Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Thursday that the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) would not be required for admission to undergraduate programmes in institutes affiliated with the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Meghalaya. Pradhan wrote to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, explaining that the exemption was granted for this academic year due to geographic challenges, remote locations, and insufficient digital access and infrastructure.
In the letter, the education minister stated that “The affiliated colleges of NEHU will continue with the existing practice for admission instead of CUET.” Starting this academic year, the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) will be used for admission to programmes at all central universities.
On April 25, the chief minister met with Pradhan to request an exemption for Meghalaya colleges. Sangma expressed gratitude to Pradhan for the exemption.
“On behalf of the students of my State, I would like to express my gratitude to Hon’ble Minister @dpradhanbjp ji (Dharmendra Pradhan) for allowing colleges affiliated to NEHU to continue with existing practice for admission instead of #CUET (sic),” he tweeted.