Shillong: Meghalaya Minister in-charge of education Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of conducting Common University Entrance Test (CUET) compulsory will be a setback for the state as it will be based on NCERT.

Reacting to the recent announcement made by the Chairman of UGC, Rymbui said it is a good decision. However, since the test will be based on NCERT textbooks, this will be a huge disadvantage to the state board candidates.

He added that not just Meghalaya but other states will also face an issue as they follow their respective boards and have their own prescribed different curriculum.

“Students from rural areas who don’t have the facilities… it will be a disadvantage for them. Another issue is looking at past years, when the central government introduced that all admissions will be through JEE, many students were made to go for coaching to crack JEE exams,” Rymbui said.

He observed that this will also lead to mushrooming of coaching centres and poor students from rural areas will be in a disadvantageous position.

He, however, said that since the notification has just come out, the government will see and try to ensure that the students are not at a loss.

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