He said that the move came after the cabinet on Saturday took up the matter of establishing its first state-run university.
He said that in the first state university, multiple courses in higher education, in the field of humanities, commerce, general science, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, technologies and related matters, will be offered.
Stating that the proposal has been approved by the law department, the finance department and the personnel department, Lyngdoh said, “Our efforts now will be to try and strengthen the various departments so that this university becomes a success story.”
The Captain Williamson Sangma Technical University was set up at Tura, West Garo Hills District, in 2011.
Asked as to when the state university will be set up, Lyngdoh said, “We have already passed and adopted a cabinet memo to change the technical university into a state university. What comes next is the infrastructure, the support, the technical staff, and the faculty. These will fall in place once the Act is adopted.”
Lyngdoh further said that once the state university is made functional, the affiliation of colleges will also take place.
At present, almost all the colleges across the state are affiliated with the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
Meanwhile, BDR Tiwari, commissioner & secretary in charge, education, said that the timeline for students to enrol for the CUET has been extended to March 30.
“At present, that is the status,” he said, responding to a query on the status of the government’s request for the exemption of Meghalaya from the conduct of the CUET.