Meghalaya gov't seeks UGC recognition of state university

A notification to this effect was issued by the Union Ministry of Education on May 29, 2024
The state government is hopeful that once the UGC recognises the university
The state government is hopeful that once the UGC recognises the universityEdexLive Desk

The Meghalaya government has written to the Centre to officially accord University Grants Commission (UGC)-recognition to the state-run Williamson Sangma University, officials said. This was stated in a report by The Week. 

Education Commissioner and Secretary Syed Md A Razi said that the state government has written to the UGC for 2F notification, which will place the university on the list of universities recognised by the UGC.

"We are hopeful we will receive the 2F notification very soon," Razi said.  

The state government is hopeful that once the UGC recognises the university, all colleges affiliated with North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) can be shifted to it, he said, explaining that private colleges will have to exercise their choice regarding the matter.

Williamson Sangma University, a state university, will become functional by next year so that students of the state do not have to appear for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) and the state will not have to seek exemption every time since the state university will not need a CUET score.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Union Ministry of Education on May 29, 2024.

"The primary aim was that we should ensure that students seeking admission into undergraduate courses in Meghalaya for the current academic year do not suffer," Razi said.

A decision was taken by the CM to seek exemption for all colleges affiliated to NEHU in Meghalaya for exemption from CUET and for colleges to take direct admissions as was happening in previous years, Razi added.

The influential Khasi Students Union has expressed opposition to the decision to shift the affiliation of all UG colleges to WS University.

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