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VSM Institute of Aerospace Engineering & Technology

Agragami Group of Educational Institutions, Bangalore - 560 064


IMPORTANT NOTES FOR B.TECH AEROSPACE ENGINEERING This Programme Guide may be reviewed prior to each semester. Please check the website of Agragami for the newest changes. The B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering) is delivered in English language, full time at VSM Institute of Aerospace Engineering & Technology (VSM IAET) in Bangalore, Yelahanka campus. Please check the website for directions to Yelahanka campus. All correspondence with the IGNOU must be routed through VSM IAET in Bangalore. ADDRESSES IGNOU: Dr S. Maji - Project Coordinator New Academic Block, SOET, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068 tel. (91) 98105922438 VSM IAET Regional Training Centre Bangalore Manju Chaya ­ Program Coordinator C.A. No.15/1-A, 13th A Main, Sector 'A' Yelahanka New Town Bangalore 560 064 tel. (91) 9972525732 email: [email protected]


This information was provided in collaboration with IGNOU and AERO Pune and based on their presentations.



IGNOU is a National University established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 (Act No. 50 of 1985), IGNOU Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates are recognised by all the members of the Association of Indian University (AIU) and are at par with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates of all Indian Universities, Deemed Universities and Institutions vide UGC No. F. 1-8/92 (CPP) dated February 1992 and AIU Circular no. EV/B(449)/94/176915-177115 dated January, 1994. In a step towards addressing the growing needs of aviation sector, IGNOU collaborated with Aeronautical Engineering and Research Organisation (AERO), established in March 2008 in Pune, for joint development of a B. Tech Programme in Aeronautical Engineering. AERO is part of the Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering and Information Technology, (IIAEIT) in Pune. The unique 4 years B. Tech. programme is designed to develop knowledge, awareness and professional skills in the Aerospace Engineering discipline. This programme commenced in July 2009. Initially 4 centres will be activated in North, South, East and West of India. Course material will be developed in collaboration with the experts engaged in Aviation sector. The mode of teaching is contact mode, e-learning, multimedia assisted teaching and video conferencing using IGNOU facilities. In the full time programme of B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering) the tutorial, assignments & lab work is a continuing process. VSM Institute of Aerospace Engineering & Technology (VSM IAET) which is part of the Agragami Group of Educational Institutions in Bangalore, is the designated Regional Training Centre for the South India. It has been chosen for its suitable infrastructure, professionalism of its faculty, and excellence of its training evident in the highest in India percentage of its AME students consistently passing the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) examinations. Many AME students go on to become B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering currently offered through preparations for AMAeSI examination by Aeronautical Society of India, which is the professional organization for engineers in aeronautical/aerospace industry.

The new programme offered by VSM IAET in conjunction with IGNOU and AERO provides additional educational avenue and depth of knowledge for the students, and runs in parallel with the AMeSI programme.

Please visit and scroll down the page to see other diploma and engineering courses offered by VSM IAET. For information on IGNOU Bangalore Regional Centre in education other than Aerospace Engineering see For information on AERO and IIAEIT Pune, see or For all materials and documentation needed for your registration, studies and documentation contact Program Coordinator at VSM IAET.






B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering is designed to provide training and education and professional knowledge to take up work in the area of Aerospace Engineering. The students who complete successfully four semesters, would be awarded Diploma in Aerospace Engineering . 1.2 Admission Eligibility

Candidates eligible for admission to BTAE should possess following qualifications: a) b) 10 + 2 in Science stream or higher with min 55% marks in PCM aggregate. Candidates with Diploma in engineering from a university or equivalent will be admitted in the second year. (Students with BSc or diploma holders in other disciplines also can be admitted in the first year). .


Programme Structure

The BTAE Programme has four modules. The course within each module have been shown in the tables below. The credits are assigned for each course. Each credit in our system amounts to 30 hours of study comprising all learning activities.



