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Cochin University of Science and Technology passes first semester test

Published Jan 20, 2016, 7:09 am IST
Updated Jan 20, 2016, 7:09 am IST
Conducts BTech exam for the first time in 20 years, publishes results in record time.
Cochin University of Science and Technology
 Cochin University of Science and Technology

KOCHI: For a first in its history, the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) completed the first semester examination of its B-Tech course and published the results in record time.

Cusat conducted the examination for 570 students at School of Engineering (SoE) on the Thrikkakara campus and 270 students of Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad (CUCEK) at Pulinkunnu from December 7 and 18.


The valuation of the answer scripts started at the centralised valuation centre at Cusat main campus on December 29. The valuation was completed on January 8 and the result was declared on January 16.

“We postponed the start of the classes for second semester after the Christmas holidays from December 29 to January 11 to complete the valuation by our teachers well in time,” said Dr G Madhu, principal, School of Engineering. "It is after 20 years that Cusat is conducting the first semester examinations," he added.

Dr Madhu said that the university used its own software for tabulation, grade calculation and online publication of the results.


"However, we face a delay of up to four-five months in the publication of results in other semesters where we use software developed by a private bidder."

There are about 8,000 students in other semesters in 27 colleges, out of which 25 are now with KTU, except SoE and CUCEK.

The delay in publication of their results is on account of problems with getting adequate number of teachers for the centralised valuation at Cusat campus, he said.

KTU skips break, starts new sem

While Cusat with its legacy issues managed to conduct the first semester examinations on time, students of the brand new Kerala Technological University will enter the second semester on January 20 after missing all the dates originally announced, including a semester break.


“We were promised a month's vacation after the exam during which it was proposed to conduct the cultural fest, sports fest and tech fest in the colleges," said a student of an engineering college who preferred not to be identified. "We got a day's vacation on Tuesday after the exam and the events promised did not take place also."

As per the original schedule, the first semester exam should have started on December 2 and ended on 9 which was rescheduled to December 2 to 14 and later to December 4 to 18.

The university had proposed to conduct online valuation changed the plan to centralised valuation following the controversies.


Location: India, Kerala