IIT KGP introducing Micro-credit facility for students
When inter-disciplinary is the byword in global academics, why would IITs lag behind. IIT Kharagpur has taken the initiative to make course curricula flexible through courses earning micro-credits. Students will have the option to select these courses as electives.
Micro-credits will involve 12 hours of teaching or 10 hours of lecture and 5 hours of design / tutorial or 15 hours of design and laboratory component. The duration will be 3 – 14 days including 12 hours of teaching or 10 hours of lecture and 5 hours of design / tutorial or 15 hours of design and laboratory component. Eminent Visiting Expert (to be denoted as Adjunct or Visiting faculty) from national / international academic Institution / industry / R&D Laboratories associated with a faculty member from IIT Kharagpur will be teaching in these courses. The final grade should be awarded on the basis of at least 50% weightage on End-Semester Examination.
In addition long duration course will also be there. Faculty from IIT Kharagpur including a Visiting Faculty who is available throughout the semester will be conducting these courses. The subject will be counted for total credit requirement for completion of degree, if needed. The subject and grade will be mentioned in transcript / grade card and will be used to compute additional CGPA. Failures will be marked by F grade. A student is normally not expected to take more than 2 such courses in a semester. The level of the course taught will be of PhD or MS Research.
Last year the Institute introduced the flexibility of Microspecializations wherein students could opt for courses in departments other than their own. Several departments offered these courses. The aim was to improve overall knowledge of the students to ensure better career choices.