Chennai: After more than eight months, Arts and Science and Professional Colleges across Tamil Nadu reopened on December 2 for postgraduate students and research scholars. But most colleges in Chennai have reported thin attendance.

Colleges took precautionary measures and inspected students’ body temperature at the entrance and provided them with hand sanitizers.

“After a long time, our students have come to our campus. They had a meeting with their mentors. Since December 7, we are planning to conduct a full range of classes for undergraduate and postgraduate final year students, ”said S. Kothai, Principal of Ethiraj College for Women

He said students who live in Chennai came but those in remote areas had expressed their inability to attend classes citing lack of transport.

The principal of the city’s government college said: “Some parents have sent us letters stating that they are not willing to send their children to college and some students cannot attend classes because they do not have transportation.”

Less than 50% attendance is recorded among PG students and research scholars at DG Vaishnav College.

“We are expecting more students on campus from Monday. We are planning to start with Value Education classes, ”said S. Santosh Baboo, Principal of the college.

“Although we reopen from Wednesday, we do not force students to come to the campuses,” said MG Ragunathan, Principal of Gurunanak College. He said that he will now attend college.

Colleges are planning to conduct their online semester exams by the second week of December. This is the right time for some principals to reopen colleges because students will be preparing for exams.

Anna University professor said the number of research scholars and postgraduates has been good since the resumption. Some scholars visited their departments on Wednesday, said a professor at the University of Madras.

Colleges outside Chennai had fewer students. No postgraduate student attended PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Teachers have completed the syllabus and students are preparing for the semester exams.

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