Madras high court restrains universities from declaring results without conducting arrear exams

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  1. Madras high court restrains universities from declaring results without conducting arrear exams
Madras high court
CHENNAI: In a setback to the Tamil Nadu government which cancelled arrear exams in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Madras high court on Tuesday restrained the state universities from declaring all pass in arrear exams without conducting exams either online or offline.
A division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice R Hemalatha passed the interim order while refusing to accept the state’s contention that the exams were cancelled in the interest of students.

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The bench also made it clear that the universities are free to conduct arrear exams despite a GO passed by the state cancelling the exams. The exams could be conducted either online or offline or a combination of both, the court said.
This apart, taking serious view of the continuous disruption of court proceedings by students and livestreaming of the hearing on YouTube, the judges warned that the persons responsible for the acts would be liable to proceeding for contempt of court.
The court then made it clear that henceforth hearing of the cases would be only through physical mode.
The issue pertains to a batch of pleas moved by former Anna University vice-chancellor E Balagurusamy, advocate Ramkumar Adityan and others challenging the GO cancelling arrear exams.
When the plea came up for hearing, the UGC clarified that students who have not cleared the backlogs would not be eligible even to get course completion certificate.
The court then adjourned the hearing to January 11.

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