Arrangements for college students to appear for their final exams in person after September 15 are currently being made by the Tamil Nadu government, State Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan said in a statement. The state will see around 4 lakh final year students writing their exams in arts, science and other professional courses, including engineering, after the delay caused due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis. 

Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan said that the final semester exams for students in state universities and polytechnic colleges will be held after September 15 and the exam schedule including details on the exam centres will be released in the days ahead. Informing that all necessary arrangements are being made by the state to provide a safe environment for them to write their exams, the minister asked students to begin with their preparations. He further added that candidates can now also apply for BArch course from September 7.

Tamil Nadu government's decision to proceed ahead with the final year exams for students in person has left many universities surprised considering discussions are still ongoing between the higher education department and state varsities in regard to conducting the exams online. It is to be noted that the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is already underway across the nation and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to take place on September 13. 

The news of the final year exams proceeding forward in Tamil Nadu has come at a time when a number of students across the state were hoping for it to be cancelled after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniwami earlier scrapped all examinations for college students including arrear exams. Former vice-chancellor of Anna University E Balagurusamy upon hearing the news of the government deciding to conduct physical exams for all final year students asked why the same policy cannot be adopted for arrear exams.