8. Student Services:
a) Guidance and Counseling: The guidance and counseling services available to students on academic and other matters of interest are:
i. To give the students information on matters important to success in academic activities;
ii. To get information about the students in order to help them in solving their problems;
iii. To establish a feeling of mutual understanding between students and teachers;
iv. To help the students to work out a plan for solving their difficulties;
v. To help the student know themselves better –his/her interests, abilities, aptitudes, and opportunities;
vi. To encourage and develop special abilities and right attitudes of the students;
vii. To inspire successful endeavor towards attainment; and
viii. To assist the students in planning for educational and vocational choices.
A faculty member is assigned as Student Advisor for each section of a batch, who, as a routine matter, meets students at least once a week and attends them whenever the students feel necessary.
b) Scholarship and Stipend: In general terms, Scholarship is a financial grant-in-aid awarded to students whereas a Stipend is an allowance paid to students as a monetary assistance. Scholarships (semester wise) and stipends (yearly) are granted to a large number of students based on the criteria set by the University. The students are granted scholarships and stipends duly scrutinized by a committee which consists of the following members:
(a) Vice-Chancellor - Chairman
(b) Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Member
(c) Treasurer - Member
(d) All Deans - Member
(e) Controller of Examinations - Member
(f) Registrar - Member Secretary
N.B.: For details, see ‘Rules and Regulations for Awarding Scholarship and Stipend- 2015’.
9. Internship/Placement (If applicable):
There is an office in BUP named Counselling and Placement Centre (CPC). This Centre assists students to find suitable jobs as well as getting internship. Besides, the CPC is also involved in arranging workshops and seminars to practice in resume writing, interview techniques, job search skills and presentation techniques.
10. Extra-Curricular and Club Activities:
From its inception, the students of BUP have been spontaneously participating in extra-curricular and club activities to enhance their physical, intellectual, moral and ethical development. The clubs are active and contribute to arranging different events in the University and ensure the quality/standard of students’ social, cultural and extra academic activities. They organize inter-batch/department, inter-University and other competitions etc. They also organize different important events like cultural programs, sports, debate etc. and participate in different events and competitions. The students of BUP are also connected with other universities through different clubs. The clubs currently functional in BUP are given below:
a. BUP Accounting Forum- Managed by the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, FBS.
b. BUP Cultural Club - Managed by the Department of Sociology, FASS.
c. BUP Debate Club - Managed by the Department of Public Administration, FASS.
d. BUP Economics Club- Managed by the Department of Economics, FASS.
e. BUP Film Club - Managed by the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, FSSS.
f. BUP Finance Society - Managed by the Department of Business Administration in Finance and Banking, FBS.
g. BUP Global Affairs Council - Managed by the Department of International Relations, FSSS.
h. BUP Information Technology Club - Managed by the Department of ICT, FST.
i. BUP Law & Moot Court Club – Managed by the Department of Law, FSSS.
j. BUP Literature and Drama Club - Managed by the Department of English, FASS.
k. BUP Photography Society Managed by the Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, FSSS.
l. BUP Research Society (BUPRS)- Managed by the Department of English, FASS.
m. BUP Robotic Club - Managed by the Department of ICT, FST.
n. Business Communication Club - Managed by the Department of Marketing, FBS.
o. Career Club - Managed by the Department of Business Administration (General) FBS.
p. Development Leaders club - Managed by the Department of Development Studies, FASS.
q. Disaster Management Forum- Managed by the Department of Disaster and Human Security Management, FASS.
r. Environmental Club of BUP- Managed by the Department of Environmental Science, FST.
s. Human Resource & Leadership Club- Managed by the Department of Management Studies, FBS.
t. IEEE BUP Student Branch - Managed by the Department of ICT, FST.
u. Quizzers Club of BUP- Managed by the Department of International Relations, FSSS
In the coming days, the number of clubs will be definitely increased for undertaking other important and interesting events/issues. However, the number of clubs needs to be rationalized in order to avoid duplication and overlapping in their assigned activities.
11. Study Tour/Excursion & Industrial/Organizational Visits:
Different departments of BUP organize visits to different organizations, industries, and places according to the requirements of their individual program. There shall be at least one industrial visit/study tour per year whenever applicable and this should be organized by the department concerned.
