Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
Approved Under 12(b) & 2(f) of UGC Act 1956
Unfair Means & Misconduct by Students during Exams

The following actions performed by any student during the course of his/ her examination shall be termed as unfair means/misconduct by the candidate:-

1.Copying from or referring to any material other than the question paper or answer book of the candidate himself during the course of examination. The material could be a piece of paper/cloth, calculator, mobile phones, benches in the examination hall/ labs or different parts of the human body such as hands, arms, feet etc.

2.Bringing to the examination hall any material with the intention to use it in attempting the questions or performing some experiments in the labs during the course of examination.

3.Taking help from the peer examinees in the form of verbal conversation or seeing /showing the answer book of/ to other examinees with or without their consent.

4.Taking/ providing help in performing the experiments in the lab or fields during the course of exam.

5.Refusal to obey the orders of the Faculty Invigilator.

6.Misbehaving or creating disturbance of any kind in and around the examination hall or organizing a walk out or instigating other to walk out.

7.Impersonating or misrepresenting any other candidate in connection with the examination.

8.Smuggling in an answer book or continuation sheet or taking out or arranging to send out the question paper or an answer book or a continuation sheet or replacing the answer book, its inner sheets, or continuation sheets during or after the examination with or without the connivance of the staff on duty in connection with the examination.

9.Forcing his entry into examination hall for the purpose of taking the examination even after being told that he/she is not eligible to sit in the examination.

10.Possessing a lethal weapon or fire arm or coming in drunken condition to the examination hall.

11.Engaging in any other act or omission which creates the tendency to disrupt the orderly conduct of the examination.

Preventive Measures (Do’s & Don’ts)

The following is a list of Do’s & Don’ts for Students sitting for an exam:

1.The students must not possess any material with them other than the ones permitted which could be of any help in the course of examination.

2.The students should search their pockets and seats (on & around) and if any such material is present, the same should be placed outside the exam hall/ room.

3.The students are not allowed to bring mobile phones in the examination hall

4.The students should be asked to sit as per the seating plan prepared by the invigilator.

5.The students are not allowed to converse/talk to their peers during the course of examination. In case of any difficulty/ requirement, the student may raise his/ her hand to indicate his intention to converse with the faculty in charge on invigilation duty.

6.The students must not try to refer to the answer book/ question paper of their peer examinees.

7.The students are not allowed to leave the exam hall during the first 90 minutes of their examination for the purpose of attending to the toilets or otherwise.

8.Although the use of calculators becomes essential to answer the questions for many engineering and science subjects. However there are still many subjects where the use of calculator is not required. The paper setter should clearly mention on the question paper whether the calculator is required to be used in the exam hall or not. Accordingly an announcement whether the calculator is allowed or not should be made by the invigilator.

9.The students should place their I-cards on their tables(it is mandatory for the students to carry their I-cards during any exam)

10.The students may be allowed to enter the examination hall/ room not more than 10 minutes before the start of examination.

11.The students may not be allowed to appear for the examination after 30 minutes of the start of the examination.

12.In case a student is found conversing/ talking to his/her peers during the course of examination for the first time, the faculty member may ask for his/ her seat to be changed but if he/she continues to do it, a UMC case may be recorded against the student.

13.In case a student behaves in a hostile manner or creates a ruckus and disturbs other students or there is a mass protest by the students inside the exam hall, the faculty member will report the matter immediately to the Director of the concerned schools and the Dean of the college.

14.The students may not be allowed to leave the exam hall before half of the time allowed for exam is over.

Procedure to Deal a Case pertaining to the Use of Unfair Means/Misconduct during the examination

If a student is caught using unfair means during the course of his/ her examination by the invigilator or any other member of faculty on examination duty, the following sequence of steps must be taken:

1.The answer book and the material used for unfair means will be confiscated by the invigilator and a statement to the effect may be got recorded from the student who possessed the material and was taking help from the same. In case the student refuses to record such a statement, then the invigilator may record that the student had refused to record such a statement.

2.The invigilator will give a new answer booklet to the student if the student intends to continue his/her exam. Otherwise the student may be allowed to leave the exam hall after half of the time allowed for exam is over.

3.At the end of the examination, the invigilator will submit the case in the prescribed form along with both the answer books and the confiscated material to the Director of the school to which the subject belongs, after recording his own statement regarding the use of unfair means by the student. However, if the material used for Unfair Means is like the desk or some part (s) of the human body or is some oral conversation between peer examinees and can’t be attached with the answer book of the student then the invigilator may call the Director of the School to which the student belongs so as to make him witness the case.

4.The use of unfair means case shall be discussed by the UMC Committee where by the student shall be given a chance to defend his/ her case before the committee. The case shall be presented by the concerned invigilator, before the UMC committee. The UMC committee constituted shall consist of the following : i.Dean of the Facultyto which the student belongs ii.Director of the school to which the student belongs iii.Director of the school to which the Subject Coordinator belongs iv.Subject coordinator v.Concerned Invigilator as Presenter vi.AR/ A & E as Secretary

5.The notice relating to the date & time of hearing of the case shall be sent to the candidate through the Director of the school to which the candidate belongs. If the service of the notice is not affected due to the fault of the candidate, the committee shall proceed ex-parte. In case delay is caused in the service of the notice for no fault on the part of the candidate, a new date of hearing shall be fixed by the committee.

