Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) will soon put a system in place which will allow lectures to be included in the credit system.
The well-known institute, which offers courses in an array of engineering subjects, often invites loyalists from industry as guest faculty, who deliver lectures on specialised subjects. The students till now were not graded on these lectures. The decision was taken by the Senate - the academic decision-making body of the IIT. Termed as micro-credit courses, this will also allow IIT-KGP to introduce single-credit courses.
"Usually, a guest faculty member, who works in the industry, visits campus for a week or two, delivers lecture and according to his schedule, other classes are adjusted. The students were never graded on the lectures. As a result, we could not know how far they had understood the subject. If we start micro-credit courses it will allow students to get a better grip on the subject," said the director of IIT Kharagpur.
He added, "Usually each credit is taught for 10 to 12 hours. In a semester, students need to attend three classes or four classes each week and as a result they earn three or four credits. But in a single-credit course, the students will attend a series of lecture which will be delivered by the guest faculty over a small period of time and then they will have to appear in an examination. The students will be graded which will be then added to their result."
The duration of a credit course will be of 3-14 days. These micro-credit subjects will be offered during evenings or in the free slots available during weekdays. Eminent visiting experts from national and international academic institutions will deliver lectures to students. The evaluation for theoretical subjects will be done through class tests, assignments, teacher's assessment and a single written examination of at least two hours which will be conducted at the end of the course.
Sources at the IIT claimed that since complete industry-based coaching cannot be provided to students in classrooms only, interesting topics will be taught which are otherwise not included in the curriculum.