The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has urged Education Minister Rakkam Sangma to intervene into the allocation of examination centres outside the state by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test (CSIR NET).
The pressure group met Sangma today and submitted a representation bringing to his notice that a substantial number of students from Meghalaya have been assigned examination centres in Jorhat and Dibrugarh, despite these being selected as their third and fourth preferences.
“This unwanted repeated allocation by the NTA places a significant burden on the applicants, especially those who hail from less privileged families as they now face considerable challenges in terms of logistics and financial implications,” Pynkmenlang Sanmiet, chairman of the KSU’s education cell, said in the letter.
According to the KSU, Meghalaya has a sufficient number of testing centres and the recently concluded University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test has demonstrated the successful accommodation of applicants within the state.
The KSU has urged the minister to intervene and to do so quickly as the CSIR NET will begin on December 26.