Bringing relief to thousands of engineering students, Visvesvaraya Technological University has decided to modify their ‘critical year’ and ‘year back’ concepts for the 2017-18 academic year.
The move follows protests from various student organisations, who demanded that the rule be scrapped as the university had delayed announcement of exam results as well as revaluation results. Many students said that they had to appear for over 16 examinations in a span of three months as the university delayed the revaluation results of odd semester examinations.
The year back system mandated that students cannot go to the next year if they failed in more than four subjects, while the critical year system mandated that students cannot enter third year if they do not pass their first year papers or cannot enter final year if they do not pass all second year papers.
During the executive council meeting on Tuesday, it was decided to “modify” this rule. “Students can enter the next year if they fail in four or more subjects and can also enter their third year if they do not pass any of the first year papers. Similarly, they can enter final year even if they do not pass all second year papers. However, students can write the exams only if they clear papers as per the earlier eligibility criteria,” H.N. Jagannatha Reddy, Registrar, VTU, said.
He also said this move would help 20,000 students attend classes and appear for internal assessment.