Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - 333031 (Rajasthan) India
Off-Campus Work-Integrated Learning Programmes
SOME OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
1. Registration and Fee Payment: Each semester of the Off-Campus Work-Integrated Learning Programmes begins with a mandatory REGISTRATION process, which specifies the prescribed course package for each student for that semester. The Registration process for each semester is completed when the student sends the duly signed Registration Card alongwith the payment for the semester fees. The student has to pay the full semester fees for every semester in which s/he registers, irrespective of the number of courses in his/her prescribed course package.
2. Continuous Internal Evaluation: BITS follows continuous system of internal evaluation and letter grades A, B, C, D, E carrying grade points 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 respectively are awarded for all courses other than Dissertation/Project Work for which only non-letter grades namely EXCELLENT, GOOD, FAIR, POOR are awarded. If a student does not offer adequate opportunity for evaluation in a course, reports such as NC (Not cleared) may be awarded.
3. Evaluation Scheme: For each course in each semester for the B.S. ET/IS and M.S. SS/MM programmes, there will be typically 3 Evaluation Components (EC) spread over the semester according to the dates specified in the Course Handout for each course:
4. Evaluation Component Description Weightage Given & Evaluated by
EC-1 Assignment / Quiz (online) 10% BITS Faculty
EC-2 Mid-Semester Test (2 Hours) 30% BITS Faculty
EC-3 Comprehensive Exam (3 Hours) 60% BITS Faculty
EC-2 and EC-3 examinations are conducted only at the following Centres: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dubai, Hosur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagda, Pilani and Pune. The details of these exam centers will be placed on the BITS website in due course.
5. Grading Procedure: At the end of each semester, the performance of each student in a course, is specified as a LETTER GRADE (namely A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D or E) which is obtained through a Relative Grading procedure, which is described below.
The final grading in each course is done by tabulating in descending order (equivalently a histogram) the total marks obtained by all students in that particular course. The performance of the course will be analyzed in terms of average, highest and lowest marks and the dividing lines between various clusters. Gaps between clusters and the nature of clusters will guide drawing the dividing lines between various grades. In a normal class of large size, the C-band will usually include the average mark. This is not a hard and fast rule and exceptions may arise in cases of small classes or a skewed histogram etc.
6. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The CGPA (calculated on a 10 point scale) will be used to describe the overall performance of a student (from the semester of admission till the point of reckoning) in all courses for which LETTER GRADES are awarded.
U1 G1 + U2 G2 + U3 G3 ……..
CGPA = --------------------------------------------
U1 + U2 + U3 …….
Where U1, U2, U3 …….. denote UNITS of the course, and G1, G2, G3…. denote grade points of the LETTER GRADES awarded in that course. Non-Letter grades do not go into computation of CGPA.
7. Minimum Academic Requirements: Subject to fulfilling the Academic Regulations of the Institute, the student will be issued a grade sheet at the end of each semester, a Transcript and a Provisional Certificate followed by the Final Degree Certificate at the end of the programme.
The minimum academic requirements for successful completion of our M.S. programmes require that a student obtains a minimum CGPA of 5.50 and no E grade in any course. For B.S. programmes, the student should obtain a minimum CGPA of 4.50 and no E grade in any course. No student can register in any other course of his/her degree along with Dissertation in MS or Project work in BS.
Failure to meet the minimum academic requirements will bring the student under the purview of Academic Monitoring Board (AMB), which will prescribe a suitable course package for the student and monitor his/her progress and academic performance closely.
8. Dissertation / Project Work:
The students enrolled in B.S. programmes will have to register for a full semester Project work in their final semester. The students of M.S. programmes will be required to register for a full semester Dissertation in their final semester.
Each student should complete all prescribed coursework of the programme and fulfill the minimum academic requirements before s/he can register for Project Work or Dissertation in her/his final semester of the programme. If the academic performance of the student falls below the minimum requirements, s/he will be required to register in some courses again in a subsequent semester to improve her/his CGPA, before s/he can register for Project Work/Dissertation.
As admissions to the Off-Campus Work-Integrated Learning Programmes are based on various factors like student employment, employer consent, mentor consent, etc, any student changing his/her employer or mentor should inform Dean immediately and get such changes approved, failing which the student would be Discontinued from the Programme (DP), resulting in his/her name getting struck off the rolls of the institute.
(Dean, WILP, BITS, Pilani)