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Tamil Nadu govt cancels college exams for all but final year students

It is expected that colleges will be asked to use internal assessments to evaluate students in place of the cancelled semester exams and that final year students will have to write the exams online

Published: 23rd July 2020 10:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2020 07:14 PM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: College students have welcomed the government's decision to promote them without conducting semester examinations.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday cancelled the April-May 2020 semester examinations, except for students in their final year of education. Details are expected on when final semester exams will be conducted.

The state government had constituted a high-level 11-member committee to make decisions about the exams, based on University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recommendations.

Following this, the government cancelled the even semester exams for the following students and promoted them to the next academic year: first and second year undergraduate and first year postgraduate students studying in arts and science colleges, first, second and third year undergraduate and first year postgraduate students studying in engineering colleges and first year MCA students.

The government said that further details will be announced later. Students are awaiting information on when and how final semester examinations will be conducted.

It is expected that colleges will be asked to use internal assessments to evaluate students in place of the cancelled semester examinations and that final year students will have to write the exams online. However, a final announcement is yet to be made on this.

Anna University has been mulling conducting the exams online. A senior official from the varsity said that a decision will be taken after considering the feasibility. The official further added that the varsity is waiting for the state government's decision on the matter.

Students are happy with the government's decision. Many left for their hometowns in a jiffy when the lockdown was announced thinking that it would last only a couple of weeks like in European countries. "Many of us left our books behind at the hostel and we do not have sufficient access to the internet in our hometowns," said a third year student from Anna University, Guindy campus.

A final year student from a private engineering college in the city told The New Indian Express that she had to leave for Kerala at the beginning of the lockdown. "The government should ensure that we are transported safely to write our exams and that we have a place to stay before announcing semester exams. Otherwise they should cancel the exams for us as well," she said.



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  • Shubham Kumar

    My college is taking offline exam from 18 September in tamilnadu in this pandemic situation.i can't able to reach their what to do in this situation. There is no transportation facilities by chance i reached chennai for exam and I'm infected who will be responsible for this.
    1 month ago reply
  • Ayesha

    As a final year student I am very much affected by the government decisions. I am studying MBA distance education in Anna University. All other exams are conducted and results also published a month back except VIVA-VOCE. I am waiting for this exam for about six months but still now I didn't get any updates from Government whether to conduct or not. Now I have to leave India within a couple of days as my visa would expired within a week. Now the situation is I would not get certificate this year . I have to redo the project in forthcoming years. IF THE EXAM IS CONDUCTED THROUGH ONLINE MODE, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO GOVERNMENT
    2 months ago reply
  • Ayesha

    As a final year student I am very much affected by the government decisions. I am studying MBA distance education in Anna University. All other exams are conducted and results also published a month back except VIVA-VOCE. I am waiting for this exam for about six months but still now I didn't get any updates from Government whether to conduct or not. Now I have to leave India within a couple of days as my visa would expired within a week. Now the situation is I would not get certificate this year . I have to redo the project in forthcoming years. If the exam is conducted in online mode I am very grateful to the Government
    2 months ago reply
  • Sree

    what about the DISTANCE EDUCATION student's exams in Tamilnadu? Please someone inform about it. Especially for MS University UG second-year distance education students.
    2 months ago reply
  • Anirban Mukherjee

    Its not possible for everyone to appear on the ONLINE exam bcz internet connectivity is not good all over the country and also how we can avoid travel risk for offline exam - UGC and State Govt should look into this.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sourav Mallick

    Is the final exam of 1st year GNM students cancelled?
    2 months ago reply
  • Vignesh

    yes govt cancel semester exam but our university still willing to conduct exam via online mode for even 1st year also... some one reply to me. iam studying in a deemed university (Vels university)
    3 months ago reply
  • Chidam

    passed out students lets all join together and put an case for justice? passed out students are awaiting to get the degree certificates forward private job or higher studies
    3 months ago reply
  • Sivabharathi G

    What about non-semester examination any clarifications? pls reply
    3 months ago reply
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