Minimum 4 years (3 years for Diploma holders in other disciplines entering in the second year) Maximum 8 years. 2.1 Syllabus - Programme Code: BTAE First Year First Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 Course Code ET-101A BAS-001 BAS-002 BAS-003 BME-016 BASL-001 BASL-002 Course Title Mathematics ­I Applied Physics Applied Chemistry Technical Writing & Communication Skill Engineering Mechanics Lab-1 (Applied Science Lab for Physics & Chemistry) Lab-2 (Applied Mechanics) Total Credit 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 26 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical

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5 First Year Second Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Course Code ET-101 B BAS-004 BAS-005 BME-021 BAS-006 BASL-003 BASL-004 BASL-005 BASL-006 Course Title Mathematics -II Workshop Technology Engineering Drawing Principles of Electrical and Electronic Science Computer Fundamentals Lab-3 (Workshop Practical) Lab-4 (Engineering g) Lab-5 (Electrical & Electronics) Lab-6 (Computer Fundamentals) Total Credit 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 32 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical Practical

Second Year Third Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Course Code BAS-007 BAS-008 BME-018 ET-201 A BAS-008 BASL-007 ET-574 BASL-009 BASL-010 Course Title CNS-ATM Systems Strength of Materials Material Science Mechanics of Fluid Introduction to Aeronautics Lab-7 (CNS-ATM systems) Lab-8 (Fluid Mechanics) Lab-9 (Aero-Modeling) Lab-10 (Material Science) Total Credit 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 32 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical Practical Practical

Second Year Fourth Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Course Code BAS-009 ET-201 B BAS-010 BAS-011 BAS-012 BASL-011 BASL-012 BASL-013 BASL-014 Course Title Machine Design Thermodynamics Aircraft Systems & Airworthiness Requirements Aerodynamics-I Propulsion ­1 Lab-11 (Thermodynamic) Lab-12 (Aerodynamics Lab) Lab-13 (Machine Design) Industrial Training of 3 weeks during vacation Total Credit 4 4 4 4 4 2 3 2 4 31 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical Practical Practical


6 Third Year Fifth Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Course Code ET-102 BAS-013 BAS-014 BAS-015 BAS-016 BASL-015 BASL-016 BASL-017 Course Title Mathematics-III Aircraft Structures Aerodynamics-II Propulsion ­ II Flight Mechanics Lab-14 (Propulsion ­ II) Lab-15 (Aerodynamics-II) Lab-16 (Aircraft Structures) Total Credit 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 29 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical Practical

Third Year Sixth Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Course Code ET-524 BAS-017 BAS-018 BAS-019 BASL-018 BASL-019 BASL-020 Course Title Principles of Engineering Management & Economics Aircraft Safety and Maintenance Engineering Aircraft Instruments Basic Control Theory Lab ­ 17 (Basic Control Theory) Lab ­ 18 (CAD-CAM ) Professional Training / Report Writing / Presentation Total Credit 4 4 4 4 3 3 6 28 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Practical Practical

Fourth Year Seventh Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 Course Code BAS-020 BAS-021 BME-006 BME-007 BMEL-002 BASP-001 Course Title Environmental Science Composite Materials Mechatronics Quality Engineering Lab-19 (Mechatronics) Project Total Credit 4 4 4 4 3 9 28 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Project

Fourth Year Eight Semester

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 Course Code BAS-022 BAS-023 BAS-024 Please refer to table below BASP-002 Course Title Aircraft Design / Launch Vehicle / Rocket Design Introduction to Rockets & Missiles Space Dynamics Elective Project on Aircraft Design /Launch Vehicle or Rocket System Design Total Credit 4 4 4 4 10 26 Nature of the Course Theory Theory Theory Theory Project

7 Course Code for the Elective Courses

S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Course Code BASE-001 BASE-002 BASE-003 BASE-004 BASE-005 BASE-006 BASE-007 BASE-008 Course Title Helicopter Engineering Rocket Propulsion High Speed Aerodynamics Flight Testing Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics Finite Elements Methods Microprocessor Applied Industrial Aerodynamics Credit 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4






















