Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) here today withdrawn the "33 credit system" in the face of continuous students demand.
The decision to cancel the 33 credit system was taken at an emergency meeting of academic council after a section of students kept VC Prof Rafiqul Alam Beg confined at his office since last evening.
Prof Iqbal Matin, Dean of Civil Engineering Faculty, said the meeting started around 10.45 am at the VC office and finally took the decision.
Meanwhile, the student also withdrew the ongoing strike that began on January 28 soon after hearing the news.
Prof Matin said the university authorities introduced the system in 2013, where if a student fails to get 33 out of 40 credits, he or she will not be allowed to move up to next session and will have to retake the whole year again.
The students of 2014-15 and 2015-16 sessions confined the VC Rafiqul Alam, 15 teachers and deans of different faculties inside his office at 6pm yesterday.
The students were threatening to continue their movement until the authorities cancelled the credit system.
Earlier in August 2015, students besieged the vice-chancellor's office and organised a demonstration programme demanding cancellation of the system.
According to the university sources, a student has to achieve minimum 33 credits out of 40 in the "33 credit system". If the student fails to do so, he or she will not be allowed to move up to next session and has to retake the whole year.
Whereas previously, students were allowed to attend classes and examinations of the next session even if they got less than 33 credits. They could obtain the credits by taking examinations later. But the RUET authorities cancelled the system in 2013-14 academic year.
According to the university sources, each course represents three to five credits. BSS