Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday said he has ordered the cancellation of UG semester exams for the first and second year of arts and science colleges in the state and allows the students to proceed to the next academic year in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
He further said that the UG semester exams for the first three years of engineering colleges and first-year PG semester exams for engineering college are also cancelled.
In a statement issued here, 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 the University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) undergraduate and postgraduate students of arts, science, engineering, computer science courses are exempted from exams for this semester only. He urged the Centre to give the liberty to States to work out its own assessment methods without compromising on the quality and academic credibility.
In a Demi-Official letter to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, he said many states in the country have decided not to conduct the final semester examinations. “In order to ensure career opportunities, future prospects and to simultaneously safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students, the States may be given the freedom to work out its own assessment methods, without compromising on the quality and academic credibility”, he said.
He also requested him to direct the respective apex authorities like University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Council of Architecture (COA), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) and National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology to endorse the decisions of the respective State Governments, which would be based on the local prevailing COVID 19 conditions.
“This would go a long way in rendering justice and fairness to the parents and the students, during these distressful times”, Palaniswami added. Pointing out that the Covid-19 pandemic was showing a surge in various parts of the country, including Tamilnadu, he said his government has been taking all required measures to contain the spread of disease, as well as to provide comprehensive treatment to the infected people.
Though the efforts of the Government has borne good results, any minor let up may still pose a challenge to the State, he said and added that due to the progressive policies of the State Government, Tamilnadu has the highest Gross Enrollment Ratio of 49 percent among the States, resulting in a large number of students studying in various Universities, Colleges and Polytechnics.
Though we had scheduled their semester examinations in April this year, it could not be conducted as scheduled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pointing out the 29 April guidelines issued by the UGC giving flexibility to the Universities and Colleges for the conduct of examinations, without any restrictions on the guidelines/directions issued by the appropriate Government /Competent Authority, Palaniswami said the new guidelines which were issued on 6 July mandated that all educational institutions across the country should conduct the final semester exams by September.
As the decision made by the TN government was received happily all over by the college students whereas this news has irked final year students as they expected the government to cancel the final year examinations.
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