Indore : In a major blow to students with ATKT, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) has made it mandatory for them to write the ATKT exams as per newly approved syllabus. On other words, they will have to prepare for exams of the subjects they failed to clear in pervious exams as per new curriculum.

The development has come as a major jolt to the students as they now will have to study the new curriculum on their own. The change in education norms came to streamline the exam setup. Till last exams, the universities had to set two papers for the same subject – one for ATKT students on old syllabus and another for regular students.

This scenario leads to several confusions at many levels from paper setting to their distribution during exams and even at evaluation level. Many a time, the papers used to get exchanged during exams and the universities had to face embarrassment when students complain about the same.

“The DHE has set the things straight. Now all the students with ATKT will have to take exams as per new syllabus. Instructions have been issued to the Examination Department to set all papers as per the new norms of the DHE,” acting vice chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra said.

Students, however, denounced the new norms and threatened to stage a protest over the same. “It will be difficult for a student to prepare for ATKT exam on the syllabus he had never taken classes. The decision should be rolled back else there will be protests,” said Ankur Sharma, a BCom fourth semester student who got ATKT in third semester.

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