Arrear exams in Tamil Nadu do not stand cancelled because of Covid-19 and would now be conducted as per the chairman of AICTE, Anil Saharasrabuddhe.
Engineering students who have arrears and had applied for re-exam in April/May 2020, have not passed and will have to write the exams to graduate, said Anil Sahasrabuddhe.
that he found it surprising that final year students, who had failed in various courses in the earlier semesters, are being passed without conducting examinations.
“This is not acceptable to award marks without conducting any examination and graduating the students. Such students will not be recognised by industry or by other universities for higher education,” he said in a mail to Anna University Vice-Chancellor (VC) MK Surappa, according to reports.
However, Anna University Vice-Chancellor M K Surappa has denied leaking any mail from AICTE. “I have not released e-mail from my side as reported by a section of the media,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Anna University Vice- Chancellor Balakumaraswamy has filed a petition in Madras High Court against the State government’s decision.
In his petition, Balakumaraswamy mentioned that the move will spoil tbe quality of education, future of the students and the University’s value.
On 23 July, the government announced the cancellation of semester exams for all but final year students. On 26 August, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami further directed the Higher Education Department to issue detailed guidelines on the cancellation of the April-May 2020 semester exams for all college students, barring those in their final year.