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TNAU agrees to consider the demands of students

TNAU agrees to consider the demands of students

TNAU, students protest

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has agreed to consider the demands put forward by the students, who are staging a protest after failing in arrears examinations.

A TNAU official said that university authorities conducted successful negotiations with the students on Wednesday. “The administration has come forward to consider their demands such as initiating the process for re-examination after completion of practical exams, arrangement of food during exams, providing places to stay, sharing notes with students, one exam a day and cancellation of registration fees for re-examination,” he said.

The university did not conduct the exams for academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 for undergraduate Agriculture students of constituent colleges. The exams were conducted in July and results were announced recently.

According to the protesting students, over 90% of the 6,000 students who appeared for the examinations did not clear them. Results were withheld after the university said that some of them engaged in malpractice.

Students, who appeared for an online proctored exam using a mobile app, said technical glitches led to their poor performance. However, the university administration maintained that the students who engaged in malpractice were failed.

Despite demands from the students, the university did not conduct a re-examination. A large number of students gathered on the campus to participate in a protest organized by the Students Federation of India. The Saibaba Colony police had recently arrested some of the students.

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