Anna University will conduct a bridge course in mathematics for first year students. The 15-hour module will be conducted before the commencement of regular classes. It will focus on Class 12-level basic maths, necessary for understanding engineering mathematics.
Anna University vice-chancellor-in-charge P Kaliraj said most of the students, who failed in their first semester exam, could not pass in fundamental mathematics paper. "An analysis showed the mass failure was because many had skipped certain portions in the Class 11 and 12 maths syllabus," he said. As a result they couldn't clear the maths paper in college.
Academics also said the poor quality of faculty was a reason for the high rate of failures in many courses.