Pune : SPPU Introduces Re-Exam Opportunity for Graduate Students, Ending Year-Long Setback

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In a significant move, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has decided to offer a lifeline to students who fail in their first and second years of various disciplines, including science and technology, commerce and management, anthropology, and interdisciplinary studies. This groundbreaking decision allows these students a chance to reappear for their exams without the fear of losing an entire academic year.

This decision is a direct response to the massive agitation staged by engineering degree students just last month. Numerous student organizations, including the NSUI, vociferously demanded the implementation of the ‘carry-on’ option for engineering students, in line with the Maharashtra Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) guidelines.

Under the new policy, students who fail in their first year will gain admission to the fifth session of the third year, while those who stumble in their second year will be granted admission to the sixth session of the third year, subject to specific terms and conditions set by the university.

To ensure accountability, colleges will require students to provide an undertaking. Students admitted in the fifth session of the third year or the seventh session of the fourth year will be expected to complete their studies, practicals, sessions, and factory visits, among other requirements. Those who successfully clear their backlog in the October 2023 examination will become eligible for admission to the third or fourth year.

However, students who secure temporary admissions but fail to clear their backlog from the first, second, and third years will forfeit their eligibility for the fifth and seventh sessions of the third and fourth years, in accordance with existing rules. Such students will face automatic admission cancellation, and any fees paid to the college will not be refunded, as outlined in the circular.