The Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) has "dropped" mathematics as a subject in first semester for undergraduate engineering students from current academic session owing to a considerable increase in the number of students flunking the subject last year.
Out of the 710 students of first semester, 156 who appeared in the mathematics exam failed to clear the subject last year. NIT director Samir Kumar Das told the Hindustan Times, that mathematics would now be taught only in the second and third semesters instead of first and second semesters.
Das said that a section of students were not able to attend classes in time as the admission process usually gets extended till August end. "Such students usually fail to cover the syllabus already delivered in the class as they are late in taking admission," he justified. "Shifting maths to the next two semesters will help us reduce the burden on students," added Das.
Interestingly, flunking mathematics hit headlines nearly four years back in the state, when 70% students (16,000 out of 23,000) of Punjab Technical University affiliated colleges had failed to clear the first semester maths exam.
Das added that the NIT had introduced some course changes for the first semester to adjust the credits after abolition of maths.
He said, "The electrical and electronics sciences will now be taught as separate subjects.
Introduction to management, human values and behaviour has been clubbed to form a single course. The duration of the communication skills lab has been extended from 2 to 3 hours per week. Besides, we enriched environmental sciences course by including guidelines of Supreme Court has been introduced."