The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) would conduct a re-examination for the students, who were declared failed in the recent online arrear exam, on December 22. This time, the exam would be conducted offline with a reduced fee.
TNAU had failed 48% of the students, who had appeared in the online arrear exam in July, earlier this month. The students had subsequently taken out protests, stating there were flaws in conducting the exam.
On Sunday, Dr A S Krishnamoorthy, registrar and acting vice-chancellor of TNAU had convened a special meeting with the deans of constituent colleges and principals of affiliated private colleges to sort out the issues.
TNAU had not conducted arrear exams in the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the graduate students of constituent colleges who had appeared for the exams in 2017 and before that.
K Soorianathasundaram, the controller of examinations, TNAU, said, “At least 2,453 students had appeared for the arrear exams in July this year and about 48% of them were declared failed for indulging in malpractices.”
Based on Sunday’s discussion, he said, it was unanimously decided to conduct the special re-exam in Coimbatore from December 22. “Arrangements will be made to correct the answer papers and announce the results at the earliest to help the students, who aspire for higher studies and placements.”
The examination fee has been, meanwhile, reduced to Rs 200 from Rs 500 per subject based on the students’ demand. “Boarding and lodging facilities for the outstation students will be made on the university campus.
The deans and principals have been asked to ensure distribution of study materials to the students and organize special coaching classes,” the official said.This is a great opportunity for the students who protested to prove themselves.
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