As per section 7 of the Rules and Regulations of the Institute, the ACADEMIC COUNCIL (AC) shall consist of the following persons:
The membership of the AC shall be reviewed every five years, in order to ensure that the total number of Members of the AC does not exceed twenty. When the need arises, a criterion shall be evolved to select the Members of the AC under 1(d).
As per section 3(d) of the Rules and Regulations of the Institute, The Academic Council is one of the Authorities of the Institute. The AC shall primarily be concerned with all the academic affairs of the Institute, encompassing academic staff, academic planning, instructional issues, students, co-curricular activities, halls of residence, discipline. These functions, in particular, include:
The term 'legislation' used hereunder, refers to any rule framed by the AC.
In addition to the Standing Committees mentioned, the AC may constitute other Standing Committees, as and when the need arises.
The member of the AC-EPC shall be as follows:
The AC-EPC shall concentrate upon fundamental educational policy issues, for example, the desirability of starting a new academic program at the Institute . Such fundamental issues can be referred to this committee by the Governing Council, the AC, or any standing committee of the AC. The committee can also initiate a discussion on any issue, consistent with the overall goals of the Institute, on its own, and make appropriate recommendations to the AC for its consideration.
In addition to the above, the AC-EPC shall also identify distinguished personalities, both from within the country and outside, to whom the Honorary Degree of the Institute can be awarded. Such people must have made an indelible impression on the minds of persons working in areas related to the goals of the Institute. The Honorary Degree of the Institute can be awarded only after the Governing Council approves such a proposal of the AC.
The members of the AC UGC shall be as follows:
The functions of the AC-UGC shall include:
The recommendations of the AC-UGC, which conform strictly to the approved rules and regulations of the Institute, can be implemented after obtaining the approval of the Chairperson AC. However, in individual cases, the AC-UGC may make recommendations which do not conform to the approved rules and regulations of the Institute. These recommendations are usually made in view of the peculiar circumstances pertaining to an individual student, and do not call for a change of rules. Such deviations normally involve a more liberal and humane interpretation of the existing rules or where the rules are silent on some issues which occur only rarely. Any such recommendation shall require approval of the AC, prior to its implementation. In case such recommendations involve bending some approved rule very frequently, the AC may consider modifying the rule itself. Otherwise, such infrequent deviations or interpretations of the rules, shall not be quoted as precedents while considering similar, but not identical, cases in future.
The membership of the AC PGC shall be as follows:
The functions of the AC-PGC shall include all the functions of the AC-UGC, as mentioned in 5.3. In addition to these functions, the AC-PGC shall also arrange for the evaluation of the thesis/project work, as per the rules approved by the AC.
The AC-PGC shall also make all efforts to promote the PG program at the Institute.
AC Students' Affairs Committee (AC-SAC):
The membership of the AC-SAC shall be as follows:
The AC-SAC shall primarily be concerned with ensuring that the Code of Conduct of Students (CCOS) is not violated at any time, either by an individual student or a group of students. Any student, teacher, Director, or any other functionary of the Institute can refer any violation of the CCOS to this committee. The AC-SAC shall investigate any alleged misdemeanour and recommend a suitable course of action to the Chairperson AC. The Chairperson AC may approve the recommendations, for its implementation, or may ask the committee to reconsider its recommendations in view of the remarks made by the Chairperson AC. The Chairperson AC may also prefer to place the recommendations of the AC-SAC before the AC for its consideration. Any recommendation involving termination of the academic program of a student, on disciplinary considerations, must be placed before the AC, prior to its implementation.
After establishing that the CCOS has been violated, the AC-SAC may recommend the following kinds of punishments, depending upon the degree of violation of the CCOS:
AC Hostel Management Committee (AC HMC):
The membership of the AC HMC shall be as follows:
The AC HMC shall primarily be concerned with the management of all aspects of the Hostels of the Institute, including the mess and the shopping area. The AC HMC shall frame the Rules and Regulations to be followed by the students, as residents of the Hostels. These Rules and Regulations shall require approval of the AC.
The Chairperson AC HMC shall have the power to reprimand or impose fine or take any other such suitable measure against any resident of the Hostels, who violates (If the severity level of offence is low) the approved Rules and Regulations of the Hostels with notification to the Chairperson AC SAC. However, it is the responsibility of the Chairperson, AC-HMC to refer the serious disciplinary cases of student to the AC-SAC if the severity level of the offence is high.
AC Library Committee (AC-LC):
The membership of the AC-LC shall be as follows:
The primary function of the AC LC shall be to advise the AC and the Director on policy matters pertaining the Central Library of the Institute.
Any decision of the AC affects the students, favorably or unfavorably. It is, therefore, very important that the student representatives participate in the decision making process itself. The participation of students brings in the very important 'students perception' and the information that they have on various issues, while the decision is being taken. Moreover, student participation introduces transparency in the decision making process. Apart from arriving at better decisions with student inputs, it also provides the students with an opportunity to express themselves more lucidly and fearlessly, which is an important part of education.
In order to ensure that the participation of students in the decision making process is meaningful, it is very important that the student representatives are chosen with utmost care. A student representative on any committee must have a 'good academic standing' so that more meaningful decisions can be taken. Thus, a student representative on any committee must have a CPI better than 7.5 and must not have obtained F grade in any course. Further, a student cannot be nominated on any Committee of the Institute, if the student was involved in violation of the CCOS at any time. Moreover, any student can not be a student representative on two or more committees.
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