CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday ordered all colleges, universities and deemed universities to stop holding physical classes and conduct only online classes from March 23 due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the state.
An order issued by chief secretary Rajeev Ranjan said colleges should complete all practical classes and practical exams before March 31, and must hold end-semester exams only through online mode.
In view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, the chief secretary conducted a videoconference meeting with vicechancellors, director of technical education, director of collegiate education, director of public health and preventive medicine (DPH) and other health officials.
“The DPH said there are reports emerging about clusters in colleges and hostels and considering the trend in many states, these clusters have the potential to contribute spread disease in their place of residence and surrounding community,” the government order said.
Final semester exam to be held online
The government order read: “The vice-chancellors said classes can be conducted online as70%to80%syllabushavebeen covered. For science stream students, practical classes and examination are going on,”
“The government after careful examination directs all higher educational institutions under thecontrolof thehigher education department and deemed universities to conduct online classes six days a week from March 23. All practical classes and practical exams for science, engineering and polytechnic shall be completed before March 31, especially for final semester students. The semester examination will be an online exam,” Rajeev Ranjan said in the order.