Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) here is contemplating starting a "slow pace programme" for academically weak students to allow them to complete bachelor in technology course in eight years instead of the current time limit of six years.

The NIT management has formed a three-member committee headed by dean (faculty) AS Ghosh to work out the modalities on extending the time limit by two years. NIT director SK Das said the proposed programme would result in identification of academically poor students based on their performance in exams in the first two years of the course.

"Currently, if students fail to get 30 out of 50 credits in first year, they are promoted to second year," Das said. "If the students fail to fetch 60 credits (including those obtained by clearing supplementary exams) at the end of the second year, they are not promoted to fifth semester. Such students are then reverted to first semester on the condition that they will not flunk in any of the exams else their names will be struck off." He added that such students were currently allowed to clear their supplementary exams within six years of their admission.

"Under the slow pace programme, these students would be allowed to enter the fifth semester even if they fail to secure 60 out of 100 credits and continue to be upgraded to the next level," said Das.

"From the fifth to the eighth semester, they will be allowed to choose theory subjects according to their academic capability from among the total number of available subjects for every semester," he said. "This will lessen their academic burden. The remaining subjects can be taken up and cleared later on."

"As these students will study two to three subjects less than regular ones each semester, it has been decided in principle to increase the duration of the BTech course to eight years so that the remaining subjects can be taken up and cleared."

Sources said the Ghosh committee had also decided to mention the programme on the detailed marks cards of such students to differentiate them from the "regular" course.

"The committee will submit a detailed report to me on Monday," the dean said. "This will be presented in the next senate meeting. If cleared, the proposal will be presented before the board of governors for final nod."

"We will implement the slow pace programme from the current academic session after obtaining necessary approvals," he said. NIT (Hamirpur) pattern was being followed in this regard.

Source: Hindustan Times