Express news service
CHENNAI: Anna University’s decision to hold semester exams for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students in physics mode has not been well received by many private engineering colleges. In this regard, the self-funded Consortium of Professional Arts and Science Colleges of Tamil Nadu will likely ask the university to reconsider its decision. The exams are scheduled for December.
Consortium co-secretary TD Eswaramoorthy told TNIE: âOn Monday, a team of our representatives will submit a letter to the university rector (VC) urging him to abandon the idea of ââperforming physical tests this. semester because students are not ready to write the tests offline.
Many private colleges have complained that in the past three semesters, students have taken exams online and need time to familiarize themselves with writing detailed answers on time. Eswaramoorthy said the issue was discussed at the consortium meeting and the majority of colleges took exams online.
âAfter the December semester, we would do enough mock physical exams to make sure students are able to write their assignments properly. This semester we didn’t have time, âsaid the director of a private engineering school in Namakkal, S Jagannathan.
Secretary of Sengunthar Engineering College A Baladhandapani believes the threat of the impending third wave of Covid-19 and the persistent rains will make it difficult for colleges to physically perform tests. “The majority of colleges do not have adequate infrastructure to perform the tests following social distancing standards,” he added.
However, VC of R Velraj University seems firm on his decision. âWe cannot avoid physical testing for a long time because it will affect student performance. Colleges have reopened and now is a good time to resume physical testing, âhe said.