Students have to complete their entire Undergraduate(Bachelors) degree program within
the following time limits:
A student may have to interrupt his studies for an entire semester due to some special
unfavorable/unavoidable circumstances. In such a case, the student must apply in
writing for a semester leave before the start of the semester. A student is allowed
a maximum of two semester leaves during his/her entire degree program. In case a
student interrupts his/her study program at the Institute for a period longer than
one semester, his/her courses are evaluated by the concerned Chairman of the Department
to determine their relevance to the changes made in the curriculum, if any, upon
his/her return. In such a case, the student may be required to modify the degree
plan in order to ensure conformity to the recent curriculum.
Tutorial groups are formed and each student becomes a member of one of these tutorial
groups. Every tutorial group is assigned a faculty member as the academic advisor,
who holds regular meetings, both formal and informal, with his/her group. The advisor
will be responsible for the well-being of his/her group members and would maintain
close liaison with students parents/guardians. He/she will also have periodic audit
of the students progress. The Advisor maintains record files of his/her advisees
containing his semester-wise progress reports, courses completed and any other information
that he deems relevant. Students who require some special academic course planning,
e.g. students who are on academic warning, probation, etc. or want to add/drop a
course must have their relevant forms approved by their Advisor. The Registration
Office will not accept any such forms for course registration without such approvals
from the advisor.
The duration/frequency of classes for every course offered at the Institute is referred
to in terms of credit hours. The credit hours assigned to the theory courses or
laboratory courses are determined by the class hours allocated to it per week throughout
the semester. For a theory course, one credit hour is equivalent to one hour of
classroom lecture per week; and for a laboratory course, one credit hour is equal
to three hours of practical work. No credits are assigned to the tutorial classes
meant to help students understand the subject covered during the class. A student
must complete at least 135 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to
successfully earn the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree.
To earn a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Institute, a student must successfully
complete 126 credit hours of course work plus nine credit hours of senior design
project and a summer internship (non-credit). The total credit hours required are
135. These courses are grouped into Basic Sciences, Humanities & Management, Core
courses, Stream Specific courses, and Senior Design Project. This distribution is
in accordance with the PEC requirements and guidelines.
Basic Science Courses :
Courses in mathematics, physics and fundamental engineering concepts are common
for all students. The aim of these courses is to provide a thorough ground in the
basic principles and analytical skills needed for studies in specialized areas of
engineering. Most of these courses are offered during the first two years of the
Management and Humanities Courses :
Courses in Foreign language, Islamic and Pakistan studies, Social Sciences and Management
are required for all students. They are meant to inculcate in the students an awareness
of our history & culture, to help them cultivate aesthetic and moral dimensions
of their personalities, and to equip them with communication and managerial skills.
Core Courses :
Students are required to take certain core courses of their own faculty, i.e. Electrical
Engineering. These courses are tailored to establish a firm understanding of the
fundamental concepts and practices in the field of Electrical Engineering. To make
students more confident and skilled in these basic concepts, most of these courses
have associated laboratory exercises and several mini design projects are an essential
part of the course/lab work. These mini projects are designed to promote independent
thinking and to develop design skills in our students. Through these small projects,
students get a chance to put the theoretical concepts learned in classrooms into
practical use, which not only enhances their understanding of the subject but also
exposes them to the practical issues faced in the real world.
Stream Specific Courses :
At the end of fifth semester each student has to select either of the two areas
of specialization as his main area of interest, i.e. Computer Engineering and Telecommunication
Engineering. After deciding about the area of their specializations, students are
required to take those stream specific courses to complete their bachelor's degree.
The course work offered in the last three semesters specially targets to enhance
students grasp of the subject and to provide him/her profound knowledge about the
advanced topics in the particular area of interest.
Final Year Project :
In the final year, students are required to do a project, which is assigned nine
credit hours, three credits in the seventh semester and six credits in the last
semester. For the first three credits, a grade of I (Incomplete) is awarded till
the completion of the second part. Both the parts get the same grade at the completion.
A list of available projects is notified at the start of the academic year. Students
may consult their faculty advisors for the selection' of a project. They are encouraged
to undertake projects that are of interest to industry or to research organizations.
Students are required to complete their project and present their reports (& submit
in a hard-bounded form) before the end of the final examination of their last semester.
