NUMBER & DURATION OF TERMS
An academic year comprises of two terms. In addition there may be a short term in between the end of term II and commencement of term I. Currently short term has been suspended to strengthen the regular terms.
Classes 14 weeks
Mid-term break 01 week
Preparatory leave before Examination 02 weeks
Term final examinations 02 weeks
Total 19 weeks
TYPES OF COURSES
A total of 190 credits have to be earned in 10 terms of 5academic years in the undergraduate discipline. The courses offered in this level are of two types, theoretical and sessional, each of which belongs to any of the following three classes-
- Core course
- Prerequisite course
- Optional course
Besides the above courses, Professional Training is an intrinsic part of B. Arch degree. Eight weeks (equivalent to 320 man hours) of intensive Professional Training need to be completed within the five years.
For theoretical courses, for each credit, there is a requirement of a lecture of 50 minutes per week. For design studios, every 1.5 hours of class per week will be equivalent to one credit whereas for support studios, every 2 hours of class per week will be equivalent.
Each student has a designated adviser, who approves the student plan. He/she advises the course to be taken/dropped/improved. Any addition/drop/improvement/adjustment/registration has to be approved by the advisor.
Each student has to apply and pay for examinations. In theoretical courses, 30% is allocated for continuous assessment (attendance, class tests and assignments) & 70% for the term final examination. For the term examinations, there is an internal and external examiner for each course. The minimum number of quizzes is (n+1) where n is the number of credits of the course; of which best n is taken.
Class participation/ attendance 10%
Class evaluation (Home task/ assignment/ test) 20%
Term final Examination (3 hours) 70%
Each course has a certain number of credits which describes its weightage. A letter grade with a specified number of grade points is awarded in each registered courses. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.20 is required to be maintained for a satisfactory progress. Letter grades and corresponding grade points are awarded in accordance with the provisions below:
Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade point
80% and above A+ 4.0
75% to less than 80% A 3.75
70% to less than 75% A- 3.50
65% to less than 70% B+ 3.25
60% to less than 65% B 3.00
55% to less than 60% B- 2.75
50% to less than 55% C+ 2.50
45% to less than 50% C 2.25
40% to less than 45% D 2.00
Less than 40% F 0.0
Continuation X (for thesis/ project design courses)
The course/s in which a student has obtained a ‘D’ or a higher grade is counted as his/her earned credits. Any course in which a student has obtained ‘F’ grade is not counted towards his/her earned credits. A student who obtains ‘F’ grade in any Core course of any term has to repeat the course. If a student obtains ‘F’ grade in an Optional course, he/she may choose to repeat the course or take a substitute course, if available and if it is so necessary. ‘F’ grades are not counted for GPA calculation but will stay permanently on the Grade Sheet and Transcript.
When a student repeats a course obtaining ‘F’ grade, he/she is not eligible to get a grade better than ‘B’ in that course. A student getting a grade lower than ‘B’ may repeat the course for grade improvement only once, but will not be eligible to get a grade better than ‘B’.
Candidates for the Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Architecture are awarded the relevant degree with honours if their overall GPA is 3.75 or above.
In recognition of their brilliant performance, the names of students obtaining CGPA of 3.75 or above in two regular terms of each academic year (one level) are published in the Dean’s List of the respective faculties. Students who have received ‘F’ grade in any course during any of the two regular terms will not be considered for the Dean’s List in that year.
The performance of a student is evaluated in terms of two indices, the Term GPA, and the Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of all the Terms. The Term GPA is computed by dividing the total Grade points earned in a term by the number of credit hours taken in that term. Students are considered making normal progress towards their degrees if their CGPA for all the courses completed is 2.2 or above. Students are not in good standing when one or more of the following conditions exist:
I.Term GPA falls below 2.2
II. CGPA falls below 2.2
III. Earned credits is less than 15 times the number of Terms attended
Student, who is not in good standing and proven weak at the end of the term, may be given a load of not exceeding four courses in the next term. He may be offered self-study and special courses with the approval of the concerned authority in short term. Provisions for supplementary examinations are therein the mid-term break for students who received ‘F’ grade.
The final design project undertaken in L-5/T-II in partial fulfillment of requirement of B. Arch degree is termed as thesis/ project, which needs to be defended by a student and the jury decides on its acceptability.
The thesis/ project enable the student to show their understanding in the field of architecture & enables the teacher/ jury to assess the maturity, competency and ability of the student.