Evaluation method

The salient features of the proposed evaluation system of Diploma Programmes are as follows : The students will be awarded marks in continuous assessment and term end components as given below: (a) Laboratory Courses Guided Component 70% Unguided Component 30% Theory Courses Continuous Assessment 30% Term End Examination 70%


Thus, a student will receive marks for Continuous Evaluation part (Periodic Assignment) and for Term End Examination part for each theory course. To clear a course, a student will have to clear both the segments of the course. Similarly, for laboratory course, one has to clear separately the guided and unguided components. Following table gives minimum percentage of marks required for the clearance of the course : Evaluation Component's part for the Course Continuous Evaluation Term-end Examination Guided Component Unguided Component Overall Performance % of marks for clearance 45% 45% 45% 45% 50%

To facilitate statement of overall performance at any point of time during the programme or at the end of the programme, the calculation of overall percentage will be based on the weighted average system and the precision will be up to the one point after the decimal. Calculations will be carried out using the following scheme: C1P1 + C2P2 + C3P3 + . . . Overall Percentage =C1 + C2 + C3+ . . . where C1, C2 ... denote credits associated with courses taken by the student and P1, P2... denote


the percentage of marks awarded in respective courses. The divisions will be decided as follows: 1. 2. 3. Second division will be at 50% and up to less than 60%. First division will be at 60% and up to less than 75% Distinction with First division will be at 75% and above.

If needed, the grades for each subject can be awarded on the basis of percentage marks obtained as given below: . . . . . 3.2 · · · · · A Grade for 80% and above, B Grade for 70% and above, C Grade for 60% and above, D Grade for 50% and above, and E Grade for less than 50%.


Assignments ­ constitute the continuous evaluation components of a course or course-topic. Continuous Evaluation for a course or course-topic carries 30% weightage, while 70% weightage is given to the term-end examinations. The marks that you get in your Continuous Evaluation Components will be counted in your final result. Therefore, you are advised to take your Continuous Evaluation Components seriously. More specifically, you have to attempt the assignments compulsorily. You will not be allowed to appear for the term-end examination for a course if you do not submit all assignments in time for that course. The main purpose of assignments is to test your comprehension of the learning material you receive from us and also to help you get through the courses by providing feedback to you. The information given in the printed course material should be sufficient for answering the assignments. Please do not worry about the non-availability of extra reading material for working on the assignments. However, if you have easy access to other books, you may make use of them. But the assignments are designed in such a way as to help you concentrate mainly on the printed course material and made use of your personal experience. Whenever you receive a set of assignments, check them immediately and ask for missing pages, if any, from the VSM IAET Instructor. The assignment responses should be complete in all respects. Before submission you should ensure that you have answered all the questions in all assignments. Incomplete answer sheets bring you poor grades. You must submit your assignment according to the schedule indicated in the assignment itself. The Instructor has the right to reject the assignments received after the due date. You are, therefore, advised to submit the assignments before the due date. For your own record, retain a copy of all the assignment responses which you submit to the Instructor. Also maintain an account of all these corrected assignment responses received by you after evaluation. This will help you to represent your questions in case any problem arises. Assignments are not subject to re-evaluation except for factual errors, if any. The discrepancy noticed by you in the evaluated assignments should be brought to the notice of the Instructor.


