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Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday informed that the government received an official communication from Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan that CUET would not be required for admission to undergraduate courses in colleges affiliated to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Meghalaya.

In a letter to CM Sangma, Pradhan said the exemption was given for this academic year, considering the geographical conditions, far-flung locations, limited digital connectivity and infrastructure.

According to Sangma, the CUET issue was raised as a concern during the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coordination meeting held on Thursday at the chief minister’s office in Shillong.

About the letter, Sangma said the letter (from Dharmendra Pradhan) came at a good time. “He has said that other colleges can continue with admission on the basis of how it was done before, which means that CUET will not have to be taken,” stated Sangma.

The Common University Entrance Test (CUET) has been introduced for admission to courses in all central universities, starting from this academic year.

The letter addressed to the chief minister reads, “Taking into consideration the concerns raised by you (Conrad) like geographical conditions, hilly terrain, far flung location, limited digital connectivity, infrastructure, etc. the affiliated colleges of NEHU will continue with the existing practice for admission instead of CUET.”

The chief minister had on April 25 met Pradhan, seeking the exemption for Meghalaya colleges.

With PTI inputs

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