6.The UMC committee shall submit its recommendations for consideration and approval by the Vice Chancellor at the earliest.

7.The UMC Committee may observe the following guidelines for the purpose of awarding punishment to the student. Secretarial assistance for this purpose may be provided by the A&E Section.

If the candidate was found having in his/her possession or accessible to him/her papers, books or notes which do not relate to the subject of examination and which could not possibly be of any assistance to him , no action may be taken against the candidate, otherwise, i.In case of first such offence by the student, the student be awarded zero marks only in the concerned examination such as minor 1 or minor 2 or major and a warning letter be issued to the student, warning him to desist from such activities and in case of repetition of such as an offence, a more stringent action including expulsion from university may be taken against him/ her. A copy of the Warning Letter be sent to the parents of the student ii.In the case of second such offence, the student be failed in the subject in which the student was caught using unfair means irrespective of the fact whether he is caught during Minor or Major exam of the subject. A warning letter be issued to the student and a copy be sent to his/her parents. iii.In the case of 3rd subsequent offense, the student be failed in all the subjects registered by the student during that semester. A warning letter with copy to his/her parents may also be issued. iv.In case a student still indulges in such an offence after case iii above, strict action as deemed fit including expulsion from university may be taken against the student. v.For unfair means/ misconduct of the nature specified by A(5) to A(11) above , the committee shall have the right to recommend to the Competent Authority, a disqualification for the candidate from passing or from appearing in University examinations for a period of up-to 3 years depending upon the gravity of the case. The period of disqualification shall commence from the session in which the candidate is found to have committed the misconduct.

Remedial Measures

The remedial measures include the punishments and counseling given to the students who are caught using unfair means so that they don’t repeat the offence during the course of their studies. The following steps are recommended to be taken:- 1.The punishment as recommended by the UMC Committee and approved by the Vice- Chancellor as per Para (C) above may be given to the student. 2.The student should be counseled by his faculty-mentor so as to persuade the student not to indulge in such malpractices in future. 3.The faculty-mentor may recommend that the faculty member teaching the subject may give some extra time to the student so that the student is enabled to understand and pass the subject.

Appeal against Punishment awarded by UMC

A candidate aggrieved by the punishment awarded to him/her may prefer an appeal to the Vice Chancellor within forty five days from the date of the order. Provided further that the Vice-Chancellor may entertain an appeal after the expiry of the said period if he is satisfied that the appellant has sufficient justification for not preferring the appeal in time

Semester Registration& Pre-Registration

Registration in each semester is a mandatory requirement, failing which the name of the students will be struck off the rolls of the university. The Registration procedure ensures that the students name is on the roll list of each course that he/she wants to study in a semester. No credit is given if the student attends a course for which he/she has not registered. Registration for courses to be taken in a particular semester will be done according to a specified schedule as indicated in Academic Calendar. During registration each student is required to indicate clearly the courses he is registering for. Registration after due date or in absentia will be allowed only in rare cases at the discretion of Dean of the Faculty, subject to the approval of the Vice Chancellor. In case of illness or absence during registration, a student should intimate the same to his/her course advisor and the Dean. On-line Registration System is used to keep track of the courses chosen by each student besides providing information to the student regarding his/her backlog courses. Registration is done twice every Academic Session at the beginning of the semester in August/January.

Semester Registration will be mandatory for the Summer Semester for all PhD scholars and students of full-time M.Tech. program. Students from any other program wishing to stay back during the Summer Semester are also required to register for the Summer Semester.

Registration of the students from external institutions, who come to the university for Project/Summer Training, will be done in a different mode. The Registration for Summer Semester will be done in the last week of May.

In addition to the Semester Registration at the beginning of each semester (August/January), a Pre-registration for the forthcoming semester is also required to be done by each student during the preceding semester in March/October.

This is beneficial to the students since they are aware of the courses being offered by the Schools in the forthcoming semester.

This also facilitates the School administration to know in advance the courses for which the students wish to register in the forthcoming semester and the number of students registering for each course.

Advice on Courses

At the time of completing the registration form, each student must consult his /her student advisor to finalize the academic program keeping in view minimum/ maximum numbers of total and lecture credits, past performance, backlog of courses, SGPA/CGPA, prerequisite, workload and students interests.

Slot System For Time Table

A slot based centralized Time Table will be devised in every semester of every academic session. The objective is to enable the students to have the flexibility to opt for elective courses being offered by Schools other than their own and enable the Schools to design the Time-Table based on Pre-Registration information submitted by students.

Lower and Upper Limits for credits registered

A student may be allowed to register for as many mandated and/or backlog courses as he/she can attend or register for as per the Time-Table constraints during each regular semester. However, each student will have to register for a minimum of 12 credits in a regular semester unless the number of credits required for the award of degree is less than 12 and/or it is due to constraints of Time Table or courses offering.