3.3 Specific Instructions for Assignments

Write your Enrolment Number, Name, Full Address, Signature and Date of submission. on the top right corner of the first page of your response sheet. Write the Programme Title, Course-topic Code, Course-topic Title, Assignment Code and Name of Your Study Centre on the left hand corner of the first page of your response sheet. Course-topic Code and Assignment Code may be reproduced from the Assignment. The top of the first page of your response sheet for each assignment should be like this:

ENROLMENT NO. _______________ PROGRAMME TITLE :_________________ COURSE CODE : ______________________ COURSE TITLE : ______________________ NAME : _________________________ ADDRESS : ______________________

ASSIGNEMNT CODE : _________________ STUDY CENTRE : _____________________

SIGNATURE : ____________________ DATE : __________________________

Read the assignments carefully and follow the specific instructions, if any, given on the assignments itself. Go through the units on which assignments are based. Make some points regarding the question, rearrange those points in a logical order and draw up a rough outline of your answer. While answering an essay type question, give adequate attention to introduction and conclusion. The introduction must offer your brief interpretation of the question and how you propose to develop it. The conclusion must summarize your response to your question. Make sure that the answer is logical and coherent, and has clear connections between sentences and paragraphs. The answer should be relevant to the question given in the assignment. Make sure that you have attempted all the main points of the question. Once you are satisfied with your answer, write down the final version neatly and underlining the points you wish to emphasize. While solving numerical, user proper units and give working notes wherever necessary. Use only foolscap size paper for your response and tie all the pages carefully. Avoid using very thin paper. Allow a 4 cm margin on the left and at least 4 lines in between each answer. This may facilitate the evaluator to write useful comments on the margins at appropriate places. Write the responses in your own hand and your own words. Do not print or type the answers. Do not reproduce your answers from the units of the textbooks. If you reproduce from units, you will get poor marks for the respective question. Do not copy from the response sheets of other students. If copying is noticed, the assignments of such students will be rejected. Write each assignment separately. All answer in the assignments should be written in continuity.


Write the respective question number with each answer. The completed assignment should be handed to your Instructor. Under no circumstances you should send the tutor marked response sheets to the IGNOU Evaluation Division at Headquarters for evaluation. After submitting the assignment, get the acknowledgement from the Instructor on the prescribed assignment remittance-cum-acknowledgement card. In case you have requested for a change of Training Centre, you should submit your Tutor Marked Assignments only to the Original Training Centre until the change is agreed to and effected by the IGNOU. 3.4 Evaluation for Laboratory Courses

Evaluation for Laboratory courses is the same as other course/course topic in Engineering and Technology already approved by Academic Council for engineering programmes. In other words, for lab course or course topic, a student will be awarded A, B, C, D and E grades. The total marks awarded in a laboratory course topic will be by adding marks obtained in two components mentioned above in accordance with the weightage attached. For success in the laboratory course or course topic, one has to score at least 45% marks in each component along with an overall marks of 50%. Please note: A student with less than 75% of attendance in the residential term of laboratory course or course topic will not be considered for evaluation. At the Term-end-Examination, Evaluation of Laboratory Courses will be done in two components. Component 1 70% marks will be allotted for a set of guided experiments to be carried out by students. These experiments would be marked by the VSM IAET Instructors. 30% marks will be allotted for a set of (one or more) assigned unguided experiments to be carried out by the students at the end of the laboratory course/course topic session after the completion of all guided experiments.

Component 2

VSM IAET Instructors will evaluate the assigned unguided experiments. The requirement of assignments will be deleted in case of laboratory courses. As stated earlier, term-end examination is another component of the evaluation system. Term End Examination carries 70% weightage in the final result. The University conducts term-end examinations twice a year, i.e. in June and December. You can take the examination after the completion of the course. In the first year you can take the examination in December, failing which you can take the same in June and December, of subsequent years within the total span of the programme. Similarly, in the case of second year courses you can take the examinations in December, failing which you can appear in June or December of subsequent years. Same pattern will apply to third year courses, where applicable. In case you fail to score 45% marks in the Term End Examination part of a course-topic, you will


be eligible to reappear at the next Term End Examination for that course-topic as and when it is held within the total span of the programme. To be eligible to appear in the term-end examination in any course/course-topic in a given year, you are required to fulfill the following four conditions: 1. 2. 3. 4. You should have registered in that course/course-topic in the given year. You should have paid the registration fees for the course/course-topic in that year. You should have completed the submission of assignments for the respective course/course-topic. You should have submitted the examination form in time (which is explained later).

