Now AKTU students can skip the final semester classes
LUCKNOW: Engineering students at Dr APJ Kalam Technical University can now skip classes in the last semester. The university has made the study in the classroom optional in the final semester of BTech in its 590 affiliated colleges from this academic session.
The decision was made at the college board meeting on Thursday. Students will have the option to study the curriculum of the last semester enrolling in the Open Massive Online Courses (MOOC) offered by the university.
The exemption will be available to around 20,000 students enrolled in the final semester of BTech in this session. The decision has been made to ease the burden of job search for students and give them more time to prepare for competitive exams. It will also benefit students who obtain placements in the last year of the course and can not attend regular classes. “The attendance of many students in the last semester falls short as they are busy attending job fairs, preparing for competitive exams.
So the university has decided to give them this relaxation, “said AKTU Deputy Chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak, who will be granted only to students in the last semester and will have to register for MOOCs, said the VC, adding that the change was made following a technical education teaching model adopted throughout the world.
Meanwhile, to facilitate job placement, AKTU has made summer internship compulsory in the four years of the BTech course. Until now, it was mandatory only in the last year. The internship of the first year should be 3-4 weeks, the second year of 4-5 weeks, while the third and last year should be 5-6 weeks. “In addition, the curriculum will be reduced in the last year and only industry-oriented jobs will be taught,” said AKTU spokesman Asheesh Mishra.