A student will not be allowed to register for more than 12 credits in the Summer Semester.

Addition, Deletion, Audit and Withdrawal from courses

a)Add/Drop: A student has the option to add a course(s) that he/she has not registered for, or drop a course(s) for which he/she has already registered for. This facility is restricted to the first week of the semester.

b) Audit: A student may apply for changing a credit course to an audit one within one week of the end of the first minor test. Audit facility is open to all students who have completed 100 credits for UG students. A student will be permitted to do any number of audit courses over and above the graduation requirements. However, for UG students at the most 8 credits can be counted towards the minimum requirement of 185 credits. Also for UG students, only Elective subjects can be chosen as Audit course. NP or NF grades are awarded in a Audit Course and these grades and credits are not counted towards calculation of SGPA/CGPA. However in case of UG, the credits of the audit course are counted towards the total credits earned while in PG courses the credits of the audit course are not counted as earned credits.

c) Withdrawal: A student who wants to withdraw from a course should apply within one week of the end of first minor test. A withdrawal grade (W) will be awarded in such cases. In case a student withdraws from a core course he is required to register for the same the next time it is offered. He will be required to meet the attendance requirement when he registers for the course the next time and should carefully consider the feasibility of the same before withdrawing. It is mandatory for a student to clear that course to be eligible for award of degree. In case a student withdraws from an elective course he has a choice to either register for the same course the next time it is offered or to register for some other elective course being offered this time or next time. However, the student is required to meet the attendance requirement when he registers for the same elective the next time or takes a new elective this time or the next time. He/She should be careful in considering the feasibility of meeting the attendance criterion before withdrawing.

Semester Withdrawal (Undergraduate & Postgraduate students)

If a student is absent for more than 20 teaching days in a semester on medical grounds, then he/she may apply for withdrawal from that semester, i.e. withdrawal from all courses registered in that semester. A student can also choose to withdraw from a semester for the following reasons:

1) Industrial internship 2) Disciplinary action 3) Extra-ordinary situation which renders the student unable to continue studies in the immediate future on any genuine and justifiable ground, and if recommended by BUGS /BPGS & approved by the Vice-Chancellor.

Application for semester withdrawal must be made as early as possible and latest before the start of the major tests. No applications for semester withdrawal will be considered after the major tests have commenced.

The application for withdrawal on Medical Grounds must be supported by a Medical Certificate issued by a duly registered Medical practitioner along with copies of relevant prescriptions, Medical Test reports etc. The opinion of the Medical Officer of the University will be obtained in this case.

The application for withdrawal will be considered for approval by the Vice-Chancellor if recommended by the Director of the School & Dean of the Faculty.

In case a student seeks Semester Withdrawal then this will result in withdrawal for a semester only and the student may be allowed to register in the subsequent semester. However the student may be allowed to register for only those courses in the subsequent semester, besides backlog courses, for which the pre-requisite condition is met. However, in either case, this period of withdrawal will not be counted towards the maximum time limit for completion of degree. The period of withdrawal can’t be more than one year after which the student’s admission will be cancelled.

Attendance Requirements

All the students are expected to attend every lecture, tutorial and practical class. However, to account for late registration, sickness or other contingencies, the minimum attendance requirement will be 75% of the classes actually held. For the purpose of attendance calculation, every scheduled practical class will count as one unit irrespective of the number of contact hours. Attendance record will be maintained by the concerned faculty for all lectures, tutorials and practicals held.

A student with less than 75% attendance but more than 60% attendance in any course during the semester shall be allowed to sit for the Major Exam, however he will be awarded a grade one lower than the grade actually earned by him/her based on the marks obtained.

A student with less than 60% attendance will not be allowed to appear in the Major Exam and will be awarded Fail grade (‘E’ or ‘F’ as per the total marks obtained). The student will be required to re-take the course i.e. register for the course and attend all classes. In case of audit / non-credit courses NP grade will be changed to NF if attendance is less than 60%.

Absence during the semester

a) A student must inform the Director of the School and Dean of the Facultyimmediately of any instance of continuous absence from classes.

b) A student who is absent due to illness or any other emergency, up to a maximum of 2 weeks, should approach the course coordinator for make-up quizzes, assignments and laboratory work that he may have missed.

c) A student who has been absent in the minor test due to illness should approach the course coordinator for re-conduct of Minor test which may be allowed by Dean under specific circumstances as detailed in Rule 9.9 below.

d) In case of absence on medical grounds or other special circumstances, before or during the major examination period, the student can apply for I-grade. 75% attendance in a course is necessary for being eligible for request of I- Grade in that course. An Application requesting I- grade should be made at the earliest but not later than the last day of major tests. The application should be made to the Director of the School of the student's program who will recommend the same to the Dean of the Facultyfor grant of approval depending on the merit of the case. The Dean will further process the request through AR(Academics) for grant of approval from the competent authority. Once approved, the information will be passed on to the course coordinators also. The student should complete all course requirements within 10 days of the last date of Major tests. The I- grade will then be converted to a proper grade (A to F, NP, NF).

e) In case the period of absence on medical grounds is more than 20 working days during the semester, a student may apply for withdrawal from the semester, i.e. withdrawal from all courses registered that semester as mentioned at Rule 9.6 above.

f) If a student is continuously absent from the institute for more than four weeks without notifying the Director of the school, his/her name will be removed from university’s rolls.

