The Tamil Nadu government is making arrangements for college students to write final year exams in person after September 15, higher education minister K P Anbalagan said on Tuesday. Nearly 4 lakh students are yet to take their final year exams in arts, science and other professional courses, including engineering, due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“The final semester exams for students in state universities and polytechnic colleges will be held after September 15. The details of exam schedule and exam centres will be released later. Arrangements are being made for all final year students to write exams in person,” the minister said in a statement. He asked students to begin preparations for the tests.
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With the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) underway and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled for September 13, the state’s decision to also conduct final year exams in person has surprised many universities given that the higher education department has been consulting with state varsities on conducting online exams.
“When the government can conduct physical exams for all final year students, why don’t they conduct arrear exams in a similar way,” former vice-chancellor of Anna University E Balagurusamy asked.
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Career consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi urged the state to give some leverage to final year students by conducting exams online. “When other students are exempted from semester exams, final year students alone are asked to write exams in person. Anna University is ready with the technology required for conducting online exams. They should conduct online exams for engineering students and maybe consider offline exams for others,” he said.
The higher education minister also added that candidates can apply for BArch admission from September 7.
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