Tamil Nadu colleges postpone semester exam for all students; Exams after January 20

Students were protesting demanding the semester exams be conducted online as they started attending offline classes for nearly three months and asked for preparation time.

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Anu Parthiban | November 22, 2021 | 03:30 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu higher education minister K Ponmudi said that the semester exams for all engineering, science, arts and polytechnics will be held after January 20, 2022, to give students more time to prepare for offline exams. Students were protesting demanding that the semester exams be conducted online. The state government will withdraw the cases filed against the protesting students, Ponmudi said.

According to the Times of India report, “Ponmudi said the universities and colleges would finish the syllabus before the start of the exam and conduct model exams before the start of semester exams from January 20.”

Students have been attending offline classes for nearly two and half months and asked for more time to prepare for offline exams.

“The higher education department, along with controllers of examinations from state universities, discussed with 11 student organisations, including the the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Students Federation,” the report added.

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Recently, Anna University’s decision to conduct offline semester examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate students of engineering had left several private engineering colleges unhappy.

Many private colleges argued that students have been writing online exams for the last three semesters and that they need time to practice writing long-form answers.

On November 19, the Directorate of Government Examinations, Tamil Nadu declared the TN SSLC supplementary exam result 2021 on official website, dge.tn.gov.in or tnresults.nic.in.

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