On Saturday, after a recommendation from the directorate of medical education, the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University withdrew its decision to allow colleges to start classes for the next academic year before the results are declared. The announcement was published on the university's webpage on Saturday. "this means we will be delayed by at least three weeks for the academic year. Unless, we work on Saturdays we may not be able to complete portions," said a senior faculty at the Madras Medical College.
On October 8, the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University deferred the first-year MBBS results although it had completed the evaluation of papers as it was awaiting directions from the Medical Council of India on the minimum marks to clear a paper. The university has made it mandatory for students to pass all theory, oral and practical exams to progress to the second year. Students earlier only needed a combined score of 50% from two anatomy papers, but now they have to score a minimum of 50% in each test. But the university had told colleges to start classes for the next academic year.
Following this, many government colleges told the directorate of medical education that there would be "administrative and legal" problems if students were allowed to attend classes for the next academic year before the results are declared.
A senior University official said "We wanted the colleges to start classes because we thought they would find it difficult to complete portions otherwise. But the health department said they did not want to take any risk," so we agreed.