ATKT – Allowed To Keep Terms
ATKT is an examination system or the university policy that allows students to enter the next semester, even if he has not cleared all the subjects of the previous semesters. Now, after admitting in in the next semester, the previous semester subjects are carried forward to this semester, and the student has to clear all the subjects of this semester along with the backlogs.
This system of education is quite common in majority of the universities in India, in different courses related to Engineering, Commerce, Science, Pharmacy etc.
The major benefit of ‘ATKT’ is that, it allows students to continue the next term, even after failing in some subjects of the previous term. The number of subjects that comes under ATKT and the rules of getting in the next semester, varies from course to course and university.
This system of examination “ATKT” has some sort of limitations, like a student entering into the 5th semester must clear all the papers of the 1st and 2nd semester. This rule vary between universities and courses. This system of examination has been criticized for a long time, mainly by the teachers.