Public and private universities and colleges based in Meghalaya will be exempted from admitting students through the new Common University Entrance Test (CUET) 2022 for undergraduate courses. Previously, the government made it mandatory for all central universities to use the CUET score to register students for the 2022-23 academic session. The UGC had also requested state government run institutes as well as private institutes to use the CUET score as well. Meghalaya, however, will be an exemption in this case.
This comes after Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma wrote a letter to Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asking for relaxation for the state, citing lack of exam preparation on the part of authorities as well as students.
“You may know that Meghalaya has 12 districts and the identified examination center for CUET is only in Shillong which could accommodate 25,000 aspirants from across the state. This scenario is likely to cause a lot of distress and anxiety among students, especially from outlying districts,” the Chief Minister said in his letter to Pradhan.
The letter urged the central government to “allow the state sufficient time to disseminate essential information about CUET to all students and sufficient time for them to prepare.”
He added that “due to time constraints and confusion among students in class 12”, many experts believe that adopting the entrance exam in the current university session may not not be a good idea and therefore applied for the exemption in April.
The CM, however, also added that the “Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will provide a common platform and level opportunities for candidates across the country, especially those from rural and remote areas, and will help establish a better connection with universities”.
Weeks after his letter, the CM took to Twitter to thank Education Minister Pradhan for “exempting non-central government/private government-funded colleges and state government-assisted colleges from take the CUET exams”. students in our state to a large extent.
Thanks to Union Minister of Education @dpradhanbjp Ji for his positive response to our request to exempt non-centrally/private government-funded colleges and state government-assisted colleges from taking the CUET exams. This largely addresses the concerns of students in our state. pic.twitter.com/LqOusN1jXA— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) May 2, 2022
In the first week of opening application forms for CUET, the entrance exam received over 1 lakh applications. While the number of early applications was high from northern India, fewer students from southern states applied. Ministry of Education data shows that Uttar Pradesh has so far posted the highest number of applications with as many as 36,611 students applying for the exam till April 13. Delhi was next with 23,418 candidates and Bihar with 12,275 candidates registered for the exam.
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