Madras University to waive Course Fees for Sri Lankan Refugees

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Madras University to waive Course Fees for Sri Lankan Refugees

Sri Lankan Tamil refugee students will henceforth have the opportunity to pursue courses offered by the University of Madras free of cost, according to vice-chancellor G. Thiruvasagam.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that several students eligible to pursue collegiate education were scattered across different camps and the initiative was aimed at encouraging them to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through the distance mode, from where they stay.

From the next academic year, affiliated colleges would also reserve a few seats for such students to pursue higher education free of cost, he added.

Sharing the decisions taken at the Syndicate meeting held on Friday, Professor. Thiruvasagam said the University would follow reservation for Ph.D admissions, in the regular as well as part-time programmes. “We are one of the first universities in India to take this decision,” he said.

The University has also constituted a core committee to look into the issue of delay in declaration of examination results. The committee, comprising college principals, representatives of teacher associations and University officials, will draw schedules for examinations, evaluation and declaration of results.

“We have enhanced our manpower, updated our technical tools and also made the decision-making process for the same more participative, including our faculty.” The University has decided to keep colleges closed between December 21 and January 6, 2010, in order to facilitate an uninterrupted evaluation process.

“Teachers can concentrate just on correction work.”

Professor. Thiruvasagam said the results for the regular undergraduate and postgraduate examinations would be out on February 7, 2010, and the marking sheets would be made available within 10 days of publication of results.

Similarly, the results of the undergraduate and postgraduate examinations taken by students of distance education will be out March 30.