12. Guest Lectures/Seminars:
Seminars/workshops on important academic/business issues and lectures /presentations by eminent academicians/professionals/experts are organized throughout the academic year for the students. Every year, BUP organizes at least one international seminar. The purposes of the seminars/workshops are to ensure the following:
a) Academic Success and Career Awareness: To provide an opportunity to the students to learn about the scholarly characteristics of an academic setting. To participate in activities that improves the students’ awareness of careers and their individual career goals.
b) Communication: To create a classroom environment that encourages a communication-across-the-curriculum approach to learning.
c) Research and Undergraduate Scholarship: To engage students in activities that promotes skills and positive attitudes toward scholarship and seeking knowledge.
d) Critical Thinking: To create activities that encourages students towards the use of reasoned thinking and the analysis of information including theoretical strategies.
e) Community Building and Diversity: To encourage collaborative learning and support students’ efforts to connect with the many varied components and diversity of University setting.
13. Admission Procedure:
Every year, the Academic Council sets the detailed and related issues regarding admission test. Faculty/Department usually follows its own procedure as per requirements.
a. Eligibility for Admission: Subject to approval of the Academic Council respective Faculty/Department normally sets the eligibility for admission as per requirements.
b. Selection Process:
i. For BUP Students: Students who passed 4 years Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) from BUP with same/related subject is eligible for the selection process of the Master’s program. The candidates who have appeared at the 4th year last semester Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) examination may be admitted provisionally to the Master’s Program. The confirmation of admission of such students into the Master’s program is subject to passing their Bachelor’s Degree examination. Hence, the students of BUP are allowed to continue the Master’s Program without giving any admission test. They have to apply for the admission to the Master’s program in prescribed form within due date from the respective department. The department will publish the final list of selected candidates at the end of the academic year of that respective program.
ii. For students of other Public universities [At present this opportunity is available only for Master’s in Information and Communication Engineering (MICE) program, Dept. of ICT]: For details please see Appendix- `A’.
iii. For International students, BUP will keep an option for admission in its Master’s Program (a separate guideline will be issued by the OEFCD for this purpose in due course of time). In case of joint Master’s Program (MoU signed by BUP with other international universities) offered and awarded by BUP and other international universities, a separate guideline will be prepared in due course of time.
c. Admission in the Program: The selected candidates from BUP and other universities must collect their Admission Form from the Registrar Office (Admission Section) and complete admission/registration formalities within the given time period by paying required fees at the beginning of academic year. The following rules will apply in this regard:
i. The candidate failing to complete admission formalities within the prescribed date and time, his/her selection will be considered cancelled.
ii. The student who fails to attend the class within two weeks of the commencement of 1st semester class, his/her admission will be considered cancelled.
d. Tuition and other Fees: Tuition and other fees will be determined by the Central Fees Policy of BUP with the approval of the Finance Committee.
e. Review of Fee Structure: All fees will be reviewed as and when necessary by the university authority and the students will be liable to pay the fees as per changed/reviewed fees.
f. Deadline for Submission of Fees/Dues: The students have to clear all the fees during the admission process after the publication of the list of selected candidates by the respective department. For subsequent semesters, the payment of all fees/dues must be maintained semester wise and the following rules will apply in this regard:
i. The semester fees to be paid within 30 days after the commencement of each semester without any penalty.
ii. The students may pay their fees after 30 days by paying a penalty of Tk. 500.00 for each 15 days.
iii. If a student fails to pay the semester fees within two months, his/her name will be dropped, and the student will have to apply for re-registration, if he/she desires to continue his/her study. If approved by the authority concern, he/she may take re-admission paying required re-admission fee.
14. Course Load to the Students:
The students must register to the required number of courses of each semester offered by the respective program. In case of elective/specialized stream/ major courses, the students must register according to the guidelines prescribed by the respective program. During each semester, students are allowed to take/enroll into the maximum 02 (two) additional retake/improvement courses (also applicable for the more than 1-year Master’s program). The students are allowed to retake a course for twice and improve a course only for once throughout his or her entire registration period. He/she must complete all the master’s courses within 4 years of his or her registration period.
