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Agitated students force Ruet to scrap 33-credit system

  • Published at 06:13 pm February 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:17 pm February 5th, 2017
Agitated students force Ruet to scrap 33-credit system
The decision came at an academic council meeting, convened by Ruet Vice Chancellor Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg, on Sunday. As per the grading system introduced during the 2013-14 academic year, a student must achieve at least 33 credits out of 40 to pass their session. Students will be given the credits based on their performances in examinations and lab tests, which vary from one department to another. If they fail to meet the requirements, they will not be allowed to move up to the next session and have to retake the whole year. However, according to the previous grading system, those who failed to obtain 33 credits, were allowed to attend classes and examinations of the next session, on condition that they would obtain the required credits later by retaking their tests.

Students’ protest

The students had long been protesting the 33-credit system by boycotting their classes and examinations. Laying siege to the VC’s office, students of the 2013-14 session on August 11, 2015 had staged a demonstration on the campus that led the authorities to suspend all academic activities for a certain period. On January 28 this year, the agitated students kept 15 teachers, including the VC, confined inside an academic building for nearly 24 hours to press home their demands. On January 31, four days after their demonstration, the university administration suspended the academic activities again and asked the students to leave their dormitories. Classes at the university will, however, resume on Monday.