State-funded private colleges may be exempt from CUET: Conrad

Shillong, May 2: Students studying at private colleges and government-assisted colleges in Meghalaya state will in all likelihood not need to sit the common university entrance test ( CUET) for admission into undergraduate programs.

Informing this, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that after his meeting with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi today, it was agreed that these colleges would be exempted from following the new system .

“When I voiced the concerns of students and colleges, the Minister understood the issue and a positive response came from him where they agreed that there will be certain areas where they will try to exempt some of our colleges which are not necessarily centralized – funded – privately or aided by the state government – these will not have to sit for the exam,” Sangma said.

The CM said the state government is awaiting official communication from the Center in this regard, which is expected to arrive in a day or two.

“We hope that students studying at these colleges will not have to appear in CUET. It’s a positive response and we will wait for an official communication from them to finally let everyone know,” he said.

Confusion and apprehension galore over the past few weeks over the announcement of the implementation of CUET to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the admission of students to different undergraduate (UG) programs at central universities across the country.

Inquiries and concerns have been raised about the applicability of the new system given the lack of preparedness and lack of testing centers in the state.

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