Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) has announced a migration scheme in which a student can move from one engineering stream to another in any year during the course.
The scheme will be a boon for students who want to shift to courses that may have specific subjects to cater to their interests.
“It’s a welcome move provided students are wise in their choice of courses during migration,” said former Anna University vice-chancellor E Balagurusamy. The system will be advantageous to those who shift to courses that are connected but more specialised than the ones they are pursuing, he said.
“Even second or third year students can migrate, but they should make sure that they don’t miss out the core papers,” said Balagurusamy.
Many universities in the US have this system as they want to be more liberal in academics. “I joined MS computer engineering at a university in the US. The course was more about hardware and so I shifted to a software course later,” said VIT vice-president Sekar Viswanathan.
The scheme, which has been introduced on a trial basis, is aimed at first year students but there are no restrictions for senior students either, said Viswanathan.
All that a student would have to do is score 60% overall marks during the current year and 40% in two basic papers of the course they want to shift to in the second semester of the year they are in. Students will be chosen for the migration based on a merit list prepared on the marks scored, and 2% of seats in every department will be allotted for the scheme.
This option is already available for first-year students in some institutions, including SASTRA University. Usually, students who join a course available at the time of admission migrate during the second year.
“All first year students have common subjects. Depending on their first year marks and the availability of seats in other departments, first years can shift courses,” said S Vaidhyasubramaniam, dean-planning and development, SASTRA University. “I don’t think it’s advisable for senior students as they won’t be able to complete the course.”
Officials at VIT University said the scheme is aimed at the first year students but there are no restrictions for senior students either.