about the main points of acceptance that were discussed at the meeting and informed that the concept of evaluating a student’s performance while studying in IIT would be done on the basis of Credit-Base Performance.

CBP will help in lowering the academic pressure on students. Cases of students bowing down to academic pressure and committing suicide have been reported several times in the past. The new students on the campus would, therefore, be a relaxed lot though the IITs would not lower their educational standards.

Speaking on the subject faculty crisis, Dhande accepted that not only IIT-Kanpur but other IITs were also facing faculty shortage. “Efforts are being made to rope in good scientific brains as faculty. For this, we welcome NRIs settled across the globe and foreign faculty to take guest lectures. We would also like to mould students pursuing masters programme or PhD programme for teaching instead of moving out for jobs. This will help solve the problem to quite an extent,” said Dhande.

Dhande informed that increasing focus on research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level was also discussed in the meeting. The agenda for the meeting also included plans to introduce programmes in cyber security. It was also discussed how to provide greater financial autonomy to the IITs. The panel formed by HRD ministry had recommended a new financial model to allow IITs to generate their own income and depend less on the government. In return, the IITs would gain greater autonomy.

Dhande delivered a presentation at the meeting on the proposal to uniformalise the criteria for promoting students from one semester to another across IITs – a demand frequently raised by students. Dhande in 2010 was appointed head of a panel by Sibal to prepare a strategy to end the system of different IITs employing varying performance criteria for promoting students. A panel under science and technology secretary T Ramaswami is working on examination reforms.


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