University of Madras (MU) has declared in a recent notification that undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying in its affiliated colleges of Madras University would be given 3 chances to clear their balance. In the month of November 2020, April 2021 and November 2021 students whose degrees are incomplete could attempt the exam.
Madras University's controlling board of examination issued a note, granting special permissions to all affiliated colleges under University of Madras for conducting these exams. The officials of University of Madras have also announced that students who had paid their dues, examination fees for April 2020 are exempted to attempt the supplementary examination without paying the fee again.
It should be noted that from December 21, 2020, onwards affiliated colleges of Madras University in Tamil Nadu have been ordered to conduct exams in online mode. While the timetable for regular examinations has already been issued, students who had dues were previously not given any information regarding their exams.
Due to COVID 19 pandemic and lockdown which was imposed across the country online classes and exams have been in effect in Tamil Nadu since March 2020.
The COVID 19 outbreak has created havoc in the education system therefore the government of Delhi and Maharashtra has issued orders to call off all the examinations and to promote all the students without exams. Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu also followed the same and on August 26, 2020, passed a government order to promote all students except final years on existing forms of assessments.
Considering this, the Supreme Court passed orders issuing that students, especially final year students, will not be promoted without a legal assessment.
Nonetheless, the worst effect was to the students who had backlogs. Unlike regular examinations, till now there has been no news released of how backlogs examination in the state would be conducted.