Institute Counselling Services

National Institute of Technology,Rourkela


The major points to know

Institute Counselling Services, NIT Rourkela is a noble initiative by former Director, Prof Animesh Biswas. Established in August 2017, the team comprises of 7 faculty members, including Head of Unit, Prof. Pawan Kumar, Student Coordinators, Prefects and Mentors.

ICS aims to prepare the students for a confident approach towards life and to bring about a voluntary change in themselves. The goal of counselling is to help individuals overcome their immediate problems and also to equip them to meet future problems. The goals of counselling are appropriately concerned with fundamental and basic aspects such as self-understanding and self-actualization.

The objective behind

The primary objective of ICS is to encourage a confident outlook towards life and establish a balance between one’s academic and personal life. This service deals with various important aspects of a student’s life such as Academic, Financial, Mental and Socio-cultural issues, ensuring a seamless transition from home to hostel life for the freshmen and directs its efforts to safeguard the mental health of all students and faculty of the institute. With the help of counselling, individuals can overcome their immediate problems and enhance their capability to tackle obstacles in future.

The amazing workforce behind

Mentors are assigned to first-year students to help bridge the gap between junior and senior students and provide them with personal and professional support. Mentors come under the responsibility of Prefects and Coordinators oversee the working of the entire organisation and assist Prefects with their duties. The entire student body is advised by Mr Amlan Das, who has been associated with ICS since its foundation.

Our Services

We aim to fulfill these

Academic Counselling

This section helps the students who find difficulty in grasping the concepts being taught in the class. We aim to reduce the number of students getting backlogs/Yearback/Institute-out by providing remedial classes to them.

Emotional Counselling

Many students suffer through emotional pain such as ragging, some loss, grief, anger, homesickness etc. but they try to suppress their feeling & avoid talking about it, that in long run affects the behaviour. Thus we have appointed Psychiatrists and Counsellors are appointed to tackle the menace of emotional stress.

Socio-cultural Counselling

Extra Academic Activities holds equal importance for the freshmen to have a good physical and mental health. We aim to clearify any doubts regarding activities like NSS, NCC, Physical Education, Various Clubs & Festivals, so that they can make proper use of it

Financial Counselling

For solving financial issues, e.g.: financial assistance for needy students, problems related to fee payment, scholarships, loans etc.


Incase you are in trouble, we are here!

HoU, Institute Counselling Services

Prof Pawan Kumar

+91 9338717846

Head, Health Center

Dr Champak Bhattacharyya

+91 8895298094

Medical Officer

Dr Sameer Patnaik

+91 9438235663

Doctor on Emergency Duty

+91 8280468607


Dr. Ekta Sanghi

+91 93374 03927


Dr. Nanda

+91 94373 90633

Security Control Room

0661 2464130


Sneha Foundation India


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Sumaitri Helpline




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Samaritans Mumbai

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Lifeline Foundation




Frequently Asked Questions

Go to Academics section on NITR's official website. Select \"Academic Forms\" option on the extreme left and click on \" AC-R-02\r\nForm for ID card\" to download the form for a new ID card. Fill the form and get the necessary signatures and submit that at the Academics office and pay INR 500 there by means of debit card or challan. You can collect your new ID card after a few days from the office.

Enrolling in spot round won't lead to\r\n getting absent in the previous classes in which one was not there on campus. Instead that will get displayed as late registration on NITRIS marked by pink colour. But if such an error happens,the student should contact his Faculty Advisor first and then take any step accordingly to resolve this issue.

No they cannot apply for minor degree.

There is no publicly viewable list of faculty advisors. For the students who have registered in time and have taken part in the orientation process, they will be taken to their faculty advisors personally by the HoD. For those who have registered late, they can find out who the faculty advisor for their batch is by asking in the office of their department. Once ID card is issued, your faculty advisor details are printed on it.

When a student is appearing for summer the number of absents which is allowed in a regular semester that reduced to half.

As per the Academic Regulations (Link: ) and Disciplinary manual (Link: ) One student must leave if a student gets a CGPA less than 6.00 in three consecutive semesters, he must leave the Institute. After first year if the CGPA < 5.00 As per the clause P-24 and P-25 of disciplinary manual, outright expulsion from the institute can also be a step under certain circumstances.

8.0 CGPA is the cutoff to qualify for honours degree. Every person above 8.0 CG gets a honours degree.

TA marks are 20 marks out of total 100 marks per subject which are completely left the professors. Marks can be given basing on the assignments, class tests, attendance, tutorial and classroom performances etc. As it is completely left to the professors there is no way there will be an uniformity in marking. Generally these marks are awarded on the basis of a teacher's impression of a student, so it's important to be in good books of the teacher to get good TA marks.

