Semester exams to happen only in next academic year in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has said the final college semester exams will be held in the next academic year. An official statement said educational institutions in the state were closed on April 17 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Since the students from outside Tamil Nadu and India were studying in colleges in the state, the semester exams will be held soon after the next academic year starts.

Meanwhile, students preparing for competitive exams such as NEET or JEE are a worried lot as their schedule has gone for a toss. Though students are undergoing online coaching, many miss their classes where they can interact with their peers and trainers.

They had hoped to resume all this after April 14. Now they face nearly three more weeks of solitude. B Pavan Kumar, deputy director, FIIT-JEE, Chennai said all coaching institutes engage students online for three to four hours every day.

“When we started online coaching, internet connection was a big worry. Now such complaints have come down. Out of 500 students, we received just 20 complaints,” he said, adding that JEE (main and advanced) and NEET is likely to be delayed as CBSE is yet to finish Class XII exams.

Meanwhile, Chief Minsiter Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said the state government would bear the treatment expenses if any of the accredited journalist infects Corona virus.

Speaking to the media after reviewing the steps taken to spread the coronavirus pandemic with district collectors through video-conferencing, he also announced in the event of any unfortunate death of a journalist due to COVID-19 an assistane of Rs five lakh to the bereaved family.