Two weeks back, an announcement from the Tamil Nadu government gave most engineering students in the state absolute joy. The announcement was that, all students except those in their final year, would be exempt from writing exams, including their arrears! This move was welcomed by almost all students and memes thanking the TN government and the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami were going viral on the internet! However, there were many educationalists who questioned the decision and also, there was no formal communication from the Anna University, in this regard. Now, we have some radical developments in this case and new statements are coming to light!

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had also not issued any formal announcement regarding the cancellation of arrears exams and the Chairman of AICTE - Anil Sahasrabuddhe has now spoken out in this regard. He has questioned the TN government's decision to exempt students from writing the arrears for the year 2020 and stated that it is not acceptable. He has also stated that the Tamil Nadu Arrear Exams 2020 would definitely happen soon. There are some reports that the AICTE had even hinted to the Anna University of withdrawing their approval, if any such exemptions were given. Thus, it has become clear that the Tamil Nadu Arrear Exams 2020 for engineering students, do not stand cancelled.

Originally, engineering students who had not cleared their papers earlier had applied to reappear for their exams as arrears, in April/May 2020. Now, as per the AICTE's new ruling, the dates for these exams would be announced soon. The internet was recently abuzz after a strongly worded email which was supposedly written by AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe to the Anna University Vice Chancellor MK Surappa, was leaked online. However, there are now contrasting reports stating that the email is a fake and no such mail was sent to MK Surappa. Another report states MK Surappa as clarifying that no official notice has been served by the AICTE regarding the withdrawal of approval to Anna University, with regards to conducting the exams. He also added that Anna University had not sent any circular to the students informing them that the arrears exams had been cancelled.