AICTE or the All India Council for Technical Education has not been in support of the decision taken by the High Court of Madras, to cancel all arrear exams for the students stating that it is not in accordance with the guidelines stated by the University Grant Commission, and degrees cannot be awarded for students who have not sat for and passes the exams for their backlogs.
The Council has filed a public interest litigation petition in accordance with an affidavit, saying “The Government Order to declare students as passed without assessment is against the AICTE Act.”
Several other officials of the council have also commented about their objection to students being allowed to graduate and being awarded degrees without any form of evaluation, some have even said that it is not acceptable in the education industry. The Tamil Nadu Government had previously stated that they will be cancelling the arrear exams for all college students except for final ear students. They will have to appear for their arrears without fail. In the petition they have challenged the governments’ decision to cancel arrear exams and give marks to students as illegal, arbitrary, discriminatory, and against the principle of natural justice.
On the other hand, AICTE Chairman had already hinted out that the Arrear Exams will be held, and won’t be cancelled, the dates for which are going to announced shortly, to help the students be better prepared to clear their backlogs and get their degrees. One of the other key angles that are being looked into includes how students who have studied hard to pass their exams will be demoralized based on this government decision and it will not only lower the standard of the university but the entire system of education as a whole.
The Madras High Court served notices to the state governments, UGC and AICTE based on their petition in court on September 16. The former Vice-Chancellor of AICTE has said handing out degrees to students who have not earned or proven themselves of their capability, have no authority to hold a degree, this also brings in aspects of global acceptability, he also added that state governments should not interfere in academic matters because the ripple effects of a consequential decision by a state government can adversely affect the education system all over the country.
Effectively, this decision put the students and their careers at the risk, while they are unsure of the correct policy decision taken by the authorities, even after the petition there are several questions about format and method of the examinations, along with safety guidelines and how they will be met. Several students who have not been able to graduate or are under stress about their backlogs are eagerly waiting for the authorities to release information about the dates.