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OJEE scraped for admission to engineering courses

The Odisha Joint Entrance Exam (OJEE) will not be conducted this year for admission to first B. Tech courses and so the national level JEE main will be acting as the gateway for admission to B. Tech for engineering students of the state.

The decision has come as a relief for many students as the government until now had made no clarity on the decision because of which the students were apprehensive about appearing for the JEE main examination, which is to be held on April 04, 2015.

Although it should be kept in mind that the OJEE will be conducted for students wanting to take admission in courses such as pharmacy, engineering lateral entry, MBA and MCA, etc.

Chandra Sekhar Kumar, Technical Education Secretary, told TOI that, “It was felt that the single all-India entrance is more convenient to aspirants.”

Even though Odisha had joined the national-level entrance test for BTech admission in 2014, there was uncertainty over admission modalities in 2015 as the private engineering colleges sought re-introduction of OJEE for BTech.

The Policy Planning Body (PPB), the apex advisory body on admission matters of technical courses headed by Justice A K Parichha, on November 7 put the ball of engineering admission modalities in the government’s court, stating that it had no objection to it. PPB had taken up the matter after the Odisha Private Engineering College Association (Opeca) requested chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati on October 29 to re-start OJEE for first year BTech admission along with JEE Main as a second option. Opeca had contended that ‘JEE Main-only experiment’ had reduced number of aspirants appearing for engineering admission. The number fell from around 65,000 in 2013 to below 48,000 in 2014 when OJEE was stopped. Opeca threatened to move court over the government decision.

Educationists have appreciated the decision and are of the opinion that preparing for the national-level entrance (JEE main) will make students more competent.

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