Tamil Nadu universities to conduct final year exams online

All 13 universities in Tamil Nadu that come under the jurisdiction of the Higher Education Department will conduct the final semester examinations in the online mode this year.

The Tamil Nadu government has granted permission to 13 universities and the Director of Technical Education to conduct final semester examinations this month.

In a circular, the Chief Secretary to the government, K Shanmugam said that the Secretary of the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the conduct of the examinations through online, offline or a combination of online and offline modes.

The state higher education department convened a meeting of vice-chancellors, which unanimously agreed to conduct the exams online but left the modalities — type of questions and host platforms — to the universities.

Meanwhile, Anna University announced that it would conduct final-semester exams for undergraduate and postgraduate students online from September 22 to 29.

“The students can appear for the examination from their home using devices such as laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets with internet, camera and microphone facilities. The question paper will be of multiple choice-based,” the university said.

While exams for Alagappa University students began on Tuesday, the University of Madras and Bharathidasan University will hold exams from September 21 to 25.

Madurai Kamaraj University has scheduled exams from September 17 to 30. Anna University will conduct the exams from September 22 to 29; Bharathiar University’s exams will be held from September 21 to October 7.