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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried answering some of the questions that you may have, regarding NU. Do take some time to read these. You can also reach out to us via phone or email. Alternately, you can send us a message, should you have more questions, through our ’Contact Us’ page - . You can also ‘Chat’ with us. We may not be online 24x7 but if you post a query, we will get back to you at the earliest. You can also use our Enquire feature, which is the quickest way to get more information about our academic programmes.

University

1. Is NU recognised?

Yes, NIIT University is a State University of the Government of Rajasthan, established by - The NIIT University, Neemrana (Alwar) Act, 2010 (Act No. 5 of 2010) dated 3rd April, 2010. State Universities are covered under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act.

2. Does NU have AICTE approval?

AICTE approval is not required for a University. NIIT University is created by the State Government and has been notified through an Act of the Government of Rajasthan. It is a legally approved autonomous entity.

3. What are the various Industry alliances that the B.Tech programme have?

NU has an alliance with IBM in the field of Data Analytics and with PWC in the field of Cyber Security.

4. Does NU have NAAC accreditation?

NU will be applying for NAAC Accreditation this year. There are prerequisites to be fulfilled before applying to NAAC. NU aims to apply after fulfilling them, this year.

5. How is NU different from other universities?

A. The University has excellent technology infrastructure, teaching and research labs, a world-class library with an online collection accessible from anywhere on the campus and dedicated and well-qualified faculty. What sets us apart is our pedagogy which is based on inculcating self-directed learning essential for succeeding in the industry. Our students develop solutions and products to solve real problems faced by the industry very early in the programme in a project-based mode with the industry personnel playing the role of a customer. You can read more here and here

6. What is the student-faculty ratio at NU?

In Engineering, it is 11.85 students per faculty and in Management, it is 10.58 students per faculty.

7. Does the University undertake external projects? Are they funded?

  • 1. Funded projects are undertaken by faculty in their respective areas of research.
  • 2. Funding is by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Government of India, etc.
  • 3. We have completed 6 projects, are working on 4 ongoing projects and have submitted 9 projects for funding.
  • 4. The average funding per project is in the range of INR 30-35 lakhs.

8. How many faculty members are Ph.D holders?

Nearly all our faculty are Ph.Ds barring a few. Those who do not possess a Ph.D are enrolled in doing their Ph.D.

9. How many of the faculty are professors?

We have 9-10 professors which more than adequately meets the norms laid down by AICTE.

10. How does the University help students to go abroad for paper presentations and projects?

The University faculty members encourage students to write papers for International Conferences. The University has also assisted students financially by contributing in Conference Registrations and accommodation charges. The University’s emphasis on research is evident from the above.

Admissions

1. What are the criteria for admission to the UMKC MS programme?

Admission Requirements
A ‘C’ grade in any of the computer courses will disqualify the student for admission into this programme. The following computer science courses will be used to compute the score for admission.
Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures, Mathematics III (Probability & Numerical Analysis), Design & Analysis of Algorithms, Database Management Systems, Computer Architecture and Organisation, Operating System, Software Engineering, Theory of Computation. Students must not have a ‘C’ grade in any of these courses
The list also includes the following courses: Digital Logic & Circuits, Signals & Systems, Microprocessor & Microcontroller and Communication Networks
GPA
A student must have 7.5 GPA (first class according to Indian measure) in all CS courses listed above to qualify for admission. At UMKC, admitted students must continue to maintain at least 70% (3.0/ 4.0 or higher) in the remaining undergraduate courses at UMKC. Students on the border line (GPA between 2.8/ 4.0 and 3.0/ 4.0) will be given all possible considerations and help to recover and be able to continue in Programme 31 before they are denied transition to MS track. TOEFL
Student must take TOEFL and score at least 6.5/ 9.0 (IELTS - new TOEFL) which is equivalent to about 79/ 120 in IBT (old TOEFL).
GRE
A student who maintains 3.5/ 4.0 or higher will automatically be inducted into the MS programme without taking GRE (GRE is waived). Students with GPA less than 3.5/ 4.0 must appear for GRE and secure 75 percentile in quantitative category to apply to the MS programme.

Academics

1. What if I want to change my stream later?

You can change your stream at the end of first year without any loss of time.

2. When are exams conducted?

NU follows a continuous evaluation system. Two examinations are conducted during the semester and there is a end-semester examination. Apart from these, there are quizzes, seminars and assignments, which may vary from course to course.

3. Does NU have visiting professors?

Yes, we have Visiting Professors from other universities and Industry Professors from the industry coming to our campus.

  1. Most of our Electives are taught by Industry Professors – this gives our students opportunities to work at the frontier of research and industrial domains.
  2. We offer 8 electives given to undergrads, 5 in the stream of specialisation, 3 outside of their stream, thus enabling them to expand their knowledge and give shape to their creativity.
  3. We have evolved the following mechanisms to provide Industry exposure to our students:
    1. Elective handled by Industry Professors
    2. 8-week mid-course summer project/ internship
    3. 6-month Industrial practice/ internship

4. What are the BT research areas?

Environmental, Industrial and Bioenergy areas.

5. Do students work on funded projects?

Yes, they do. We ensure they start as early as the 2nd year, so as to build early engagement with research.

6. What other branches will be offered?

As of now there are no plans to offer other branches.

7. What if I want to change my courses?

If you want to change your programme (B.Tech Computer Science & Engineering to Electronics & Communication Engineering, for instance), you can do it at the end of your first year without loss of time. You can change a course if the course is an elective course. If a course is compulsory you cannot change it.

8. How many days of break do we get at the end of every semester?

There is a break of two weeks between the two semesters.

9. Who are staff members to be contacted for various services in the area of academics?

A. Students get to know about each and every service and the names of concerned staff/ faculty members on the day of joining the University. You will know the names and contact details of your Teachers, Wardens, Mentors and others.

