Madras University Decides To Waive Arrears Exam & Award Minimum Pass Marks

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Chennai: In a decision which will benefit nearly one lakh students, the University of Madras has decided to award minimum pass marks to those with arrears.

“Students having arrears who have registered for exam will be given minimum pass in moderation in internal as well external examinations where necessary. The sum total of internal and external marks, however, should not exceed the overall passing minimum,” said a resolution passed by the university’s syndicate.

According to a report in The Times of India, the state government has agreed to waive the arrears exam taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic scenario.

Students who had paid fees were exempted from the April 2020 arrears exam, except for final semester students. The university has been directed to award marks with 70% weightage on internal exams and 30% on previous semester exams.

A student with zero internal marks will have to appear for the supplementary exams.

Officials said it was unclear when the university could conduct exams for final year students with arrears. “In case students want to increase their marks, they can write improvement exams when the situation improves.”

The decision to waive arrears is the subject of a court case. University of Madras officials said that since it was not one of the respondents, the case is not binding on the university.

The PIL against cancellation of exams was adjourned by the Madras High Court.

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