Bharathidasan University is examining whether to stick on to already announced examination dates from April 29 onwards or if the loss of working days due to the holidays will warrant a slight change in the schedule. “The Controller of Examination is in the process of interacting with college principals, and will submit a report. Their opinion on the extent of portions covered was being sought. Their collective opinion will be factored in for a final decision that will be arrived at in a day or two,” Vice Chancellor K. Meena said. “In case a change in the schedule is required, the principals will be informed about the new examination dates soon.”

However, the university was also keen to ensure that the publication of results does not get delayed due to the postponement, particularly in the interests of final year students, she said.

As for autonomous colleges, most of the institutions have completed the mandatory requirement of 90 working days in the semester. But the issue is completion of portions.

“In the coming days, we will have to rush through the portions. Quality will definitely be impaired,” a professor in an autonomous college said, adding that the probability for conducting the second mid-term exam before the external examination does not exist.

Be it aided colleges or government colleges, the scope for conducting extra classes to make up for the lost days appear bleak for want of classrooms. For, the government colleges follow the shift system while in aided colleges, the afternoon hours are meant for self-financed courses. In fact, after the break, teachers require a day or two to regain the momentum of teaching, leave alone rushing through the portions, said another teacher.

Principals of affiliated colleges opined that some more days are required for completing the portions. Hoping for no further interruptions to working days, a principal felt that additional working days are required for completing the portions. “Only then can the students be expected to prepare themselves with a serious mindset to perform well in the examinations.”