Semester System 21-Batch Regulations

Regulations (Revised) regarding the General Scheme of Studies for the Bachelor’s Degree Programs (including B.E, B.Arch, B.CRP, BS, and BBA) of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, under Section 47(1) (n) of the Act 1977.

  1. Short Title.  These Regulations may be called the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Bachelor of Degree Courses Regulations 2021, repealing such regulations framed by the University authorities (if any).
  2. These Regulations shall be subject to the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology General scheme of Studies for the Bachelor’s degree courses Statutes 2012.
  3. Commencement. These Regulations shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from 21 Batch.
  4. Definitions.  In these Regulations unless otherwise expressly stated,-
    • “University” means the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro.
    • “Academic Year” means the Academic Year of the University.
    • Spring / Fall Semester” means a Period of 21 weeks out of an academic year for teaching and evaluation and /or guidance of the students of the University.
    • “Summer Semester” means a Period of 08 weeks out of an academic year for teaching and evaluation and /or guidance of the students of the University.
    • “Vice-Chancellor”, “Pro Vice Chancellor”, “Dean” , “Director”, “Chairman / Chairperson” “Teacher” and “Controller of Examinations” means respectively the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro Vice Chancellor, the Dean of Faculty, the Director of Institute, the Chairman/Chairperson of Teaching Department, the Teacher and the Controller of Examinations of the University.
    • “Departmental Committee”. Each Department/ Institute will have a Departmental Committee consisting of three senior most teachers of the Department / Institute including Chairman/ Chairperson/ Director as convener.
    • “Credit Hours (C.H.)” have been defined in section 6.
    • “Quality Point (Q.P.), Grade Point Average (G. P.A.), and “Cumulative Grade Point Average (C.G. P.A.) has been defined in section 17.

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Approved by Academic Council in its 100th meeting held on 24th August, 2021, vide resolution 100.8 and Syndicate in its 152nd meeting held on 23rd September, 2021, vide resolution No.5 (xiii).

5.       Undergraduate Structure of Bachelor’s Degree Course in Engineering, City & Regional Planning,  Architecture, Business Administration, Mathematics, Computer Science and English is given below Table 5.1

Table 5.1

  1. Credit hours for undergraduate degrees
    1. A credit hour means teaching/learning a theory course for one hour each week throughout the semester.
    2. The credit hours are denoted by two digits within brackets with a plus in between. The first digit represents the theory part while the second (right side) digit represents the practical. Below Table 6.1 gives the possible distribution of Theory and Practical Credit hours. 
    3. One credit hour in laboratory or practical work/project would require lab contact of three hours per week throughout the semester.

Table 6.1         Distribution of Theory and Practical Credit Hours

  1. Course layout for undergraduate students

7.1  4 year undergraduate degree programs are composed of 130-140 Credit Hours in which 130 represents the minimum and 140 represents the maximum credit hours required to be completed.

7.2  5 year undergraduate degree program (Bachelor of Architecture) is composed of 160-180 Credit Hours in which 160 represents the minimum and 180 represents the maximum credit hours required to be completed, subject to meeting the requirements of the respective Accreditation Councils.

7.3       Undergraduate curriculum structure

  • For Engineering programs: The courses for the Engineering & Computer Science programs will consist of minimum 130 credit hours out of which  a minimum of 85 credit hours of engineering and computer science courses and a minimum of 30 credit hours of non-engineering (mathematics, humanities and natural sciences) courses offered over a period of four years (8 semesters), subject to meeting the requirement of the respective Accreditation Councils.
  • For Computer Science programs: The courses for the Computer Science program will consist of minimum 130 credit hours, out of which a minimum of 100 credit hours of Computing and Computer Science courses and minimum of 30 credit hours of general and university courses, subject to meeting the requirement of the respective Accreditation Councils.
  • For Social & Basic Sciences programs: The courses for social and basic sciences disciplines will consist of 60-65% of curriculum towards the discipline specific areas, and 35-40% minor/electives, subject to meeting the requirement of the respective Accreditation Councils.

7.4       Final Year Project (FYP) / Thesis / Business Plan: Every student should write a thesis project report /Business Plan in the final year, of 06 credit hours individually or in a group comprises of maximum 03 students, on an approved research.