10. What documents are needed to prove genuine absence from classes?

Every student’s credentials are best established by his/ her track record in the classroom, not only in terms of attendance, but participation as well. If a student has a sound record of her/ his diligence towards academics, that suffices for the teacher to permit a leave of absence.

11. What are the minimum grades needed to be promoted to the next year?

The system of education at NU is based on course-wise forward movement. A student registers in six courses in a semester. The student is required to maintain a minimum aggregate performance of 4.5 CGPA at the end of every semester. If she/ he fails to maintain the minimum performance score, she/he gets less than six courses in the next semester. Alternatively, a student may be required to repeat a course of the previous semester while she/ he will be doing the courses of the following semester.

12. What % of attendance is required to be maintained? What if the student is not able to maintain the same?

A student is required to maintain 75% attendance failing which a student is debarred from appearing for the examinations.

13. What is the ratio of Theory vs. Practicals?

Theory vs. Practicals ratio by credits is roughly 5 : 3.

14. Is the holiday list shared at the start of the session?

The holiday list is available on the NU website even prior to admission.

15. What if any class is missed due to illness or other reasons?

If any class is missed due to illness, a student has the following options to make up for the missed portion of the curriculum:

  1. Access the lecture on NU’s Learning Management System, Moodle
  2. Consult the concerned faculty member
  3. Take help from a batchmate
  4. All of the above

16. If I do not pass multiple courses, do I appear for supplementary exams?

There is no Fail grade in the NU system. There are five grades, A, B, C, D and E. All grades are acceptable grades. That is to say that if a student gets E grade in two courses out of six, she/he can still move forward and register in the next set of six courses in the following semester. However, this is accompanied by two conditions. The first is the limit on total number of E grades that a student can carry, i.e. three. If the E grade exceeds three, a student has to repeat the course and improve his/ her grade. The second condition requires the student to maintain a minimum CGPA of 4.5 at the end of any semester.
NU follows a system of continuous evaluation. There is no concept of ‘Supplementary’ examination in NU.

17. What if I am not able to complete my assignments & projects?

You will lose marks for that assignment(s) and/ or project(s). Your grade will be affected as you would have not completed 100% of the evaluation in a given course.

Placements

1. Where are students placed on completion of the MS degree from UMKC – India or US?

We work on placing them in India. The students can apply to US-based companies. If they get selected, the companies will have to apply for the needed visa.

2. Are they eligible to apply for jobs in the US independently?

Yes, they are eligible.

3.How many students have applied for the MS-UMKC degree?

None, as the first batch will become eligible for the same only, at the end of 2016.

4. What are the various industry alliances that B.Tech Programme has?

NU has an alliance with IBM in the area of Data Analytics and with PWC in the area of Cyber Security.

Hostel and Mess

1. What are the mess arrangements ?

The University runs a common mess for all students and resident faculty/ staff. Rates per meal/ day are fixed by the University through an annual contract. The menu is decided by a mess committee majorly comprising students and a few faculty/staff members. The food is mainly vegetarian, except for eggs (twice a week). We ensure that the food served is hygienic & hot.

Campus Facilities

1. How safe are women in the campus?

The entire Campus has 24X7 security. In addition, all hostels have dedicated guards. For the girls’ hostels, we have a dedicated lady warden and an additional lady guard. We have campus In-time of 10 pm for all students. The girls are required to return to their respective hostels by 11 pm.

2. What are the arrangements for temperature control in hostel rooms and classrooms?

We have green conditioning on the campus. We provide comfort through geo-thermal coupling cooling, which provides fresh air continuously in all class rooms, residential/ hostel rooms and offices. We ensure that the temperature does not go above 30 degrees and that the humidity remains below 70%.

Student Care

1. Whom do I contact in case of emergency?

In case of emergency, a student is expected to contact her/ his Warden.

2. When can the parents visit to meet the ward? Is there a schedule for the same?

Parents can visit the Campus any time. They have to inform the University which can be done through their ward. The student can meet the parents when she/he has no ongoing class. .

3. How do you take care of situations needing medical attention?

We have a health centre in the campus which is manned 24x7 by qualified medical attendants from Kailash Hospital. An emergency vehicle is available on the Campus 24x7 for serious cases. We have a tie-up with Kailash Hospital at Behror (15 km) for any medical emergency. Medicines for immediate requirement are provided by the heatth centre. Any specific medicine required by students can be obtained through the tuck shop at no extra cost.

4. What are your policies on drugs, liquor and smoking?

Smoking and possession of banned substances and consumption of alcoholic drinks is prohibited in the campus. Appropriate disciplinary action is taken against students found indulging in the same. A proper check and monitoring of the same is done through the team of wardens, security and admin. We have zero tolerance against such indulgences.

5. What is you policy on ragging?

We have policy of zero tolerance towards ragging and any form of physical abuse. The students are required to sign the Anti-ragging policy when they join the University as mandated by the government. Immediate and strict disciplinary action is taken against defaulting students.

6. Do you provide any counseling assistance to students?

Students not performing well in academics, not attending classes regularly and indulging frequently in undesirable activities are closely monitored. They are counselled through a 5-tier system:-

  1. By respective wardens
  2. Through the mentor-mentee process (each student is assigned a mentor faculty)
  3. Through “Mitra Dwar” – the Student Support Centre of the University
  4. By the Dean of Student Affairs
  5. By a professional counsellor – for cases which are beyond the capability of the first 4 tiers.

7. What if I am not satisfied with the teaching style of the faculty?

You are free to discuss your problem with the concerned faculty member. The faculty may also not be satisfied with your learning style. It is only through positive and constructive dialogue with the faculty member that you can discover the best learning method for you, in that course.