Online classes for Tamil Nadu engineering, fine arts and science students to start from August 9 – Times of India

CHENNAI: Online classes for all students studying in engineering, arts and science colleges except first-year students will start from August 9, Higher Education Minister K Panmudi told reporters in Chennai on Wednesday. The online semester exams for these students ended in the third week of July. Colleges were awaiting approval from the Department of Higher Education to start online classes for 2121-22.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with a consortium of self-financing professionals and a consortium of arts and science colleges in Tamil Nadu, the minister said the government would take steps to make weights uniform for all colleges for internal and written examinations of engineering colleges.

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“Although Anna University campuses balance 50% for internal and written examinations, the weight of affiliated colleges is 20% for internal and 80% for written examinations. The consortium represented the creation of weights for internal and written examination uniforms for all colleges,” Panmudi said.

Regarding the number of applications, the minister said 41,3633 applications have been received for engineering admission counseling in two days. “We are expecting more applications as TNEA has given time till August 24 to apply for engineering counseling in the coming days. 1,2,7488 students have registered for government fine arts and science colleges in the last two days,” he said.

The Department of Collegiate Education has 1,00,102 seats available in 143 Government Arts and Science Colleges for online access to these colleges through the portals www.tngasa.in and www.tngasa.org.

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“In addition to applying online, students can also apply separately to government arts and science colleges,” he added.

He further said that the reopening of colleges would be announced on the advice of the Chief Minister and medical experts after the reduction of Kovid-19 cases. “We will instruct all colleges not to charge more than 755% tuition fees for this year because of the Kovid-19 epidemic,” Panmudi said.

The minister said the higher education department was also considering removing the norm which would force BE and BTech students to be eligible for promotion in the final year to clear all the papers in the first year.

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