Backlog is described as that scenario when a student fails a particular subject because of poor performance. The student must then repeat the subject either in the following summer (with no grade back) or take up the course next year with his/her juniors (with a grade back i.e the max grade he would be securing would be A)\r\nDebar is described as that scenario when a student gets removed from the course due to attendance or any other personal issue. He/she then has to repeat the course in any other semester and also need not attend classes in that semester.\r\nDeregister is described by that scenario where he/she simply removes his registration from that course and pursues it in a later semester. The SGPA/CGPA won’t be affected in any way because the student would anyway complete the course before graduating at some point of time.\r\nGrade back is defined as that scenario when the student gets his/her grade subtracted by one level before even appearing for it. The possible reasons maybe attendance. If he/she fails to maintain the min 75% for a course in a semester (Max 8 absents for 4 credit courses, 6 absents for 3 credit courses and 4 absents for 2 credit courses), he/she would then get a grade back. So the max possible grade which can be secured would be A and not EX.

As per the Academic Regulations (Link: ) the main features are as follows:- The duration of the course leading to B.Tech. Degree will ordinarily be four years. A student may, however, opt for the slow pace programme if he does not feel comfortable with the work load. Under certain cases, e.g., poor grades, he is required to proceed in slow pace to minimize the time required to complete the programme. If a student gets a CGPA less than 6.00 in three consecutive semesters, he must leave the Institute. Therefore, it is in a student’s interest to estimate his own capability and register under a slow pace mode from third semester onwards, or even from the First semester. The criterion for slow pace is: It is necessary for a student to maintain a CGPA equal to or above 6.00 at all times. If the CGPA falls below 6.00 he should enter a slow pace programme in his own interest. The following procedure will be used to make “slow pace” mandatory for a student with poor performance. A modified grade point average called MGPA will be computed by replacing all F and X grades by P grades. If the MGPA equals or exceeds 6.00, he may be permitted to register for a full suite of higher semester courses at the discretion of Faculty Advisor. If the MGPA remains below 6.00 the student must enter a slow pace programme. To register in higher semester in slow pace, the number of courses being decided by Faculty Advisor. To leave the Institute if CGPA falls below 6.00 in three consecutive semesters.Year back means the student has to get readmitted to the corresponding year and repeat the academic courses again and the criterion is as follows :In case of a First Year student, if the CGPA is between 5.00 and 5.69, he will re-register in the First Semester and start the programme afresh. The CGPA in the repeat year must exceed 6.00, else the student has to leave the Institute.

As per the official website of All India Council for Technological Education(Link: ) TEQIP is defined as Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India (TEQIP) which is being implemented as a World Bank assisted project to improve the quality of technical education system in the country. NIT Rourkela is a TEQIP-III (phase-III) institute for which the objectives are mentioned in (Link: As per the documents available in institute website (Link: ) and the document (Link: ) Many opportunities which the students can avail includes conducting courses and soft skills training for academically weak students. Special summer semester programmes are conducted for students securing fail grades following spring semester examinations. This enables students to complete the courses in which they secure fail grade. The summer course is for 6 week duration and makes a new assessment for weak students based on their performance in summer course. Special programs are also conducted in pre-final years in order to improve and horn their technical and soft skills. Normally 6-8 sessions are conducted during pre-final year and 2-3 sessions are conducted in final year. These sessions are normally conducted in the weekends. Classes are taken by selected experienced faculty and external experts. More details are available at (Link: ). Information regarding the same are shared via the institute webmail and interested students can take part in it. The various schemes and opportunities under this are:- Exchanging of faculty and students between universities. Starting of specialized Master’s program for industries, where junior level executives will be imparted PG programmes. Joint programs of research and development activities. Exposure of students to state of art technology through up-gradation of laboratories. Quantitatively increasing and qualitatively improving research by their faculty individually, jointly and collaboratively which includes Formation of research groups within Departments. Induction of new faculty who are fresh from active research into the groups. Incentive and recognition of research outcomes in terms of future promotion Developing research interest among undergraduate students, and Reorienting Summer Internship and Research Experience Taking up industry oriented project work and experimental work during the final year project. Increasing the credit and time period of project work during final year. Gold medal for best B.Tech project during every Annual Convocation. Collaborating with Indian and foreign institutions in academic and research area through MoUs. The steps taken to be taken in this regard are Incentives in terms of funds availability and recognition of merit / promotion. Encouragement to secure industry and Govt. sponsored projects. Availability of global resources through on-line library. More details available at (Link: )."

As per the Monday Morning article \r\n(Link: ) Quoting Dean Academics, Prof. K.K. Mahapatra who answered a similar question “No, there is no such system. It might be needed specifically for a particular student for some specific journal, but that’s not the general case. As per my knowledge, the students along with their supervisors can publish their publications and there has not been any hassle so far. Usually, if a student is taking help from a particular organization or getting sponsorship only then, in that case, it is their moral responsibility to mention the name of that organization in the acknowledgment section stating that they could successfully complete the publication because of the help of that organization. However, if this question is exclusively meant for a specific student and that has to be treated individually.


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