Monday, April 1, 2019

Mandatory Additional Requirements

MAKAUT, the true Friend of Students

All round development of students should ideally be the objective of any university and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT), West Bengal is moving in that path. The University, in order to develop a sense of social consciousness among the students has introduced Mandatory Additional Requirement (MAR) among the students, as a part of their fulfilment of B.Tech and other degrees at the undergraduate level. These mainly involve social welfare and developmental activities. Side by side Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have also been made a part of MAR, though it is optional.
The students will earn activity points on a continuous basis, throughout their course from many so-called extra-curricular activities, which were not given much importance earlier. Now they will be able to acquire activity points, obtain certificates leading to the acknowledgement in social and professional fields.

Prof. Sibamoy Dasgupta (Right) of MAKAUT and Prof. Indranil Mukherjee, Registrar (Actg.) of the University at a workshop on MAR and MOOCs with the representatives of Zone III colleges at the Haringhata Campus on 25.02.19.


A student should acquire a total of minimum 100/75 activity points throughout 4year/3year curriculum which should be acquired by earning a minimum of 20 activity points and maximum of 30 activity points in each year of his/her study. In the case of five year’s Bachelor of Architecture Courses, students have to gather 125 points. This will ensure a uniform distribution of marks for MAR over the entire course of study.


The social welfare and developmental activities in which students can be involved, include organizing and participating in debates, discussions, freshers’ welcome, blood donation, relief camps etc.


The MOOCs Courses which have been already taken into consideration (i.e., 20/16 credit courses) for awarding B.Tech degree with Honours are not to be considered again for gaining activity points for MAR. In addition to the existing activity point allotment for 12 weeks and 8 weeks MOOCs courses, courses of short duration (4 weeks/2 weeks) are also to be encouraged by allotment of proper activity points. It has been suggested that 10/5 activity points may be allotted, based on the short course duration of 4weeks/2 weeks respectively. It has been also discussed that the courses whose duration ranging from 18-40 hours must also get proper weightage. At present, names of SWAYAM/NPTEL/Spoken Tutorial have been only mentioned. All available MOOCs are also eligible for acquiring activity points.

The faculties and representatives of the ZoneIII colleges at the workshop. 
MAKAUT wants the students to be involved in entrepreneurial activities and has allotted activity points under MAR to encourage the young generation to start their own initiatives. They can earn up to 40 activity points as a start-up entrepreneur.

The students must be encouraged to publish their research activities in different journals for earning activity points with regard to MAR. The purpose is to inculcate the habit of research among them. The activity points allotted per research publication will carry equal and full weightage among joint authors, if any.
Every student should be encouraged to upload his/her MAR activity data/certificate in the social media, viz., facebook/instagram, which can be counted as part of the documentary evidence.
Prof. Sibamoy Dasgupta at the workshop on MOOCs, MAR and Continuous Evaluation with ZoneV colleges at
Supreme Knowledge Foundation Group of Institutions, Mankundu. 
Activities must be open-ended, that is, there can be many activities, other than at present specified by MAKAUT. If college authorities wish, they can introduce new activities, with the University’s prior approval.