Examination date-sheets (schedule which indicates the date and time of examination for each course) are available approximately 5 months in advance. Thus, normally, the date-sheet for June examinations are sent in the months of January and December examinations in the month of July. You are advised to see whether there is any clash in the examinations dates of the courses/coursetopics, you wish to take, and discuss any clashes with your Instructors It is an essential prerequisite for you to submit the Examination Form for taking examination in any course. Copies of the examination forms are available from your Instructor. Only one form is to be submitted for all the courses or course-topics in one term-end examination. The students would be required to pay examination fee per theory & practical paper. Please contact the Programme Coordinator for the applicable fees. VSM IAET is normally your examination centre. A change of examination centre is permissible in exceptional cases and for this you have to make a request to the Registrar (Student Registration and Evaluation) at least one month before the commencement of examinations. Your enrolment number is your Roll Number for examinations. Be careful in writing it. Any mistake in writing the Roll Number will result in non-declaration of your result. It is your duty to check whether you are registered for that course and eligible to appear for the examination or not. If you neglect this and take the examination without being eligible for it, your result will be cancelled.




Gold Medal

The University awards gold medals and certificates to the passing out topper students in each year of the programmes, who have secured the highest aggregate in their programme in the minimum time duration and have cleared all the courses in one attempt.




IGNOU News Letters

The IGNOU publishes news letter three times a year in English as well as in Hindi. The newsletter will be posted at VSM IAET campus. All the important information relevant to the students is published in this news letter.


5.2 Reservation

The VSM IAET provides reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Wards of Para Military Forces and Physically Handicapped students as per the Government of India Rules. 5.3 Scholarships and Reimbursement of Fees

Reserved Categories, viz. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped students have to pay the fee at the time of admission to VSM IAET along with other students. Physically Handicapped students admitted to VSM IAET are eligible for Government of India scholarships. They are advised to collect blank scholarship forms from the respective State Government Directorate of Social Welfare or Office of the Social Welfare Officer and submit the filled-in forms back to them through the VSM IAET Programme Coordinator concerned for reimbursement of programme fee. Similarly, SC/ST students have to submit their scholarship forms to the respective State Directorate of Social Welfare, or Office of the Social Welfare Officer, through the VSM IAET Programme Coordinator for reimbursement of programme fee. 5.4 Change of Elective/Programme Medium

Change of Elective/Programme/Medium is not permitted in Engineering Programmes. 5.5 Change of Address and Regional Training Centre

IGNOU takes special efforts to ensure adequate support services for students of Engineering and Technology programmes. This is done by exploring collaborative specialized educational inputs from Engineering College, Industry, R & D Centres, Centres of Professional Bodies, etc. at the location of the Regional Training Centre. This understandably calls for imaginative networking of local support facilities at the Regional Training Centre, with an extra need to make maximum use of facilities generated. In view of the above, a student from a Region, once admitted to programme and attached to a Regional Training Centre would, through his study years, normally not be allowed to a change a Regional Training Centre. The student is therefore strongly advised to keep this operational aspect/constraint in mind while he chooses a Regional Training Centre for admission. However, if after admission and during programme study years there is a very unforeseen and critical reason, then the University may consider, such request for change of Regional Training Centre, on payment of charges as per University rules, if and only if the proposed Regional Training Centre has a vacancy in the programme. 5.6 Change/Correction of Address

There is a printed card for change/correction of address that will be dispatched along with the study material. In case, there is any correction/change in the address the students are directed to make use of the printed card addressed to the VSM IAET Programme Coordinator. 5.7 Validity of Admission Lists

