Coursework Component

As per the requirements of study programmes, students are required to follow courses offered by the Institute on semester basis. Students should inform the Institute the courses they intended follow during the semester before the start of the semester/during the first week of the semester using the prescribed form.

Selection of Courses(PGIHS/STU/Form 001)

Admission Card and Examination Timetable

A course unit is a complete course taught within a semester of an academic year. The Institute may offer courses with credit values one (01), two (02), three (03), and four (04). One credit equals to 50 notional hours of learning including direct   contact hours and self-learning hours. Students are required to offer courses to accumulate sufficient number of credits from courses in a given postgraduate   diploma/degree programme. A course of postgraduate study programme may   have prerequisites, or certain course/s at a lower level which may be required to follow higher level courses. Students may be allowed to offer few courses from    outside the main discipline upon approval of the relevant Board of Study.

A non-credit course is a course that a student offers in excess of the minimum number of credits required for a diploma or degree programme. A student who offers a non-credit course shall fulfil all the requirements of the course. A non- credit course shall not be counted for calculating the GPA but listed in the transcripts with the relevant grade and grade point. Student shall obtain the approval from the relevant Board of Study to follow non-credit courses and pay relevant fees.

An audit course is a course that a student offers in excess of the minimum number of credits required for a diploma/degree without participating in the assessment process. Any registered student can audit a particular course with the consent of the lecturer, who will prescribe what course requirements, if any, shall be satisfied by the student. Audit courses shall not be counted for calculating the GPA nor listed in the transcripts. A letter shall be issued only to those students who have fulfilled the attendance requirement in the audited course, upon the recommendation of the lecturer in charge of the course and the relevant Board of Study. If a student wishes to offer a course/courses on audit basis, he/she shall obtain approval from the relevant Board of Study and register for the course/courses by paying prescribed fees.

A course can be added or dropped (withdrawn) within two weeks (14 days) from the date of the commencement of the study programme in a semester. When adding or dropping a course, the student should obtain authorization from the lecturer in charge of the course. If a student fails to complete a course which has not been recorded as dropped (withdrawn), it shall be counted for the degree programme and a fail grade shall be awarded.

Add and Drop of Courses(PGIHS/STU/Form 002)

Assessment of Courses

The assessment of student performance in each subject/ course will be based on the following scheme:  40% for continuous assessments and 60% for end semester examination. As stipulated in the rules and regulations of respective degree programme, marks allocation between continuous assessment and the final examination in some degree programmes may be different from the above.

A student is required to obtain at least 50% of marks allocated for both continuous assessments and end semester examination to pass the relevant subject, unless otherwise stated in programme regulations. Any student who obtains less than 50% of marks for each component of a course shall be required to repeat the course and face another examination

Continuous assessment in a course may include one or many of the following: assignments, tutorials, homework, presentations, field work, mid-term examination, quizzes, etc. The Lecturer-in-Charge / Course Coordinator may inform,as indicated in the C1 Form, students at the beginning of the semester  about the types of continuous assessments and allocation of marks among them.   Students are required to submit relevant material of continuous assessment and complete relevant other requirements on/ before deadlines given by the lecturer/ course coordinator and the programme coordinator. Failure to complete continuous assessments on time by the student will lead to receive a fail grade for the course.

End of semester examination of a course will be held at the end of an academic semester as scheduled. Students are required to submit applications to sit the end semester examination of each course with the approval from the relevant lecturer-in-charge / course coordinator.

The maximum number of attempts a student is allowed to sit for an examination in any course is three. If the candidate fails a course in all three attempts, he/she will be considered to have failed the diploma/degree programme and his/her candidature will be terminated.

The grading of taught courses will be done based on total marks obtained for continuous assessments and end-semester examinations using the following scheme:


Grade Point

Marks Range



80 and above





















Below 40

A student who obtained a grade below C for a course is required to repeat the course in the next available examination.

Credit Transfer and Exemption from Courses

A student who has successfully completed a postgraduate programme in the relevant field of study in any HEI recognized by the UGC may request a transfer of credits/an exemption from course/s of the current registration for substantially   similar course/s in content followed in the previous programme at least one   month before the date of the examination of the course/s for which transfer of   credits or exemption is sought.

Any exemptions from requirements for the completion of the diploma or degree programme and credit transfers related to any diploma or degree programme will be considered and determined by the relevant Board/s of Study subject to   the verification of authenticity of evidence provided.