New Delhi, Sept 13: To help engineering students to get their degrees, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has decided to modify the ‘critical year’ and ‘year back’ rules. Under the new rule, which will be implemented from the 2017-18 academic year, students can enter final year even if they do not pass all second-year papers. The decision was taken at a meeting held on Tuesday by the executive committee of the VTU.

Under the ‘critical year’ and ‘year back’ concepts, introduced in 2010, students who have not cleared the first and second semester subjects were denied admission to the fifth semester. The modified rules now allow students to the fifth semester even if they do not pass all second-year papers. However, students can write the exams only if they clear papers as per the earlier eligibility criteria.

The VTU also decided to revise the existing internal and theory (20:80 marks ratio) to (40:60). The move is expected to help nearly 20000 candidates. The decisions were taken after students launched protest demanding that the rule for students with backlog should be scrapped as the varsity delayed the announcement of exam and revaluation results.