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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. How much do I have to pay as the security deposit? Is it refundable?

The security deposit of INR 50,000/- less acceptance fee paid is refundable on completion of the Programme after Convocation.

2. Is the hostel mandatory? If yes, then why?

NU, by design, is a fully residential university. The intent was to create a vibrant 24*7 learning ecosystem. All students stay on campus. There are no day scholars. Most of our faculty, deans, area heads too reside on campus. This leads to a lively and buzzing environment wherein students can interact with their faculty outside of classrooms. The faculty is available for doubt clearance, extra coaching, mentoring - both professional and personal. Students get to work on research projects with faculty and go on to publish research papers. Club activities are undertaken after classes in the evening and mentored by faculty. Sports, which has been made compulsory to ensure students take responsibility for their physical well-being, in conducted early morning with matches in the evening.

All this would not have been possible if part of the student community left the campus soon after classes. And of course, commute time with its attendant ill-effects, is completely eliminated.

3. What is the refund policy for students?

Attached below is the Refund Policy, 2020. This policy is in line with the Refund Policy as defined by UGC.

Note: in the below table NLDA is defined as Notified Last Date of Admission which is 1st Sep,2020. NDRD is defined as Notified Date of Result Declaration which will be the date of result declaration of Class XII Boards and JEE mains/NEET/BITSAT(applicable to students who secure admission to institutes like IIT,NIT,IIIT,BITS and those applicable to NEET)

% of Tuition Fee Refund

Duration of Days

100%

15 days or more before NLDA
Or
15 days after NDRD (whichever is later)

90%

Less than 15 days before NLDA
Or
More than 15 days after NDRD (whichever is later)

80%

Within 15 days after NLDA
Or
15 days after NDRD (whichever is later)

50%

Between 16 and 30 days after NLDA

NIL

After 30 days from NLDA

Refund Request Form

4. What are the key timelines for the upcoming academic session?

Bootcamp on Digital Skills applicable (for early enrollment students only): August 10th ,2020.

HSBC and Resonance Induction program ( for all incoming batch): August 17th,2020

Start of Regular classes: September 1st,2020

The above dates are firm and programs will be held either in online, hybrid or regular mode as already shared.

5. Is the Bootcamp applicable to everyone?

No, the Bootcamp is applicable to only the Early Enrolment Early Registration students.

6. How will I travel for Bootcamp if there are no trains? Are the above dates fixed?

The Bootcamp will commence as per the scheduled dates. In case, you are unable to reach the campus due to Govt mandated restraints, you can attend the Bootcamp on Digital Technology Skills (applicable only to Early Enrolment Early Registration students) in a digital mode.

7. Will NU provide any logistics support to parents and students coming to Campus?

NU will provide pick and drop off from/to designated airports, railway stations and specific points in NCR (NIIT House, Sector 32, Gurgaon). To Ensure Social Distancing, it is strongly recommended that students be accompanied by only one parent. Parents can stay on Campus at a nominal fee overnight, with prior booking. Variety of room categories are available to parents. All meals will be included in the cost.

8. What are the Dates for Enrolment?

Early Enrollment Deadline for Acceptance: 11th July

Regular Enrollment Deadline for Acceptance: 31st July

9. Are there any special relaxations to Hostel fee this year?

On the recommendation of the University Fee Committee, it has been decided to levy the integrated Hostel Fee for Aug '20– Dec '20 Semester only when the Campus opens as per the date communicated by the Govt Authorities. Thus, the enrolment fee payable now for those who have opted for Semester Payment Plan (SPP) will exclude the integrated Hostel Fee.
Those who have opted for Annual Payment Plan (APP), will pay the integrated Hostel fee for January – May 2021 Semester at the time of enrolment. All enrolling students in SPP and in APP will pay the integrated Hostel fee for Aug – Dec 2020 Semester on prorated basis from the date of opening of the Campus. Parents will be given a two-weeks' prior notice to pay the Hostel fee.

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 in 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. 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.

Post Pandemic Safety Precautions

Q 1. How safe is Neemrana as a place under COVID-19 situation?

There have been only two positive cases at Neemrana till date. Both were imported from Delhi and have already recovered. The other closest positive cases are 5 kms and beyond from Neemrana. Strict vigil and adherence to norms by the Civil Administration is helping in keeping Neemrana safe.

Q 2. How safe is the Campus?

It is completely safe and fully sanitised. SOP on COVID-19 and all other measures are monitored and implemented very stringently.

Q 3. Are there any students on the Campus?

There are 14 stranded students on the Campus, who could not go home due to lock down. Now they do not wish to go home as they and their parents think that they are much safer at the Campus. They have been attending Digital classes with very good connectivity from respective rooms.

Q 4. Are there any other residents on the Campus?

In addition to 14 students, the President and COO of the University are residing on the Campus with their families. We also have 6 faculty members, 10 staff members (including 3 families) and 40 outsourced staff members for facility management staying on the Campus.

Q 5. What safety measures have been adopted for entry to the Campus?

Following arrangements are made:

  1. At the Main Gate:
    • Screening of all persons through temperature guns.
    • Hands free hand wash points for washing hands.
    • No entry without masks.
    • All vehicles, material and baggage are sanitised separately.
    • Complete address and particulars of all persons are noted.
  2. Entry to each building:
    • Entry only after hand wash.
    • Specially created handsfree hand wash points at entry to each building.
    • Masks should always be on.
    • Movement only through marked lanes with social distancing.
    • No one to form a crowd.
    • Hourly sanitisation of high contact surfaces.
  3. Miscellaneous Points:
    • Handsfree drinking water and hand washing arrangements are made.
    • Masks available at Rs. 10/- each.
    • Out Pass not permitted.
    • All sports facilities and Gym closed except running/jogging/walking with social distancing.
Q 6. What safety arrangements have been made for students joining the Campus?

Following arrangements are made:

  1. Screening and sanitisation at Main gate.
  2. Isolation and medical check-up of symptomatic cases through Block Medical Officer.
  3. All students to be accommodated in single room mode.
  4. CCTVs in corridors to monitor adherence to norms.
  5. Seating in classrooms and labs marked as per social distancing.
  6. Handsfree hand wash points at entry to each building.
  7. Separate dustbins and disposal arrangements for disposal of masks and PPE.
  8. Sanitisation of all toilets every 30 mins.
  9. Detailed briefing to each student on arrival.
  10. All to wear masks whenever outside their respective hostel rooms.
Q 7. How are the classes going to be conducted?
  1. All Classrooms and Labs have been marked as per social distancing.
  2. Arrangements made for flipped and hybrid classes, where 50% students will be in the class and 50% in Digital mode from hostel rooms. Groups to flip on alternate days.
  3. Arrangements are made for sanitisation outside each classroom/lab.
  4. All to wear masks.
Q 8. What is the level of hygiene in the mess and kitchen?
  1. All mess staff members are medically examined by NU doctor daily.
  2. Cleanliness and hygiene of kitchen, mess and staff is ensured by protracted checking by NU staff.
  3. Mess staff wears mask, gloves and head cover at all times.
  4. Social distancing is maintained while serving food and at dining tables.
  5. Arrangements are made for hot drinking water.
Q 9. What about medical facilities?
  1. Doctor is available 4 hours every day, in addition to trained medical attendant 24 hours.
  2. Specific medicines and immunity boosters have been stocked.
  3. Additional oxygen cylinders have been positioned.
  4. Pulse Oximeter procured for monitoring.
  5. Tie up with Kailash Hospital Behror (15 mins away) for all emergency cases.