When Anna University (AU) was planning to cancel arrears (pending/back) exams of the students then All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) warned the AU that in such circumstances there will be no option left to AICTE but unwilling remove the approval of the university. This happened when the earlier Tamil Nadu government proposed to cancellation of exam arrears of the students.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has made an announcement in which they said all the students with arrears exam (excluding the final semester exam) will be promoted without having any written exam if they have been registered and paid fees already.
AICTE to AU May withdraw approval if arrears canceled
On this issue, the university officials released a statement, they said, “Of the two lakh students who set to receive degrees without clearing exams, one lakh have finished college”. Currently, in Tamil Nadu, there are about 4,01,226 students with arrear exams.
There are few experts who are saying promoting students with arrears will be unfair to all those students who have been working hard since beginning and cleared all the exams.
Anil D Sahasrabudhe, the chairman of AICTE has written a letter to the AU University vice-chancellor MK Surappa regarding the current situation.
The AICTE chairman wrote in a letter, “It is surprising that final year degree students who had failed in various courses in the earlier semester have been passed without conducting the examination. It is not acceptable to award marks without conducting any examination and graduating students. Such students will not be recognized by the industry or any other university of higher education.”
The former vice-chancellor of Anna University E Balagurusamy is in the favour of AICTE and also appeals to the University Grant Commission (UGC) to be more involved and have a closer look at the current situation.
According to the KP Anbalagan, the State Higher Education Minister, the department of higher education has not received any kind of letter from AICTE yet.