VTU Supplementary exams now put on hold

A division bench of the Karnataka High Court ordered keeping in abeyance the single bench order asking the Visvesvaraya Technological University to notify the date for conduct of supplementary exams for about 30,000 engineering students.

The division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen passed this order after hearing two writ appeals, one by VTU and another by aggrieved students denied interim relief by the single bench. The next hearing is on Sept. 18.

While students, who have become ineligible to join the fifth semester on account of non-clearance of certain subjects from previous semesters, claimed they were not given the same benefit (supplementary exams) by the single bench as given to students who joined the course in 2011-12.

VTU has claimed that guidelines with regards to autonomous institutions are governed by AICTE regulations and cannot be equated with their regulations. The single bench, while asking for conduct of supplementary exams and special classes for 2011-12 students, had refused to extend the same benefit to students who became ineligible for joining the firth and seventh semesters as they did not challenge these regulations when they joined the third semester.

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