Candidates who are offered admission have to join on or before the due dates specified by VSM IAET. In case they want to seek admission for the next session, they have to apply afresh and go


through the admission process again. 5.8 Incomplete and Late Applications

Incomplete and late applications forms/Re-registration forms, wrong options of courses or electives, furnishing false information will be summarily rejected without any intimation to the candidates. The candidates are, therefore, advised to fill the relevant columns carefully and enclose all the attested copies of the necessary certificates asked for, and submit the form to the VSM IAET Programme Coordinator on or before the due date. In this regard no correspondence will be entertained. 5.9 Registration

The requirement of registration for the course under the engineering programme is an annual one. In other words, a student has to register for courses every year. This registration can be the First Registration (FR), which a student has to do for courses he/she is taking for the first time, or it can be Re-Registration (RR), which the student has to do for courses he/she is pursuing second or more times for any reason. No student, who is not formally registered, either under first registration or re-registration, for the courses during an year can obtain the student support services and complete the course requirements by appearing for examinations during that year. While registering for in any given year, the first responsibilities of the student will always be to register under re-registration for course or course-topic from previous year(s) not cleared for any reason. Like First Registration, Re-registration for each course or course-topic will be accompanied by payment of Re-registration fees as per VSM IAET Programme rules. However, a student can "withdraw" from course(s) or course-topic(s) or "completely withdraw" from all courses registered in a year. No fees will be refunded in that event. Further, such student will have to re-register in courses from which he/she has thus withdrawn in the next available year. Fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances. 5.10 Simultaneous Registration A student is permitted to register for only one programme in a given academic session. In other words "Simultaneous Registration" is not permitted. Violation of this rule results in cancellation of admission to the programme and forfeiture of the programme fees paid. 5.11 Credit Transfer and Exemption

Programmes of the University have defined programme structures. If at the time of admission itself, a student comes having completed some of the courses (from the programme structure) from a recognized/accredited university of the country, then, on a case by case basis, the student will be given credit for those courses as per the modalities detailed below :


5.12 Definitions

"Credit transfer" means allowing a student of another university to get admitted to VSM IAET for completing any equivalent degree/diploma programme on the basis of credits obtained by him/her from that University. A student thus admitted needs not write IGNOU examinations for such courses which are found equivalent to and for which appropriate credits would be deemed to have been acquired for and purposes of fulfilling the IGNOU requirements for award of a degree/diploma. "Exemption" means "exemption from course work/studies only", i.e. if a student is allowed "exemption" in a particular course, he/she is not required to take the course (those courses) as other students do but he/she will have to sit for the examinations in that course/those courses and clear it/them successfully. IGNOU "programme" and "courses" are "subjects" or "papers" respectively of conventional universities. 5.13 Eligibility

The credit transfer scheme is applicable only to those candidates who have not completed their degree from any other recognized university yet willing to complete through IGNOU as per rules provided. 5.14 Modalities

Normally credit transfer or exemption will be applicable only from a diploma to an equivalent post graduate degree. Credit transfer will be permissible only in the case of students coming from institutions established by an Act of Parliament or by an Act of State Legislature; or an institution "deemed to be university", or an "institution of national importance", or institutions recognized by statutory bodies like AICTE, ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, etc. Credit transfer can be done only on the basis of individual courses and not on the basis of year-to year courses as in conventional institutions. In order to get a diploma/degree from IGNOU a student will be required to earn at least 50% credits from IGNOU. For example, a B. Tech. Student should earn at least 64 credits out of 128 credits from IGNOU for an IGNOU's degree. The degree certificate or the marks list thus given to the students will specifically indicate the credits earned in IGNOU and those obtained from other institution. Students exempted from studying the courses may take the examination for the exempted courses during any of the two Term-end-Examinations. Students who want to avail credit transfer shall get registered with IGNOU through VSM IAET Programme Coordinator who will forward this application to the Registrar (Student Registration and Evaluation Division) at IGNOU. 5.15 Rules and Regulations

The Rules and Regulation are those applicable at VSM IAET (see


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