Curricular Aspects

SASTRA follows the Choice–Based Credit System (CBCS).  CBCS has been designed to facilitate students to complete credit requirements at their own choice of courses and faculty.  The B. Tech. curriculum has 225 credits comprising 75% theory and 25% practical courses.  The final semester includes a project work and viva.  The B. Tech. programmes are spread over four years (eight semesters), averaging about 27 credits per semester – the AICTE UG–credit being defined as 50 minutes of lecture and 100 minutes of self–study per week, for 15 net weeks (spread over 19 calendar weeks).


The course work during the first year is mostly devoted to basic engineering and science courses, which constitute 61 credits.  Out of the remaining 164 credits, students have to earn a minimum of 108 credits through core courses, 31 through departmental electives and 12 from interdisciplinary open electives.  In addition, students earn 4 credits on HR skills and 9 credits for end–semester Project work. 

SASTRA University offers 5–year Integrated M. Tech. programmes in several disciplines to generate high quality postgraduates for teaching and research.  The total credits for this programme is 261, out of which 204 credits are earned along with the respective B. Tech. programme.  Twelve credits in the final semester are devoted for dissertation.  At the end of the programme, the student earns an M. Tech. degree in the chosen specialisation and a B. Tech. degree in the parent UG discipline. All degree programmes have courses on ethics and personality development, which reflect the University’s mission and goals of offering value–based quality education. 


The postgraduate curriculum in engineering is spread over two years (four semesters) and the total number of credits to be accrued is 63, about 16 per semester for 15 net weeks (spread over 19 calendar weeks).  The AICTE postgraduate credit is defined as 50 minutes of lecture and 150 minutes of self–study per week.  The dissertation content is substantially more (12 credits) for PG programmes. M.B.A. and M.C.A. programmes have a total of 117 and 162 credits respectively including their project work.  All M. Sc. programmes have 81 credits, inclusive of 12 credits for a project work of one semester.  Research culture is promoted at the UG and PG levels through seminars, journal clubs, assignments, mini projects, paper publications, etc. and some are integrated in the curriculum. 


For undergraduate science programmes, the curriculum comprises 198 credits of which 144 credits are devoted to the two majors (one of which is computer science) with each of them having an equal share.  B. Sc. (Biochemistry) curriculum includes the requisite courses for Diploma in Medical Lab Technology (DMLT). The student graduates with both a B. Sc. (Biochemistry) degree and a DMLT.  In the case of B. Com. programme, the mandatory requirement of 240 hours of hands–on experience on computers is provided during the course of study.  In addition to the hands–on experience, courses on database management systems, e–commerce and ERP are included.


The objective of our teacher education programmes is to develop quality teacher educators, educational administrators and researchers by adopting a carefully balanced curriculum embedded with innovative practices.  SASTRA has introduced the integrated M. Sc., B. Ed. Programme in Mathematics and Computer Science along with M. Com., B. Ed. & M. A., B. Ed. with the sole of aim of providing quality teachers for the schooling system. As teaching profession is being considered at par with medical, legal and engineering, the idea was to provide an opening from +2 level instead of choosing teaching profession as a last resort for the students who could not get admission in professional courses.  This innovative programme has been introduced to attract intelligent and bright students with an aptitude for teaching. Realising the importance, this integrated M. Sc., B. Ed., M. A., B. Ed. & M. Com., B. Ed. programmes were then added under section 22 of the UGC Act 1956, as approved nomenclature of degrees by the MHRD. 


SASTRA offers five–year integrated law programmes, B.A., L.L.B. (Hons.); B.Com., L.L.B. (Hons.) and B.B.A., L.L.B. (Hons.) approved by the Bar Council of India (BCI).  The curriculum for these programmes is in accordance with the BCI regulations and offers legal, clinical and subject specific courses.


SASTRA offers B.F.A. (Performing Arts) and M.F.A. (Performing Arts) in collaboration with Nrithyodaya, Chennai under distance mode with an objective to provide an opportunity for those who seek higher education in Bharathanatyam.  These programmes impart relevant knowledge & skills through pedagogical and praxis methods of our Indian Naatyasastra.