TN govt’s decision to pass all arrear students against rules: AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has stated that the government of Tamil Nadu’s order to promote students with arrears, without them having to write the exams, is against its guidelines.

AICTE told the Madras high court that the Tamil Nadu government’s order cancel ling arrear exams for engineering students is against norms and degrees will not be awarded to students who have not cleared their backlogs.

AICTE made the submissions through its reply to two PILs filed by former vice-chancellor of Anna University, E Balaguruswamy, and advocate Ramkumar Aditiyan challenging the government order cancelling arrear exams in the state.

“As per the Government Order (GO), all the students who have paid their fees for arrear examinations are declared to be passed. (This) is totally against the guidelines and which cannot be made. Further, several students who have arrears are being sought to be promoted to the next year without appearing for the examinations,” the AICTE said.

“The entire GO, declaring the students of graduation and post graduation studies in arts and also in technical education, except final year students, is without any basis and is not as per the guidelines of the UGC (University Grants Commission) which were endorsed by AICTE,” the affidavit added.

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, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman, recently.

The issue came to light, after a strongly-worded email, written by Sahasrabuddhe to Anna University Vice-Chancellor (VC) MK Surappa, threatening to strip Anna University’s approval, was leaked on social media.