Chennai: Days after All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe said engineering students who have arrears and had applied for re-exam in April/May 2020, have not passed and will have to write the exams to graduate, the body has stated that the government of Tamilnadu’s order to promote students with arrears, without them having to write the exams, is against its guidelines.
In an affidavit to Madras High Court, the AICTE said that the government of Tamilnadu’s announcement exempting students who have paid fees for writing arrear exams from actually writing the exams, is against its guidelines.
It said: “As per the Government Order (GO), all the students who have paid their fees for arrear examinations are declared to be passed. (This) is totally against the guidelines and which cannot be made. Further, several students who have arrears are being sought to be promoted to the next year without appearing for the examinations.”
It added: “The entire GO, declaring the students of graduation and post graduation studies in arts and also in technical education, except final year students, is without any basis and is not as per the guidelines of the UGC (University Grants Commission) which were endorsed by AICTE.”
“The council has not exempted students from appearing for examinations or allowed them to move to next year without being assessed by exams. Degree cannot be awarded to a student who has failed to clear arrears. This is not acceptable to the industry too,” M Sundresan, AICTE’s South Regional Officer, said.