‘Electronic Device and Circuits’ to now be held on July 31

Students in affiliated colleges of Anna University, eagerly awaiting their first year (second semester results) will have to take the exam in one subject all over again.

The University has asked all colleges under it to conduct the ‘Electronic Device and Circuits’ examination on July 31. Teachers and students suspect the reason could be a possible question paper leak. The examination was held on June 29, and was the last paper for the second semester students. Students of computer science, Information Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Bio-medical engineering took the exam.

“The paper was available on the internet at around 10 .30 p.m. on the night before the exam. The exam code was also visible,” says a student who adds that only those who had spotted it online could have benefited. “When we heard of it, we thought it was a joke. But the paper next day was exactly the same,” says a student. Senior professors said they came to know of the leak only after the exam. “We were the last ones to know but the students knew it,” says a principal of a self-financing college.

The subject, EDC, is considered tougher than most other subjects, and many students end up with arrears. “It is also the one of the first core subjects students study,” said K S Babai, principal, Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College. Extra classes to help students prepare for the re-exam have already begun in the college, as in many others.

Students, however, feel the re-exam is an additional burden on them, as many had spent a major part of their study holidays working on the subject. Incidentally, the final-year students, many of who have arrears in the subject, are most stressed out.

“I am supposed to join an IT company this Monday but they won’t let me in without all my arrears cleared,” said K. Saravanan, a computer science student.

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