15. Conduct of Courses:
Generally, an individual course teacher is assigned to design and teach a particular course in a semester. The following guidelines are followed for conducting different courses:
a. At the beginning of the semester, the course teacher prepares a course outline/ course kit according to the approved course curriculum, performance evaluation and grading system (as laid down in the policy), list of suggested textbooks/references, and a tentative schedule of classes, examinations and events. He/she distributes a copy of the same course outline to each registered student for the course and must submit a copy to the Department’s Office.
i. A Full Unit (4-Credit) Theory Course: A theory course with at least 2 classes of 2 hours or 3 classes of 1 hour 20 minutes, one of which may be problem/assignment tutorial class, per week per semester will represent a full unit 4-credit course. The total contact duration for a full unit course will normally be above 50 hours (henceforth abbreviated as hr).
ii. A Full Unit (3-Credit) Theory Course: A theory course with at least 2 classes per week per semester will represent 3 credit courses. The total contact duration for a full unit 3 credit course will normally be between 45 and 48 hr.
iii. A Full Unit (3-Credit) Course (with Practical/Field-work): A course including practical/field work with at least 2 classes (including minimum 1 class in lab/practical/ field work per week) per semester will represent 3 credit courses. The total contact duration for a full unit 3 credit course will normally be between 45 and 48 hr.
iv. A Full Unit Practical/Field-work Course: A minimum of 6 hr of practical/field-work/internship per week per semester will constitute a full-unit practical/field-work course. Total contact duration for a full-unit practical/field-work course will normally be between 80 and 120 hr and will carry 4 credits.
v. A Half Unit Practical/Field-work Course: A minimum of 3 hr of practical/field-work/internship per week per semester will constitute a half-unit practical/field-work course. The total contact duration for a half-unit practical/field-work course will normally be between 50 and 60 hr and will carry 2 credits.
vi. A Double Unit ‘Thesis’ (6/8/18 credit) course: The students will be required to write a ‘Thesis’ on a topic related to the program he/she is enrolled. To conduct the research for ‘Thesis’ successfully and to write the completion of the ‘Thesis’ in the stipulated time, the students will be under the direct supervision of a Supervisor who is preferably an in-house faculty member. The supervision will include at least twice one to one meeting (monthly) of students with the respective supervisor. Altogether at least 10-12 meeting will be required to successfully complete the ‘Thesis Work’.
vii. A Double Unit Project/Internship (4/6 credit) Course: Students will be required to join in an organization to complete Double Unit Project/ Internship (4/6 credit) course. To conduct this internship successfully and to write the internship report perfectly the students will be under the direct supervision of a Supervisor who is preferably an inhouse faculty member. The supervision will include at least monthly twice one to one meeting with the respective supervisor. The duration of the internship course will be at least 12 weeks.
viii. A Full Unit 3-Credits of Written Comprehensive Course: A full unit 3-credits written comprehensive course will carry 100 marks written examination on the basic understanding derived throughout the semesters. Detailed curriculum of the respective program will be the syllabus of this course. No lecture/class is required to complete this course.
ix. Marks, Credits and Viva-voce Examination: A full-unit (theoretical/practical/field-work) course carries 100 marks and is equivalent to 4 credits and a half-unit (theoretical/practical/field-work) course carries 50 marks and is equivalent to 2 credits. One half-unit viva-voce examination carries 50 marks and equivalent to 2-credits. Only those courses will be counted towards credits of a student in which the student has earned a grade of ‘D’ or above.
b. The students must appear one (01) Mid Term Examinations in a semester as per given schedule. As a rule, ‘Retake’ of Mid Term Examination is not allowed, except for sickness, hospitalization or other unavoidable circumstances, provided the student has valid supporting documents and he/she has been permitted by the course teacher and Chairman of the department before the Examination commences.
c. The course teachers are expected to ensure that n+1 quizzes/weekly tests are conducted in a semester for each course and ‘n’ is counted as Credit Hour. The course teachers are expected to ensure 3-4 quizzes/class tests conducted in a semester for each course and the best three (3) will be counted.
d. Students must submit individual Term Paper/Project Paper/Assignment (individual and group) assigned to them which should be followed by a presentation. The presentations must be short. For that other periods or 15-30 minutes in each day’s class may be utilized.
e. One analytical group assignment and individual presentation is mandatory in a course. As per the requirements of the course(s), field trips may be organized.
f. Any fraction in the marks obtained is to be rounded up to the advantage of student i.e. any fraction is to be rounded up to the next number.