Re-conduct of Minor Exam if missed

In case a student fails to appear in any Minor Exam due to exceptional circumstances then re-conduct of the missed Minor Exam may be allowed by the Dean of the College/Faculty on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator and the Director of the School offering the course. However, the application for re-conduct of Minor Exam must be received within 07 working days after the end of Minor Exams.

The Minor Exam should usually be re-conducted before the next Minor or Major Exam whichever is earlier.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) has adopted the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) pattern of teaching and examination system in its endeavor to attain academic excellence. The University is offering graduate and postgraduate programs since 2004. The university also offers programs leading to award of PhD degree. The programs being offered from the academic session 2013-14 are mentioned below.

Programs of study

The following programs of study are being offered by the university in the academic session 2013-14.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Architecture

Post-graduate Programs

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Technology (Manufacturing & Automation)
  • Master of Technology (Computer Science & Engineering)
  • Master of Technology (Electronics & Communication Engineering)
  • Master of Technology (Energy Management) (Part-Time Program)
  • Master of Arts (Philosophy)
  • Master of Arts (English)
  • Master of Sciences (Mathematics)
  • Master of Sciences (Physics)
  • Master of Sciences (Biotechnology)

Ph.D. Programmes

It is mandatory for the student to complete successfully each of the criterion mentioned at Point 1-6 above for award of degree. Failure to complete any one of the above requirements will make the student in-eligible for award of Degree and his/her admission will be terminated.

1. Earned Credits

The earned credit requirements for award of degree are equal to the credits of all courses as defined in the program structure. It is mandatory to pass all courses mentioned as a part of the course structure of that particular program including non-credit courses, if any, for award of degree.

In case of passing out students deficient in total credit requirements up to 12 credits, they may be allowed to register in the Summer Semester upto 12 credits for the backlog courses or other eligible courses in lieu of these courses. These courses could be registered and studied on Self-Study basis also. In case there are significant number of students having backlogs in a particular course, the School may decide to offer the course in the Summer Semester for which attending the classes will be a requirement. This will also apply to students who are not on the verge of passing out.

2. Maximum Period for Completion of Degree

The maximum period for completion of degree is as below:

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3. Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) Requirement

A student must obtain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.0 at end of the Program for being eligible for award of any UG or PG degree.

Students not meeting the above conditions after completion of required credits in the degree programme may be permitted to register for additional elective courses under any category to improve the CGPA within the maximum time limit for completion of that programme.

4. Practical Training

A student of the 4-year B.Tech. program and 5-year B. Arch. program must complete the prescribed number of days of practical training to the satisfaction of the concerned School. This training will be normally undertaken in the summer vacation following the 6th semester for B.Tech. and during 7th semester for B. Arch. program. Practical training duration is a minimum of 8 weeks for B.Tech. & 100 working days for B.Arch. Training should be carried out preferably in industry or R&D institutions in India or recognized architectural offices for B.Arch. course. Practical training may also be taken in any academic institution of national importance.

5. NSS

All undergraduate students are required to enroll for NSS in the first year. This requirement should be completed in one year. If, however, a student is not able to complete this requirement in the first year, he/she must complete it by the end of the 2nd year (4th semester). An S or X grade is awarded to each student for NSS which requires 40 hours per semester of time devoted to NSS activities. Concerned students will have to register for NSS as a Non-credit Course. The grade obtained will be displayed on the grade sheet.

6. Minimum Number of Academic Semesters

A student is required to register for at-least 8 semesters for B.Tech., 10 Semester for B.Arch., 4 Semesters for Full-Time PG Courses and 6 Semesters for Part-Time PG courses such as M.Tech.(EM)-Part Time to be eligible for award of degree. Withdrawal Semester & Summer Semester do not count towards this.

Faculty of Engineering (FOE) at SMVDU is equivalent to the Faculty of Engineering in traditional universities and has constituent Departments of Study which are equivalent to Departments in a University. The Faculty of Engineering has the following as it’s constituent Departments:

These departments offer 4 Year B.Tech program, 2 Years M.Tech program & 5 Years B.Arch programs besides offering PhD programs.

The University has excellent infrastructure in the form of buildings and space, Library, Computing facility with large number of latest generation computers in a number of PC labs connected to eight Servers with Internet facility, Electronics and Communication labs with state of art equipments, well developed Mechanical and Biotechnology labs and a workshop. Spacious drawing halls and studios provide a very conducive and cozy environment for innovative development of ideas for Architecture students.

