Calicut University has decided to recall thousands of B.Tech degree certificates of students who had got admissions under the 2009 scheme. The reason behind taking this initiative is to change Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score which is needed for securing first class in B.Tech from the existing 6.5 and above to 6.0 and above. The grade point will be changed only for the candidates who had sought admission under the 2009 scheme.
The officials of the university explained that three batches of students under 2009 scheme who had passed out from 2013 to 2015 would have to change their consolidated mark lists and degree certificates to reflect the change. One of the officials of Examination Wing explained that around 25,000 students must change either consolidate mark lists or degree certificates.
Following a directive issued by University Grants Commission (UGC), Calicut University had increased the CGPA score required for first class to 6.5 and above in the year 2011.
Most of the students who took the admission under 2009 scheme had objected the move taken by the university. They mentioned that when they took admission, the required CGPA required for first class is 6.0 and 7.5 for distinction. They had also approached High Court in this regard stating that changing the regulations midway during their course was against the law.
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However, the university did not take students’ recommendations into consideration and had issued the degree certificates and consolidated mark lists in which it marked 6.5 CPGA and above to obtain first class for the students who had passed out from 2013 to 2015.
As of now, the university is trying to wriggle out from the situation and has come up with a revised formula for converting CGPA to the percentage of marks by replacing ‘Percentage of marks= CGPA- 0.5X 10' with `Percentage of marks= CGPA X10'.