NTA reschedules CUET exam for Northeastern students; Meghalaya education minister announces
Meghalaya's Education Minister, Rakkam A Sangma, announced on Thursday that the National Testing Agency (NTA) has made the decision to reschedule the Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET) for students from Meghalaya who were allocated examination centers outside the state. The CUET was initially planned to take place on Friday.
Sangma informed PTI, "The Union Ministry for Human Resources has instructed the NTA to reschedule the exam for students from our state who were assigned CUET examination centers outside of Meghalaya." He further stated that the rescheduled date for the affected students will be announced once the state administration submits the list of those affected to the NTA. Students on the list will be given another opportunity to sit for the exam on the rescheduled date. The collection of data is currently underway, and the list will be submitted to the NTA promptly.
The minister explained that this development came after Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma sent a letter to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, urging his intervention in the matter and requesting necessary directions to the NTA to arrange alternative arrangements for the affected students. The Chief Minister highlighted that students from Meghalaya were assigned exam centers in distant locations such as Ranchi, Jharkhand, Kolkata, causing numerous complaints from aspiring candidates.
Sangma emphasized that this allocation of CUET exam centers far away from Meghalaya has created significant inconvenience and logistical challenges for both the students and their parents. He also mentioned that the CUET admit cards were issued only two days prior to the scheduled exam, on Wednesday.
It is worth noting that Meghalaya had previously requested the NTA to establish CUET centers in all 12 districts of the state.