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MANIT introduces major academic reforms

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 01:54 IST

THE MAULANA Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) has introduced a set of major academic and administrative reforms from the present semester (that commenced in first week of January) aimed at achieving transparent teaching, learning and valuation system.

The main thrust of the reforms is on improved attendance, examination and valuation system and monitoring of the entire process on special tailor-made MIS software based Intranet system.

Also, an in-house website is being designed and would be maintained by the computer Science and Information Technology. This website would be linked with a web page that can be viewed by students, parents and would even be open to the HR Departments of the various companies interested in campus recruitments at the institute.

The changes have been initiated by the recently formed Academic and Administrative Reforms Committee of the Institute chaired by dean administration, planning and resource generation Dr Ashutosh Sharma.

A joint session of students and faculties was held in third week of January at the college auditorium to formally introduce the reforms. A detailed presentation was made by Dr Sharma who has returned in December after having spent considerable time at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok as visiting professor.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Dr Sharma said that he studied the pattern followed at the world-class institutes during his tenure at AIT and then made changes to suit local needs before finalising the reforms. He gave details of the changes introduced.

The most important changes brought about is on the examination and valuation front. This semester onwards the students would be shown the answer sheets right after valuation and any discrepancies would be sorted out on spot. The students would be allowed to carry the answer sheets back home. This would totally rule out revaluation and save time, money and energy.

Since the students would have an idea of their performance during first and second mid-term exams as also the final exams, the final results would be declared very early as only comparative rankings would have to be displayed. The results of final exams would be announced, the supplementary exams held and the results of supplementary exams also announced before the end of the particular semester.

Dr Sharma said that till last semester, the results of the main exams were announced after reopening of next semester. Then the process of revaluation and supplementary exams would start keeping the students and teachers involved in these activities rather than on the academics during the semester. He said that the schedule of semester and exams would be released mid-way of previous semester so that students have a fair idea about the next semester.

Another major change is the stress on 100 per cent attendance and minimum 75 per cent net attendance (in special cases of medical leave or official leave granted by the institute for representation in extra curricular activities. Registration of any student who remains absent for five consecutive days without proper intimation would be cancelled automatically.

The first warning was served when the institute decided to cancel registrations of 127 students who did not care to register themselves even till the extended date of January 12. However, as this was first time, the students have been allowed a chance till January 31 to register, Dr Sharma said.

The teachers would be marking the attendance of the students online and the students themselves would be able to monitor the attendance ruling out any wrong markings. Also the class representatives have been authorized to mark attendance if the teacher is absent. The teacher is also to be penalized if he or she fails to register attendance within 24 hours.

Director of MANIT Dr K S Pande said that it was imperative to introduce the reforms for an institute of the level of MANIT. The three objectives that would be achieved through the reforms are total transparency, improvement in quality of academics and enhancement of sincerity among students, he added.