The University has developed an excellent pool of dedicated faculty from academia and industry to co-relate the academic inputs to practical/real life environment. The faculty endeavors to have close interaction with industry and international experts by conducting Symposiums, Seminars, Industrial visits and Projects. The faculty is committed to deliver a unique and enriched learning that fosters innovation and research. The University not only prepares its graduates to become knowledgeable and competent professionals but also to develop them as all rounder individuals with broad intellectual outlook The students in this University get the opportunity to learn in a picturesque and pollution free environment in the company of peers who hail from different parts of India with diversified cultures.

The rich culture at the University enables its students to find ready acceptance in industry and business and also for admission to higher education in India and other developed countries like US and UK."As Dean of the faculty, I invite the students of SMVDU or any other University, their parents/guardians and any Corporate or Govt. team, to visit the Faculty of Engineering at SMVDU and provide us valuable feed back for further improvement of our academic quality." -- Dean , Faculty of Engineering

Mission of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is to preserve what the great poet Rabindranath Tagore defines as the - Fullness of man. The deification of science is posing a silent threat to society where man is getting detached from his roots. Our vast cultural heritage is embedded with much higher values of life and a holistic understanding of it has still something to contribute to the present technological society. In Indian mindset we do not measure our achievements in terms of progress, but rather in terms of vision, understanding and the total uplifting of human life.

Interdisciplinary in orientation, the department has expertise in Philosophy and Language. Whatever their individual branches of scholarship, the objective of all the faculty members in the department is to inculcate the sensitivity of human values amongst technologists in academia and the society outside and to equip them with foreign languages for living and working successfully in multilingual and multicultural settings.

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences consists of the following departments:

Dean's Message

It is said ''two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings'' . In the present era of scientific and technological advancement where man is standing at the threshold of a new life beyond earth, it is pertinent to move ahead with our tradition which proposes a combination of ''Gyana'' (knowledge) and ''Vigyana (Science)''. Human race can not progress unless both are conjoined and the combination of both has been one of the basic features of Indian culture.

Education like excellence has no frontiers and in the present era of globalization, the phrase communication skills has become sine qua non for success in every sphere of life. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences not only aims at inculcating the sensitivity of human values among students so that they are firmly rooted but also at imparting them the proficiency in languages so that they fly high in the sky.

We are endeavoring for the very best and shall not fail - God willing.

Evaluation System

The objective of the examination system at SMVDU is to expose students to continuous evaluation rather than focus only at term end exams. This system ensures that the students develop the ability to study regularly and do not need to put any extraordinary work towards the end of the semester. This system also puts the onus on students to perform consistently and not study in a sporadic manner. Also, the system encourages the use of assignments to inculcate the spirit of self-learning in the students besides developing ability to solve practical problems.

During the course of a semester, which is generally of 90 working days, a student is evaluated in the following manner:

  • Students are given a minimum of two assignments by the faculty member, which they are required submit on specified dates. These assignments carry marks which contribute to the total obtained for that subject. The dates for submission of assignments are defined in academic Calendar.
  • Students are required to sit for three tests, which are conducted after 30, 60 and 90 working days approximately. These are called Minor I, Minor-II and Major. Major test carries a weight age of 50% while Minor-I, Minor-II carry a weight age of 40% while the assignments, quiz, presentations etc carry a weight age of 10%.
  • Faculty members may assign weight age to quiz, presentations or any similar activity besides the two assignments. However this should be notified by the Course Coordinator at the beginning of the Semester.
  • The above mentioned structure may vary in the B.Arch program in specific courses which will be duly notified by the Director of the School at the beginning of the relevant Semester

At the end of the semester, the faculty member assigns a grade to each student depending upon the performance of the student in that course in minor tests, assignments, major test, quiz, presentations etc. Using the grades that are assigned to each student in each course, the CGPA and the SGPA are calculated.

Evaluation Indices

The performance of a student is evaluated in terms of two indices, viz. the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) which is the Grade Point Average for a semester and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) which is the Grade Point for all the completed semesters at any point in time. The SGPA is calculated on the basis of grades obtained in all courses, except audit courses and courses in which S/Z grade is awarded, registered for in the particular semester:

                               ∑ (Earned credits x Grade point) for all course except audit , I, W &
                                   S/Z grade courses (Semester)
                 SGPA = ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                               ∑ (Registered Course credits) except audit & S/Z grade courses
                                    (Semester )

The CGPA is calculated on the basis of all pass grades, except audit courses and courses in which S/Z grade is awarded, obtained in all completed semesters.

                               ∑ (Earned Course credits x Grade point) for all course except audit,
                                    I, W, & S/Z grade courses (All Semesters till date )
                 CGPA = ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                               ∑ (Earned Course credits) except audit & S/Z grade courses
                                     (All Semesters till date)


An example illustrating the concept of SGPA & CGPA Calculations can be seen here.

**Rules & Regulations are subject to change from Time-to-time and will be notified accordingly.

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Grading system

At the end of the term after conduct of minor and major tests the course coordinator awards a grade to each students depending upon their performance. No marks are awarded. However, each grade is associated with the number of points it carries. The different grades are as follows:

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As the University is following Absolute Grading System, the CGPA to percentage equivalence is obtained by multiplying CGPA by ten (10.0)

Appearing in Major examination is a mandatory requirement for award of any pass grade in any course.

