Chennai, Apr 2 (): Colleges in Tamil Nadu can reopen on April 3, informed the Tamil Nadu government on Monday after a fortnight of silence. As the college students joined the protests against Sri Lanka over the genocide of Tamils, colleges in the state were closed mid-March.
On March 15, the Tamil Nadu government ordered the colleges in the state to close indefinitely after student protests strengthened prior to the vote on a UNHRC resolution on alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka.
As the students of Anna University and affiliated self-financing engineering colleges joined the protests, the department of higher education asked Anna University to report to all the colleges functioning under it to close indefinitely as well.
Now, after 18 days, colleges in the State are reopening on Wednesday. This includes constituent colleges of Anna University, including the Madras Institute of Technology, A C Tech, School of Architecture and Planning and Guindy College of Engineering. All government, aided engineering colleges and all self-financing engineering colleges were also asked to reopen on Wednesday.
The teachers have to rush the syllabus before exams for all the streams that start later in the month. Anna University officials have clarified in a circular issued to all engineering colleges that there will be no change in the examination schedule.
As per the old schedule, in most private engineering colleges, practical examinations were to begin on April 22 and theory examinations by May 8. College officials said if things had gone as per schedule, they would have finished the model exams by now and the syllabus by first week of April. They added that they would have to hold classes on Sundays and at least an hour of extra class on other days.
The autonomous colleges can make their own exam schedules, whereas government colleges have to wait for the instructions from the University of Madras to know the exam schedule.