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Universities likely to reschedule examinations

Amutha Kannan

There is also a possibility of students being told to vacate hostels

COIMBATORE: With the announcement of the State Assembly elections on April 13, universities in the western region are likely to reschedule examinations.

The university examinations are scheduled to be held from March 31 to May 3. It will begin with practical examinations and then move on to the theory papers. Since the date given by the Election Commission (EC) falls exactly midway, it is expected to cause inconvenience to students.

Though universities and colleges are not normally used as polling centres, at least in Coimbatore, and faculty are not involved in election duty, Vice-Chancellors and Controllers of Examinations believe that an examination that falls on the day of the election has to be postponed because it will be a public holiday.

While the unitary / deemed universities have decided about the postponements, the State universities have still not formally announced the rescheduling.

According to Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University C. Swaminathan, the university has tentatively rescheduled the dates. “The examinations that are scheduled from April 11 to 15 will be postponed to be held after May 3. Since the Opposition has appealed to the EC for a change in polling date, we are waiting for a day or two before we make the announcement,” he told The Hindu.

If the change is announced, the inconvenience that is foreseen is that the examination schedule will get extended by more than a week after May 3. There is also a possibility of students being told to vacate hostels during the election week for security reasons, even though the college authorities believe that it is too early to make such decisions.

Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, will in all likelihood escape the inconvenience because the practical examination will get over on April 8 and the theory will begin on April 18. But here again the university is on a ‘wait and watch' path.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has no examination scheduled for the period and hence, is out of the loop.

The schedule of deemed universities is more or less similar. The theory examinations begin in the last week of April while the practical examination schedule may or may not coincide with the polling date.

According to Controller of Karunya University Joseph Kennedy, the practical examination that is falling on April 13 is being postponed. “Since it is a unitary university, there need not be a common date of postponement. Each department will decide on a date depending on their convenience. The theory examinations begin on April 25.”

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