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Little relief from VTU, students continue protests

Barnana H Sarkar;

NSUI stands by students to protest against year-back system

Students of the Visvesvaraya Technological Institute are still protesting to demand exemption to all batches from the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS). Last month, the university had modified the ‘year back’ concept for academic year 2017-18 to give students relief from CBCS.

The batches admitted in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were to follow the non-CBCS system. The university changed the rule in 2014; it decided to follow the model system. In 2015, VTU went back to CBCS.

On September 1, the students staged a protest. One of their demands was that no student should lose a year. The VTU executive committee decided to give relief to non-CBCS batches between 2010 and 2014.

However, due to the exit scheme – which says the overall academic term of a student would range up to eight years – there was not much change, Christian Almeida, president of NSUI’s Udupi district unit, informed The Observer.

“Due to the complicated syllabus, around 60% of the students have failed. Those who have failed have to join the batch which is still following CBCS.” As a result, these students are forced to study under both CBCS and non-CBCS. This has created tremendous confusion, Almeida added.

The September 1 protest had also demanded the removal of the year back system. The executive committee, consisting of vice-chancellor Karisidappa and registrar Satish Angeri, turned that demand down.

The students have another complaint: They do not receive their results until the last month of the semester, leaving them on tenterhooks. Besides withdrawal of the year back system, they are demanding  the introduction of supplementary exams.

Shravan Kumar, a student of the final year of the 2010 scheme, said: “Students are left in a dilemma whether they should attend classes or not.”
The Karnataka High Court has allowed 29 students to attend classes of their next semester. But those unaware of legal procedures are still at home.

Dr Ashwath, faculty and head of the department of civil engineering, refused to answer questions. The VC and the registrar have refused to take calls on the matter.