A(+) & A Grades

´A(+)´ grade stands for Outstanding achievement while A for Excellent performance.

B(+) & B Grades

´B(+)´ grade stands for Very Good performance while B for Good performance.

C(+) & C Grades

'C(+)' grade stands for Fair while C for Poor.

D Grade

The 'D' Grade stands for Marginal performance; i.e. it is the minimum passing grade in any course.

E & F Grades

The ‘E’ & ‘F’ grades indicate failing in a course. A student has to repeat all core courses in which she/he obtains E or F grade, until a passing grade is obtained. In case of elective courses in which E or F grade has been obtained, the student may take the same course or any other course from the same category.

In case of ‘E’ grade, a student is required to complete all requirements, except for attendance requirement, with respect to the course when registered again, as applicable to all other fresh students. However, in case of ‘F’ grade awardees, the attendance requirement will also apply.

Further ‘E’ or ‘F’ grade obtained in any course is recorded permanently on the Semester Grade Sheet as well as the Transcript. This grade is not counted in the calculation of the CGPA; however, this is counted in the calculation of the SGPA.

In case a core course ceases to exist in the process of revision of the curriculum, the nearest substitute course is to be done by a student having backlog in the old course.

In case there are significant number of students having backlog in a particular course, the School may offer such course in the Summer semester and students having obtained ‘E’ or ‘F’ grade may register for the course during the Summer Semester.

I Grade

An 'I' grade denotes incomplete requirements in any L (lecture), P (practical), V (Special Module) category course. It may be awarded to a student if he/she has not fulfilled all the requirements of the course due to absence on medical grounds or exceptional circumstances. In case of absence on medical grounds or other exceptional circumstances, before or during the major examination period, the student can apply for I-grade. 75% attendance in a course is necessary for being eligible for request of I- Grade in that course. An Application requesting ‘I’ grade should be made at the earliest but not later than the last day of major tests. The application should be made to the Director of the School of the student's program who will recommend the same to the Dean of the College/Faculty for grant of approval depending on the merit of the case. The Dean will further process the request through AR(A&E) for grant of approval from the competent authority. Once approved, the information will be passed on to the course coordinators also. The student should complete all course requirements within 10 days of the last date of Major Tests. The ‘I’ grade will then be converted to a regular grade.

NP or NF Grades

These grades are awarded in a course that the student opts to audit or in Non-Credit Courses. Audit facility is open to all students who have completed 100 credits for UG students. A student will be permitted to do any number of audit courses over and above the graduation requirements. However, for UG students at the most 8 credits can be counted towards the minimum requirement of 185 credits. Also for UG students, only Elective subjects can be chosen as Audit course. Audit applications are allowed during the first four weeks of a semester. The audit pass (NP) Grade is awarded if the student's attendance is above 75% in the class and he/she has obtained at least 'D' grade unless course coordinator has specified a higher criterion at the beginning of the semester. If either of these requirements is not fulfilled, the audit fail (NF) grade is awarded. The grades obtained in an audit course are not considered in the calculation of SGPA or CGPA however they are counted towards the total number of credits earned subject to the upper limit of 8 credits for UG courses. For PG programs the credits are not counted towards degree completion credit requirements.

W Grade

A 'W' grade is awarded in a course where the student has opted to withdraw from the course. Withdrawal from a course is permitted until one week after the first Minor Tests.

X Grade

The 'X' grade is awarded for incomplete work in Independent Study, Mini Project, Minor Project, Major Project based on the application of the student. On completion of the work, X grade can be converted to a regular grade within the first week of the next semester. Otherwise, the student is awarded 'X' grade on a permanent basis and it appears in his/her grade card. Further, the student is required to register for the course in the next semester. The credits of the course are counted towards his total load for the semester. In case of Major Project part I, the student is not permitted to register for Major Project part II simultaneously as Major Project Part I is a pre-requisite for Major Project Part II. A student can be awarded 'X' grade only once in a course.

S & Z Grades

The 'S' grade denotes satisfactory performance in Ph.D. thesis work whereas ‘U’ denotes unsatisfactory performance in Ph.D. thesis work. ‘S’ grade will also be assigned for satisfactory completion of NSS.

Evaluation Methodology for Courses with Theory & Lab Component

For courses which consist of both theory & Lab component e.g. “ECSL 208B Introduction to Data Structures (2-0-2)” the evaluation methodology consists of evaluation of Theory component and Lab component separately out of 100 marks each initially. After this, the marks obtained in the two components are merged together (out of 100 marks) in the ratio of the credits of the theory and lab component.

