The university authorities said the decision was taken following the complaints submitted by student, parents and student unions against the varsity conducting the examinations during the thick of the pandemic. The BTech Hons examinations of KTU had started on June 26 and the final semester engineering examinations were supposed to start on July 1.
The university till a couple of days ago refused to entertain the demand for examination date change. Instead, the authorities claimed to have put in place all precautionary arrangements for conducting examination by adhering to Covid norms, including social distancing. For those students who would find it impossible to take the examination would be given another chance to take the examinations in the month of October, it said. According to varsity authorities, the efforts to conduct the final semester examination braving all odds was taken in view of the placement offers a large number of students had received from employers through campus recruitment drives. Shashi Tharoor MP was among those who appealed to the state government and the universities concerned in the state to scrap their decision to conduct examinations during Covid times.
KTU University vice chancellor M S Rajasree said the academic committee of the varsity would take further decisions on when to conduct the examinations. The examination standing committee of the university syndicate which met here on Monday morning has decided to postpone the examinations. KTU pro vice chancellor S Ayoob presided over the subcommittee meeting in which syndicate members P O J Labba,, C Satheesh and G Venugopal attended.