CIDC- Assam University Diploma Program

Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)

1)      What are the courses offered under the program?
Ans: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Trenchless Technology.

2)      About Assam University?
Ans: It is a  Central University, with NAAC accreditation, Grade B++, incorporated through Assam (Central ) University Act, 1989 (Act No. VIII). The distance learning courses of AU are in the process of approval of Distance Education Council. For details please see AU website at 

3)      About CIDC?
Ans: Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) was established in 1996, by the Planning commission of India together with other Union and State ministries and the Construction Industry to improve the Construction Industry. For details please see CIDC website at 

4)      Who will provide the Diploma?
Ans: Assam University together with CIDC.

5)      Is the Diploma good and recognized for further education & Government Job?
Ans: The Diploma is being issued by a Central University and is recognized both for further studies to B.E, B.Tech. programmes and also the Govt. jobs.

6)      Can I get Student’s Bank Loan for this program?
Ans: Yes. Bank of Baroda has issued a letter confirming this. Scanned copy of the letter is available on CIDC website.

7)      How will the Distance Learning Course be disseminated?
Ans: A program in the ‘Traditional Mode of Education’ is conducted through regular class-room teaching at the Study Centres. A student must have attended a minimum of 70% of the lectures, seminars and tutorials etc. organized during a semester to be eligible to appear a the end-semester examination.
In Distance Learning” system, two modes are adopted by CIDC-AU:

  • For Students in India:
    The program is simultaneously offered in two modes of “Distance Learning.
    • Weekend Mode” – In case a Study Centre is activated for the Semester at a location convenient for the student, he shall be attached to that Centre and shall have to attend classes and labs on Saturdays & Sundays.
    • Pure Distance Learning” – In case no convenient Centre is available, the student shall select a suitable Guide (CIDC shall try to facilitate selection) to provide directions and general academic support in the way he conducts his studies. Details of the role of a Guide are listed at Annexure-I in the Brochure.
      An Indian student in India may indicate his choice of which mode he/ she prefers, but depending on available Centres, may be allocated any other mode or shifted from one mode to another during the conduct of the Course. CIDC’s decision in the matter shall be final with no financial liability whatsoever.
      For Diploma in English medium, a Course Material Kit comprising of specially prepared guides and reading material, projects and assignments etc. is provided to each candidate. For Hindi medium the student has to buy ready-made material from the market as specified by the program. For clearing the semesters, candidates are required to clear internal assessment and Final Exams. Each is independent of the other and a student failing in either Internals and/ or Finals may attempt the same in subsequent Semesters for final clearance.
      It may however be not necessary to clear fully a semester to undertake examination of the next semester. Details are available at Annexure-II in the Brochure.
      AUS-CIDC have a dedicated team of professionals and academicians who guide the candidates at the various stages of the programme. They can be contacted through e-mail, telephone, letters or by personal visits with appointment.
  • For Students Abroad:
    • You are on a self- study mode.
    • We provide extensive study materials. However you still need books. You can buy the recommended text and reference books locally/ arrange from India/ ask us to send on no profit or loss basis.
    • You are to nominate a guide (details in Brochure) for guidance on how to proceed with self study.
    • Entrance and Mid Semester exams are through the web/phone : combination.
    • You shall have to come to one of the nominated Centres in India for around 10 days towards the end of the Semester for your Practicals, Practical Exams and Final Theory Exams.
8)      Is the Diploma at par with others and can you apply for admissions to AMIE or higher programs or for jobs?
Ans: Admission to any program is subject to the respective eligibility criteria of such programs however a degree/ diploma or any other certificate/ qualification awarded by Assam University is nationally recognized and acceptable.

9)      How to apply for the Diploma program?
Ans: Candidates from India and abroad willing to take admission may :
  • Either download the form from our website at and send it to CIDC together with prescribed pre-admission fees OR
  • Send application to CIDC together with prescribed pre-admission fees & documents.
    Students abroad may send in their applications through e-mail at 
A set of Rules is set out below and is proposed to be transparently applied
Rule 1 A student must pass all components to pass the subject. However, a student failing in Internal Marks, shall not be debarred from giving his Final Exam in the subject
A student failing in the total of Theory (Internals) shall get grade IIN (Incomplete in Internals). A minimum of 40% is required to pass.
A student Failing in Practicals (Internals & Final) shall be given grade IPF (Incomplete in Practicals). A minimum of 40% is required to pass.
A student Failing in Finals of Theory Exam shall be given grade ITF (Incomplete in Final Theory). A minimum of 40% is required to pass.
Hence, if a subject has Practicals as a component, he shall be awarded the following Interim grades in the subject:
  • SININ (Subject Interim grade – Internals)
  • SIGPF (Subject Interim grade – Practicals)
  • SIGIF (Subject Interim grade – Theory Finals)
In case the student does not get an F in any of the components, the Final grade in the subject shall be awarded. All “F” components shall have to be repeated.
The student may repeat any of the components separately, without having to repeat the ones he has passed, subject to rules laid down for such “Repeats”. On passing all components, the student shall be declared “Pass” in the subject and his “Grade Points Earned” and “Course Credits” allocated to his credit.

A special case Some subjects are purely based on Practicals. Such subjects shall not be treated as having components, but shall have to be passed as such.

Rule 2 - A student shall be promoted to the next semester ( unless he opts otherwise) if he has upto a total of 4 or less Failed Internal components plus three 3 or less “Final Theory” Components as a backlog of “Incompletes”.e.g. A student may have to repeat 1. Internal of Physics I plus 2. Maths II plus 3. Theory, Applied Mechanics I plus 4. Final Theory Chemistry plus 5. Final Theory Engg materials plus 6. Final Theory maths II, at the end of the second Semester; yet he shall be entitled ( unless he opts otherwise) to be promoted to the 2nd year Semester I.
NOTE : A student failing both or all 3 components in a subject may take them up as separate components later in the Repeats.

Rule 3 A Student with more Incomplete components than stipulated in the Rule 2 shall have to clear at least three components before he is promoted to the next semester.