Tamil Naidu may not be able to conduct the final year examinations due to the prevailing pandemic situation.
Tamil Naidu may not be able to conduct the final year examinations due to the prevailing pandemic situation. Tamil Naidu CM has requested the center to give the states the freedom to find out their assessment methods. It will enable them to take the assessment of the students by not having to compromise on quality and academic credibility.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) released its revised guidelines on the conduction of examination and academic calendar. The guidelines compulsorily instructed the institutions across the country to hold examinations by the end of September.
It also allowed the institutions to conduct exams in any mode. The exams can be online, offline, or blended mode.
But the Tamil Naidu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the guidelines are posing several hurdles in the process of assessment. Many students reside outside the district, state, or even country so it won’t be possible for them to reach the centers for offline examinations.
On the other hand, conducting online examinations may pose several issues relating to digital access to the students.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that the maximum of the government and private colleges, polytechnics, and other higher education institutions in the state are converted into COVID care centers or quarantine centers for the treatment of asymptomatic patients.
Taking into account that many states had already declared the termination of final exams the CM said that “To ensure the 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 their own assessment methods, without compromising on the quality and academic credibility”.
CM Edappadi K Palaniswami requested the MHRD to instruct the apex authorities like University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Council of Architecture (COA), etc. to allow the state governments to implement their decision which would be based on the present pandemic conditions prevailing in their states.
“This would go a long way in rendering justice and fairness to the parents and the students, during these distressful times,” the Chief Minister said.
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