TN calls off semester exams for college students

Tamil Nadu government has announced cancellation of exams for all college students, including those doing professional courses, and promoted them to the next level in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Final-year students, however, are exempted and they may have to undergo some form of assessment, such as online exams, as per guidelines issued by the UGC.

“Students are exempted from writing semester exams (May 2020). They should be awarded marks in consonance with UGC and AICTE guidelines,” chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a statement.

In a statement, Palaniswami said a high level committee set up to examine the possibility of holding semester exams for college students has said owing to Covid-19 pandemic exams cannot be held.

Palaniswami said based on the guidance of University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under graduate and post graduate students of arts, science, engineering, computer science courses are exempted from examss for this semester only.

The CM also said that TN government had made a 11-member panel to finalise the modalities of conducting the examination. The panel had suggested that there is no possibility of conducting the examination amid the COVID-19 crisis in the state, adds the report. A detailed order will be issued by the Higher Education Department on this issue soon, said the CM.

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.