A committee nominated by the Chairman of the Department and approved by the Executive
Director evaluates these projects
Summer Internship :
Every student registered for a Bachelor's degree program at the Institute is required
to participate in an eight weeks practical training program during the summer of
their third year and submit a formal report to the Chairman of the department. Though,
non-credited, the Summer Internship appears on the transcript. Without a satisfactory
report, degree is not awarded.
All the students who intend to continue their studies at the institute are required
to complete the registration formalities well in time in each semester. A student
who fails to register him/her-self for studies in a semester nor applies for a semester
leave till the end of 2nd week of that semester, would have his/her admission cancelled.
The students are required to pay full tuition fees at the start of the semester.
Accounts Department issues deposit slips to each student. Fees are directly deposited
in School's bank account or may be paid in cash to the cashier in the Accounts Department.
After depositing the fee, students are required to submit the Academics part of
the deposit slip along with the registration form to the Registrar Office before
the registration deadline. If the dues are not paid in full by the stipulated time,
he/she may not be allowed to attend the classes and to sit in the examinations.
It is the responsibility of the students concerned to clear all dues outstanding
against his/her name and report to the department's program coordinator for the
confirmation of the registration.
In case a student could not submit the course registration form within the registration
period of the semester due to unavoidable and acceptable reasons, the Chairman may
grant approval of the late registration on the following terms and conditions:
Students are expected, as a rule, to register for the full semester load of their
batch (i.e. 14- 21 credit hours depending upon the semester) in a regular semester,
i.e. Fall and Spring. No exception to this is allowed in the first semester . However,
in latter semesters, this rule may be relaxed with the approval of the Chairman
of the department. In any case, the minimum course load required to maintain registration
status in a regular semester is equivalent to three (3) courses, i.e. at any time
during the semester, each student must have at-least three courses registered against
his/her name on letter-grade basis.
In case of a student on academic warning/probation, where the semester GPA of a
student falls below 2.00, the student is asked/allowed to register for less than
the full semester load, usually 10-13 credit hours. An exception to this rule, for
registering for more courses, can only be made for the final year students after
the approval of the Executive Director. The students under probation are also allowed
to register for one repeating course above the restricted limit of 10-13 credit
hours in which they have previously obtained an F or a grade lower than B. A student
having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00/4.00 can also request his/her advisor to
allow registration of additional courses up to a maximum of 21 credit hours, in
case the extra course is relevant to his degree program or his research project.
The maximum load for the optional Summer semester is 8 credit hours, which under
special circumstance may be extended to 12 credit hours with the permission of the
Executive Director. A Pre-Registration for summer courses is advised at the end
of the spring semester in order to facilitate whether a particular course is to
be offered or not.
Students, who wish to add a course before the end of the first two weeks of the
semester, must submit the Course Add/Drop Form duly approved by the academic advisor.
The academic advisor checks the schedule of classes and determines whether the requested
course is being offered and whether it requires any alteration in the timetable.
No student should be allowed to add a course after the end of the third week of
classes. This procedure does not affect the final transcript.
Students, in general, can withdraw from course(s) during the semester. In such a
case, the student has to submit Course Add/Drop Form duly approved by the academic
advisor. The advisor determines whether the withdrawal is crucial for the advisee's
academic performance and whether the course is not a pre-requisite for the next
semester courses for the advisee. Withdrawal from a course will not be allowed if
it leads to a failure in meeting the minimum course load requirement for maintaining
student's semester registration status, i.e. registration in a minimum of three
courses in any semester. Withdrawal from a repeating course, i.e. a course which
the student is repeating for improving his previous grade earned in the same course
in a previous semester, will not be allowed. If the course is withdrawn till the
sixth week of the semester, the course will not appear on the transcript. If the
course is withdrawn from the seventh week of the semester till the end of the twelfth
week inclusive of holidays, if any, a W-grade appears on the transcript. A student
who gets a W-grade would be required to repeat this course at a later stage. Wgrade
does not count in the GPA calculations. No course withdrawal will be allowed after
the twelfth week of the semester. Irrespective of the date of course withdrawal,
no refund of any fee will be made; the student will have to pay the applicable course
fee/dues whenever he/she registers for the same course in a future semester, in
addition to the regular dues for that particular semester.
At the end of each semester, students are awarded with different academic standings,
based on their academic performance. Following is the list of the standings/honours
awarded to students.
