Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has asked all Tamil Nadu universities to ensure that distance education students study for at least 10 months before attempting the year-end exams before the end of the academic year.
Justice S Srimathy made this observation after learning that there were two admission cycles (calendar year (January to December) and academic year (June to April or May)) that confused candidates and recruiters alike. During the hearing, the judge criticized universities for allowing late enrollees to finish their first year in only two months after enrolling.
According to the judge, the comments were made while he was giving relief to M Senbagam, a candidate who was not selected by the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) for a mathematics teacher vacancy in 2017 due to the belief that she had parallel degrees.
As the petitioner earned her B Ed degree in May 2013, she enrolled in Periyar University’s M Sc (Mathematics) distance learning programme in August 2013 under the ‘calendar year’ method of study, which runs from January through December each year.
Her enrollment was allowed to be accepted in August due to the low enrollment at the institution at the time. As per the judge, admitted students may be able to take the first-year exam as early as January 2014, including those who had registered in October.
Students are admitted in June and they take their exams in March or April of the following year after attending for at least 10 months. Students should only be able to take the exams after ten months of study, she commented, advising colleges to come up with a new method to meet this need.
It was also recommended that colleges disclose course durations correctly when issuing course completion certificates to students, since the petitioner’s educational certificates indicated both her M. Sc. and Ph.D. as well as a Bachelor of Education. degree in the same year. After receiving the petition, the judge ordered that the petitioner be appointed within a month.
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