he Indian Institute
of Technology Roorkee recently introduced two new grades in its grading system
known as Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) grading system. The institute
officials didn't disclose much about the reason for this move but if sources
are to be believed then it's due to its expulsion of 71 students recently
because of scoring 5 CGPA. So, this step will provide relief and benefit to
those coming from weaker academic backgrounds.
A professor of IIT cleared the clouds over this introduction
of new grading system that earlier students weren't able to qualify for their
exams so; they had to sit for supplementary exams. Previous CGPA grading system
stated that minimum CGPA that a student could get was D which is equivalent to
4 points. Now, the minimum passing average is D+ grade which equals to 5
points. This was done so that students who struggle to reach minimum CGPA could
Despite the new
grading system, every official at IIT-R chose to downplay it. Even the Dean,
Pramod Agarwal said that there are only few changes which have been brought
about in the grading system and there is not something out of the ordinary.
The institute has
revised its grading system after evaluation of other IIT's (and their
mechanism), confirmed the sources.
Old CGPA grading system includes "“ A+ which is equal to 10
points, A= 9 points, B+ is equal to 8 points, B= 7 points, then C+ is equal to
6 points, C= 5 points and D= 4 points.
However, new CGPA has
O which stands for outstanding (10 points) instead of A+, then A= 10 points,
then, B+ = 9 points, B = 8 points, C+ = 7 points, C = 6 points, D+ = 5 points,
D signifies disqualification