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Semester System for 1st Engineering Students from 2016

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Semester System for 1st Engineering Students from 2016: The annual examination for first year students will be a thing of the past from this academic year with the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad introducing semester system.

The mandatory Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) to be offered from this year has paved the way for the new system. For several years, students had been given the benefit of studying in the annual examination format in the first year due to the delay in admissions and also for the reason that they were entering a professional course from the protected confines of a school-like atmosphere.

However, it will not impact the overall credits students need to acquire for promotion to second year as they still need to score 28 credits out of the 56 in the first year for promotion to second year.

The CBCS will also allow them to opt for two subjects from outside their stream apart from attending three labs.

As per the semester system 90 instructional days are mandatory and there will be eight semesters in the four-year course with each semester allocated 24 credits taking the total to 192 credits.

The university has already revised the instruction system as per the changes. Meanwhile, the syllabus is being finalised with the teachers making preparations for the new CBCS courses. It is likely to be finished in a couple of weeks.

The annual system brings into focus the seriousness needed for students in the first year itself unlike the past, says JNTUH Rector N.V. Ramana Rao. Academics remind that first-year students tend to fail in large numbers for two reasons – they are unable to comprehend and adapt to the new method of teaching that is totally opposite to what they have been fed in Intermediate, and the sudden freedom they enjoy on the college campus tends to affect the seriousness of their studies.

Pass percentage in first year has been less than 20 per cent in several affiliated colleges while it is little better in the campus colleges, revealed a senior teacher.

The semester system, however, will put pressure on the students from day one itself and students would have to take their academics seriously.

“This will be drilled into students’ minds on the orientation day itself.”

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