Balagurusamy slams Tamil Nadu govt for cancelling arrear exams for most varsity students

He claimed that some students had more than 10 arrears and that the move would lower academic standards of state’s universities.

Published: 27th August 2020 09:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2020 09:30 PM   |  A+A-

Dr. E. Balagurusamy

Dr. E. Balagurusamy (File photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: Former Anna University vice-chancellor E Balagurusamy has once again differed with the Tamil Nadu government’s stance, this time on state’s decision to cancel arrear exams for all students except final year students.

Balagurusamy on Thursday said that this would lower academic standards of universities.

"It is really very strange and unfortunate that the Tamil Nadu government has announced the cancellation of the arrear exams of all students (except final year) based on 'students' demands and expert panel recommendations'," he said in a statement. 

"Universities do not conduct exams and give results based on 'whims and fancies' of students and politicians. Universities are highly autonomous bodies and their syndicates, senates and academic councils have all powers and authority and they can only decide about the conduct of exams and passing of results. Governments have no right in interfering in the academic matters of universities and unilaterally cancel the exams," said Balagurusamy, a former member of UPSC.

"It is high time that Vice-Chancellors wake-up and realise their autonomous status and resist any such unethical moves in the interest of the quality of education and image of the universities. Exempting students from writing semester exams is one thing and cancelling failed students' arrear exams and making them pass is entirely a different thing. People should not confuse these two," he contended.

“I understand that many students have more than 10 arrears and scored even less than 20% marks in most subjects. How can a university declare these students pass just because they have paid the exam fees?” he asked.

"It is absolutely ridiculous. Such an action will not only lower the academic standard of the university but also affect its credibility badly. It is unimaginable to see a world-class university like Anna University implementing such a lopsided decision. It is very sad that university academic bodies have been made irrelevant," opined Balagurusamy.

Earlier, he disagreed with the TN government’s insistence that only a two-language policy would be followed in the State, claiming that he was among those to have been adversely affected by the policy.


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  • karthick

    its a good decision taken by government
    4 months ago reply
  • lalukumar sah

    our tamil nadu government , has taken correct decision,.. why ,,,.. in this corona ,... money value is coming less ,.. jobless person in tamilnadu,... in this situation , how could the every person gets the job ,... based on the talent from childhood , which were exposing for todays life only ,. the job opportunity ,. is camed , is not no the degree certificate ............i dont want to tell my stories ,.. every student has a her own stories ,.. in this cancellation of annauniversity arrear exam ,. students are stastified.........gentlemen...
    4 months ago reply
  • Dinesh

    "It is absolutely ridiculous. Such an action will not only lower the academic standard of the university but also affect its credibility badly". What is he talking about? Over 80% Indian engineers are unemployable. It's so absurd he makes this claim because there is no credibility to anna university to begin with so there is no loss. I happen to be one of these arrear holders who would benefit from this move. Despite having failed to get my degree because I had got arrears in my first year in papers like physics and chemistry which are in no way related to the field IT which I chose, I started up and made a successful business. My business has not only enabled me to make a great deal of money which is far more than any of my peers who graduated out but also created opportunities for others. This move is beneficial to me and several others who can now pursue a higher degree. What will I do with my degree? Go abroad and specialise and get my masters and then make it even bigger in life. Instead I've been writing these irrelevant papers year after year making my 4 year degree into a 10 year one because of this crappy education system. The fact that guys like me who have never copied (coz let's be honest if I did I'd not be writing so many years!), have excellent soft skills, who are successful with business and cannot mug up and write like the others but instead write based on what we understood cannot clear and get a degree proves how deeply flawed the system is. It doesn't enable creation of successful and worthwhile engineers but only enables an archaic system to continue existing (I bet even today the anna univ site would crash when results come out yet I've built projects that don't crash for jack and auto-scales brilliantly). I hope this person keeps quiet and gives a chance to folks like me to pursue our dreams rather than killing it. I might win a nobel prize in physics despite being in IT but I can never pass their crappy exam because I simply cannot mug and vomit like others. Literally my classmates could memorize maths answers (I never knew this was possible) but it's just not my cup of tea.
    4 months ago reply
    • Rishi

      u dono the consequences of cancelling an arrear... it will create huge unemployment and most deserving student jobs will go to the hands of arrear students. A court case needs to be filed soon.
      4 months ago reply
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