Semester Rules

Duration of Semester

The academic session is divided into two semesters. Following the changne in academic session from August- May to January- Decemeber, the first semester now commences from January with the exams in May and the second semester is observed from August- December.  The duration of each semester shall be 16 weeks; out of this period fourteen weeks shall be the actual teaching time.

The session for 2-semester B.Ed./ M.Ed., B.H.P.Ed & M.H.P.Ed. programs is observed from August to June.

Duration of Bachelor (Undergraduate) Programs

The undergraduate (Bachelor) programs, i.e., B.A. (Hons.),, under the Faculties of  Arts & Education, Islamic Studies  are normally of three years duration. All Bachelor degree programs under the Faculty of Natural Sciences are of  four years duration after successful completion of (Intermediate) Higher Secondary Certificate or equivalent examination. Bachelor degree in disciplines under the Faculty of Social Sciences has also been converted to 4-yr., 8- semester program effective from 2006 session and B.Com. (Hons.), as well as B.B.A. (Hons.) have also been changed over to 4- yr., 8- semester with effect from 2007 session.

Duration of Masters (Graduate) Programs

The Graduate  programs offered and listed on Page-3  include all programs where minimum pre-requisite is Bachelor Pass as well as Honours degree.

The Graduate (Master’s)  program  is generally of one year (two semester) duration after successful completion of  the 3-yr. Honours Program. With the Bachelor (Pass) degree background the program is however, of 2 years (Four Semester) duration.

Graduates with 4- year Bachelor degree in any discipline under Natural or Social Sciences may directly join the MS (= M.Phil) programs.

Course Weight age-Credit Hour

Each course carries certain credit hours assigned to it. One credit hour (C.H.) for a particular course is generally to be considered as fifty minutes (one period) of teaching per week. The number of credit hours indicates weightage of the course compared to other courses and also reflects number of hours of teaching of that course per week.  Thus a course of 3 credit hours would mean a total of 3×14= 42 (credit hours assigned to the course multiplied by the number of weeks of semester) hours of actual teaching of that course in a semester. Laboratory course (Practical) upto three hours duration conducted once a week is assigned 1 C.H. upto 6-hour duration conducted once a week.

The credit hours are generally assigned as shown hereunder:-

English and other ‘Genenral Requirements’ courses

2-3 C.H. each course per semester

All supporting Minor courses in Arts         3 C.H. each course per semester

All supporting Minor courses in  Science

Theory                                 2 C.H. each course per semester

Lab. (Practical)                  1 C.H. each course per semester

All courses of discipline in which Majoring

For Arts/ Commerce & Business Admn/ Islamic St.                             3 or  4 C.H. each course per semester

For Natural Science                                                      Theory                     3 or 4   C.H. each course per semester

Lab. (Practical) 1 C.H. each course per semester

Master’s level or graduate theory courses are generally assigned 3/4 C.H weightage and laboratory (Practical) are assigned 1 C.H. or    2 C.H conducted up to 3 hour/ 6 hour duration per week respectively

Credit hour requirements for various Degree programs

  1. a)          (i)              Bachelor (Honours)  degree in (a) Arts (except Fine Arts) and                              a)     96

Islamic Studies,  Commerce.

(ii)             Bachelor degree in Arts & Design (BFA)                                                                               162          C.H.

(iii)            Bachelor of Science in all disciplines under Natural Science & Social Science         b)     146/147   C.H

B.Com. Honours (with effect from 2007 onward) 136          C.H

(iv)            B.B.A. Honours  (with effect from 2007 onward) 147          C.H.

(iv)            Pharm- D (Doctor of Pharmacy, 10 Semester Program)                                                      194          C.H.

(v)            Business Administration                                                                                                        115          C.H.

  1. b)          (vi)            Master’s degree program after Honours                                                                           32-40       C.H.

(other than those specified below).

  1. a)     Master’s degree program after 3-yr. Bachelor  (Pass)                                                 66            C.H.

(other than those specified below)

  1. b)     Master’s in Computer & Information Technology,  (after old Hons.)
  2. Electronics, M.Telecom, MS (IT) and M.Sofrware Engineering                                 32-40       C.H.
  3. c)     MCS in Computer Science (5- Semester)                                                                      72            C.H.
  4. d)     M.Sc. in I.T., Computer Sci., Electronics, Telecom. and Sofrware Engg.                       92            C.H.
  5. e)     B.H.P.Ed./M.H.P.Ed.; B.Ed./ M.Ed. Program                                                                     40            C.H.
  6. f)     M.A. Education                                                                                                               80            C.H.
  7. c)                           Postgraduate (Post Bachelor) Diploma in Information Technology,

Computer Science, Electronics, Telecommunications, Software

Engineering, Archives, Community Work, Lib. and Information Science,

Local Government and Public Administration                                                                         38            C.H.

