IIT Kanpur follows the Academic Credit System to assess the students' academic growth. Each student is required to earn a minimum number of credits over the duration of their stay to complete their program. Also the students are required to get a minimum number of credits in each category of courses such as compulsory, HSS(Humanities and Social Sciences), ESO/SO, DE(Departmental Elective) and OE(Open Elective)
Credits of a Course:
The credits of a course are calculaed according to the number of 'contact hours' per week. The actual scheme is as follows -
1. 3 credits added for each hour of 'lecture' in a week. 2. 2 credits added for each hour of 'tutorial' in a week. 3. 1 credits added for each hour of 'practicals'(labs) in a week.
Total Credits = 3*L + 2*T + 1*P
Institute Core Courses:
These are the courses that are compulsory for students of all departments. The credits of these courses total up to 124. These courses are completed by the students in the first four semesters. The Institute Core Courses are listed below:
|Sl. No.||Course No.||Course Name||Credits|
|3||ESC101A||Fundamentals of Computing||14|
|4||ESC201A||Introduction to Electronics||14|
|5||MTH101A||Mathematics - I||11|
|6||MTH102A||Mathematics - II||11|
|8||PHY102A||Physics - I||11|
|9||PHY103A||Physics - II||11|
|10||LIF101A||Introduction to Biology||06|
|12||TA201A||Manufacturing Processes - I||06|
|13||TA202A||Manufacturing Processes - II||06|
|16||COM300A||Communication Skills: Composition||05|
These are the courses specified by each department to its students. The total credits of these courses vary from department to department.
Departmental Electives are certain courses from ones own department that the student from choose from to complete the required credits. The total credits vary from 27 up to 40 depending on the department. For some departments, there are restrictions that a certain minimum number of DE credits are chosen from a basket of courses.
Open Elective(OE): With the concept of Open Elective a student can introduce new subjects from other streams or subjects from the same stream but which were not initially available into the main stream curriculum, after approving it from the University. Students can choose courses from other streams in this category.
ESO/SO : This is a category of courses containing 8 to 10 courses which are ususlly fixed. Every student is required to obtain atleast 40 credits from these courses.
HSS(Humanities and Social Sciences) Courses: Each student is required to complete 5 courses in HSS. There are two levels in HSS - HSS-I and HSS-II. A student needs 22 credits from level I and 27 from level II.
Though slots for each course is provided in the course template for every department, the students have the freedom to take a course even when there is no slot available in a semester. It is the students' responsibility in the end to make sure they have the required number of credits in each category.
The entire UG course template can be found here.