Faculty of Management (FOM) at SMVDU is equivalent to the Faculty of Management in traditional universities and has constituent Departments of Study which are equivalent to Departments in a University. The Faculty of Management has the following as it’s constituent Departments:

These Schools offer 2 Year M.B.A.program, 2 Years M.B.A.(Business Economics) program besides offering Ph.D. programs. Both the Schools are well equipped with excellent class-rooms, seminar halls, Computer Laboratory, Meeting rooms & School libraries. Experienced faculty members, deeply involved in research are at the core of the Schools and conduct the academic programs. Each school offers a variety of fields of specialization including Human Resource Management, Finance, Marketing & Information Technology, Econometrics etc. This gives the students a wide variety of choice coinciding with their career plans.

Dean's Message

Change is the law of Nature. Evolution of mankind has witnessed many changes and has been managing changes through the ages. Advent of information technology in 20th century has brought revolutionary changes in the whole system world around. Now, the whole world is a Global village. Productivity and efficiency are the buzz words. This change has brought many challenges for man, organizations and the management process. The main challenges are: quality, cost reduction, productivity, efficiency, accountability, transparency and prediction.

These challenges have brought a single challenge- competition. Thus, we can call the current age as an age of competition. This has put everybody, an individual or organization, under tremendous pressure because everybody wants to succeed. Therefore, the management education is becoming more and more important, relevant and a necessity with the passage of time.

We, as a Faculty of Management, are training our students to cope up with pressure of fierce competition. Our education is a fair blend of human behaviour, organizational psychology & behaviour, human resource management, economics, quantitative methods, finance & accounts, marketing, production & operations, and information technology. Students are given ample opportunity to cultivate creativity and exploit innovations in the work culture. Visits of personnels from corporate world and academia are part of our curriculum to apprise the students of the corporate needs and the latest developments in theory. Industrial visits and trainings are arranged to simulate the ground realities of corporate work and culture into their minds. Lack of communication skills and ethics poses many problems in our day to day working which become serious with passage of time. Therefore, the students are being given due attention to embed these so that they could come up to the expectations of the customers, organizations and society in a sustainable manner and add value to their job.

Dean,
Faculty of Management

Entry Number of Students

Each UG & PG student is assigned a unique Entry Number (9 character long) at the time of joining a program of study and this remains the main mode of identification for the duration of the stay in the campus.

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Semester Registration Process

Registration is a very important procedural part of the academic system. The Registration procedure ensures that the students name is on the roll list of each course that he/she wants to study. No credit is given if the student attends a course for which he/she has not registered. Registration for courses to be taken in a particular semester will be done according to a specified schedule before the end of the previous semester. Each student is required to complete the registration form by indicating the slot wise choice of courses. In absentia registration or registration after the specified date will be allowed only in rare cases at the discretion of Dean of the College, subject to the approval of the Vice Chancellor. In case of illness or absence during registration, the students should intimate the same to his/her course advisor and the Dean.

**Rules & Regulations are subject to change from Time-to-time and will be notified accordingly.

Faculty of Sciences (FOS) at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University offers courses leading to the award of M.Sc. programs in various fields including Physics, Mathematics & Biotechnology. The following Departments are the constituents of the Faculty of Sciences:

In addition to the M.Sc. program the constituent departments also offer Doctoral Programs.

Academic Session & Semester

The Academic Session is defined as period from July-June. e.g. Academic Session 2013-14 is from July 2013 till June 2014.

Each Academic Session consists of two regular Semesters identified as First Semester (Aug-Dec) & Second Semester (Jan-May). e.g. Academic Session 2013-14 First Semester (Aug-Dec 2013) & Academic Session 2013-14 Second Semester (Jan-May 2014). The semester grade sheets as well the transcript at completion of degree indicate the semester and sessions accordingly.

There may also be a Summer Semester of 8 weeks duration during the summer break period for offering various degree program or other courses as may be required, and/or feasible, in the interest of the students, including providing opportunity to students with backlog of courses to register in the Summer Semester and utilize the vacation period for clearing such courses and/or for some advance courses as permissible. The summer semester will be held during the summer break period i.e. June-July and will be considered as a part of the previous academic session. There may be an additional fee for registering for the courses in the Summer Semester.

Summer Semester

The maximum number of credits that a student can register for, in the Summer Semester, is limited to 12 credits. The syllabus of the courses registered for is not diluted in any manner and the requisite number of classes are conducted within the time-frame of the summer semester. The Minor & Major Exams are conducted during the course of the Summer Semester as per the Schedule.

In case there are a significant number of students having backlog in a particular course, the school may consider offering such course in the Summer Semester and students having obtained ‘E’ or ‘F’ grade in the previous semester(s) may register for the course. Attendance requirement in these courses will be applicable as in the regular semester.

In case of passing out students, deficient in total credit requirements up to 12 credits, they may be allowed to register in the Summer Semester upto 12 credits for the backlog courses or other eligible courses in lieu thereof. These courses may be offered on Self-Study basis also, if the number of registered students is small (upto five).

Any Student, in addition to backlog Courses, if any, is eligible to register for a maximum of 02 new (fresh) courses during summer semester (subject to upper limit of 12 Credits overall), so as to enable him/her to have more options for taking courses in the subsequent semesters. Attendance requirement will be applicable for all courses except for those on self-study basis.

