More than 10,000 engineering students can heave a sigh of relief as the Mumbai University has retracted the ATKT rule that stopped them from taking admission in the fourth semester.
For each year (divided into two semesters), a student is allowed to have four ATKTs. So, for instance, when they move up to the second year, they may have four ATKTs from the first year.
In addition, in the third semester in the second year, they may have an additional two ATKTs.
This notches up their total to six ATKTs. The varsity had earlier allowed these students to appear for the fourth semester in the second year with these six ATKTs.
The maximum number of ATKTs a student can carry to the next semester is six, however for the final semester of each year, the ATKTs are limited to four.
But, in 2004, the university passed a directive stating that a student had to clear the first year ATKTs in the third semester itself, before becoming eligible for admission in the fourth semester.
To do so, students had to appear for five heads (subjects) in the third semester.
This meant, that coupled with the four ATKTs of the first year, they now had to clear nine heads at one go. So, they approached senate member and president of the All India Nationalist Youth Congress, Jitendra Awhad, to get their problem redressed.
Around 700 to 800 students approached me with the request that the rule be relaxed, said Awhad.
I took up the matter with varsity Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr A D Sawant and he assured me that the case would be referred to the Dean of Engineering and Faculty of Technology and then brought up in the academic council meeting.
In the academic council meeting held on April 10, members of the academic council unanimously approved the reintroduction of the old rule.
Prof Sandeep Sahare, chairman board of studies, IT, MU said the decision would go a long way in easing the pressure on students. Relaxation of the rule will certainly help in making things easier for them.
However, the students will have to clear their backlog and ensure that they have only four ATKTs at the end of the second year to be eligible for admission to the third year.
In case they have more than four, they will have to lose a year, added Sahare.