The Tamil Nadu government has decided to commence the classes in the colleges in the state from August 3, 2020, for the next academic year. The classes are set to be conducted in the online mode keeping in mind the COVID-19 lockdown imposed. The state government recently extended the re-opening for the colleges and schools in the state because of which the online classes will commence from the next month in order to make sure that the students do not miss out on classes in the next semester. The classes will be conducted for specific academic hours.
Meeting conducted with State Vice-chancellors
The government earlier decided to promote the students from intermediate semesters as per the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission. The final year students will however have to appear for the examinations. A meeting was conducted with the Vice-chancellors of the different state universities regarding the re-opening of the colleges and reducing the syllabus along with warding mars for the cancelled examinations.
450 Hours of classes
The Higher Education Department while speaking to the media stated that the department has decided to begin the classes in the online mode for the second and third-year students from August 3, 2020, adding that in order to conduct a semester a college needs at least 90 working days of 450 working hours. With the prevailing conditions however, 90 working days is not possible and hence it has been decided to conduct 450 hours of classes for the students.
Results expected in three weeks
In the meeting conducted it was also decided that the marks and results of the students promoted without exams will be published within three weeks, the government has also decided to give 70 percent weightage should be given to internal exams and 30 percent for previous semester exams. In the case of the allied and optional subjects, 100 percent weightage will be given to internal assessment.