TN Govt directs Anna University to conduct re-exams

The Government of Tamil Nadu on Monday announced that a re-exam will be conducted for the students of Anna University who have appeared for the online proctored exams in February.

The decision was made in the wake of allegations from the students regarding multiple issues concerned with the proctoring method. Anna University conducted its end semester examinations of November/December 2020 for the engineering students in February 2021.

Keeping the pandemic situation in mind, the university decided to conduct the examination through the Online Proctoring method. Following the examination, many colleges and students were not happy with the proctoring method, as there were umpteen issues that were troublesome for the students.

According to reports, even the technical glitches were not given exemption and the students who lost connectivity were not allowed to take the exam further.

Even colleges had a concern regarding the pass percentage of students which was very low this time. All these concerns were taken into the notice of Chief Minister M K Stalin. Following that, the Chief Minister conducted a review meeting with the Minister for Higher Education Ponmudi and top officials including the Education Secretary post which the decision of conducting a re-examination was made.

An official press release said, “Considering the malpractices in the exam conducted in February 2021, a re-examination will be conducted. The students need not pay the exam fee for this exam. The students who were declared pass are also free to take the exams if they wish”.

The government has also instructed that the pattern of exam will remain the same-online examination and the duration will be 3 hours. It was also said that the forthcoming end semester exams of April-May 2021 will also be conducted in the same method. Since there is a statewide curfew being imposed, the exams will be scheduled from May 25.

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