7.5       Internship: Students should be encouraged to do internship in industry / research / business organization.

8          Fall/spring semester

8.1        There will be two regular semesters (Fall, Spring) in an academic year. Following is the breakup:

  1. Teaching duration of Fall semester                                    16 Weeks
  2. Conduct of Mid Semester Exam                                      01 Week
  3. Preparation of final Fall Semester Exam                           01 Week
  4. Conduct of final Fall Semester Exam                                02 Weeks
  5. Semester Break                                                                  01 Week
  6. Teaching duration of Spring Semester                             16 Weeks
  7. Conduct of Mid Semester Exam                                      01 Week
  8. Preparation of final Spring Semester Exam                     01 Week
  9. Conduct of final Spring Semester Exam                          02 Weeks
  10. Semester Break                                                                 01 Week
  11. Summer Break / Summer Semester                                 08 Weeks
  12. Winter Break                                                                      02 Weeks

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                                                                                                TOTAL           52 WEEKS

9.          Summer semester

9.1       Summer semester will be offered as an optional semester of 08 weeks duration. Students will be offered courses to remove deficiencies and can register up to 09 credit hours for summer semester.

9.2       Moreover, a student who has either failed or has been stopped to take the examination due to shortage of class attendance or wishes to improve his/her grade (if obtained ‘C’ Grade) is allowed to register in summer semester.

9.3       The contact hours per week during the Summer Semester will be doubled to ensure that the course is completely taught in a summer session with half of the duration as compared to a regular (Fall/Spring) semester.

9.4       All the qualifying rules for Fall / Spring semester will be applicable to summer semester.

9.5       There will be no supplementary / special examination after the adoption of summer semester.

9.6       The course in Summer Semester will be offered with the minimum course registration of 05 students (where intake of students is small, minimum course registration should be 50% failure students)

10.       Academic Calendar

10.1     The calendar will include the following information: to be adopted from next academic year.

  1. Date of start of classes
  2. Conduct of mid semester
  3. Date of suspension of classes
  4. Schedule of examination
  5. Display of sessional marks
  6. Examination preparation up to
  7. Conduct of final semester exam
  8. Announcement of results
  9. Mark sheet / Transcript issues dates

The academic calendar will be prepared for Fall Semester and Spring Semester of each academic year.

10.2     In case a university is closed due to unusual circumstances, then makeup classes may be arranged converting weekends or holidays or evening classes to working days or evening classes to cover the lapsed period of the students.

11.       Withdrawal of Courses from Fall / Spring Semester

11.1      Students may be allowed to withdraw from a course during first 6 week of the semester. In such a case the transcript shall record that the student enrolled in the course and withdrew. Consequently, grade W will be awarded to the student which shall have no impact on the calculation of the CGPA of the student.

11.2     A student withdrawing after the 6th week shall be automatically awarded “F” grade which shall count in the GPA and stay on the transcript.

12.       Repeating courses/improvement of CGPA

12.1     If a student gets ‘F’ grade, she/he will be required to repeat the course. However, “F” grade obtained earlier will also be recorded on the transcript.

12.2     Undergraduate students may be allowed to repeat a course in which she/he has obtained grade “C”. In such a case both the previous and new grade obtained will be recorded on the transcript, however, only the better grade shall be used in the calculation of CGPA.

  1. In case of CGPA improvement, it would be recorded with (Imp) on the transcript.

13.       Attendance

 Minimum 75 % attendance in a course is required to appear in the examination of that course. (Condonation may be limited to 70%)

14.       Examination

14.1     In each semester, students may be required to appear in quizzes, tests, mid semester, final semester examinations, presentations (individual/group), group discussion, and submit projects/assignments/lab reports etc. These assessment marks (to be determined by the teacher concerned) may have different weightage contributing towards the overall assessment in percent marks.

This weightage may be determined on the basis of the following table:

14.2     In the beginning of a semester, the Instructor of each course should hand out a syllabus providing information to the students about assessment criteria, paper specification, schedule of material to be taught (TTP and Lesson Plan), take home assignment policy, recommended reading materials and any other information important for the successful completion of the course and its requirements.

14.3     To implement semester system effectively the subject teacher must display his/her provisional result within five days after the conduct of final exam of that subject and submit the same to the controller of examination for final announcement.

  1. Expert / External examiner will be called only for Final Year Project/ Thesis / Business Plan Examination.

15.        Grade Equivalent

Note: The results will be prepared on the basis of Grade Point Average (G.P.A). Fraction is to be considered as a whole number.

16.       Computation of semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative grade point average (CGPA)

          GPA:

          This is a figure ranging preferably from 0.00 to 4.00 be used to indicate the performance of a student in the semester concerned. A standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00 is adopted.

 17.       CGPA required for the completion of undergraduate            

17.1     For completion of the degree, the minimum qualifying CGPA for Bachelor’s Degree Programs (including B.E, B.Arch, B.CRP, BS and BBA) is 2.00.