Faculty Honours :
This is the highest distinction, which is granted to a student who secures a semester
GPA between 3.9 and 4.00, inclusive, with a normal course load or above in the semester
and who is not on academic warning or probation or subject to any disciplinary action
and whose CGPA is 3.5 or above.
High Distinction :
High Distinction is granted to a student securing a semester GPA of at least 3.75
but less than 3.9 with a normal course load or above in the semester and who is
not on academic warning or probation or subject to any disciplinary action and whose
CGPA is 3.5 or above.
Distinction is granted to a student securing a semester GPA of at least 3.5 but
less than 3.75 with a normal course load or above in the semester and who is not
on academic warning or probation or subject to any disciplinary action and whose
CGPA is 3.25 or above.
The academic performance of a student is considered good if his/her semester GPA
is between 2.75 and 3.5, and he/she is not on academic warning or probation or subject
to any disciplinary action and whose CGPA is 2.5 or above.
The academic performance of a student is considered satisfactory if his/her semester
GPA is less than 2.75 but greater than or equal to 2.0 and his CGPA is 2.0 or above.
The minimum semester GPA to remain in good academic standing is 2.0. Students are
placed on academic warning for the next semester if their semester GPA falls below
2.0 at the end of a semester or his/her CGPA is less than 2.0. A student on academic
warning is required to register for lesser number of courses than the normal load
in the next semester, in consultation with his/her academic advisor.
A student who is already on academic warning and earns a GPA less than 2.0 in the
current semester is placed on probation for the next semester. Similarly a student
whose CGPA is less than 2.0 and he/she obtains a GPA less than 2.0 in the current
semester is also placed on probation for the next semester. A copy of this warning
letter is also sent to the parents/guardians of the student. A student on probation
is required to register for lesser number of courses than the normal load in the
next semester, in consultation with his/her academic advisor.
If a student who is already on probation and obtains a GPA less than 2.0 in the
current semester, or a student having a CGPA of less than 1.70 at the end of his
first two semesters will be expelled from the Institute.
A student is declared passed if he/she successfully completes all the requirements
set for a degree from the Institute and attains a CGPA greater than 2.0. The following
degree requirements are to be completed by the student:
The performance of every student is continuously monitored and assessed throughout
the semester. During the semester, a students performance is evaluated by taking
quizzes, assignments, sessional exams, laboratory reports and project presentations.
A final examination is also taken at the end of the semester. The number of quizzes,
assignments and sessional and their relative weightage is at the discretion of the
course instructors. However, a general guideline for their relative weightage is
Course grades are awarded to students based on their relative performance in the
course. Grading is usually carried out on basis of normal distribution curve, however
the instructors decision in this regard is considered final. Grades are indicated
by letters and the grades points are assigned to each letter as shown below:
The Semester Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the grade points
earned in a course with the number of credit hours of that course, and then taking
the sum of such products for each course taken in that semester and finally dividing
the result by the total number of credit hours of the semester. The cumulative GPA
(CGPA) is calculated similarly for all the courses taken in all the semesters.
A student may request an “I” (Incomplete) grade, if for some genuine reason, she/he
fails to appear in a final exam or a final project. I grade is not awarded for any
other deficiency in the course. The procedure to request “I” grade is as follows;
The following points are also to be kept in mind:
The “I” grade must be completed in the following semester. After this, an “I” grade will automatically be converted to an F grade.
If a student is not satisfied with his grade in a course, he/she can apply for the
rechecking of the final paper within 15 days of the declaration of result. In such
cases, the student has to deposit a paper-rechecking fee (Rs. 1000/per paper) in
the Account Office of the Institute and has to write an application to the Chairman
of his/her department. The receipt of money paid has to be submitted along with
the application. After approval from the Chairman, the case is forwarded to the
Controller of Examinations for further processing. The Instructor concerned rechecks
the paper. If no change in the grade, the Chairman can decide to forward it to a
committee nominated by the Chairman and approved by the Executive Director. The
final decision is communicated to the Controller of Examinations. If there is a
change in the grade, the new grade is communicated to the student, and the amount
paid is refunded. If there is no change in the grade, the decision is communicated
to the student and no refund is made.
No student shall be admitted to an examination unless the following conditions are
The Chairman of the department may, for valid reasons, condone a deficiency to the
extent of 10% of the attendance
In very special cases, the Executive Director may condone attendance further but
the attendance of the student should not be less than 50%
If a student does not fulfill the condition of attendance, he/she shall have to
re-register for that course in the next semester in which this course is offered.
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