Relief for distance learners, Madurai Court allows Alagappa exam centre at PB

Report by: 
Roopa Lall
Port Blair
12 May 2017

In a major respite for students of ALAGAPPA Distance Education University, the Madurai bench of Madras High Court has directed the University to conduct the examinations in the select exam centres located outside Tamil Nadu. Considering the students` welfare at large and after obtaining legal opinion, the University has decided to conduct Distance Education May 2017 Special examinations at identified exam centres, which includes Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The special distance education exams of the university is set to commence from May 18, 2017.
Speaking to this Correspondent, the Study Centre in-charge of Alagappa University, Port Blair Centre, Mr Krishna informed that as per the order of the Madurai Court, students enrolled with Alagappa Distance Education University can now appear for the May 2017 exams at the study centres in their respective places. Students, who has earlier submitted the demand drafts to appear for the exams at Chennai, can get the DDs cancelled and appear for the exams here which are scheduled to commence from May 18. The Court’s decision has come a huge relief for several students here, who otherwise cannot afford air travel to appear for the exams at Chennai, Mr Krishna added.
After the clampdown on distance education universities by University Grants Commission with regard to territorial jurisdiction and setting up of examination centres, more than 300 students were faced with an unexpected crisis. As per the UGC’s notice, students were required to required to travel to Chennai to appear for examinations. Aggrieved students then even sought the assistance from the Lt. Governor.