17.2     In case a student secures less than 2.00 CGPA (minimum qualifying CGPA) at the end of final Semester, she/he may be allowed to get re-admission in one or more courses, in which his/her Grade is below C, provided that she/he is not debarred under the time duration specified for the program (as defined in Table 5.1)

18.       Transfer of credit hours for undergraduates

18.1     Credits are transferred on course to course basis i.e. a person taking course A at University X is allowed to transfer his/her credits to University Y provided that course A is equivalent to course B taught at the Y University.

18.2     No credit hour of a course will be transferred if the grade is less than C for undergraduate.

18.3     Credit hours may only be transferred between duly recognized HEIs and Internationally recognized Universities.

19.       Format of final transcript   

The final transcript for the award of degree includes following information:

Front Side:

  • Name of Student
  • Father’s Name
  • Surname/Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Roll No.
  • Enrolment No
  • Name of the Programme
  • Date of Admission into Degree Program
  • Semester Wise Break-up
  • Subjects Name along with Credit Hours
  • Type of Enrolment – Full Time
  • Picture of the Applicant be Printed on Transcript
  • Date of Completion of Degree Requirements
  • Mode of Study – Regular
  • Medium of Instruction- English
  • Online Result Verification Key/ID (Front Side at the End of the Transcript)
  • GPA/CGPA (at the End of the front side of Transcript)

Back Side:

  • Basic Admission Requirement of the Programme
  • Previous Degree held by the Student along with Institution Name
  • Credit Hours Exempted/Transferred if any/applicable.
  • CNIC No. for Pakistani and Passport No. for Foreign Students
  • Grading System must be mentioned on Back Side of the Transcript
  • Charter Date of the University/DAI may be mentioned
  • Name of Campus/College be mentioned along with HEC Permission Date
  • Signature of Issuing Officer(s) (Front and Back Side at the end of the Transcript)
  • The transcript must have the water-mark seal on it.
  • For equivalence of CGPA to percentage, for Transcript purpose only, below Table be placed
 CGPA4.003.5 – 3.993.0 – 3.492.5 – 2.992.0 – 2.491.0 – 1.99
Equivalent %age958779706255

20.       Departmental committee

Each Department/ Institute will have a Departmental Committee consisting of three senior most teachers of the Department / Institute including Chairman/ Director to assess the progress of the students during the semester and the results of all the examinations including the final semester examination. In case of any discrepancy in the results, during scanning process, the concerned committee will assign a subject expert (other than the Subject teacher) for rechecking the Scripts. The final recommendations of the Departmental Committee concerning the results will be submitted through the concerned Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor / Vice Chancellor for consideration and approval.

21. Course file

Maintaining the Course File is compulsory for all faculty members. It should have complete record of every activity that happens during the course. The course file should contain:

 (For Theory)

  1. Academic Calendar
  2. Course contents with defined CLOs, taxonomy level and linking to PLOs
  3. Tentative Teaching Plan
  4. Lesson Plan
  5. Classes Time Table and student counselling hours including record of makeup   classes (if any)
  6. Semester Progress Report
  7. Student’s attendance register
  8. Teaching material
  9. Class sessional activities and record (Tests/ Assignments / etc. with solutions)
  10. Mid Semester and Final Exams Question papers and solutions
  11. Sample of best, worst and average answer sheets of Tests / Assignment / Exams
  12. Award Lists
  13. Assessment Sheet conforming to the CLOs and PLOs
  14. Course Evaluation Report

(For Practical)

  1. Academic Calendar
  2. List of Experiments
  3. Tentative Teaching Plan
  4. Laboratory Time Table
  5. Student’s attendance register
  6. Laboratory Manual / Workbook
  7. Rubrics Sheet
  8. Sample of Objective type paper with solution
  9. Sample of Best, Worst, and average Objective type test
  10. Award Lists
  11. Assessment Sheet conforming to the CLOs and PLOs
  12. Course Evaluation Report

22. Freezing of semester

22.1     If a student freezes a semester(s), she/he will resume his/her studies from the same stage where she/he left (froze). No freezing during the semester will be allowed. The maximum duration of the degree program shall remain the same.

22.2     The duration of Freezing is one year; a candidate who gets a semester freeze can get readmission next year with upcoming session.

