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VTU Engineering students now have increased college hours, reduced holidays

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 This year engineering students, who are yet to begin the 2021–22 academic year, will have to go through long hours in the classroom. Teaching and non-teaching staff, too, will have to brace themselves up for extended workdays. The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has instructed affiliated engineering colleges to increase the workday and cut semester holidays for first-year students. Above this, Saturdays will be made working days as well.

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These changes will not be applicable for students in the second, third, and fourth-year as their classes have already commenced. The academic year for first-year students is likely to begin on December 13 and the first round of counseling for engineering seats by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is underway. 

Besides this, they are planning to cut at least one week from their semester holidays and ask college management to ensure that they work the entire day on Saturdays.

Karisiddappa, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said that students would have to attend classes for 10 hours a day when earlier it was eight. “So that students will not get burnt out, theory classes will be around five hours and the remaining will be devoted to practical examinations,” he said.

“Despite these measures, we will not be able to make up and complete the first-semester syllabus. In professional courses, there is no question of cutting the syllabus. So we will compensate for the portions over the next four semesters,” he added.

 

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