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The Times of India | K R Rajeev | TNN | Nov 8, 2016 |

KOZHIKODE: Calicut Univesity will recall thousands of BTech degree certificates of students who had got admissions under the 2009 scheme.  The mass recall of certificates has been necessitated as the varsity has decided to change the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score needed for securing first class in B.Tech from the existing 6.5 and above to 6.0 and above for students admitted under the 2009 scheme.  Three batches of students under the 2009 scheme who had passed out from 2013 to 2015 will be required to change their degree certificates and their consolidated mark lists to reflect the change. Examination wing sources said that around 25000 students will have to change either their degree certificates or consolidated mark lists.  The varsity had in 2011 following a UGC directive increased the CGPA score required for first class to 6.5 and above.

But many of the students who took admissions under the 2009 scheme had objected to this saying that the regulation in force during their admissions required only a CGPA of 6.0 for first class and 7.5 and above for distinction. Some had also approached the high court in this regard saying that changing the regulations midway during their course was against the law.  But the varsity had issued the degree certificates and consolidated mark lists requirig a CGPA score of 6.5 and above for first class for students who had passed out from 2013 to 2015. To wriggle out from the situation, the varsity has now come up with a revised formula for converting CGPA to percentage of marks as `Percentage of marks= CGPA X10′ replacing the existing formula of `Percentage of marks= CGPA- 0.5X 10′. The vice chancellor has issued orders to cancel the degree certificates already issued to students of B.Tech who got admission to the course as per the 2009 admission regulations if they want to effect the newly introduced class change in the certificates.  Deputy Registrar (BTech wing) Velayudhan Kallepurath said that all the students who had passed out from 2013 to 2015 will be required to change their consolidated mark list as the mark list currently features the old formula for conversion of CGPA score to percentage of marks.  Former Dean of Engineering P. R. Sreemahadevan Pillai said that earlier decision to change the regulation midway through the course was a mistake and the new formula was introduced to correct it. As per the 2014 scheme currently in force in the varsity, a CGPA score of 6.5 is required for first class.-  Courtesy


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