Numbering of Courses

The courses listed under various programs have been numbered as under. The notation prefixed with the numbers would indicate the discipline e.g., IR for International Relations:

300-309 ‘General education’/ compulsory courses offered  during first & second semester.

310-349 Major discipline courses to be offered during first & second semester.

350-399 Supporting Minor courses to be offered during first & second semester.

400-409 Courses offered under ‘General education’/ compulsory during third & fourth semester.

410-449 Major discipline courses to be offered during third & fourth semester.

450-499 Supporting Minor courses to be offered during third & fourth semester

500-599 Major discipline courses to be offered during fifth & sixth semester of B.A./B.Com./B.B.A. Hons. programs and BS Part-III courses.

500-599 Courses to be offered during first & second semester of Master’s (Pass) degree program after  Bachelor Pass Degree and 1st & 2ndsemester of B.Ed./ B.H.P.Ed./ P.G.Dip. programs.

600-699 Courses to be offered for 7th & 8th Semester of the 4-year Bachelor of Science program both in Natural Sciences & Social Sciences.

600-699 Courses to be offered for first & second semester  of Masters programs after Honours degree as pre-requisite and Third & Fourth semester with Bachelor  (Pass) background as well as BS Final (7 & 8th) Semester.

700-799 Courses to be offered for first & second semester of Pharm-D, also Arts & Design programs after 8-semester Bachelor degree.

800-890 Courses to be offered for MS/ M.Phil./ M.Pharm. and Ph.D. programs.

895- 899 M.Phil./ Ph.D. Thesis.

Grading System
Students performance will be evaluated in terms of letter grades as described here.


Grade Achievement Remark Numerical

Value range

A                Excellent                            for outstanding achievement                                                                  4 < 5

B                Good                                  for less than outstanding but demonstrably                                           3 < 4

better performance than the normal competency                                   per credit hour

required for satisfactory progress toward graduation.

C                Satisfactory                       for performance that demonstrates the normal  competency                                2 < 3

required for satisfactory progress toward graduation.                        per credit hour

D                *Pass                                 for performance that meets minimum course requirements                   1 < 2

but is below the score/ standards required for

satisfactory progress toward graduation

F                 Failure                               for performance that does not meet minimum course                            0

requirements and for which no degree credit is justified.

I                  Incomplete                          for students’ inability to complete all course requirement

for reasons beyond their control.

*In case of grading in Business Administration courses, score less than ‘C’  (60%) is failing grade.

Note: 1. Except in the case of dissertation, thesis, creative thesis, exhibition thesis, or field study, an incomplete grade not removed within one semester, unless extenuating circumstances are provided in writing to the Dean, will be recorded as “F”. The professor of the course will process a grade change form with the Controller of Examinations.

  1. Students may drop a course or withdraw  from a course any time during the first six weeks (before Mid-term test) from their schedule, by making application to the chairperson. Students desiring to withdraw from all courses and leave the University before the commencement of classes, shall inform in writing to the chairperson of the department in which Majoring and Director Admissions. In case of admission on self finance basis, he/ she would be entitled to appropriate refund of tuition fee as per policy. Students withdrawing after the commencement of the 1st semester of the session will not be entitled to any refund.

Grade Equivalence

Equivalence between letter grading and numerical grading in most disciplines (except Pharmacy & Business Administration)  will be as under:-
Grade Equivalence: General

Grade Numerical Value Marks Remarks

A                          4 to < 5            80- 100%     Excellent

B                         3 to < 4            60- 79%        Good

C                         2 to < 3            50 -59%        Satisfactory/ Average

D                         1 to < 2            40-49%         Pass

F                          0                       Below 40%  Fail

I                           0                       …..                  Incomplete

W                        0                       …..                  Withdrawn from course

R                         0                       …..                  Research in Progress

Grade Equivalence for Pharmacy:

Grade NumericalValue Marks Performance

A                          4 to < 5            85 % Above  Excellent

B                         3 to < 4            71 to 84 %    Good

C                         2 to < 3            61 to 70 %    Satisfactory / Average

