On April 17, 2020, Anna University declared the cancellation of all classes, project reviews, assessments and end semester examinations. This applies to all departments and institutions affiliated to the University. The reason for cancellation is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent extension of the lockdown period, due to it. The University has informed that revised dates for all its departments and the affiliated institutions will be announced later.
On April 9, 2020, Anna University had issued a notification stating that all end semester examinations which were to be conducted in April/May for its affiliated colleges (including special examinations conducted for the students who exhausted the maximum period of study) will be rescheduled after lifting of lockdown. The notification also mentioned that the revised time table will be issued afresh, post lifting of lockdown.
L Karnamoorthy, University registrar was quoted saying that online classes may be conducted by faculty members. But students should not be evaluated through these classes as many of them may not have access to the internet. He also said that a circular will be released soon, addressing all the queries of the students.
Earlier, on a circular issued on March 24, 2020, Anna university informed that, according to the notification from the Government, all staff were permitted to work from home from March 25, 2020 to March 31, 2020. During this period they were asked to provide online tutorials to all the course students and explore channels like Whatsapp to send notes to students, to keep them engaged during the lockdown period.
Anna University came into existence on September 4, 1978. The University was christened after former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Late Dr. C. N. Annadurai. It offers higher education in Engineering, Applied Sciences, Technology and Architecture which cater to the needs of society.
Anna University offers 29 under graduate and 90 post graduate programs in various fields in the University Departments and 41 UG and 57 PG programmes in its affiliated institutions. Around 16007 students are deemed to be pursuing their degree programme in the University Departments and a total of 7,21,276 students are deemed to be pursuing their degree programme in the Affiliated institutions. It also has 14023 Ph.D. scholars on roll in Technology, Engineering and Science.