Decision taken after LG Sinha takes up issue with Union Education Minister
STATE TIMES NEWS
New Delhi: Soon after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha took up the CUET examination issue with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday, the Common University Entrance Test-Undergraduate (CUET-UG) has been deferred to May 26 in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that candidates do not have to appear in the examination at centres outside the Union territory, the National Testing Agency (NTA) said.
The second edition of the undergraduate entrance exam is set to begin across the country on May 21.
“Being sensitive to the needs of candidates and to facilitate the students of Jammu and Kashmir, the NTA is exploring the possibility of creating temporary centres in Kashmir. In view of the above, it has been decided that the CUET (UG) 2023 will now be conducted from 26 May 2023 onwards in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir,” the NTA, which conducts the exam, stated.
It said that there has been “a phenomenal increase” in the number of applicants — 87,309 unique candidates — from Jammu and Kashmir this year.
“…it has been decided that the CUET (UG) 2023 examination scheduled for 21 to 25 May 2023 is cancelled in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir,” the NTA stated.
The NTA decision came after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had a telephonic conversation today with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed the issue of examination centres for Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for J&K Students.
The Lt Governor tweeted: “Discussed the matter relating to exam centres for the scheduled Common University Entrance Test (CUET) with Hon’ble Union Minister of Education Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Ji and requested him for CUET centres in J&K UT. He has assured the issue will be addressed on priority.”