D                        1 to < 1            50 to 60 %    Pass

F                          0                       below 50 %  Fail
Grade Equivalence for Business Administration programs:

Grade Numerical Value Marks Performance

A                          4 to 5              87% Above   Excellent

B                         3 to 4              72 to 86 %    Good

C                         2 to 3              60 to 71 %    Satisfactory / Average

*F                         0                      below 60 %  Fail

* Note: As per decision of the Academic Council, score below 60% is failing grade in case of Business Administration Programs.
Quality Point (Q.P)/ Grade Point

The quality point of the performance of a student is obtained by multiplying the numerical value (see table above) of the  grade earned by a student with the Credit Hours of that course, e.g., an ‘A’ grade in a course of 3 C.H. would earn 4×3=12 Q.P. and a ‘D’ grade in the same course earns 1×3=3 Q.P/ G.P.

The Academic Council has however resolved that while converting numerical score into appropriate grade, e.g. ‘A’  where score is 87%, the range of grade value corresponding to the percentage score (i.e. 4.4) be reckoned with in future. It implies that, with score of 60 & 78%, both would have been assigned ‘B’ under old rules; however allowing proportionate numerical Grade Value, the two scroes be assigned 3.0 and 3.9 grade point respectively thereby allowing the student the benefit of better performance in the later case. This revised system would also be helpful in scoring better G.P.A../ C.G.P.A.

The ready reckoner table for conversion of numerical score into proportionate grade point is reproduced here under:-

Grade ‘A’              Grade ‘B’           Grade ‘C’             Grade ‘D’

%         GP             %         GP           %        GP              %       GP

95-100 5.0             79        3.9            59       2.9              49      1.9

94        4.9             78        3.9            58       2.8              48      1.8

93        4.8             77        3.8            57       2.7              47      1.7

92        4.8             76        3.8            56       2.6              46      1.6

91        4.7             75        3.7            55       2.5              45      1.5

90        4.6             74        3.7            54       2.4              44      1.4

89        4.6             73        3.6            53       2.3              43      1.3

88        4.5             72        3.6            52       2.2              42      1.2

87        4.4             71        3.5            51       2.1              41      1.1

86        4.4             70        3.5            50       2.0              40      1.0

85        4.3             69        3.4

84        4.2             68        3.4

83        4.2             67        3.3

82        4.1             66        3.3

81        4.0             65        3.2

80        4.0             64        3.2

63        3.1

62        3.1

61        3.0

60        3.0



  1. The course teacher will conduct mid-term and final semester tests. Mid term will carry 20% weightage and will be of one hour duration.

The final semester test will be 2 hours duration.

Final Semester test paper will comprise questions (5 to be attempted) of 70 marks each question carying 14 marks and in case of disciplines under Natural Sciences Faculty,  test will be of 80% marks and 2 hours duration, where mid term has been conducted, otherwise of 3 hr. duration,

  1. There will be Mid-term and final Semester tests for Lab. courses. The evaluation of Lab course will also be based on performance in Lab Test and completion of Lab requirements.

iii.  The marks of the mid-term tests as well as the final semester tests should be announced in the class by the respective course teachers. The results should also be put up on the department’s notice board immediately after evaluation is completed within ten days from the conduct of the tests. Copies of award lists of the mid-term tests/ final semester tests should be deposited by the concerned course teacher in the department’s office. Three copies will be sent to the Controller of Examinations countersigned by the concerned Director/ Chairperson.

  1. The students will use their roll/ seat numbers on their test scripts/ answer books. The award lists to be prepared by the teachers should also bear names of the students and their father.
  2. The cumulative results of both the semesters of the academic session as well as final result of the program will be announced by the Controller of Examinations. The final Transcripts and marks sheets/ Transcript will also be issued on payment by the Controller of Examinations office.
  3. The course teacher will return the scripts of  mid-term and final semester tests to departments office after evaluation. The course teacher will initial and/ or cross out unutilised space/ gap on page(s) of the scripts/ answer books at the end of paper.

Grade Appeal

If any student is not satisfied with the evaluation of his/ her grade, he/ she may convey this in writing to the course teacher with a copy to the director / chairperson of the concerned institute/ department within 10 days of the result thus posted/ announced by the course teacher.

If the course teacher is not able to resolve the issue then the student concerned will prefer an appeal to the Departmental Committee through the Director/ Chairperson of the Institute/ Department. The Committee shall hold a hearing within seven (7) days following the student’s appeal. The Committee may invite the course teacher and the student concerned to hear the grievance and give its decision accordingly.