23 Indiscipline in examinations (Unfair Means Cases Committee)

  • Any candidate found guilty of following matters, his/her case will be submitted to Unfair Means Cases Committee constituted by the University.
    1. Removes a leaf from his/her answer book, the answer book shall be cancelled.
    2. Submits forged or fake documents in connection with the examination.
    3. Commits impersonation in the examination.
    4. Copies from any paper book or notes.Mutilates the Answer Book.Possesses any kind of material, which may be helpful to his/her in the examination.
    5. Does anything that is immoral or illegal in connection with the examination and which may be helpful to him/her in the examination.
    6. Refuses to obey the invigilation staff or refuses to follow the instructions issued by the University in connection with the examination.
    7. Misbehaves or creates any kind of disturbance in or around the examination centre
    8. Uses abusive or obscene language on the answer script.
    9. Possesses any kind of weapon in or around examination centre.
    10. Possesses any kind of electronic device which may be helpful in the examination

His/her case shall result in penalties keeping in view the nature and intensity of offence.

  1. Cancellation of paper*.
  2. Suspension from programme for one semester.
  3. Heavy and light Fine
  4. Expulsion forever from the University.
  5. Any other.
  • * Unfair Means Cases Committee will decide that the student will have to appear in summer semester/with regular semester for the cancelled paper.

24. Appeal against the decision of the Unfair Means cases Committee

If a student is not satisfied with the decision of the Unfair Means Cases Committee, she/he can submit his/her appeal within a week after the decision of the Committee to the Vice Chancellor. No appeal shall lie against the decision of the Syndicate.

25. Probation

Probation is a status granted to the student whose academic performance falls below the minimum University standard.

  1. The students acquiring less than 2.00/4.00 GPA in a semester but passing in all papers will be promoted with the condition to achieve more than 2.0 GPA in the next semester and she/he will be put on probation for the next semester. In this case, the registration in summer semester is optional.
  2. The students acquiring GPA 1.7 and above but failing in any paper(s) will be placed on probation and promoted to the next semester conditionally. They will have to be registered for summer semester to improve the grade.
  3. Students acquiring GPA less than 1.7 in two consecutive semesters and failing in any paper(s) even after attending summer semester for one academic year will be dropped from university rolls. However she/he will be eligible to seek re-admission. Re-admission will be allowed only once during 4 years Bachelor degree program. Re-admission will be allowed after the payment of full admission fee.
  4. Students on probation in two consecutive semesters ( even after attending summer semester in one academic year will take re-admission in that particular academic year ) once only.
  5. There will be maximum two academic probations in 04 year / 05 year Bachelor degree programs. Both the probations cannot be granted / availed in first four semesters. A student who is on probation 2nd time even after attending summer semester in first four semesters shall be removed from university rolls. However, she/he can take re-admission only once during 4 years Bachelor degree program.
  6. In case of valid reason / excuse, the period of study may be extended for one additional year (Two semesters) in all university programs. The student(s) who will not complete studies within stated periods including extension shall be struck off from the university rolls. The students who have been given the right to extend the duration of study for one additional year are required to pay full admission fee.

26.       Permission of writer for special students   

26.1     A visually impaired student may be allowed to attempt the Mid/Final Examinations of the University on Braille/ Computer/any other means of facilitation.

26.2     In case a student is physically handicapped/visually impaired, she/he may apply to the Chairperson of the respective department (with medical certificate as proof of her/his disability) for permission to engage a writer in Tests/ Examinations of the University two weeks before the start of Tests/ Examinations. She/he will be allowed 45 minutes (maximum) extra time to solve the question paper.

26.3     The qualification of the person who acts as writer of a handicapped student must be at least one step lower than that of the student. (e.g. for level 6 student, the writer should be at the most of level 5).

27.  Damaged/lost answer script

In an exceptional case where an answer script is damaged, lost or destroyed due to unavoidable circumstances, then the student may be given the following options:

  1. Average marks shall be awarded to the student in that subject/course.
  2. In case of Final Year Examination, if the candidate so desires, she/he shall be given another chance as a special case to take the Examination in that subject/course in the next examination and no examination fee shall be charged from the student.

28.  Awards and distinctions

  1. Medals/Positions will be awarded to the students passing their courses/papers in Semester System in the first attempt only.
  2. In the Semester System, Letter Grades will be awarded on the basis of GPA / CGPA and Positions would be given on the basis of CGPA. The CGPA Calculation will be considered up to four decimal places for award of positions. In case two or more students are acquiring same CGPA up to four (4) decimal places, only then the positions will be shared among those students.
  3. No medal or position will be granted to candidates who passed the examination in 2nd attempt/summer semester attempt.
  4. No Medal/Roll of Honor will be awarded in the case of improving CGPA.
  5. The disciplines where number of students is less than 05, no position will be awarded in semester system.

29.       Re-admitted Students

These rules & regulations are also applicable to those student(s) who have got re-admission with 21 and onward batch (es).