Self Study Basis

Only a passing out student is eligible for registering for a course on Self-Study basis and is required to submit all the assignments and appear in the Minor & Major Exam and complete all other course related requirements as communicated by the course coordinator. A passing out student, in this context, is defined as one who is deficient by not more than 12 credits for completion of the degree.

Credit System

All programs of study are defined in terms of their credit requirements. Each course taken by a student as a part of the program of study helps to accumulate credits and once the minimum credit requirement of the program of study is completed, the degree can be awarded to the candidate, subject to fulfillment of all other relevant conditions. There may be some Audit (Non-credit) Courses; however, securing the Pass Grade (NP) in these courses is required.

Course Numbering Scheme

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Core Courses, Elective Courses & Open Elective Courses

Each School has a list of approved Core Courses & Elective Courses which are offered in different semesters as per Program requirements.

In addition to the core courses and elective courses, a studentis required to register for some courses of his/her interest as Open Elective courses, which could also be prescribed as core or elective courses for students of any other program.

Course Structure Description

The structure and credits associated with each course are defined by the (L-T-P) structure which indicates the number of lecture hours /week, number of tutorial hours/week and number of practical hours /week to be devoted for the course. e.g. BUL 6011 (3-0-0). This means that this subject shall have 3 hours of lecture per week.

For calculating the number of credits associated with a subject, the following rules apply:

  • Each lecture/week contributes one credit. Therefore 3 lectures / week contribute 3 credits.
  • Each tutorial /week contributes one credit. Therefore 1 tutorial / week contributes 1 credit.
  • Every two hours of lab work contributes 1 credit. Therefore 2 hours of practical work/week contribute 1 credit.
  • e.g. BUL 6021 (3-1-0) means this course is worth 3+1=4 credits.

    However, there can be some courses which can be Non-Credit Courses also. In such courses, the student is required to obtain a NP grade to pass the subject but will not earn any credit on passing the course. Passing the course however is mandatory. The Credit/hour structure for certain courses may vary in the B.Architecture program and is as per the course structure provided in the Course of Study.

    Course Coordinator

    Each course being taught has a faculty member who acts as the course coordinator for that course. The course coordinator has the complete responsibility for the conduct of that course including conduct of class-work, timely distribution of assignments, conduct of tutorials, conduct of minor and major tests, awarding of grades and attendance of students. Sometimes different parts of the course may be taught by more than one faculty member. In such a case the course coordinator has the responsibility of co-ordination amongst the concerned faculty members. The course coordinator also has the responsibility of ensuring that if a student is continuously absent from the class for more than a week at a stretch, then the Director of the school to which the student belongs is intimated in writing along with the Director of the School which is offering the course.

    Program Structure

    The Program structure contains the semester-wise list of Core & Elective Courses as well as the credit requirements for the Open Elective Courses to be registered and passed by the student of a program for becoming eligible for award of the degree after completing all other requirements.

    The program course structure clearly enlists the Core Courses, Elective Courses and Open Elective Courses in the Program structure. School Elective courses may include courses from other Schools as specified & may be considered relevant to the program.

    Under the Open Elective Course category, a student is eligible to register for any core or elective course offered by any School other than his/her own School or an additional elective course of own School. Under Open Elective Category:

    • PG students are not eligible to opt for UG courses offered by their own School
    • UG students, after having earned 100 credits, are eligible to register for the PG courses

    Passing the core-courses of a program is mandatory while in case of an elective course a student can register for same or an alternate elective course being offered by the same School.

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The students at SMVDU experience a remarkable & refreshingly different teaching-learning process which goes beyond the mundane and has been pioneered at the IITs for many decades. Realizing that the IIT system of teaching & evaluation has stood the test of time and is universally acknowledged as a very successful model, SMVDU has very conciously adopted the IIT system of Teaching & Evaluation.

Academic Flexibility, Focus on Hands-on Learning, Varied Pedagogy, Mandatory Industrial Interface & Transparent Continuous Evaluation System are the hallmarks of the Academic Process at SMVDU. Extensive usage of varied contemporary pedogagy like Multi-media teaching aids, including Digital Light Projectors, Overhead Projectors, Net Enabled Labs, Video Conferencing, Cut Section Models, Simulation & Analysis Software, Colloquiums, Seminar, Field Trips, Mini & Major Projects enrich the teaching-learning process.

SMVDU students are encouraged to break the mould and go beyond their disciplnes, inter-disciplinary courses are highly encouraged. Students are provided the flexibility to go beyond the traditional course requirements ad choose courses based on their interest and career choice. At SMVDU, you will see a B.Tech student choosing courses on Philosophy & Morals or Languages even in the final year. At SMVDU we believe that every student needs to garner knowledge in multiple spheres which will give him an edge in the tough and competitive arena of Life. Open & Core Electives are offered to students to make choices based on their interest.

There is a strong focus on Laboratory & Project based learning. Industrial / corporate Training is mandatory requirement in the curriculum besides the field trips.

**Rules & Regulations are subject to change from Time-to-time and will be notified accordingly.

 

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