The student if not satisfied, may however, make review petition to the Dean of the concerned Faculty, who should invite comments from the concerned Director/ Chairperson of the Institute/ Department and give his/her final decision.
Departmental Committees

There shall be a Departmental Committee in every institute/ department, mainly to oversee the evaluation of tests and hear Grade appeals.

The Committee shall comprise: –

Three senior most teachers including the Director / Chairperson of the Institute/ Department/, who will also be the chairperson of the Committee. In case the appeal is being made concerned against course teacher or Chairperson himself/ herself, he/she will not be the member of the committee. In case the appeal is made against the Chairperson as course teacher then the meeting of the committee shall be presided over by the concerned Dean.

In addition to hearing appeals in connection with the Grade evaluation by course teachers, this Committee would ensure strict observance of published semester schedule, particularly with respect to tests and examinations and declaration of results.

Rules fro Promotion

The promotion from the first semester to the second, or from the third to the fourth or from the fifth to the sixth semester etc. will be automatic made as per provisions listed below

  1. The student must meet the minimum requirement of 75 % attendance in that semester.
  2. For the promotion from the second semester to the third and fourth to fifth etc. semester, a student must have (a) minimum attendance of 75 % and (b) a G.P.A. of 1.75 or above, in the preceding two semesters.

iii.  If a student fails to meet attendance requirements in any semester, he is liable to loose his seat and will not be allowed to appear in that semester examination and has to seek fresh admission in the next session in the same class, as explained here under:-

a If a student fails to meet the minimum attendance requirement during 1st semester, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the 1st semester examination and will not be promoted to the second semester. He/She has to seek fresh admission in the next academic session in the same class for which he will be allowed re-admission without competing with other applicants.

  1. b.     If a student reaches the second semester after completing all the requirements of minimum attendance and G.P.A but fails to meet the minimum attendance during the second semester, he/she will not be allowed to appear in the second semester examination. However, he/ she can appear as an ex-student at the immediate next session in the second semester when the examination of that semester is held.
  2. c.     The same procedure will be repeated for succeeding semesters in case of shortage of attendance.
  3. A student who secures less than 1.75 C.G.P.A. in the preceding two semesters, (i.e. 1st and 2nd or 3rd and 4th or 5th & 6th); will not be promoted to the next semester (3rd /5th/ /7th/) however, the student may reappear as an ex-student at the immediate next session in the respective semesters to improve his G.P.A when the examination of that course(s) is conducted in which he/she is failing or has scored poorly.
  4. For the award of degree the student must have a minimum C.G.P.A. of  2.0.
  5. A student failing in the final Bachelor’s (Hons) examination, shall not be allowed to seek admission in Master’s  (Hons) degree course.


Cancellation of Admission

If a student fails to attend any lecture during the first four weeks of the commencement of the semester as per announced schedule, his/ her admission shall stand cancelled automatically without any notice.


Repeating Courses

  1. Whenever a student fails or gets a ‘D’ grade, he/ she can reappear or improve his/ her G.P.A. at the immediate next session in the respective semester(s) when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.
  2. A student is allowed only one chance to improve his/ her grades in a course(s) of a previous semester. While a student who has passed and obtained the degree of B.A./ B.Sc / B.P.A. / B.B.A./ B.Com (Hons/   BS (CS) / BS.IT / Pharm.D. and B.P.H.Ed / B.Ed etc examination is not allowed to improveany course.

A student who has passed the final Degree examination (B.A./ B.Sc / B.P.A. / B.B.A./ B.Com (Hons)/ BS (CS) / BS.I.T  / B. Pharmacy and B.H.P.Ed / B.Ed etc; and is placed in “D” grade may be allowed one more chance to improve courses of the final year (both semester) only at the immediate next session in the respective semester(s) when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.

iii.  A student who has appeared at the final Master’s degree M.A./ M.Sc / M.B.A./ M.P.A /  M.Com (Hons) / M.H.P.Ed examination and is placed in “D” grade may be allowed one more chance to improve his/ her G.P.A. of the final year only at the immediate next session in the respective semester when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.

  1. If a student absents himself/ herself in a mid-term /final semester test for any reasons, no separate test will be held for him/ her, during that semester. He/She can appear at the immediate next session in the respective semester when the examination for that course(s) is conducted.