At BITS Pilani, we reject the conventional emphasis on a single final
examination and numerical marks as the only absolute indication of the
quality of student's performance. At the end of the semester teachers of
the course award letter grades based on the overall performance of the
student relative to the performance of others taking the same course.
do not stipulate a minimum percentage of attendance before a student is
permitted to appear in any test/examination. However every student is
responsible for regularity of their attendance in classrooms and
laboratories, and appearance in scheduled tests and examinations. The
system has adequate resilience to accommodate unforeseen situations. In
extreme cases when teachers unable to award any grade due to lack of
attendance and initiative on the student’s part teachers are authorised
to give a “Not Cleared” (NC) report.
There are certain other
minimum academic requirements from each student regarding the
performance and progress for the Integrated First Degrees and Higher
Degrees such as:
• A CGPA of at least 4.5 at the end of every
semester for integrated first degree students and 5.5 for higher
• Not more than one E grade in a
semester for integrated first degree programmes and no E grade in the
higher degree programmes.
• The pace of progress of a student
should be such that at any stage of reckoning the student should not
have spent more than 50% extra time than what is prescribed for them up
to that stage in programme.
Students who fail to meet the minimum
academic requirements stipulated above are put under an appropriate
committee which monitors their programmes and gives guidance so that
they are properly rehabilitated at the earliest. In the case of Ph.D.,
this is done by the Doctoral Counseling Committee and in the case of
higher degrees and integrated first degrees this is done by Academic
Counseling Board (ACB). These Committees are appointed by the Senate and
are given authority to take appropriate action including discontinuance
of the student or transfer to other programme.