“We’re not really ready to keep it online this time as there are connectivity issues, especially in rural areas. The possibility of wrongdoing is also an issue. However, the offline exam mode could be done without any problems if properly planned as there are only five papers, ”said Dr. K Pitchumani, Vice Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU). College and university leaders felt that with the resumption of public transport and the implementation of JEE Mains and NEET, holding the exams for last year students shouldn’t be a big problem.
“Offline is the best way to take exams as it ensures that no student misses anything. Logistics shouldn’t be an issue after September 15th either, ”said N Rajendran, VC of Alagappa University, Karaikudi. Madurai Kamaraj University’s VC, Dr. M. Krishnan also said that discussions have been held with the school principals and that all are ready to take the exams in accordance with UGC guidelines. “Although we as an autonomous university have not yet received any notification from the state government, we have decided to hold the semester exams for the last few years from September 17th to 30th. The same was communicated to the students. The tests are carried out in two shifts following all precautionary measures. All students have already paid the fees, ”said Dr. Davamani M. Christober, director of the American College in Madurai.
Final year students, many of whom are already working or have been admitted to higher education, also want to complete the exams soon. “It’s a bit difficult for us because after months of postponement we suddenly have to take the exams. But there is no point in waiting any longer. Just clearing up would be enough to make sure I can get on with my work. By now everyone knows the safety rules of Covid-19 such as hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing. As in any public place, it shouldn’t be difficult to follow, ”said G Kaviya, a BSc IT student last year.