Anna University Regional Director working on finding a solution

The creation of five regional Anna Universities of Technology (AUT) during the DMK regime between 2006 and 2011, and their merger into a single entity — Anna University, Chennai — by the incumbent government last year has inconvenienced students. Postgraduate students are facing an undue delay in the release of their semester results.

In 2010, the erstwhile AUT, Madurai, introduced a weekend Masters of Engineering (M.E.) programme, which received a good response from engineering graduates employed as lecturers in various engineering colleges in the region. They welcomed the opportunity to pursue a PG course and attending classes only on Saturdays and Sundays.

But the weekend M.E. course discontinued after a year. Around 500 students had enrolled for the programme. They were half-way through their course when the regional AUTs in Madurai, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Chennai were merged under the single umbrella of Anna Univeristy, Chennai.

The students who wrote their semester examinations during November and December last year had not yet got the results of all the papers attended by them. “There is utter confusion over publishing the results and it has affected the students a lot,” complained a PG student.

“The results should have been published by March, but they were not. After much persuasion, we succeeded in getting the results of theory papers released recently. But the results of the laboratory examination and the arrears are yet to be declared,” another student said.

Anna University Regional Director K.Sivakumar told The Hindu that he had constituted a five-member team to go into the issues of delay in announcing the results. “I am as anxious as the students to get their results declared. I am working for a solution. We are constantly in touch with the Anna University’s Controller of Examinations in Chennai,” he added.

He requested the students not to “sensationalise” the issue. “The weekend course was a unique programme started by the erstwhile AUT. Now we have discontinued it and we offer only evening courses for which classes are conducted on weekdays,” he said.

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