UGC strongly opposes TN’s decision to grant all pass to college students

The Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to grant blanket pass in all arrear papers of college students citing the pandemic has run into rough weather with University Grants Commission (UGC) opposing the decision.

The UGC told the Madras high court on Thursday that it is not in tune with the decision of the Tamil Nadu government in cancelling arrear exams for college students.

The University Grants Commission has desisted from offering any direct comment on the correctness or otherwise of a decision taken by the State government to cancel arrear examinations of all arts, science, engineering and Master of Computer Application students except for those pursuing final year during the current academic year.

If final semester examinations can be held online, why not arrear papers? a bench of the Madras High Court asked on Thursday.

While hearing a petition filed by former Anna University Vice-Chancellor E Balagurusamy — on the cancellation of arrear exams for final year college students by the State government, which decided to declare them as passed — the court rapped University Grants Commission and asked it to file a detailed report specifically on the matter.

The two-member bench, comprising justices M Sathyanarayanan and R Hemalatha, was informed that the AICTE had already mentioned that the exemption granted from arrear exams is not as per the UGC guidelines.