The varsity deferred the examinations after many first semester students and their parents demanded that the university postpone the examinations to January. Anna University officials, however, said they changed the dates to give students a gap between examinations. “First year students alone have rescheduled exams,” an official said.
The university has also offered an alternative to first semester students in the flood affected districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore. They have the option of appearing for the first semester exams after taking the second semester exams. “Many students in flood-hit areas are still in a state of shock. Many of them said they lost their notes during this period. They can choose this alternative,” Anna University registrar S Ganesan said. “These exams will not be considered as arrears.”
A large number of students and their parents gathered at Anna University on Sunday morning to protest against the schedule of continuous examinations from December 15. “Many of us lost our notes in the floods and so many families have been affected,” one student said. “We urge the university to push the exams to January.”
The protesting students said the university is holding exams for other years in January. But university officials said they did not want to postpone first year examinations to January because students in districts not affected by the floods have become anxious about possible delays. The officials said they had already held most exams for other years and that their main concern is for the first semester students.
“Those unable to write the exam in the flood affected regions can opt for the alternate option,” an official said.